It wouldn’t be a true Manchester festival if it didn’t include rain. After what was a glorious time of sun in Manchester the heavens opened just as the Parklife gates welcomed festival goers in. However, this didn’t stop what was a magical weekend.
Thousands braved the downpours of rain and muddy grounds for the two day festival, as the biggest names in music took to the extravagant stages. Parklife has always offered the latest cutting-edge DJ’s and acts of the moment and this year definitely did not disappoint.
The team at Parklife went out of their way this year to make things bigger and better, with new stages and immense props setting them above the scale from other festivals. Welcoming the extremely popular Elrow tent which went down a treat full to the brim with confetti, dancers and an amazing carnival feel, along with the rest of the cut above the rest 8 stages.
Saturday saw a cracking line up featuring the likes of Craig David, Sigma, Stormzy, Groove Armada and so on. The energy was buzzing and despite the dim weather, visitors were anything but dull. For all the football fans, the festival organised a big screen to show the England vs. Russia Euro 2016 game, the rain came just in time, although unable to stop the chants of the fans and despite the draw a great support from the crowd.
The first day went down swimmingly, and was topped off by a gobsmacking final show from The Chemical Brothers, bringing a stunning show of lights and a stomping set to the main stage, leaving the crowd on a massive high.
Sunday saw things brightening up, or at least a little bit dryer as the second day commenced. Spirits were extremely high as the stunning line-up continued including Busta Rhymes, Jamie Jones, Jamie XX, Jess Glynne, Katie B and many more. The main stage was an obvious favourite with amazing vocals from Jess Glynne and Katie B, plus an amazing end to the festival from Major Lazor.
However, it was not only the music that made Parklife so successful, the vast amount of deliciously good food stalls kept revellers going, plus this years VIP area went to new levels with the very popular Bongos Bingo taking place and a delicious array of new food stalls and cocktail bar.
Our very own VIVAEms was also a part of the tasty Sunday line-up as she successfully closed the VIP stage with an amazing set with Girls On Sax.
From what was only a one day festival for students Parklife has become a landmark for music in which has become a 2 day festival where 70,000 people from all over the world join for an amazing weekend.
It was an all round success in which the mud gave it that bit more of a Mancunian feel which revellers embraced (some a bit too much), and it all happened in a blink of an eye. Congratulation to Sacha Lord-Marchionne and the Parklife team for making it yet again one of the best festivals in the UK this year. See you again next year.
VIVA’s Festival fashion must have spotted at Parklife: GIRLGANG jacket by Sarah Baily www.sarahbaily.com
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