Parklife 2013 – Day 2
Sunday 9th June
Heaton Park, Manchester
With enthusiasm and no pressure, many purchased Parklife tickets before the line-up was even released. Successful nights at The Warehouse Project in 2013/2013 promised big things from Parklife 2013, and ears were kept close to the ground as big name artists in the music industry were released. Many kicked themselves for not buying a ticket sooner, which is a penny saving idea you may choose to use next time.
In true festival style, there were rides and rollercoasters which splashed extra fun into the festival. As expected, all who attended appeared bright, friendly and fun, in predictable festi-wear of straw hats, denim shorts and sunglasses. The weather was gorgeous to say the least, a heat of around 20 degrees with a chilled breeze would put anybody in the mood for an afternoon of music and dancing.
Queues were only an issue to get served in the main bar, until we discovered there were less busy bars inside most tents, which meant I didn’t have to sacrifice seeing an act I was desperate to see in order to quench my thirst.
Undoubtedly, most of my Sunday revolved around The Warehouse Project tent. Julio Bashmore took to the decks to warm the crowd with familiar sounds as normal. He absolutely thrashed his set in the most positive way imaginable. Teasing the crowd, Julio eventually dropped Au Seve, the track that seems to have got him the limelight and attention the ginger genius deserves. There was not a dry seat in the house as men and women, old and young were dripping with sweat, beer and God knows what else as they watched Julio do what he does best. The atmosphere was alive and although the heat was sticky, the occasional cool breeze that fluttered through the tent made everything seem a bit more tolerable.
Moving on, I had high expectations from Eats Everything considering he has torn up The Warehouse Project on several different occasions. The man never fails to disappoint every single time. His carefully chosen, perfectly constructed mixes appeared to cater extremely well to a crowd of many different tastes, as his bassy beats and up-tempo hi-hats emitted music that everyone could enjoy in some way.
The Crosstown Rebels tent attracted me most when I saw Damian Lazarus’ set times. His urge to experiment with music was noticeable yet worked so well, with the odd off melody over an accompanying 4 to the flour. His loyal fans knew his style well, and not once did I see a face that seemed unsure of whether his mix-matching and clashing was intentional or not. The London born deck-master who is rather prone to producing weird and wonderful sounds managed to tear up the dance-floor with ease.
Earlier in the day, when Jurassic 5 graced the main stage, their cheeky tunes really did seem to enlighten everyone around me. Although their music was slightly unfamiliar to my ears, the legendary hip-hop group had me swaying side to side, wishing I knew their words. Some research is definitely necessary here.
Using this year's Parklife as a benchmark to the rest of the summer's festivals sets a very high standard to live up to, but I suppose that's just what happens. What a way to kick off the summer! I can only hope that next year brings the same kind of weather, music and people.
Review by Chloe Jones
Images courtesy of Daniel Watson Photography, Gemma Parker Photography, Gary Brown – GB Multimedia and Jason Yang.