Parklife Picks: A stage by stage breakdown
Published on: Friday 17th February 2017
With tickets to Parklife Festival tickets selling like hotcakes, there’s no doubt that this year’s event is going to be another busy one. Packing a flabbergasting number of quality artists into a two day festival, Parklife will spread acts across eight stages, hosted by a variety of big names from the world of dance. Always on hand to break things down when it’s all getting a bit too much, we’ve decided to offer our two pence on what constitutes the best that each stage has to offer.
The Parklife Stage
The big hitter, the showstopper, the pièce de résistance; The Parklife Stage is where the top live artists come to play. Featuring local stars The 1975 as headliners on the Saturday and everyone’s favourite RnB sweetheart Frank Ocean on the Sunday, The Parklife Stage will also host Two Door Cinema Club, Chaka Khan, Cabbage, Jess Glynne and Rag’n’Bone Man over the course of the weekend.
Our tip: You can’t miss hip-hop heroes A Tribe Called Quest on Sunday, and when they finish you’d be silly not to stay for Frank.
Saturday on Temple stage boasts a grime bonanza, with Boy Better Know, Giggs, AJ Tracey, Levelz and plenty more turning up the heat outside. The second largest outdoor stage, Temple has a lineup booked to match its scale, with David Rodigan’s Super Ram Jam bringing the likes of Damian Marley, Andy C, Wiley and Danny Brown to Manchester. A Goldie influences set and appearances from Nadia Rose and Congo Natty make Sunday a very bassy affair.
Our tip: This one’s easy, or should we say EZ? The UKG G doesn’t lose when it comes to party sets, so expect him to storm through an anthemic set as Temple moves towards its conclusion on the Sunday.
Sounds of the Near Future
Always a popular night at The Warehouse Project, Sounds of the Near Future has quite some pulling power, and will welcome some huge names on both days. Saturday has the likes of Anderson .Paak, London Grammar, Little Dragon and Loyle Carner, whilst Sunday boasts a solo live show from Floating Points as well as sets from the magnificent Sampha and en vogue Mura Masa. There’s also a top secret headline guest…
Our tip: People may have walked out of his new film because it was ‘too gross’, but nobody’s leaving when Flying Lotus takes to the stage. The hip-hop genius plays on Sunday.
The Warehouse Project Presents
Assisted by Kaluki on the Saturday, The Warehouse Project Presents will see clean tech house roll its way from a to z with the help of Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, The Martinez Brothers and more. Sunday sees Carl Cox, Adam Beyer, Joris Voorn, Kolsch and more join the fun.
Our tip: If tech house is your thing then there’s a good chance Jamie Jones is your favourite DJ, so we’re going to go for the Hot Creations founder’s closing set on Saturday.
Sometimes a simple name says all you need to know about a place, as is the case for Hangar. The indoor space will host some of the really big name DJs, not least Saturday’s team of Fatboy Slim, Above & Beyond, Pete Tong, Oliver Heldens and Hannah Wants. Sunday’s strong too, with Eric Prydz headlining above Dusky, Maya Jane Coles, Klose One and more.
Our pick: New York house legend Armand van Helden has enough belters in his back catalogue to keep the party going all night long (and has done on many occasions). Catch him on Sunday.
(Armand Van Helden will bring NY house sounds to Manchester - Photo courtesy of Fake Artists
Jackmaster takes over Palms House on Saturday, and my oh my will he be keeping some fine company. Hunee is up there with the best of them, and Jasper James and Fatima Yamaha aren’t too shabby either. Doing their best to compete, Bicep bring in Dixon, Jon Hopkins, Midland, Denis Sulta and Gerd Janson, making Palms House one of the real standout stages on both days. A fine battle, but Saturday just sneaks it thanks to the names we’ve missed off so far...
Our pick: Jackmaster steals the victory with a run of The Black Madonna into Moodymann into his own closing set. The two Americans are absolute world-class selectors, but when it comes to a party set Jack is with them every step of the way. Leaving will be very difficult indeed.
elrow Presents Far West
Spanish party posse elrow are famous for their shindigs, so it’s no surprise that they’ve been invited to curate. Saturday has a special guest at the top of the list, with Solardo and Waze & Odyssey just below. Sunday boasts Joseph Capriati, Skream, Yousef and more.
Our pick: If you want a taste of the true elrow spirit, catch resident De La Swing early on on Sunday.
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Supported by Metropolis and Ape on the Saturday, it’ll be a bass affair, with Wilkinson, Noisia, Hype & Hazard, Dub Phizix & Strategy and more DnB and dub artists representing. Sunday leans more to disco, with Joe Goddard, Romare and Crazy P playing live sets. Artwork, Krystal Klear and Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip also perform.
Our tip: Sunday wins again thanks to the pumping selections of Horse Meat Disco.
Parklife takes place on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June at Heaton Park in Manchester. See the full lineup here.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Main photo courtesy of Andrew Whitton