Review: Parklife 2013

Parklife transforms Heaton Park into ‘the world’s biggest, messiest beer garden’.

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Many Parklife fans had reservations about the controversial move from Platt Fields to Heaton Park this year.

However, the naysayers were silenced by the phenomenal weekend event which saw 40,000 guests enjoy sounds, sunburn and much dubious sniffing.

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Heaton Park provided the perfect location, with its vast expanse of green space, woodland areas and Corinthian columns which added a faux-historic twist to the VIP area.

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VIP Area

For those who had an appetite or had accidentally spilled their precious powder in the portaloos, delicious food such as pulled pork rolls, brioche bun burgers, pad thai and the usual festival classics were provided by food stalls stalls from We Are Castro, Almost Famous, Manna and many more.

We Are Castro

We Are Castro

Some teething problems were apparent in last-minute line up alterations and tedious taxi queues, but it is clear that Parklife has now entered into the international festival circuit alongside student summer music staples such as Outlook and Hideout in Croatia.

Now Wave Stage

Now Wave Stage

Fans enjoyed a range of music from renowned artists such as Plan B, Example, Rita Ora, The Maccabees, Disclosure, Iggy Azelea, Rudimental, Erol Alkan, The Horrors, The Temper Trap, Shy FX, Joker, Benga, Todd Terje,  Toddla T, Julio Bashmore, and Cyril Hahn among many others and across a host of stages and tents.

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Iggy Azalea

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Rudimental

Joker

Joker

Rita Ora

Rita Ora

Manchester artists were also strongly represented, including the legendary Johnny Marr, Riot Jazz, Warehouse Project residents Rich Reason and Will Tramp, and DJ sets from Juicy and Gold Teeth.

Gold Teeth DJ Will Maradas enjoys a cocktail or two in VIP

Gold Teeth DJ Will Maradas enjoys a cocktail or two in VIP

Stay tuned for our interviews with Joker, Max Cooper, Rich Reason, Trojan Sound System and Gold Teeth!

Thanks to the Parklife team and Full Fat PR for their help and support.