Every year Parklife Festival prides itself of having a large and eclectic dance music programme that guests can sink their teeth into aside from all the live music that can be seen on the main stage. With covered and outdoor stages collating the best in house, techno, bass music and more there are a large number of world class DJs who will descend on Heaton Park in June. We have picked 5 out of the very many, which we think you should not even think about missing.
Seth Troxler B2B Eats Everything
Last year at Parklife the closing set on the second outdoor stage was brought by Seth Troxler and Jamie Jones, who caused mayhem with their energetic underground flair and proved to be one of the weekend’s highlights. This year one half of that duo returns, this time teamed up with another member from their own quadratic collaboration dubbed JESuS. Seth Troxler and Eats Everything, alongside Skream and Jackmaster are now touring their new B2B2B2B project, the first two of which will be appearing together at Parklife 2015. Both of these DJs are no nonsense party animals and pack a serious punch behind the decks, so expect a rally of noise and serious fun from these friends and collaborators.
Sasha B2B Joris Voorn
In another exclusive back-to-back performance we will see the label bosses of Rejected and Last Night On Earth, Joris Voorn and Sasha, tearing it up in a head to head of what they both do best. With distinctly different sounds ranging from trippy progressive chart remixes that include a best selling rework of London Grammar’s ‘Hey Now’, to cleanly supercharged tech on Voorn’s Rejected label of the ilk of Anton Pieete’s recent roller ‘Galician’, this will no doubt be a wondrous journey through peaks and troughs of energy and bewilderment.
Across to another high-octane area of the dance musical spectrum and we have DJ EZ, the garage superstar whose performances are just as awe inspiring as they are enjoyable to listen to. Notorious for quick cuts, an unparalleled use of loops and pitch shifting to mould his own breakdowns, builds and drops, you will be brought to musical climax before hearing some of the most classic garage anthems you would hope to hear in one of EZ’s sets. If you’re not familiar with this mans exploits, check out his Boiler Room performance to get a taste of what to expect.
Drum & Bass is also something that comes in no short dose at Parklife Festival as labels and clubs brands such as APE, Digital Soundboy, Ram Jam, Metropolis and Hospitality have hosted stages at Parklife Festival in recent years. Andy C is the label owner of Ram Records and has recently been touring his all night long performances, stopping in several revered music hot spots like Brixton’s O2 Academy and Glasgow’s Sub Club. His blending of label classics and brand new material, of which label owners have the honour of being the only possessor, have gone down a storm all over the UK and will no doubt be one of the highlights at Parklife ’15.
Maya Jane Coles
Deep house dame Maya Jane Coles is returning after a stellar special guest performance in 2014 at The Temple. Back in 2010 she broke through to being a dance music superstar with her all summer long played ‘What They Say’. Since then she has remained one of house music’s most in demand female names and has followed up with a platter of tasty releases on labels like Dogmatik, 2020 Vision and Mobilee to name just a few. Appearing towards the top of the billing she will no doubt impress once again this year.
Words by Josh Plews
Images courtesy of Parklife, Factmag, Sasha, Joris Voorn & Andy C.