After months of build up, the biggest urban festival in the north finally opened its doors on Saturday with its strongest and most diverse lineup yet. Whether you liked Grime, Rap, House or even Pop music there was something for everyone.
The fact Parklife sold out despite being bigger than ever was only further confirmation of this.
Even the weather came out for Parklife with glorious sunshine. It was the only place to be on the first weekend of June.
The sound of 80,000 fans united by a love of music could be heard for miles around as the main stage rocked to sets from N*E*R*D who let fans join them on stage and holding it up for Grime – local artist Bugzy Malone, Levelz and a surprise appearance from Skepta who crashed A$AP Rockys set – in a warmup for his headline set on Sunday.
Clouds of dust kicked up by tens of thousands of revellers didn’t stop the party in AJ Tracey’s set who took it all in his stride.
Giggs also dropped a killer set (as if it would be anything less) reeling off all his hits especially the massive KMT, and tragedy gave way to triumph as moving tribute to the victims of the terrorist attack on the MEN last May were performed by the Manchester Survivors Choir.
On Day 2 the party continued with a high energy set from Ghetts on the Ram Jam stage
The king of Grime himself set the stage literally on fire with a massive set including all of his hits – including his collab with A$AP Rocky. He was also joined on stage by JME and Frisco and UK rapper Suspect OTB
DJ Target also shut things down with sick DJ set including the best Grime and UK Rap hits.
Meanwhile Mabel joined rapper Not3s for their collab ‘My Lover’ and Raye brought good vibes with her catchy radio hits.
In all the ninth incarnation of Parklife was a massive success. When the pre-release tickets go on sale hopefully later this year don’t be one of those people on Twitter asking for spares. Make sure you get your ticket and don’t miss out on Manchesters biggest party.
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