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Parklife 2015: Review

By Ella Downing
Parklife 2015: Review

The Student Guide team headed to sunny Manchester (we know!!) experience Parklife 2015 and it was definitely a weekend to remember! Headline acts across the weekend included Disclosure, NAS, Ben Howard, Fatboy Slim, Mark Ronson, George Ezra and Rudimental alongside countless other performers across eight stages. 

Saturday in the sun

Parklife is a non-camping festival situated just outside of Manchester and runs from 11am to 11pm each day, like one big club night but with food. We arrived at midday on Saturday and went through the sneaky press entrance (get us) but the queues to enter were reasonable despite its 70,000 capacity.

Saturday afternoon was spent watching the amazing DJ talent on offer at this year’s festival, these included; Chris Lorenzo, Bondax, The Martinez Brothers and Hercules and Love Affair. All were superb and little dancers were had.

Sunny day at Parklife 2015

More sun at Parklife 2015

Martinez Brothers at Parklife 2015

Hercules and Love Affair at Parklife 2015

A little chat with someone called Fatboy Slim

After an afternoon of dancing and a few cheeky beers, we had to go and do some work… The amazing legend that is Fatboy Slim needed to be interviewed. We chatted just before his set and had been assured that it would be full of acid house madness, we weren’t disappointed. It was fast paced, heavy and fun and his energy and engagement with the crowd was brilliant to watch.

The other headliners Disclosure smashed the main stage playing a mixture of their well-known hits and some of their new material. Vocalist Gregory Porter came on to perform their new single Holding On which was a special moment.

Fatboy Slim DJing at Parklife 2015

Crowd at Fatboy Slim at Parklife 2015

Disclosure graphics at Parklife 2015

Disclosure live visuals at Parklife 2015

More sun on Sunday

On Sunday, we were back for more and the standard of music was just as consistent as it had been on Saturday.  Route 94, TCTS, Josh Butler, and Tourist all delivered solid house sets throughout the afternoon and early evening.

Techno, techno, techno

We then caught heavier, techno sounds and crazy graphics from DJs Bicep, Joy Orbison, George Fitzgerald, and Adam Beyer.

Headliners, NAS, George Ezra and Rudimental headlined their respective stages on Sunday night, but we opted for American composer Caribou who was absolutely outstanding. Performing with a live band with incredible lighting and graphics he was a cut above the rest, emotive, moving and clever. It was the perfect end to a great weekend.

Caribou crowd at Parklife 2015

Food and other stuff

Alongside the music, the other elements of the festival were strong. Food stalls and bars were abundant and moderately priced and the queues for them were also very manageable. There was plenty of staff and security around who were all extremely helpful and friendly. The site set up was easily accessible as all the tents weren’t too spread out so it was easy to get to one stage from another and act clashes had been managed as best as possible.

Four festival goers at Parklife 2015

Our verdict

Travel to and from the festival site from Manchester city centre was problematic for many due to the mad rush at 11pm and although shuttle buses, taxis and metro link were available these were oversubscribed. Unfortunately, this is to be expected from a non-camping, centrally(ish) located festival and it certainly didn’t put people off attending. Overall Parklife boasted a huge range of music to suit all tastes, good facilities, security and a feel good crowd and atmosphere! We loved it and can’t wait till next year.

Sunset across Parklife 2015 festival site

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