Festival Preview: The Parklife Weekender

The Parklife Weekender is one of those understated festivals that has jumped right on the horse with some pretty decent lineups, despite not being round for very long, in 2013 it had the likes of Plan B, Rita Ora, Baauer, Disclosure, King Krule, The Temper Trap, A-Trak and Hudson Mohawke. This year, the two-day festival in Manchester really stepped up its game.

Snoop Dogg – arguably one of the most recognisable hip-hop artists of all time is Saturday’s headline act and will understandably look to cement his reputation as one of the greats, performing from his vast catalogue of work. Sunday’s headline act is indie-oxford-based group Foals, I’ll be honest I don’t know much about them, but having listened to a small portion of their latest album, it seems like they’ve rightfully been given a headline spot, it’s an act I’ll definitely be researching up on before I see them in June.

There’s not a lot of out-and-out ‘rock bands’ at The Parklife Weekender, mainly because the acts fall into different categories- Bastille to pop, Warpaint to indie etc etc. It simply depends on your tastes and what you’d class them as, but as far as shredding guitars and big drums are concerned, headliners Foals are the only act you could put in this category.

I’ve already touched upon Snoop, but the supporting rappers at The Parklife Weekender this year are really strong. One of my favourite artists at the moment- Kendrick Lamar, is headlining the ‘Now Wave’ stage, Pusha T will be looking to represent Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music empire, as well as Danny Brown adding yet another UK festival date to his tour. The mysterious Flying Lotus will take to the stage under his rap alter-ego Captain Murphy and the legendary Public Enemy (minus Flava Flav due to a UK ban or something) are also lined up to play.

Where do even begin? I’m tempted to list all the acts under this genre as they don’t really need my justification- if they’re weren’t so many I would have. SBTRKT brings his eerie soul inspired electronic tunes, Bondax continue their rapid climb up the ladder of popularity following their recent nationwide discovery, Chromeo, and the next James Blake – East India Youth are also set to make appearances at the festival. Now this is where The Parklife Weekender comes into it’s own- the colossal DJ lineup, just look below:

Again, another genre well covered by The Parklife Weekender, the ever growing London Grammar make yet another UK festival appearance, and a massive shoutout to bristol-boy George Ezra for securing a spot at Parklife this year too.

Fans of the charts won’t be disappointed either, the ever-familar British selection of Disclosure, Rudimental, Bastille, Sam Smith, Katy B, Ella Eyre and Clean Bandit seem to be givens at Festivals this year, and having seen the first four live already, they’re seriously something to look forward to.

The Parklife Weekender is a personal favourite because of my musical tastes – Kendrick Lamar is one of my favourite rappers, Disclosure’s Settle was one of my favourite albums of 2013, Bondax are an act plaguing my SoundCloud at the moment and you can’t go wrong with Snoop Dogg, for me it’s a cracker of a lineup and I’m sure many will agree.

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