I went to Parklife last weekend for the third time but it was my first time at Heaton Park. I’d been to see Oasis at Heaton Park a few years ago and remembered how hard it was to get away from there once the gig had finished and after hearing from people who had been to Parklife last year it didn’t sound like it had improved much. Last time I went to Parklife I was staying with my friend who lived in Fallowfield and I remembered how amazing it was to go to a festival then go back to a house instead of a tent.
I’m pretty sure this is the first year Parklife had sold out and I read that it had 140,000 people attending which has grown massively since it started in Platt Fields Park in the centre of Manchester 11 years ago. Every time I’ve been to Parklife I’d really enjoyed it so I was keen to go again especially as the line up was quite decent. We headed over to Heaton Park in a taxi from Chorlton which cost £20. The drinks weren’t too expensive inside and the queues compared to last year apparently were a lot better organised and we got served quite quickly every time. We also didn’t have to queue for too long to get inside which was good.
Saturday night we saw Katy B, Annie Mac, Rudimental and Snoop Dogg. Katy B was really good live, she’s got a few awesome songs that were good to listen to in the sunshine at the main stage. Rudimental were also really good on the main stage but the atmosphere where we were standing was a bit weak so it could have been better. Snoop Dogg was ok, when he came on I realised how little of Snoop Dogg’s music I actually knew.
We had afterlife tickets for the Wilkinson after party in Manchester at Sound Control which said they stopped letting people in at 12.30pm so we left about 10 minutes before Snoop Dogg finish to beat the rush. We walked to the tram stop from Heaton Park which took about five minutes and we managed to get on a tram quite quickly. We were surprised when we got to Sound Control that there were people there who hadn’t been to Parklife. We were standing next to clean people wearing normal shoes while we were wearing wellies and covered in mud. It was nice being in a place with clean toilets and no queue for the bar unlike at Heaton Park so we all really enjoyed the after party.
Wilkinson played a really good long set and had Becky Hill with him who does the vocals on Afterglow, she was also on the voice a couple of years ago. They played Afterglow which was amazing and also played Wilkinson’s new song Half Light which I also really like. We met them both outside before the end of the night which was pretty cool.
Getting up to do it all again on Sunday was a struggle but after a McDonalds and a shower we were back on it and heading to Heaton Park in our £20 taxi. The weather was a bit worse on the Sunday but the music was a bit better. We first saw Jackmaster and Oneman in the Bugged out tent and then went to see the acts on the main stage. Sam Smith was awesome as was London Grammar. Bastille had some good songs to play but generally as a band I find them really annoying.
After watching Bastille we went to see Disclosure at the Wildlife stage which were amazing. They played on the coolest stage which was in a great spot next to the hill. They played You & Me which is one of my favourite songs and also played Help Me Lose My Mind and Latch which were amazing live. They seemed like really nice guys as well, will definitely try to see them at Glastonbury in a couple of weeks. All round a great weekend. Going to a festival near where you live is awesome.
Thoughts from this week:
- Had a serious case of after festival blues last week
- Have been listening to Disclosure all week
- Tweeted Wilkinson after the after party and he tweeted me back
- Loved that the weather was better than expected at Parklife
- I have definitely missed going to festivals