It’s June which means it’s summer and the much-needed return of UK festivals which are now back running in full flow. This weekend will see the return of Manchester’s sold-out Parklife Festival which is shaping up to be their most BIBLICAL yet.
Music and Manchester have a synonymous relationship with the City being home to the likes of New Order, Oasis, The Stone Roses and The Smiths who have all played a massive part in shaping British music’s glorious history.
Far Out will be heading to Manchester for the full weekend (June 9th to 10th) and have curated this handy guide for anyone else lucky enough to be descending on Heaton Park to see the likes of Liam Gallagher and The XX tear up Manchester.
Parklife’s line-up offers up an eclectic mix of which comprises of a mash up mainly between Indie, Grime, Dance and some of the best Hip-Hop that the world has to offer such as N.E.R.D. and A$AP Rocky.
Who are the headliners?
Mr. Manchester himself, Liam Gallagher, will close the main stage in his own Parka wearing style on Sunday with a euphoric performance on home turf bringing a mix of Oasis classics and tracks from .As You Were. Grime legend Skepta will be playing before LG and after the two’s flirting on social media over the last twelve months or so and at the NME Awards earlier in the year, could this mean we finally see the pair link-up this Sunday? I bloody hope so.
The XX will top the bill on the opening night at Heaton Park as the trio bring their third album I See You back to Manchester for one last time as part of their near two year long promotion of the record. The former Mercury award winners have already proved themselves as seasoned headliners across Europe and their set is one that you can’t afford to miss. Jamie XX will also be taking to a headline set on ‘The Palm Beach’ stage on the Sunday following sets from Four Tet and Nina Kraviz, so you’ll be getting even more XX than you bargained for.
Who else is appearing?
Parklife has eight stages and all of them are packed with talent. One to visit for sure is the ‘Sounds of The Near Future’ tent which is shaping up to look like an absolute gem with Bonobo headlining the Saturday following performances from the ever-brilliant Jon Hopkins and the woozy sounds of London multi-instrumentalist Tom Misch. Whereas on the Sunday, the stage will be home to some Afrobeat thanks to J-Hus and Vince Staples will be bringing some Cali Hip-Hop to Manchester. Let’s hope he brings a bit of the weather as well.
French dance pioneers Justice will be headlining ‘The Hangar’ stage on the Saturday night which will be incredible but is likely to clash with The XX and Bonobo, which could potentially be a huge clash and leaves festival goers with an albeit nice predicament.
Far Out’s Three Picks
The Mercury Award winner will be bringing ‘Process’ to Heaton Park with an early afternoon slot on the Parklife Stage which is an opportunity for the singer-songwriter to show his potential as a future headliner and follow in the footsteps of Mercury alumni The XX at the top of the bill.
As Field Day proved you can’t beat of a bit of Four Tet, after his set was cut short after over-crowding last weekend so you better get down early if you want to catch some of Keiran Hebden’s set at Parklife. Fingers crossed it lasts longer than 20 minutes this time. He is an incredible live act and a perfect way to start your Saturday night.
The 21-year-old New Zealander will be bringing her critically acclaimed second album Melodrama produced by Jack Antanoff which came 30th in Far Out’s Best Albums of 2017 list to Manchester this weekend. The songstress has toured it extensively and is fresh from coming back from an Arena Tour in the US where she was supported by Run The Jewels and now has the chance to opportunity to show Heaton Park how she has evolved into one of the most talented popstars in the world.
What Do You Need To Know?
The gate times for the festival are as follows: Saturday 9th June : 11.00 hrs – 23.00 and for Sunday 10th June : 12.00 hrs – 23.00. With the last entry time for Parklife being 17.00 and once you’ve left the festival there is no re-admittance on the same day.
There are three public entry and exit gates to Parklife this year which are, West Gate located on Bury Old Road, East Gate which is on Sheepfoot Lane and the North Gate is by the Lake in Heaton Park.
The fast-track entrance to Parklife for VIP ticket holders is located at Lakeside Gate on Sheepfoot Lane. M25 0DL.
The Parklife Express bus service will drop inside Heaton Park. We would advise people travelling via the Parklife Express to follow the footpath and use the North Gate by the Lake.
People walking to the park should follow the event signage.