Mud, Migos and Manchester for the ever-electrifiying dayfest.
Some people would insist that going to a festival in the mud rivals *insert awful apocalyptic thing here*, but when the sky opened in Manchester earlier this month, there was nothing that wellies and a constantly replenished bev couldn’t fix. Spirits were higher than high as revellers lost it to hype performances from the likes of AJ Tracey, Mabel, Migos, Khalid and one ethereal performance from Solange.
Here are the reasons that year-in year-out, we still stan Parklife…
Parklife can’t explained, you have to experience the mud-filled fun firsthand. And this year, the run from stages to the tents was essentially a game of Super Mario leaping, dashing and diving through the crowds attempting not to fall face first into the ground. The overall vibe is amazing, and you can feel all the good energy in the air, as everyone lets loose.
THE PERFORMANCES GAVE US SO MUCH LIFE! Khalid told us where his love lies, Dave sent us his location, Mabel reminded us not to call her up, Migos reminded us why they’re bad and bouji, and Nas took us back to 90s Brooklyn (for the core hip hop fans).
Despite the biblical weather it didn’t stop myself and any of the festival attendees from coming through! It was raining looks on Heaton park more than the actual rain, and I myself didn’t hold back wearing a bright yellow Fendi Rain coat. The key? Practical but make it fashion.
Stages at a festival were something I’d never paid too much attention to until attending Parklife, and Sounds of the Near Future was my favourite with legendary performances from Solange, Fredo, Jungle and a major DJ set from Maribou State. And if you weren’t in The Valley when Disclosure took us back to the summer of 2013 with hits like “White Noise”, “You and Me”, “Latch” and “F for You” – unlucky.
As a major foodie I found the festival had options galore when it came to food and beverages catering to all dietary needs. As the only meat eater out of a group of veggie friends, my picks included a fire pizza and a burger stand – which made one of the highlights of my weekend, eating.
Who doesn’t love free stuff. And when you work in fashion you gag over goodies. JD Sports came through with the goodies including footwear, a limited edition JD X PARK LIFE duffle bag and a cute yellow poncho to protect your look.
Travelling to and from the festival is a real dream with just a short journey on the tram: everyone singing and high spirits on the way and sitting in complete silence on the way back after being defeated by a stellar day.