Parklife Festival 2017: Frank Ocean plays his first UK festival since 2014, rounding off Manchester’s sold-out weekender
Frank Ocean crowned Manchester’s Parklife this weekend in what was his first UK festival performance since 2014. Bringing the weekender to an impressive end, the acclaimed singer songwriter opened his Main Stage set with ‘Solo’. Playing on a runway on day 2 of the festival while his set also included hits ‘Chanel’ and ‘Thinkin Bout You’.
On Saturday, Manchester four-piece The 1975 rounded off the evening’s proceedings with a homecoming performance on the Main Stage.
Which followed a touching tribute to the terror attack in the city last month. Lead singer Matt Healy joined festival directors and other local notable figures. In attendance was Mayor of Manchester Andy Burnham, as well as the police and emergency services. These comprised of people who were integral in saving the lives of the victims involved in the recent Manchester bombing. The result was an uplifting chant of “Manchester! Manchester!”.
Further highlights from across the weekend included Boy Better Know welcoming key crew member Skepta on stage. The pair performed stand-out tracks from his Konnichiwa LP including “Man” and “That’s Not Me”. Other huge performances came from Giggs and Stormzy.
Drum and bass legend Goldie led a masterclass in the genre with an ‘influences’ set on David Rodigan MBE’s hugely popular ‘Super Ram Jam’ stage. It was this stage that also saw Wiley and Andy C perform.
Chart toppers Zara Larsson, Raye, Jess Glynne and London Grammar also lit up the Main Stage across the weekend. Superstar DJs Fatboy Slim, Carl Cox, Pete Tong and Eric Prydz continued the party into the evening with revellers’ spirits raised.