The gem in Manchester’s crazy, hedonistic club-loving crown, Parklife is back for another year at the city’s Heaton Park. Now one of the biggest dance-music events in the country, Parklife delivers annually with both an incredible line-up and the most up-for-it festival punters Northern England has to offer. Come rain or shine, you’re sure to find an artist or DJ to obsess over amongst the crazy props of the Elrow goes Bronx stage, the tropical-inspired Palm House or the Ibizan staple, Circoloco – whether you’ll find your head afterwards is a different matter entirely…
Parklife 2018 headliners
Saturday: The xx
Why they’ll be great? The xx are frequently heralded as one of the UK’s best current bands, and rightly so. With their eclectic blend of electronica and indie-rock, their mystical yet dazzling music translates perfectly to a live show, especially on a festival stage. Expect mystifying beats and sultry vocals and a live performance quite unlike anything Parklife’s used to.
Sunday: Liam Gallagher
Why he’ll be great? Well, it’s Liam Gallagher, in a field, in central Manchester. If Noel and Bonehead were there too, it’d be the dream come true for millions of Brits who still pour over Oasis reunion rumours online, clutching their ‘What’s the Story…’ vinyl to their chest while inconsolably sobbing. Regardless, Liam alone will be enough to electrify Sunday night’s crowds at Parklife in his headline slot – expect bucket hats galore, plenty of flying piss in plastic cups and more than one wonky tear being shed to ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Star’ and ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’.
Who else is playing Parklife this year?
With a mammoth line-up across the weekend, punters can expect to hear the finest selection of music the world has to offer; from the techno-laden, crazily decorated Elrow tent, featuring sets from Richy Ahmed, Eats Everything and Detlef, to The Valley’s ridiculously strong offering of hip-hop titans A$AP Rocky and Earl Sweatshirt and club legends Carl Cox and Annie Mac, there’s definitely something on offer for everyone. Here’s the entire line-up so far:
The Parklife Stage: The xx / N.E.R.D / Lorde / Sampha / Jessie Ware / Raye / Mnek / Dermot Kennedy / Dance Lady Dance / Nicola Bear / Liam Gallagher / Skepta / Chvrches / Everything Everything / Sigrid / Not3s / Nicola Bear
The Valley: A$AP Rocky / Giggs / Bugzy Malone / AJ Tracey / Stefflon Don / IAMDDB / Earl Sweatshirt / Casisdead / Virgil Abloh / LEVELZ / Barely Legal / Jamz Supernova / Jonny Dub / Carl Cox / Annie Mac / Hot Since 82 / Bicep (DJ) / Denis Sulta / Artwork / Hammer / Krysko & Greg Lord
Sounds of the Near Future: Bonobo / Jon Hopkins (Live) / Tom Misch / Bicep (Live) / Maribou State / Joe Kay / Ross From Friends / Top Tripp / Now Wave DJs / Will Orchard / J Hus / Vince Staples / Dave / The Internet / The Blaze / Kelela / Mabel / Confidence Man / Jesse James Solomon / Now Wave DJs
Elrow Presents: Richy Ahmed / Lawler / Detlef / Mella Dee / Toni Vagra / Tini Gessler / Eats Everything / Camelphat / Mele / Bastian Bux / Andres Campo / James Organ
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Circoloco: Jamie Jones B2B / Seth Troxler B2B / The Martinez Brothers / Jackmaster / Solardo / Kink / Kim Ann Foxman / Sossa
The Hangar – Pryda: Eric Prydz / Green Velvet / Kolsch / Yousef / Cristoph / Yotto / Lauren Lo Sung / Olli Ryder & Luke Welsh
We Still Believe: The Black Madonna / Jackmaster / Midland / Peggy Gou / Mall Grab / Honey Dijon / Haai / Zutekh DJs
Metropolis: Special Guest TBA / Hype & Hazard / TQD ft. Royal T, DJ Q & Flava D / Friction / Crucast ft. Darkzy, Skepsis, Notion, Mr Virgo & Bru-C / Grandmixxer & Capo Lee / Sasasas / North Base / Mark XTC
WHP & Kaluki Present: Solomun / Marco Carola / Adam Beyer / Joseph Capriati / Alan Fitzpatrick / Lauren Lane / Pirate Copy / Pete Zorba
The Hanger: Justice – live / MK / Gorgon City – live / Solardo / Bontan / Icarus / Mason Maynard / Will Tramp
The Palm House: Jamie xx / Four Tet / Nina Kraviz / Motor City / Drum Ensemble / Young Marco / Shanti Celeste / Or:la
Ram Jam: Andy C / David Rodigan / My Nu Leng / Donae’o / Soul II Soul / Goldie (’92 – ’94 classics set) / Randall / Chimpo (Dub plate set) / Channel One / Sound System / Venum Sound / Special Guest Shy FX
Where can I get tickets for Parklife 2018?
Saturday and weekend General Admission tickets are now sold out, but you can grab a VIP Saturday ticket for £85 or a VIP weekend ticket for £145 right here. Grab a Sunday ticket for £65 here.
When is Parklife 2018?
Parklife will take place on Saturday 9th to Sunday 10th June 2018.
Where is Parklife 2018?
Heaton Park, Manchester.
Words: Poppie Platt