Together The People is a brand new festival celebrating music, community, film, food and arts. Taking place at Preston Park in Brighton, the inaugural outing last weekend attracted eight thousand people to the two-day event, supporting local traders and performers, and the local economy along the way.
Music stages hosted big name acts like the iconic Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, festival favourites Super Furry Animals, long-time rebel rockers The Levellers and singer-guitarist José González, with stand-out performances from indie-sound-collage makers Public Service Broadcasting and hip-hop genius Roots Manuva. Caroline Lucas and Billy Bragg gave inspiring speeches singing the praises of Brighton & Hove and the importance of the community spirit found in the region.
The Brighton community is also home to BIMM of course, who were proudly represented at the ‘BIMM Presents’ music stage. Eighteen artists played at BIMM Presents during the weekend’s festivities – Verity Sessions, Thoughts, Aniseed Treats, The Rocking Horse Club, Orchards, Safe to Swim, Mindofalion, Atlas Wynd, Rory Indiana, The Island Club, Frankie Furlow, Lu’Ami, Astrid’s Tea Party, Thyla, Big Society, Written in Waters and Wild Cat Strike.
Ollie Denton, BIMM’s Admissions Events and Assessments Assistant, said:
“Considering it was in its first year, the line-up for Together The People was really strong and the BIMM stage had a good crowd for every single band!”
As well as delivering new music onstage, BIMM Brighton students were hard at it behind the scenes too, working with crew from Together The People to produce and host the stage itself over the weekend.
Will from Brighton band Frankie Furlow spoke about his time at the festival:
“We had a great time performing at Together The People. After our set we spent time wandering around the site and watched some other great bands, including José González and Luke Sital-Singh. We’re excited to watch this festival grow as the years go on and we can’t wait to be playing it again in 2016!”