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FESTIVAL: Top 5 live acts @ Parklife


Since its inception, Parklife Festival has always curated cutting-edge line-ups consisting of a wide range of genres. Now in its the 9th year it’s still growing and enhancing its reputation as the crown jewel in Manchester’s music scene. Take a look at our interview with the founder of  Warehouse Project and Parklife, Sacha Lord, and explore the creative mind behind the festival. This year’s line-up continues to put diverse and exciting acts at the forefront.

During the festival weekend, you do really feel the whole city of Manchester come together for one big party and it doesn’t look like this party is ending anytime soon. Here I’ll give my top 5 picks for who you need to see at this year’s Parklife. The line-up is jam-packed full of talent so this wasn’t easy. But here goes:


One of the most accomplished acts on the bill this year. Her unique style of soul-infused R&B is made for big festival stages. Her last album, 2016’s A Seat At The Table was genuinely ground-breaking so this isn’t something you want to miss.


Is there a better hip-hop album than Illmatic? Feel free to answer that one. Nas doesn’t need any introduction. One of the greatest rappers there’s ever been. Again, this is something you don’t want to miss.

Ben UFO & Call Super

Ben UFO & Call Super on their own would probably get onto this list. But both of them together? Absolute shoo-in. Who knows what they have planned for us but one thing’s for sure it’s going to get us dancing. Both are pioneers behind decks so expect some mind-bending greatness when they get the party started.

Ricardo Villalobos

The Chilean-born DJ and producer has been in the game for decades and still manages to completely mesmerise and surprise audiences. It’s difficult to really pin down what to expect from a Villalobos set as they’re always different so just expect something pretty unique.

Pusha T

The last time I saw Pusha T was at Parklife a few years ago. He was amazing that day so pretty sure he’s going to treat us all again this year. Always controversial and never boring if I had to put some money on it I’d say this will be the highlight of the weekend.

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PREVIEW: Parklife Festival & Top 5 Picks

Time is running out to grab your Parklife tickets!

It’s almost that time of the year again where Parklife takes over Manchester. Situated in the beautiful surroundings of Heaton Park it’s one of the most highly anticipated festivals of the festival season. There’s nowhere else you should be on the weekend of June 9th and 10th, and time is running out to grab your tickets!

Last year saw acts like Frank Ocean and The 1975 take to the stage. But this year it’s got bigger and better and has an eclectic line-up that celebrates both the old and new generations of true Manchester music, and also features some of the best bands, DJ’s and producers from all over the world. To help you out, I’ve picked out my top 5 unmissable sets from this impeccable line up of acts who’ll be throwing down at the festival this year. 

Liam Gallagher

First off, and top of my list, I had to include Liam. One of the best lead singers of his generation is returning to his hometown and he’s back at Heaton Park, the scene of the crime for Oasis’ headline gigs back in 2009. His debut solo album ‘As You Were’ has taken the charts by storm and has Liam back to his snarling best. His recent live shows have been a true spectacle, and the messiah of Manchester music is back on form. Expect lots of attitude and bags of rock n roll for this headline slot.



Arguably one of the most exciting acts to come out of Manchester in recent times, IAMDDB. is already well underway for a huge 2018 and an act that undoubtedly represents the new sound of the city. Taking influences from jazz, trap and afrobeat she’s a truly unique musician and bound to be on top form performing in her hometown to the people she came up with.


Peggy Gou

Peggy Gou has had an insane last 12 months – a meteoric rise, even featuring on the cover of Mixmag earlier this year. Always independent and uncompromising, Gou creates some of the most cutting-edge house music you’re likely to hear. With her eclectic mixes seamlessly traversing genres that range from the historic New-York house to jazz, and ultra-modern world music influences to boot Gou has created a unique and groovy sound. It seems like she is definitely an act for the people at Parklife who really want to dance.



One of the most accomplished performers I’ve ever seen, Bonobo has garnered a cult following from his last album ‘Migration’. Another example of the beautiful evolution of the downtempo electronica that the producer has specialised in since the early 00s. Brilliantly adept at playing small clubs and big festival stages this Bonobo is one act that should not be missed.



New Zealand-born singer-songwriter Lorde is pretty much a global phenomenon – hats off to the Parklife team for this booking. One of the most talented singers in the music business, Lorde absolutely dominates the stage when she performs. She’s made for big festival stages so expect one of the best performances of the weekend. Put her down as an artist that most festival goers will be able to jam to.

Interview with The Main Man

Last month we had the honour of hosting Parklife and Warehouse Project co-founder Sacha Lord-Marchionne. See our chat with the Manchester Legend below: