It’s official! Parklife 2018 has officially sold out with just one week to go until the two-day festival takes place at Heaton Park in Manchester. This year’s festival promises to be the biggest yet with the likes of Liam Gallagher, Justice, The XX all headlining the festival.
This year’s festival will also feature an all-new VIP experience, with several new stages including a recreation of Sankeys main room where they’ve even managed to get the room’s legendary Phase One sound system back for that truly authentic Sankeys experience.
Here, we choose 10 acts you can’t afford to miss at this weekend’s Parklife.
Sunday, The Hangar
Parisian duo Justice are no strangers to Manchester’s Parklife having headlined the festival in 2012 when it was located at Plattfields. The French electro duo will be bringing their most complex live setup to date to the festival’s Hangar Stage on Sunday evening. Expect a career-spanning setlist with tracks from their iconic albums, including ‘Cross’, ‘Audio Video Disco’ and ‘Woman’. Lookout for the duo’s new live album ‘Woman Worldwide’, which is set to drop August 24 via Ed Banger Records.
Saturday, The Palm House — The Black Madonna Presents: We Still Believe
You get a real sense that everyone is rooting for Peggy Gou. The Southern Korean-born, Berlin-based producer and DJ has had an incredible 2018 so far racking up countless shows, fronting the cover of Mixmag and she still managed to find time to release cuts on both Ninja Tunes and Phonica White. You can catch Gou between a Jackmaster/Mall Grab sandwich on Saturday at The Palm House stage, which is being hosted by The Black Madonna.
Saturday, The Hanger Presents Pryda
Eric Prydz has been given the honour of curating his own line-up for this year’s Parklife and he’s bringing the big guns including Kolsch, Green Velvet and his protege Christoph along for the ride. While it won’t be his latest HOLO show — you should expect some over-the-top stage production for the Swede’s headline set on Saturday evening.
Liam Gallagher returning to the very place where Oasis played their final ever gig which is a massive coup for Parklife. As a proud Manchester-based blog we can’t wait to see Liam strutting his stuff on home soil once again. Expect a massive crowd for his performance as he will be closing out the main stage on Sunday evening.
Saturday, Sounds of The Near Future
Having just released his excellent new album ‘Singularity’, his first since 2013, techno auteur Jon Hopkins latest long-play sees the Barcelona-based producer effortlessly flicking between acid house and ambient bliss. Hopkin’s will be performing his new live show on Saturday at the Sounds of The Near Future stage.
Saturday, The Temple Circoloco & Palm House
Jackmaster’s sets at Parklife have become the stuff of legend — so it’ll come as no surprise that that Glaswegian selector will be spinning twice on Saturday at both The Palm House stage and then the outdoor The Temple Circoloco stage, which should mean you’ll get two contrasting sets from the versatile Numbers boss.
Saturday, The Temple Circoloco & The Hanger
Local heroes Solardo will be representing Manchester twice at this year’s Parklife, and on different days too. The tech-house likely lads will be spinning on Saturday at outdoor Temple Circoloco stage and then again at the Hangar stage on Sunday. With an army of bombs from their burgeoning Sola Records, both sets promise to be unmissable.
8The Black Madonna
Sunday, The Palms House — The Black Madonna Presents: We Still Believe
The Black Madonna will be hosting her own stage at this year’s festival and will be handing debuts to Peggy Gou and Miss Honey Dijon. The US selector has become one of the most in-demand DJs in the recent years and is currently producing her debut album between shows. Expect an eclectic set from the Marea Stamper on Saturday as she hosts her We Still Believe stage.
Sunday, The Valley stage
Denis Sulta might have become something of an electronic meme thanks to his use of classic trance tracks but the Scottish selector is so much more than those viral videos. Expect house, disco oddities and the odd trance curveball when the Scottish selector plays on Sunday at the Valley stage.
Saturday, Sounds of The Near Future
Having released arguably last year’s best albums, Northern Irish duo Bicep will be performing their magnum opus live on Saturday at the Sounds of The Near Future stage. The duo will also be performing a DJ set on the Sunday at the Valley stage — so two for the price of one.