Parklife 2013 – Preview

Manchester isn’t just Oasis, Joy Division and Bez off his tits on pills. It isn’t just parkas, drizzle and moody (sorry, ‘mardy’) bastards either. Of course anyone who has lived there, or at least dained to venture North of Stoke’ knows this already. Manchester is a party city and always has been but it packs a lot of serious culture too, especially when it comes to music. Born out of the ‘Mad Ferret’ festivals held in Platt Fields Park, by students ballsy enough to blag bank loans in the tens of thousands of pounds, Parklife was taken over by the Warehouse Project crew several years ago and while it kept the same location, it grew into a much bigger beast. Now it’s finally outgrown its cage and has moved to the frankly massive and much more prestigious Heaton Park, on the outskirts of the city. Should cut down on the pissed-off neighbour factor we recon….

Although the eclectic line-up has plenty of mainstream acts to keep the masses more than happy, there are some absolute stunners in the large fonts. Jurassic 5 are always a great live act for those that like their Hip-Hop jazzy and conscious and we’re also more than excited here at JAM, to see Jessie Ware, Four Tet and Andy C grace the same stage. Parklife doesn’t forget the Manchester scene however and creams off some of the city’s most talented underground acts for your listening pleasure. Broke’N’English, Riot Jazz and Dub Phizix & Strategy are all slated to play, so don’t go moaning that Plan B and The Maccabees are on the bill just yet.

Running from the 8th-9th of June, this is early enough in the year that it shouldn’t clash with anything else, providing the perfect warm up to the 2013 festival season. At £70 for the weekend this one’s a snip of a price and the up-side to the lack of camping is that you can hit all the afterparties on the Saturday night. We’ll see you there.


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