Preview: Parklife Festival 2016


It’s got nothing to do with vorsprung durch technic you know. No, we’re not talking Blur’s cockney lament, but a weekend in Heaton Park for Parklife 2016. Savour sonorous sounds on Saturday and Sunday the 11th and 12th June in the heart of Manchester. The Mancunian homeland will pulse with flamboyant baselines and rhythms thanks to the transcendent lineup of cutting edge DJs, with even a few stray guitars to boot! All the people, so many people, and they all go hand in hand…

Manchester is the UK’s second most populous urban area. Fascinating stuff. Celebrating its seventh birthday, The Chemical Brothers and chart toppers Major Lazer will headline this years Parklife Festival. The electronic music groups from both sides of the pond will span numerous music styles from big beat acid house to the American’s genre hopping EDM. After taking over Hollywood, NWA alumni Ice Cube is confirmed along with his fellow countrymen from the old school, Busta Rhymes. Other acts announced include Jaime XX and Jess Glynne. Indie rock-pop four-piece Bastille will make their way up from South London and bang that big drum of theirs too.

You will also be able to witness Craig David’s renaissance first hand with an appearance from him and his TS5 set. We love the new stuff of course, but we do hope he finds time for all his oldies as well! Grime MCs Skepta, Stormzy and Kano will also be in town. Meanwhile, a spectrum of live DJs, producers and dance acts will entertain over the weekend with the likes of Annie Mac, MK, DJ EZ, Gorgon City and Seth Troxler. Additionally, synthpop trio Years and Years and indie rock scousers Circa Waves testify to Parklife’s endeavour to cater for all.

Parklife has no camping, you’ll have to book your own accommodation, but if it makes you feel better they do provide VIPee’s – glamorous loos for ones and twos if bog standard festival toilets aren’t your thing.

For more information on the lineup, tickets, venue and anything else, visit Parklife Festival 2016’s website by clicking here.


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