This year Parklife has outdone itself once again after the full line up announcement was brought to our attention last week. There is a seriously good mix of everything you might want to listen to at a festival, from soothing acoustic to heart pounding techno. Here we’ve picked the cream of the crop if you’re going for the live music. We will be following this up with our 5 Must See DJ Sets next week, in case your tastes are a little more electronic.
If you haven’t heard of Disclosure, you must have been hiding under a rock or in the dark depths of an underwater wreck somewhere, as these guys have been owning the charts since the duo began releasing their music a couple of years ago. Brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence first made waves when their single ‘Latch’, which features vocals from Sam Smith, climbed to the number 11 spot in the UK Singles Chart. This has been followed by a rally of other hit singles including ‘White Noise’ and ‘You & Me’, again inviting accomplished vocalists AlunaGeorge and Eliza Doolittle to feature on the tracks. Their performance will be a high octane journey through their hits, past, presents and future and will no doubt be a huge crowd puller.
One of the greatest hip-hop artists ever will be making his first appearance at Parklife this year. We are talking about Nas, the Grammy nominated vocalist behind ‘Illmatic’, which is hailed as one of hip-hops greatest albums of all time. As his debut LP, ‘Illmatic’ was influential on both hip-hop music and its culture as it has paved a way for many artists’ styles that hang amongst the charts today and throughout history. Now 20 years after its original release, Nas is touring the world performing ‘Illmatic’ in its entirety, however this performance at Parklife will see Nas performing a selection of his best work.
As a celebrated singer, songwriter and musician, Ben Howard has been a chart-topping name for a number of years, most radically since he released his debut studio album ‘Every Kingdom’ in 2011. The LP in question contained the hits ‘Keep Your Head Up’ and ‘Only Love’, the second of which climbed to the number 9 spot in the UK Top 40. These tracks and the others helped the album to go platinum and receive a number of awards in the following years that include 2 BRIT Awards, The Mercury Prize and an Ivor Novello Award.
Hip-hop and soul collective The Roots will also be performing live at Parklife 2015, the American band founded by Tariq ‘Black Thought’ Trotter and Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thomson in 1987 Philadelphia. Known for their eclectic performances that bring a jazzy element to contemporary hip-hop, The Roots integrate a large number of musical instruments during their shows, an alternative to the traditional hip-hop making methods of sampling and using drum machines. With 7 US Top 10 albums and a huge 12 Grammy nominations, three of which they won, The Roots are a musically brilliant insight into an alternative sound of contemporary hip-hop.
Starting out as a dancer in the videos of pop greats like Kylie Minogue and Ed Sheeran, singer songwriter and producer FKA Twigs, or Tahliah Barnett broke through into the music mainstream after her debut album ‘LP1’ hit the shelves last year, attracting a host of critical acclaim. Nominated for the Mercury Prize and a Grammy Award, ‘LP1’ reached number 16 in the UK chart and catapulted FKA Twigs to playing a series of national gigs and festivals, including her performance at Parklife 2015.
Words by Josh Plews
Images courtesy of Parklife Festival