Parklife once again opened the gates of Heaton Park, Manchester to 100,000 festival revellers for a weekend of nothing but good memories. Previous years saw Parklife showered over with rainy forecasts for the whole duration however, we could not complain one bit this year as for most of the weekend the rain held back, and we could enjoy a drier time enjoying the festival!
Year after year Parklife never disappoint with their line ups, anticipating when they are pending, and are awaiting a release date to see who will be performing. It was no doubt a treat for the eyes when we saw Eric Prydz will be presenting his new 3D light show ‘HOLO’ in the well-known stage at Parklife – The Hangar, which also saw the likes of MK, Solardo and Gorgon City LIVE.
We were spoilt for choice as Parklife offered us 8 stages to choose from, there was no reason to find a genre of music that you didn’t like. Saturday saw the Spanish born brand, Elrow takeover a stage. Undoubtedly, this was one of the most popular stages at the festival, from opening where we saw Tini Gessler and Mella Dee play outstanding warm up sets to Steve Lawler and Richy Ahmed WOW us with nothing but groovy, bassy beats to close the stage. All the DJ’s had the place rocking and there was never a dull moment, especially when you are choking on confetti!
The Hangar, a classic metal like structure with a capacity of 15000, is no stranger to Parklife. Would Parklife even be the same without it? Sunday, we saw fast rising talent Mason Maynard fill the place to full capacity at 2pm, where the crowd chanted along to his very successful, BBC Radio 1 Dance Anthem favourite track ‘Puffy’. The sound vibrated the whole arena, it was clear Parklife did not hold back on their sound system budget.
Now come on… did you think we were going to forget about the Circoloco stage on Saturday? Of course not. This was the highlight of the whole weekend. From the minute we saw Jamie Jones b2b Seth Troxler b2b The Martinez Bros be released on the 1st instalment of the line up we knew this was going to be one to remember. Nothing could prepare us for their 4 HOUR SET which took us all on a musical journey hearing the contrasting sounds of each individual artist.
Sacha Lord, Parklife and The Warehouse Project boss and Manchester’s first night-time economy adviser, is passionate about UK clubs and festivals including drug testing labs at their events. Parklife offered this service with help from ‘The Loop’ a charity that can test drugs for ravers, so they can see what they are really taking. We think this is a MASSIVE step forward in the rave community and Parklife are seeing positive results from this outcome.
Volunteers were scattered across the festival with always one in sight giving a helping hand. Parklife offer a shuttle bus wristband for a small fee which we thought was a fantastic idea, not only is this initiative saving the environment, this reduces the traffic flow and cost to get to the festival site for all attendees. Security staff were very nice, and it seemed like they cared about the wellbeing of the ravers; this can sometimes be a downfall at festivals with security being unreasonable.
The countdown to Parklife 2019 is already on, after such an amazing weekend with good vibes and the best in music we cannot wait to be back! But don’t worry we don’t have to wait a whole year for such an amazing event. The Warehouse Project, the winter series of events, will be around quicker than you know it so if you’re like us and can’t wait 365 days… this is one is for you!