The annual 2-day music festival saw thousands flock to Heaton Park; one of the largest municipal parks in Europe covering an area of up to 600 acres. With a line-up boasting big names like Nas, FKA Twigs, Wu Tang Clan, Mark Ronson, Labrinth, Madlib and Rudimental, this year’s gig was surely one not to be missed.
Having been born out of the Mad Ferret festival, Parklife has grown into one of the main weekenders on the British festival calendar. Although this year was “largely trouble-free”, Greater Manchester Police say, the event was still not immune from trouble.
Five people were hospitalised after drinking ‘legal high poppers’, 400 of which the Police confiscated. Although a total of 55 arrests were made by the Police – 26 up from the previous year – it was a less tragic event compared to last year’s in which two teenagers were stabbed and 26-year old Robert Hart was killed by a punch to the head.
The festival-goers held a minute’s silence as part of a moving tribute to Hart led by one of Parklife’s main acts. “It was questionable whether this year’s event would go ahead after last year’s tragedy”, Manchester’s flamboyant fashion editor Jsky told TNT.
“I think people [festival-goers] are more respectful and more aware of the impact their actions have on others at different levels. There was a lot of police presence which helped”, he continued.
With the weather not being great on Saturday, herds of people stayed for the entire duration of the acts. Their patience was rewarded with a sunnier Sunday to which Jsky commented “It always amazes me how no matter the weather, people still stay for the whole day”. To which we echoed the testament of the greatness of Parklife.