This year’s Parklife is set to be bigger and better than ever before. And so far, it’s looking very promising.
Hundreds of thousands of people flooded to Heaton Park on Saturday morning for the first day of the two-day festivities.
After yesterday’s rainy showers, and in true Manchester fashion, the grounds this year are as muddy as can be. But in spite of this and the heavy security in place, nothing is spoiling the spirits of the enthusiastic festival goers. There’s a myriad of colours, glitter, smiles and wellies galore.
Headlining the main stage was Manchester’s own The 1975 who performed after the indie rock band, Two Door Cinema Club.
Matty Healy, frontline singer and performer of The 1975 entertained the crowds with his charming personality, charisma and talent. Touring their 2016 album ‘I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It’, they performed hits including ‘UGH!’ and ‘Somebody Else’. They also treated fans to much-loved, and much-anticipated songs from their first album including ‘You’ and ‘Chocolate’.
Saturday also saw the likes of Chaka Khan, Ghetts and P Money take both the main stage and The Temple stage.
Boy Better Know also proved a hit as the headliner performer of The Temple stage, with the crowds echoing their hit song ‘Too Many Men’.
A giant fairground wheel and ride are positioned between stages. Parklife goers are continually letting their hair down in any way they can.
Students annually populate a large proportion of the festival.This year we spoke to Victoria, a recent University of Manchester student.
She said: ‘I’m beyond excited for Parklife this year. I’ve just finished my final exams and I’m ready to celebrate the summer! I’m probably looking forward to DJ Ez and Giggs the most’.
Sunday’s lineup is looking just as promising. With the likes of Stormzy, Frank Ocean, Jess Glynne, Wiley and Zara Larsson set to make their way to the crowds in Manchester.
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TNT Entertainment Alexia Hendrickson