What to expect from the Parklife Festival 2015

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Written by Emily Murray

When you hear the word ‘Parklife’ you probably immediately think of the famous indie-rock song by Blur. However, Parklife is not just a popular 90s song by a London rock band; it is also a weekend music festival held in Heaton Park just outside of the city of Manchester.

Every year over 35,000 party people turn out for the festival which typically takes place on a hot and sunny June weekend, and this year is no different with the festival invading the park on 6th and 7th of June. So what you can expect from this year’s Parklife Weekender?

Eat. Sleep. Rave. Repeat.

With an impressive eight different stages to fill, you can expect a wide range of music to enjoy across the weekend. However, Parklife really is for the party-goers and ravers amongst you as the festival hosts some of the best talents in the dance music industry, old and new.

The line-up certainly leans towards electronic beats and EDM (electronic dance music) meaning the usual dress code for Parklife is a vest, shorts, sunglasses, floral headbands and plenty of neon face and body paint which will light up under the laser light shows provided.


It is not a surprise then that the headliners for the weekend are some of the worlds best in electronic dance music. Headlining the main stage are Disclosure and Rudimental, and being infamous for their brilliant live performances they are sure to put on a show. 

Even if you could write everything you know about EDM on the back of a stamp, you will certainly recognize songs from Disclosure’s debut album Settle including ‘Latch’ and ‘White Noise’, and many of Rudimental’s hits such as ‘Waiting All Night’ and ‘Feel the Love’.

With Rudimental currently nearing the top of the charts with their song ‘Bloodstream’ featuring Ed Sheeran, these two are sure to draw in crowds and ensure everyone has a good time with their electric beats and intoxicating songs.

But be careful not to rave too hard on the first night as you’ll need plenty of energy to keep you going all weekend. Remember; eat, sleep, rave, repeat!



Of course the headliners are brilliant enough to warrant a ticket, but ladies and gentleman the rest of the line-up isn’t too shabby either. If EDM is your thing, then Parklife has plenty to offer you.

From Blonde to Oliver Heldens, the festival features all-star DJ sets from the likes of Annie Mac, MK and Andy C. The festivals two most anticipated acts are Mark Ronson and Fatboy Slim who both have years of experience in the dance music industry, and a wide range of classic songs ready to remix for Parklife attendee’s. 

No matter how deep you like your house and dance music, the weekend’s activities will have you bouncing up and down like a kid who has had too much candy.

Of course if you need to chill out after the late night partying, Parklife has got you covered. George Ezra, Ben Howard, James Bay and Everything Everything are just some of the brilliant pop and indie acts that you can enjoy across the weekend. To see the full line-up click here.

Not just a festival

Like all music festivals there is much more to Parklife than the music. As well as the usual fun fair and stalls to explore, Parklife also has official ‘Afterlife’ parties happening across Manchester over the weekend. Although not much has been revealed about the parties to date, if the acts from last year which included sets from Hannah Wants and Route 94 are anything to go by, then ‘Afterlife’ goers are in for a treat. 

Although standard weekend tickets and Saturday day tickets are sold out for the festival, other tickets including Sunday day are still available. Tickets start from £54.50, which means for the amount of experiences and acts that you will see over the two day weekender, Parklife is a cracking deal. With it being a public park no camping is available on site, but there is plenty of affordable accommodation options to explore.

There is only one festival to go to this year, and that is Parklife!

Parklife takes place 6th and 7th June at Heaton Park Manchester. Tickets are available to buy from their site now.