7 acts to see if you’re going to Parklife 2015By Editor
Park Life is one the jewels in the festival calendar.
As an outlet for both upcoming and established talent, it's a perfect mix. And with a potential heat wave on its way, it's surely going to be a beautiful weekend in Manchester. But if you bought your tickets with an intention to just see the big acts and want to know what smaller acts to see, don't worry, pal. We got this. Here are the 7 acts you'd be mad to miss.
Electronic is smashing the charts left, right and centre at the moment, but for those wishing for a trip down memory lane to when it was more for the clubs, Chicago house pioneers Red D and San Soda are ready to remind you. Expect catchy vocal samples laden over crisp beats. Perfect for a late night dance. Catch them at the MK Area 10 stage on Saturday.
6. Earl Sweatshirt
People might misjudge the 21-year-old rapper as a foul-mouthed member of the (apparently) newly broken-up Odd Future clan. They would be very wrong to do so, though, as his lyrics are witty and introspective and backed with offbeat, skewed beats that fling you about a bit. Catch him at the Catch him on the Kaytranada and Friends stage on Sunday.
Grime is celebrating its blooming second wave at the moment, and spearheading this movement is Novelist. His bars have impressed people in high up places, so much so in fact that he was signed by XL Recordings and released an E.P with the company at the start of the year. Catch him on the Now Wave stage on Saturday.
So you're a bunch of Canadian geeks who like to do jazz covers of hip hop songs. What would be the greatest thing that could happen to you? Well, a load of famous rappers jumping on your new album, I guess. And that's exactly what happened. For something a bit experimental be sure to catch these guys at the Kaytranada and Friends stage on Sunday.
3. Fuse ODG
He's not really underground, but there's a chance Fuse might be overlooked at this festival. But we went and saw him a few months back and can assure you, he's a top performer and bundles of energy. For an unpretentious bit of fun catch him on the Main Stage on Sunday.
2. Jamie XX
He's just released his debut album as a solo star and it's definitely worth the wait. With songs featuring his bandmate Romy as well as artists like Young Thug, it's an accomplished record. This will be one of the first times he'll be performing it in front of an audience, which shouldn't be missed. Catch him on the Now Wave stage on Saturday.
1. Mac DeMarco
Mac DeMarco is an anomaly. He makes sincere guitar pop that he records in his apartment in Brooklyn, but when he plays his songs live he manages to incite a frat party atmosphere. But not in a lame way, in a fun way. He just likes to party, I guess. Party with him on the Now Wave stage on Saturday.