Monday, 20 April 2015


From The Smiths to Sankeys, Manchester’s rich musical heritage spans a myriad of different genres. However, the demise of Madchester and the subsequent downfall of venues like the Hacienda have left somewhat of a vacuum in recent times. The rise of Warehouse Project and Parklife as a subsection of the institution’s efforts has gone some way to filling this void. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a better location for a festival showcasing the elite in local and international talent.

Parklife 2015 differs somewhat to previous years in a decided focus on artist-curated stages; following from Warehouse Project’s successful return to Store Street. This is sure to facilitate a real sense of coherence across the weekend, while creating a genuine sense of community within the often-homogenized festival scene.

This festival season you’ll be sure to hear Parklife’s line up described as inherently 'eclectic', a buzzword that may actually occur with good reason. Balancing crowd pleasers like headliners Disclosure and Rudimental alongside more niche acts has continually been Parklife’s ambition. Such an approach has always produced dividends for the festival, so much so that the desperate scramble for tickets has enabled weekend tickets to sell out in record time this year.

Highlights across the weekend include festival mainstays Jamie XX and James Blake taking to the ‘Now Wave’ stage, illustrating the more ethereal and experimental acts on offer. While Wu Tang Clan’s inclusion and Nas’s performance of his masterpiece ‘Illmatic’ represent Parklife’s continued efforts to not simply consign hip-hop to the sidelines.

Indeed it would be easy to simply reiterate the sheer quantity of great artists performing in 2015, with Julio Bashmore, critically acclaimed Caribou, bass and techno heavyweights Joy Orbison B2B with George Fitzgerald playing to name just a few. After purveying the line-up a frankly unnatural amount of times, just about the greatest problem of this year’s Parklife is deciding which stage to go to, attendees have surely been left spoilt for choice. That the greatest grievance with Parklife is the lack of camping at Heaton Park says a lot. The fevered pilgrimage to Heaton Park will surely merit one of the highlights of the year; this one is going to be special.

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Words by Ben Butler