#Parklife proved why it is Manchester’s biggest weekender.
With more than 140,000 revellers gathering at Heaton Park on Saturday and Sunday for the festival, North Manchester hosted national and global music artists including Stormzy and Ice Cube.
Although the weather was relentlessly wet throughout the weekend which made it a muddy affair, thousands were defiant against the elements by coming out to party in the park.
TNT slinked their way through the huge rain-soaked crowds, to check out the artists’ performances across all eight stages and the quirky and wonderful moments at the event.
From London’s Grime artist Stormzy, to Birmingham’s queen of rap Lady Leshurr, #Parklife2016 was not only pumping revellers’ eardrums but also thudding electrically with energy.
“I love Manchester because you guys bring the energy. 0161 is where it’s at for sure”, Stormzy said as he paused for breath following his sprightly opening track on the main stage.
The excitement of the crowd was palpable as fans roared, cheered and echoed the hits and favourite classics like Busta Rhymes’ ‘I know what you want’.
Whilst the appeal for witnesses for the Parklife murder victim Robert Hart is still ongoing, spirits were high and the energy was electric across the park on all stages. 26-year-old Robert Hart died four days after being punched back at 2014’s Parklife festival.
Two years on, Greater Manchester Police’s (GMP) Det Supt Phil Reade said, “We are one shot away from identifying Robert’s attacker”. However he added that the public’s help is still needed in the investigation.
A total of 38 arrests were made on both days at the festival according to the GMP. Offenses included theft and possession of drugs with intent to supply.
Stealing the show on Saturday was former N.W.A rapper and actor Ice Cube on the main stage. “I’ve heard people talk some sh** about Ice Cube can’t rap no more, he [is] making movies and sh**”, the 47-year-old rapper said before breaking into his classic ‘Check Yo Self’.
Whilst Sunday had a slower start with the park steadily filling by 4pm, Jess Glynne and Busta Rhymes were many of the revellers’ favourites. Fresh from his sold-old London show, Busta opened his set with classic ‘Make it clap’. The crowd went wild with even the festival’s security staff bopping their heads and slightly swaying their bodies like hip-hop-induced pendulums, whilst on duty.
The 26-year-old woman, Rebecca Dacre, reported missing from the festival on Saturday was thankfully found safe and well on Sunday.
Superintendent Graeme Openshaw, of GMP’s Force Events Section, said: “I am pleased to say that the event went well and the majority of people who attended enjoyed a safe and memorable time”.
Look out for TNT’s review of artists Yungen and DJ Mk who both performed on separate days at #Parklife2016 before their TNT interviews.
Until next year, farewell to Parklife and TNT would like to thank the festival’s organisers and staff members.
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TNT Entertainment Yasin Chinembiri