Preview: Parklife Festival, Manchester (6-7/06/15)


Parklife is back for its fifth year. Located in Heaton Park, the Manchester-based festival offers a massive line-up to festival punters, with acts ranging from the legendary rap artist Nas, performing ‘Illmatic’, to folk superstar Ben Howard, and the return of the internationally renowned Disclosure after their 2013 headline. With two days, eight stages, and over 100 acts, Parklife is one not to miss on the festival calendar this year.

The Parklife Weekender is an independent music festival, working closing in partnership with various organisations including The Warehouse Project and XFM Radio. Last year, the festival was attended by 140,000 people over the course of the two days, making it the biggest party in Manchester. The festival quickly gained popularity, beginning in Platt Fields before expanding like crazy and being forced to move to Heaton Park.

The line-up is the talking point of Parklife. Acts include: Rudimental, George Ezra, Mark Ronson, Fatboy Slim, Grace Jones, Wu Tang Clan, Caribou, Metronomy, Jessie Ware, James Blake, FKA Twigs, Jungle, Everything Everything, Mac Demarco, Earl Sweatshirt, and Ghostpoet. The DJ line-up includes: Richie Hawtin, Annie Mac, Jamie Jones, MK, Andy C, Seth Troxler b2b Eats Everything, Maya Jane Coles, Tales of Us, The Martinez Brothers, Dixon, Hannah Wants, Jackmaster, and George Fitzgerald. All these musical acts and many more makes the £89.50 ticket price well worth the cost.

The festival is very much born and bred in the city. As a non-camping festival, many hotels across the city are opening their arms to festival-goers. With the promise of free breakfasts, hot showers, and real beds, those who are less favourable to camping will be right at home. With no food or drink allowed to be brought into the festival, and no re-entry throughout the day, ensure you’ve packed appropriately.

Weekend Standard Tickets are now all sold out. VIP Tickets and Travel Tickets are still available here.


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