With Parklife festival less than two weeks away, and the running orders already in circulation, we thought we’d run through who you’d be a fool to miss at this year’s two-day festival.
Taking place at Heaton Park in north Manchester, Parklife festival has the strongest lineup we’ve seen this year, and with a little bit of planning you’ll be able to see some amazing artists and DJs, many of whom haven’t played Manchester before, during the two-day festival, and at some of the many after parties.
Top of our list is Hudson Mohawke. The Scottish producer extraordinaire is on the cusp of releasing his highly-anticipated second album ‘Lantern’, and recently unveiled several new tracks from his forthcoming album via Benji B’s radio 1 show last week. Even more recently than that he revealed, alongside an eye-catching video, one of the album’s instrumental tracks ‘Scud Books’ last week, which you can check out below. Hudmo is set to play on Sunday in the Now Wave tent between a Todd Terje/FKA Twigs sandwich. Don’t miss out.
Everybody’s favourite Norwegian disco don Todd Terje will be at Parklife alongside his live band The Olsens. If you’ve not seen Terje live then you should watch this video below where the producer debuted his live show in his Native Norway. Just look how happy the dancers are at the end. That could be you, it should be you. With his ‘It’s Remix Time’ EP about to drop next month, Terje’s live debut in Manchester promises to be one of the festival’s highlights.
Nas’s album ‘Illmatic’ is widely regarded as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time, and the New York rapper will be performing his seminal album, in full, at the festival. You seriously don’t need any more convincing do you? The superstar rapper will be headlining David Rodigan’s Super Ram Jam stage on the Saturday, and it promises to be one of Saturday’s highlights.
Turbo Recordings’ head honcho Tiga will be debuting his all-new live show at Parklife, which has been created with the help of Pfadfinderai and Division Paris, who help Modselektor and Moderat bring their rip-roaring live shows to life. The Canandian techno don is expected perform classic cuts such as ‘You Gonna Want Me’, ‘Sunglasses At Night’, ‘Pleasure From The Bass’ and ‘Bugatti’ alongside regular collaborator Jori Hulkkonen. He’s also expected to debut a host of unreleased collaborations with Hudson Mohawke, Matthew Dear, Boys Noize, and Martin Buttrich too. Tiga recently said, ‘For as long as I can remember – which is forever – I’ve been a DJ. But it’s just not enough anymore. I have performed for thousands, but have I ever truly held anyone’s gaze as I sang straight into their eyes? What lies beyond this vulgar, headphone-shaped prison? Can I move the hearts of millions without facing myself first? Will I ever truly own my own madness? Find out on Saturday when Tiga plays in the Chibuku Tent between Mark Ronson and Olive Dollar.
It’s no secret that we think Siriusmo is one of the most interesting and talented producers around, and since the release of his debut album ‘Mosaik’ the German producer has cemented himself into electronic folklore. And we kinda accepted we’d never get see the producer play live due to the fact that he suffers from acute stage fright. Well, it seems he’s overcome that thanks to his long-time friends and label mates Modeselektor, who will join him onstage for one of their special Siriusmodeselektor shows. Quite how this show will unfold we’ve no idea but if we only get to hear one Siriusmo song we’ll die a happy man. The German trio have already played a host of shows to rave reviews and will grace the Resident Advisor tent between Jackmaster and Ritchie Hawtin on the Sunday.
We’d go as far as stating the Julio Bashmore’s current single ‘Holding On’, which features the vocals delights Sam Dew, is best house record of 2015 so far, maybe even of the last 5 years. The Bristol-born producer is set to play Parklife on Saturday on the Temple stage between The Martinez Brothers and Paul Woolford. It’s a safe bet that the house producer will be playing some material from his highly-anticipated debut album which is set to be released later this year.
Wu Tang Clan
Making their Parklife debut this year will be Wu Tang Clan, and I have to admit I’ve never seen them live before. The group hit the headlines this year with their Once Upon A Time in Shaolin album, a concept album in its purest form which saw the group record 31 songs and encase them in a one-off handcrafted silver and nickel box made by British-Moroccan artist Yahya. It features never before heard music recorded over years and is not expected to be given a proper release, instead it will be toured around museums and art galleries before being auctioned off to the highest bidder to do what they want with it – could we potentially hear some of those tracks during their performance? Maybe.
Former Bond girl Grace Jones is Sunday’s special guest on the main stage, and having recently released a deluxe edition of her Nightclubbing album as a 2 disc set and Blu-ray audio this April, her performance is likely to see Jones perform classics cuts including ‘Love is the Drug’, ‘Libertango’, ‘Demolition Man’, ‘Hurricane’, ‘Pull up to the Bumper’ and ‘My Jamaican Guy Not’. A visual performance not to be missed.
Having just unveiled the first single from their as-yet unnamed album, Disclosure are set to debut their brand-new live show at Parklife, headlining the main stage on Saturday. Last year’s performance was one of the festival’s highlights, and this year could be even bigger, and who knows maybe the Lawrence brothers will perform some of their new album. And if they don’t they already got an album’s worth of material to wow the crowds with, don’t be surprised if there’s some special guests thrown into the mix too.
Rather than one last artist we thought we’d give a mention to a load of artists and DJs who will be playing the two-day festival that are certainly worth a your time and effort. Jesse Rose will be going b2b will Oliver Dollar, and judging by Rose’s latest release ‘Bare Mountain’, you should probably get yourself down the front for them and then you’ll be in the perfect position to soak up everything Tiga has to offer. Jonas Rathman is set to play the Temple stage on the Saturday and the thought of hearing his track ‘Wolfsbane’ and his remix of Duke Dumont has got us very excited. Tensnake will be returning again this year, and is set to play the MK Arena on Saturday, we caught him last year and we’ll be doing the same again this year. Moving on to Sunday, you’d be a fool to miss Sasha and Joris Voorn going back-to-back at the G-Stage. Whilst Bromance’s Brodinski will be rocking out the Kaytranada stage too. And if you’ve still got time on your hands head down to Bugged Out to see BICEP, Ten Walls Live, Daniel Avery and George Fitzgerald.
Parklife Festival takes place June 6 & 7 at Heaton Park, Manchester.
Details on After parties.
Spread across a range of locations in and around Manchester, Sankeys, The Ritz, Sound Control, The Albert Hall, Antwerp Mansion, 265, Koh Tao, Soup Kitchen and Mint Lounge will all host events once the festival draws to a close – with each being held in collaboration with a number of local event promoters.
Saturday 6th June
Name: Drop The Mustard
Location: Sankeys Manchester, M46JG
Line-Up: TIGA, CATZ N DOGZ, SPECIAL GUEST, CARL BEE, HACKETT, SIAN BENNETT
Name: Ape & Metropolis Present:
Location: Sound Control, M1 5NP
Line-Up: A VERY SPECIAL, UNANNOUNCED SHOW CURATED BY APE & METROPOLIS
Location: The Ritz, M1 5NQ
Line-Up: BEN PEARCE, SPECIAL GUEST, JUS JORGE, KINYUME
Name: Rum & Bass
Location: Antwerp Mansion, M14 5AG
Line-Up: SPECIAL GUEST, RUM & BASS DJS, BEN JAMES, KINYUME
Name: Miami Vice
Location: 256 – Fallowfield, M14 6LP
Line-Up: SZAJNE, N.A.N.C.Y, Disco Stu, Patrick Powell
Location: Soup Kitchen, M1 1DF
Line-Up: TREVINO, ANTON FIZZ, MEAT FREE, ZUTEKH DJS
Name: Flow Motion Presents
Location: Koh Tao, M16 6XQ
Line-Up: MVSON COLLECTIVE, FLOW MOTION DUO, CONNOR MCLEOD, HAMZ
Sunday 7th June
Location: Albert Hall, M2 5QR
Line-up: JAMIE JONES, RICHY AHMED, PATRICK TOPPING, PIRATE COPY, PETE ZORBA + SPECIAL GUESTS
Name: The Warehouse Project Presents
Location: The Ritz, M1 5NQ
Line-Up: A VERY SPECIAL, UNANNOUNCED SHOW CURATED BY THE WAREHOUSE PROJECT
Name: Drop The Mustard Presents
Location: South, M2 6DQ
Line-Up: MARIBOU STATE, KIDNAP KID, SPECIAL GUEST, SAM GRAHAM
Name: Antwerp Mansion Presents
Location: Antwerp Mansion, M14 5AG
Line-Up: SPECIAL GUESTS, PARAGUS, KOALA SOUND
Location: Koh Tao, M16 6XQ
Line-Up: JACK WICKHAM, LEVI STUBBS, JOSH WALKER, TOM PHILLIPS
Name: Hit & Run
Location: Mint Lounge, M41LE
Line-Up: ICICLE + SKITTLES, SPECIAL GUEST, CHIMPO, RICH REASON, METRODOME, HOSTED BY: SPARKZ, TRUTHOS MUFASA, T-MAN