The Parklife Weekender in Manchester endured a mixed opening day yesterday (June 7) – including bad weather and local news reports of stabbings at the event – before Snoop Dogg brought proceedings to a close on the main stage with a career-spanning headlining set.
Although arriving on stage around ten minutes late, Snoop wasted no time in overcoming sound issues to plough through the hits – including ‘Next Episode’, ‘Nuthin’ But A G Thang’ and ‘What’s My Name?’ He also referenced others too, rapping over Joan Jett & The Blackhearts’ ‘I Love Rock & Roll’ and covering ‘Jump Around’ by House Of Pain.
In a set lasting well over an hour, Snoop – clad in an American flag-patterned jumper and backed by hype-men, samplers and a live drummer – kept his between-song talk relatively minimal, except for when paying tribute to late peers Tupac and Biggie Smalls. “I’m in the mood for some old school shit,” he said at one point, leading into ‘Lodi Dodi’ from 1993’s ‘Doggystyle’ – although he still found time to include more recent collaborations, like Katy Perry’s ‘California Gurls’ and the recent Jason Derulo-featuring single, ‘Wiggle’.
Organisers were forced to delay the start of the Heaton Park-based festival in the morning, after heavy rain had flooded areas of the site – however with the weather improving throughout the day, all stages ended up running to schedule. The sun had even come out by the time of Katy B’s main stage performance early evening, which drew heavily from on latest album ‘Little Red’. Technical problems still remained from the earlier downpour though, with Rudimental forced to briefly halt their performance mid-set due to sound issues.
Electronica experimentalists and label-mates Flying Lotus and Thundercat were among those on the Red Bull Music Academy stage; where, earlier, producer Zomby surprised those who’d turned up to see him by playing a far heavier, drum’n’bass opening to his set than the two-step garage he’s known for. Leaving the stage mid-way through the show, he then returned to his more familiar style.
A$AP Rocky had one of the largest crowds at the Now Wave tent for an hour-long performance that saw the Harlem rapper step in as a late replacement for Kendrick Lamar, constantly demanding the Parklife crowd to “turn it up” between songs. He followed an energetic performance from Canadians Chromeo, who had people dancing to recent single ‘Jealous (I Ain’t With It)’.
Unfortunately the festival was marred by local news reports of two men being stabbed and two arrested during a brawl. Parklife continues today (June 8) with headliners including Foals, Disclosure and Bastille.
Snoop Dogg played:
‘Tha Dogg In Me’
‘All I Do Is Win’
‘Nuthin’ But A G Thang’
‘I Wanna Rock’
‘Gin And Juice’
‘I Wanna Love You’
‘I Love Rock & Roll’
‘2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted’
‘Murder Was The Case’
‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’
‘What’s My Name?’