Wed 4 Jun 2014

Parklife 2014: Staff Picks


So this weekend, one of the largest parks in Europe, Heaton Park hosts one of the highlights of the Manchester calender Parklife Weekender. The sold out festival has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2010 growing to 70,000 people per day. As the capacity grows, so does the line-up and attractions with loads to explore across the site. Headliners this year include Foals and Snoop Dogg with the likes of Bastille, Disclosure, Rudimental also on the bill with stages hosted by some of the World’s biggest clubbing brands such as Hot Creations and Kaluki. 
When you look at the biggest nine stage ages, the line-up really is seriously strong and varied the whole way down the bill and makes the ticket price look an absolute bargain. So your mind is bound to boggle as to who to see and when, especially as you’re probably busy worrying about the weather. This time round instead of one person giving their picks on who to see, the question got passed around the office and we all came up with our 12 key picks of who to watch at the festival across all stages and if you are not heading to Parklife, do not fear, we have added ticket links to the artists touring.

Bipolar Sunshine

Main Stage, Saturday

Expect: A Soulful pop singer with a splash of indie and rap dancing away in his home town!





Red Bull Music Academy, Saturday
Expect: A bass heavy, techno infused set by a 17 year old sounding like he’s been in the game 15 years.


Clean Bandit

Main Stage, Sunday
Expect: A more than interesting fusion of classical instruments and dance and old school garage pushing boundaries.

George Ezra

Main Stage, Saturday
Expect: Bluesy, gripping acoustic ballads sung by a power husky voice.


Ryan Hemsworth

Sounds of the Near Future, Sunday
Expect: A talented Canadian dropping a mix of rap and hip-hop and sample based electronic music. 

Bonobo (DJ set)

Now Wave, Saturday
Expect: A real mix of electronic and dance music with all your favourite Bonobo tracks seamlessly dropped throughout. 



Public Enemy

Ram Jam / The Collonade, Sunday
Expect: A giant clock around Flavor Flav’s neck and some of the biggest icons in Hip-Hop history playing all the classics in a rare appearance.


Main Stage, Sunday
Expect: Probable crowd surfing and one of the biggest and best modern indie bands playing a crowd-pleasing hedonistic set.



Raleigh Ritchie

Main Stage, Saturday
Expect: The next big thing. Soulful British R&B. 


Flying Lotus

Red Bull Music Academy, Saturday
Expect: An audio-visual experience like no other if he brings along his Layer 3 show. Crazy electronic beats and edits with heavy bass, rap and hip-hop samples.


Andrew Weatherall

Under 500, Sunday
Expect: A fantastic beard and the coolest 50 year old around. Plus a meld of good music from a legend who has without a doubt produced or remixed some of your favourite tracks and artists. 


Main Stage, Saturday
Expect: A Grammy winning soulful singer with a stunning voice and dance infused pop tracks.

Becky Hill

Main Stage, Saturday
Expect: A powerful voice, catchy tunes and stunning covers.