Who to catch at Parklife 2015: The View From Far Out

This June Heaton Park in Manchester will once again host one of the most action-packed double-headers on the UK festival scene when Parklife returns to the city.

This weekend-long, beat-infused extravaganza is now in its third year at the north Manchester park having outgrown its former home within the more modest surroundings of Platt Fields.

But after moving to the venue that hosted the Stone Roses’ iconic homecoming and reformation, the event now offers a lineup that is bursting at the seams with more excitement, vibrancy and unforgettable moments than ever before.

This year’s bill will be topped by chart botherers Disclosure and Rudimental, who will no doubt bring the main stage to a close with a bang. However, to help you get a better feel for the true depth of Parklife’s unrivalled bill, take a look at Far Out’s hottest tips for 2015.

Nas presents Illmatic

There won’t be many chances in your lifetime, let alone this summer, to catch this legend of hip-hop perform his finest piece of work in its entirety. However, a trip to David Rodigan’s Super Ram Jam area on Sunday night will give ticket holders the chance to do just that.

Metronomy

With last year’s Love Letters album, Metronomy cemented their position as exponents of perfect pop and it all came to a head when we caught the closer of their tour at Manchester’s stunning Albert Hall.

Expect matching white dinner suits (we hope for their sake as well as ours the weather stays fine) and shiny disco balls. This London four-piece are a melting point of genres spanning pop, indie, electro, hip-hop, soul and jazz. What more could you want?

Ghostpoet

This London-via-Covenry rapper has been a firm favourite with Far Out ever since the release of his debut Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam back in 2011.

That album led to a Mercury Prize nomination and a second effort Some Say I So I Say Light. However, it is the encapulating listen provided by new LP Shedding Skin – out on PIAS – which proves Ghostpoet to be UK hip-hop’s brightest new voice.

What’s more, his live show on Parklife’s Big Top on Saturday is almost guaranteed to be a cracker. See our review of his album launch at Gullivers in Manchester’s Northern Quarter to find out more.

Jungle

These electro-pop whizz kids have taken both the mainstream and the critics by storm over the last year or so, and we can’t wait for them to rock Parklife’s main stage on Sunday June 7th.

We caught Jungle play their first ever gig in Manchester at the soon to be closed Roadhouse – and the potential was obvious right from the beginning. However, the live set-up has developed quite a lot since then – as we witnessed during the band’s show at last year’s Glastonbury.

For irresistible pop melodies, coupled with a more than enough sass and swagger, Jungle really are unmissable.

Mac DeMarco

This man is a bona fide Far Out favourite having brought out one of the records that made our Best Albums of 2014 feature in the shape of Salad Days.

DeMarco has developed a reputation for a kind of odd-ball pop that mixes traditional writing structures with psychedelic tendencies and a lyrical style that is otherworldly and thought provoking in equal measure.

Catch Mac on Parklife’s Now Wave stage Saturday June 6th and experience a set that will be perfect food for the soul and an intriguing tangent away from some of the more beat-driven headliners.

So there you have it, Far Out’s must see acts at this year’s Parklife festival, held June 6th & 7th at Manchester’s Heaton Park. If you’re a lucky ticket holder you’re in for one hell of a ride!

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