7 of the best moments that went down at Parklife 2018
Allllllllllllll the people...
Based in Manchester, Parklife is one of the most exciting festivals you'll find in the north of England. Covering all musical tastes with an array of genres on display, such as grime, indie, techno and rock & roll, I visited Heaton Park, where this year's festival was held, and felt like I needed to let you lovely lot in on my favourite moments from the weekend.
The emotional performance from the Manchester Survivors Choir
Introduced by Andy Burnham, the choir made up of parents and children who survived the attack at Ariana Grande's concert last year put on a touching performance with their new charity single "A City United". The sheer emotion put into the lyrics of the song makes it a fitting tribute for remembering the tragic day.
The Monster B2B2B2B to close the Circo Loco stage
Four tech-house masterminds manned the decks to close the Circo Loco stage on the first day of Parklife. Head of Hot Creations Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler and the Martinez Brothers dropped some disco bangers whilst the sun went down over Heaton Park and it was magical. A special highlight from their set includes when they dropped "Rhythm is a Dancer" by Snap! and accompanied it with some fire dance moves.
Eric Prydz closing out the Hangar with "Opus"
Eric Prydz is a legend when it comes to progressive house tunes and there was no other way to end a perfect hour and half set than with "Opus". He brought his world-renowned Holo tour to Parklife and it didn't disappoint. The lighting effects in the newly renovated Hangar were mindblowing as they shone across thousands of ravers.
There was nothing but elaton in the crowd after waiting 3 minutes and 43 seconds for the drop to kick in.
— ralph (@JackGreen_) June 11, 2018
Liam Gallagher's debut at 'Parkalife'
Before LG's performance at Parklife he sent out a tweet, which was definitely not a dig at Blur, about being unsure about the festivals name, so decided to change it to PARKALIFE.
Stick an A in the middle of the K and the L and we're there PARKALIFE sounds better already as you were LG the genius x
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) June 9, 2018
His set was magical and he came through on his promise to play "lots and lots of Oasis." Liam performed an acoustic version of "Live Forever", which he dedicated to the 22 victims of the Manchester Arena attack. Bringing out former bandmate Bonehead was also a highlight of Gallagher's performance as they united to perform top Oasis anthems "Cigarettes & Alcohol" and "Supersonic".
Liam Gallagher. Parklife 2018.
See you next year... pic.twitter.com/jVTvCpkZ2I
— Parklife (@Parklifefest) June 10, 2018
A$AP Rocky bringing out Skepta to collab on their new song "Praise The Lord"
Two legends of the rap/grime scene set the main stage on fire after A$AP Rocky brought out Skepta. It's amazing to see grime artists taking over the U.S. after conquering the UK and this track sums up the effect it's had on the American scene.
If you haven't heard this mammoth tune yet, check out the track booming out the Parklife stage below:
The amount of times "Finder (The Path)" by Ninetoes was played on Sunday
There's no denying that "Finder" is a tune and that was proved in Heaton Park on the second day of Parklife. Alan Fitzpatrick, Joseph Capriati and Carl Cox all dropped the floorfiller and EVERY, SINGLE, TIME it had everyone in attendance going crazy. In my opinion, there's no other instrument that brings people together as much as a steel drum. It just never gets old.
Here's Carl Cox dropping it for a final time at The Valley stage. Oh Yes Oh Yes!
— Ellis Fitzgibbons (@Ellisfitzy05) June 11, 2018
The Sunday Sunshine at the Temple (...and rain)
I was based at the WHP & Kaluki hosted Temple stage for most of day two, and the weather came through! Watching Alan Fitzpatrick and Joseph Capriati in the sunshine was one of my favourite moments because everyone watching was truly in their element. Then, almost as if it was planned, as soon as the discs were handed over to Adam Beyer the heavens opened and gave everyone a well needed cooldown.
If you left the Temple to go inside, then you missed the absolute belter of a show that Beyer put on.
Parklife 2018 was one hell of a weekend. Catering for everyone's musical tastes with acts ranging from Sampha and Skepta to Kolsch and Carl Cox, it's a proper festival where everybody is always guaranteed to enjoy themselves.
Roll on next year!
Main photo credit: Andy Hughes