10 acts you have to catch at Parklife 2018 in Manchester this weekend

Parklife begins tomorrow at Manchester’s Heaton Park, bringing with it an incredible, future-focused line up of artists and DJs. We’ve picked some of the best acts across the festival this weekend that you need to make sure not to miss.


The XX, The Parklife Stage

At their All Points East set, The XX wowed audiences with their captivating light shows and melancholic vocals despite playing through a thunderstorm. With significantly better weather forecast for Saturday evening they are one headliner that you need to make sure you don’t miss.

What we want to see them play: ‘Angels’, ‘Islands’ and ‘Dangerous’


N.E.R.D, The Parklife Stage

With the band releasing their first album in seven years at the end of last year, and with guests such as Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, M.I.A and Ed Sheeran involved, its a must to catch the band’s first festival slot of the year on Saturday because, well, you never know.

What we want to see them play: ‘Lemon’, ‘She Wants To Move’ and ‘Everyone Nose’

Sampha, The Parklife Stage

Recently featuring on tracks by the likes of Solange, Kanye West and Drake, Sampha has wowed recent audiences with his heart-wrenching tracks and is guaranteed to provide a live experience like no else.

What we want to see them play: ‘(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano’, ‘Blood on Me’ and ‘Hold On’ 


Bugzy Malone, The Valley

After dropping new single ‘Warning’ this week, Grime artist Bugzy Malone’s set in his hometown of Manchester is one not to miss this weekend at Parklife.

What we want to see him play: ‘WasteMan’, ‘Warning’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Peggy Gou, The Palm House

Peggy Gou is one of the hottest DJs on the festival scene this summer, her techno tracks incorporated with traditional Korean music make for an incredible atmosphere at every single one of her shows.

What we want to see her play: ‘Gou Talk’, ‘It Makes You Forget (Itgehane) and ‘Rose’


Liam Gallagher, The Parklife Stage

With the release of hit singles such as ‘Wall of Glass’ and ‘For What It’s Worth’ from his most recent album, As You Were, Liam Gallagher guarantees a set just as entertaining as his Twitter account.

What we want to see him play: ‘Wall of Glass’, ‘Cigarettes & Alcohol’ and ‘Live Forever’

Everything Everything, The Parklife Stage

After playing Alexandra Palace in March, the electronic Indie band should be more prepared than ever to play an outstanding homecoming set on The Parklife Stage this weekend.

What we want to see them play: ‘Kemosabe’, ‘Distant Past’ and ‘Cough Cough’

Skepta, The Parklife Stage

As one of the most well known artists on the grime scene at the moment we can guarantee Skepta is going to ‘Shutdown’ the Parklife Stage on Sunday. Get your steampunk shades on and go nuts. 

What we want to see him play: ‘Shutdown’, ‘That’s Not Me’ and ‘Man’

Sigrid, The Parklife Stage

With being announced as BBC’s Sound of 2018 and her recent chart success of her single Strangers, Norwegian singer and songwriter Sigrid is sure to play a set that will leave you dancing and singing along to her energetic hits.

What we want to see them play: ‘Strangers’, ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’ and ‘High Five’

Mabel, Sounds Of The Near Future

After releasing a string of chart topping hits such as ‘Fine Line’ and ‘Finders Keepers’ and supporting Harry Styles on his recent tour, Mabel’s fanbase has been growing by the day and we can guarantee after her Sunday set you’ll be on the hype too.

What we want to see her play: ‘Fine Line’, ‘Finders Keepers’ and ‘My Lover’

Words: Callie Winch