hmv.com reviews... Together The People
As festival season draws to a close we headed to Brighton's newest musical gathering, Together The People, to soak up the last of those end-of-summer vibes...
Together The People Festival
Preston Park, Brighton
What's it like? Is it a big festival?
With a capacity of just 5,000 it's one of the smaller fixtures in the festival calendar, with just two main stages, a marquee featuring a selection of acoustic and folk acts and a stage run by local music college BIMM, showcasing some of the young, up-and-coming bands from their roster. Tucked away on the edge of town at Brighton's expansive Preston Park, the site is relatively small with a range of stalls serving everything from craft beers to burritos kept everyone fuelled in between sets.
Who was playing?
The line-up for Together The People was a pretty varied one; Saturday saw performances from Carnival Collective, Lucy Spraggan, Ghostpoet and Billy Bragg, as well as Brighton stalwarts The Levellers and headliners Super Furry Animals. Sunday's line-up included performances from folk/hip-hop outfit Dizraeli and the Small Gods, Roots Manuva and Public Service Broadcasting, followed by a barnstorming performance from soul legend Martha Reeves, with headliner Jose Gonzalez rounding off the evening's entertainment.
What was the crowd like?
TTP Festival bills itself as a 'community, music and arts festival' - which is pretty much what you'd expect from a musical shindig hosted in Brighton - and it's very much aimed at all ages, including families. As such, the attendees were a real mixed bag, from parents keeping their kids entertained with the antics of Horrible Histories on the second stage to younger festival-goers getting down to the bass-heavy tunes of Roots Manuva and Ghostpoet, as well as a smattering of die-hard Levellers fans, still keeping the 90s dreadlocks-and-tie-dyed-t-shorts look alive.
What were the highlights?
Some of the best bits on Satruday included an excellent set from Ghostpoet, mostly consisting of tunes from his recent album xxxxx, and a typically eclectic set from Super Furry Animals, while local math-pop outfit Orchards also provided one of the highlights from the BIMM stage. Some of Sunday's best moments came courtesy of Roots Manuva and Public Service Broadcasting, with the former sending the crowd into a frenzy with hits like 'Witness (1 Hope)' and 'Dreamy Days', while the latter had everyone throwing their best shapes to the funky rhythms of 'Gagarin', complete with a three-man brass section showing off some nifty dance moves.
Will it be back next year?
We hope so. Brighton is one of the most popular destinations for those looking for a seaside getaway and although there are heaps of great music venues scattered around town, previous attempts to establish a regular festival there have been a little hit-and-miss, such as the unfortunate demise of the ill-fated Beachdown, hosted up in the hilly South Downs. Preston Park is the perfect location and the mixture of music, arts and craft stalls and a travelling cinema seem the perfect fit for a festival set in Brighton. The festival calendar in the UK is more crowded than ever, but this little boutique affair has plenty going for it and the line-up was impressive for such a small festival in its first year. Let's hope it returns for more in 2016 and beyond...