With the weather leading a wet and rain soaked forecast for the weekend of Parklife festival, nothing could dampen the spirits of the Mancunians and visitors from afar as they ascended upon Heaton Park in Manchester. But even the sun could not resist to break through the clouds and lift the spirits for all in attendance as Parklife blew away the 80,000 revelers with an epic weekend of music.
Parklife is a unique festival as it hosts a variety of musical genre’s across the weekend through a number of stages. Attendees can be jumping to the powerful bass of electronic dance music, then 5 minutes later be caught singing their hearts out to pop chart musical acts. It really does not matter what type of genre you follow as the weekender unites all through the passion each individual shares in music.
The weekender saw a mammoth line up with some of the biggest names in music including American songwriter Frank Ocean whose mainstage set was his first UK festival performance since 2014. Joining him across the sensational weekend were four-piece-band The 1975 closing out the Parklife stage on Saturday evening, chart toppers Zara Larsson and London Grammar, and rappers Giggs and stand-out grime artist Stormzy.
The thirst was well and truly quenched for those wanting a fulfillment from electronic dance music as the Parklife Weekender welcomed an array of DJ juggernauts. The master of closing sets and freshly added to this year’s line-up, Carl Cox spun a masterclass set closing out the Warehouse Project Presents stage on Sunday. Saturday in the Hanger hosted a mouth-watering lineup with Oliver Heldens, Above and Beyond, and Radio 1 favourite Pete Tong.
Closing out the Hanger stage was the Engish musician and multi-instrumentalist DJ legend, Fatboy Slim. Still at the top of his game, the solo electronic act elated fans with a touching tribute for Manchester, delivering a rendition of Manchester’s own Oasis track ‘Don’t look back in anger’ which caused a spine-tingling eruption as the crowd sang along. Kölsch, Joris Voorn, Armand van Helden and Eric Prydz – who is known for his outstanding and visually awe-inspiring sets – delivered jaw-dropping and prodigious performances outlining the strong talent pool of DJs on the electronic music scene to date.
It was also a weekend for the underground scene with spectacular performances by Drumcode’s own Adam Beyer, The Martinez Brothers, Dusky, My Nu Leng, Hot Since 82, Seth Troxler and a B2B masterclass featuring Richy Ahmed and Patrick Topping.
What can only be described as an impeccably outstanding weekend of music, the Parklife weekender was truly at the peak of its game, up there with some of the best festivals in the world. Stay tuned for when details of Parklife ’18 get released by following the curator of Parklife, Sacha Lord. Be sure to let us know in the comments any memorable moments you may have from the weekend.