Manchester’s Parklife Weekender has announced its first wave of acts for June 2014, with US rap star Snoop Dogg and innovative and ambitious Oxford indie-rockers Foals to headline the two days. The fast-growing Heaton Park event, launched in 2010 by dance music promoters The Warehouse Project, says this is already its biggest bill ever. Parklife’s eclectic line-up traditionally spans dance, indie, pop, and hip hop, and the five-year-old event has gained a reputation for championing new artists alongside popular stars.Pic by hds
US rapper Snoop Dogg, making his Heaton Park debut on Saturday 7 June, will have young and old jumping to his hits, while impressive main stage support includes last year’s new favourite festival sensation Rudimental and pop star Katy B. Two of its seven additional stages are headlined by Flying Lotus and a UK festival exclusive from the new name in hip-hop, Kendrick Lamar.
Foals, voted Q Awards’ Best Live Act of 2013, will take to the main stage on Sunday 8 June, a more eclectic day which also has it’s share of dance and pop. As well as indie-rock favourites Warpaint and Bastille, they’re supported by London Grammar and UK chart-toppers Clean Bandit. Other stage headliners include SBTRKT, Carl Cox, and David Rodigan with special guests Soul II Soul.
The festival will feature a new 20,000-capacity outdoor dance arena hosting back-to-back sets from Jamie Jones and Seth Troxler on the Saturday and a live performance by Disclosure on Sunday. Impressive names from the dance world like Jon Hopkins, Annie Mac, Erol Alkan, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Jamie xx, and Andrew Weatherall also grace the weekend’s bill.
Heaton Park, one of the largest municipal parks in Europe, has been presenting outdoor concerts since the early 1900s, and hosted historic performances from local stars like Oasis and Stone Roses. The festival aims to continue to push musical boundaries and to champion Manchester’s illustrious music heritage.
See the festival website for the full (and frankly dizzying) bill so far, and expect further announcements, including a ‘very special guest’ for the Saturday.
Parklife Weekender – Heaton Park, Manchester, June 7-8 2014
Camping is not available, but the site is well served by Greater Manchester buses, and there’s a dedicated shuttle from the city centre with advance tickets on sale. Passes currently available are £79.50 for the weekend or £49.50 for a day. Expect them to sell out again this year.
Speaking of musical awesomeness in our major cities’ municipal parks, London’s four-stage British Summer Time at Hyde Park has also made a new line-up announcement.Pic by Andrea Sartorati
Sunday 6 July’s crowdpleasing pop spectacular with UK supergroup McBusted and US popstars Backstreet Boys plus Scouting for Girls and Diversity now also features 90’s pop favourites and Big Reunion stars 5ive, and million-selling newcomers Lawson.
Joining a Saturday 12 July bill already headlined by influential rockers Neil Young and Crazy Horse and critically acclaimed Brooklyn band The National plus Tom Odell and Caitlin Rose is an impressive array of new musical heroes including SXSW 2013 sensations Half Moon Run and Warwickshire-born pop starlet Lucy Rose.
We were proud to be part of last year’s inaugural BST, which was ten amazing days of sunshine and live music including two full weekends featuring Bon Jovi, Nile Rogers & Chic, Lionel Richie and The Rolling Stones. While two days’ worth of 2014 festival fun has been announced so far, organisers AEG Live and The Royal Parks are again promising two full weekends. Londoners can also expect to find free smaller, more intimate film, music, literature and sport events at the site during the week, including one day aimed specifically at families.
British Summer Time – Hyde Park, July 5-13 2014
Tickets for the two confirmed BST shows are already on sale.