With the 2017 edition of Parklife just around the corner, 80,000 people are set to head to Heaton Park on Saturday for Manchester’s biggest party of the year. The massive lineup features headliner acts The 1975 and Frank Ocean and countless other DJs and bands over the weekend. The festival is now on its fifth year and it seems everybody in Manchester and beyond has a ticket. Here are five acts that are not to be missed.
The Japanese House
Electronic Indie Pop act The Japanese House are Perfect
for anyone nursing a hangover from any Friday night pre-parties. The band, fronted by Amber Bain, are known for their dreamy, chilled out Music
but their sets are nothing less than energetic and filled with deep basslines and distorted layered vocals to create the perfect mix of mellow yet uplifting tunes. If you’ve never seen The Japanese House they are definitely worth getting down early to see and for anyone who is familiar with the band, you’ll know they’re the ideal way to kick off the weekend.
At just 21, singer-songwriter, producer and DJ Tom Misch is set to play at a number of festivals this year including Parklife. His music features timeless melodies mixed with deep bass creating a relaxed, authentic vibe. The Londoners classic jazz sound is perfect for anyone no matter what your music taste may be. During his live sets Tom Misch performs as part of a five piece alongside a violinist, guitarist, bassist and drummer giving his songs an even more authentic feel to them. If you’re looking to escape from the heavy Dance Music
for a while then be sure to head down to the Sounds of the Near Future stage on Sunday to catch Tom.
All the way from Sydney, Australia, Jagwar Ma are the ultimate psychedelic dance band to start off the weekend with. They’ll be taking over the Sounds of the Near Future stage on Saturday so be sure to get down there with your dancing shoes on. The electronic duo are perfect for anyone who is a fan of the famous Madchester bands, anyone into dance music or anyone just looking to find something a little bit different. Unlike most dance acts, the way they recreate their famous tunes live using synths, keyboards and guitars is nothing less than mesmerising and will leave you feeling inspired.
After being described as the Drum and Bass King, Andy C is a massive name on the Parklife lineup this year. If you’re looking to burn off some energy before going to catch headliner Frank Ocean then be sure to head down to the Temple stage on Sunday evening to catch one of the most currently hyped about DJs. Known for mixing all the drum and bass classics in with his own popular tunes, Andy C will certainly be one of the most energetic acts of the weekend. He has played massive festivals such as Glastonbury and Reading and Leeds and now he’s taking on Parklife and is not to be missed.
Manchester based Hip-hop group Levelz are the perfect combination of Grime, Drum and Bass and Dance music and will have everyone in the crowd bopping along to their set. They have recently been the talk of the North and have been awarded the Biggest Breakthrough Artist title by CityLife awards. Levelz are the perfect example of British rap and their beats mixed into classic dance music topped with the Norths best MCs create something ulta-unique and you won’t find any other act quite like them at Parklife this year. You can catch them on the Temple stage on Saturday.