The “King of the North”, in festival terms, already has some massive titans. Leeds Festival has reigned supreme since the late ’90s, and Kendal Calling has just sold out for the twelfth successive year. In recent times however, there’s a new face in town. Manchester’s Parklife has been building huge line-ups year-on-year since launching back in 2010, with the 2016 festival headlined by Major Lazer and The Chemical Brothers. They were joined on the bill by a whole host of Amazing Radio favourites, including Wolf Alice, Jack Garratt, Shura, Love Ssega, Maribou State, and SG Lewis.
This year’s festival will be headlined by the (long overdue) graduation of The 1975 to the top of the bill on the Saturday. An exclusive booking of Frank Ocean – outside of London – will headline the Sunday, bringing his critically acclaimed new album Blonde to UK shores. Joining them will be recent UK Number One artist Stormzy and BRIT Award winners, A Tribe Called Quest. Further down, we’re particularly looking forward to London Grammar, Sampha, Jon Hopkins, Jagwar Ma, Nao, Tom Misch, Cabbage, Romare, and Bonzai. Some of our Tips For 2016 list will be in attendance too, including Mura Masa, Rat Boy, Loyle Carner and The Japanese House, as well as Tips For 2017‘s Rag’N’Bone Man.
Parklife festival takes place in Heaton Park, Manchester, on 10-11th June – a great way to truly kick start the festival months. There’s no camping – so at the end of each day you can just jump a bus, or the Tramlink home. Close to 200 acts took to the festival’s eight stages last year, with even more booked for this year’s event. Day tickets cost £59.50, with weekend passes less than £100 – so don’t miss out! Grab tickets here, and check out our ultimate Parklife playlist below.