Parklife 2016: Mad For It!

There were wellies and waterproofs in abundance this weekend as thousands of Parklifers faced a typical British June festival downpour to rave it up to Saturday headliners Chemical Brothers, Ice Cube and Years & Years and Sunday didn’t disappoint with Katy B, Skepta and Major Lazer ending the festival in shattering style.

A bit of Manchester ‘proper wet rain’ didn’t dampen the spirits of those in attendance as we raved from midday to midnight across the two days. Fairground vibes and food aside the music was the show stealer of proceedings and back-to-back acts across multiple stages kept up the energy for a weekend to rival the local tagline “Mad for it!”

With an eclectic mix of acts to entertain the masses, David Rodigan’s Ram Jam stage was blasting out the hip-hop, dancehall and trap vibes with Busta Rhymes, Diplo and De La Soul bringing the old skool and nu skool tunes blaring out across Heaton Park. Each act never failed to turn a swamp like field with a few lone ravers into a packed out stage in a matter of minutes.

On an EDM flex ‘The Sound of the New Future’ stage was headlined by Jamie xx and the musical chameleon didn’t disappoint, but it was back to the mainstage the sunny disposition and sparkly jacket of Katy B brought some much-needed sunshine, throwing in a mix of her hits and new sounds.

The crowd was buzzing waiting for Skepta to take over and I can’t imagine he was disappointed when the crowd erupted in unison throughout his smash track ‘That’s not me.” Queen of Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac whipped up an endless sea of revelers before headliners; Major Lazer graced us with their explosive presence. The energy was absolutely electric as the American electro lads brought some resuscitation to a Parklife that had just begun to sink into the mud along with our wellies.

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