Parklife Weekender 2014 preview

A walk in the park guide to Parklife 2014

Photographer: Sara BowreyMatt Miles on 30 May 2014

Taking place in its usual home of Heaton Park in Manchester from 6-7 June. Parklife Weekender 2014 is shaping up to be every bit the sell out event that it has built its name on. Headlined by rap superstar and money supermarket spokesman Snoop Dogg making the welcome return to his hip hop heritage and leaving behind the Snoop Lion moniker, the weekend will see performances from a host of talented artists, here is a pick of some of our favourites.


Foals have earned their headline status with hard graft and incredible live performances. Yannis Philippakis is one of the most engaging and electrifying frontmen in the current festival rotation, having been nominated repeatedly for the NME Award for Best Live Act of the year and winning the 2013 Q Award for Best Live Band, expect this headline show to be nothing short of extraordinary. Yannis will be looking to cement and validate his credentials.

Danny Brown

Danny Brown who this writer feels would have made a far more legitimate replacement for the late withdrawal of Kendrick Lamar’s headline slot, is one of the most individual acts gracing the hip hop scene with his prominent presence. Bringing as much swagger to his live show as he does to his recorded releases, Danny Brown is one of a handful of artists capable of delivering his explosive brand of energy and lyricism live in a genre plagued by lacklustre stage shows. Expect the rapper to be just as frenzied as the crowd he whips into a deserved hysteria.

Ella Eyre

Making her mark on the charts and festival scene performing vocals on Rudimental's number one smash hit ‘Waiting All Night’, she has also joined up with big names from Naughty Boy and Wiz Khalifa to Bastille and Tinie Tempah. Striking out on her own with singles ‘Deeper’ and ‘If I Go’ it’s time for the UK songstress to bask in a spotlight all of her own. Sharing the main stage on Sunday with past collaborators Bastille expect them to at some point join up to perform ‘No Angels’ and ‘Free’.

Introducing: Live Recreate Discovery

Taking the festival scene by storm last year with their masterful reconstruction of Daft Punk’s iconic album Discovery. If you missed out don’t worry, they will at Parklife this year giving you a second chance to catch this aurally orgasmic opportunity. The six piece band specialise in recreating albums that have never been played live (in there entirety at least), even by their original artists. Dance yourself into a sweaty mess to the robo-grooves of ‘Discovery’.

Broke 'n’ £nglish

With the transcontinental hip hop credentials of Snoop Dogg, Public Enemy and A$AP Rocky, it’s only fair that an English element gets a showing. It’s also a welcome change to see the dollar sign replaced with a pound symbol on the line up. Broke’N’£nglish are yet another hip hop act capable of changing the stale state of simplistic live shows. Delivering a ferocious energy backed with witty lyricism and a genuine passion for what they are doing, if you were planning to check out the fantastic array of American rap on offer, be sure to support some of our own home grown talent. 

The festival has sold out every year since it was first launched in 2010 by the promoters behind The Warehouse Project. This year will see new stage installations including a 20,000 capacity outdoor dance stage known as The Temple.

Parklife Weekender tickets are now on sale, priced at £79.50 for a weekend, without camping. Day tickets are also available at £49.50 each.

Click here to buy Parklife Weekender tickets.


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