The definitive guide to Parklife 2017

June 2017 sees Parklife Festival return to Manchester for another weekend of music and madness. Steeped in music history, Heaton Park hosts the annual 2-day dance festival, which has seen crowds hit up to 140,000 people in recent years.

Parklife Festival brings together the biggest names in UK and overseas music, from all genres. And this year Manchester’s very own The 1975 return to the city to headline the Saturday night slot. Frank Ocean is set to bring his unique brand of rap to the Parklife stage on Sunday 11th June, with the rest of the weekend littered with huge musical talent from Two Door Cinema Club to Stormzy. Weekend tickets start from as little as £99.50, with Saturday or Sunday day tickets priced at £59.50. Although Heaton Park does not offer camping facilities, it’s located a quick tram or bus-ride from Manchester city centre, where you can book a hotel or hostel if you’re staying for the weekend.

Megabus services leave from 45 destinations, taking you virtually door-to-door, to Shudehill Interchange. Book into your hotel to drop off your stuff, or make the short journey straight to Heaton Park.

History of Parklife Festival

Since its inception in 2010, Parklife Festival has seen lively crowds of music-lovers rally to Manchester, to enjoy huge sets from household names. In 2012, Parklife had to make the move from Platt Fields Park to Heaton Park, to accommodate the growing groups desperate for the buzz of the festival. And since then, Parklife has welcomed crowds of up to 140,000 people over its wild weekends.

Parklife’s list of past headliners hints at why the festival has gathered such momentum and popularity over the years. Massive DJs Calvin Harris and Mark Ronson have spun their magic, with Snoop Dogg, Nas and Ice Cube performing memorable rap sets. Pop’s Sam Smith, Bastille and Rita Ora have appeared in recent years, and Parklife has also seen Foals and Noah and the Whale rock its stages. This year’s bill has the potential to be the best yet, with the hottest names in modern music on the line-up, including The 1975 and Boy Better Know.

The festival kicks off its seventh year on Saturday June 10th, with music taking place over the Saturday and Sunday. Gates close at 11pm both nights, as this is a non-camping festival, but feel free to take the party into Manchester city centre, where you’ll find an array of clubs and bars happy to host the afterparty.

Parklife 2017 Line-up Highlights

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This year’s Parklife party opens its arms to homegrown The 1975. The Manchester rockers take to the main stage on the Saturday night to play a set that’s sure to be laced with some of the biggest pop-rock hits of the last few years. Fans of catchy rock will be glued to the Parklife stage on Saturday 10th June, as George Ezra and Two Door Cinema Club warm up the stage before The 1975’s headline set.

Parklife Festival embraces all kinds of music, and 2017 is no different. The Saturday of the festival sees Boy Better Know and Giggs bring the London grime scene to Manchester on the Temple stage. You’ll have to move quickly to catch all your favourites, as the likes of Fatboy Slim, London Grammar and Oliver Heldens will be appearing across the various stages on the Saturday.

Sunday’s headline set belongs to American rap and R&B sensation Frank Ocean. Playing hits from his huge album ‘Channel Orange’ and latest release ‘Blonde’, Ocean is guaranteed to deliver a heartfelt and unforgettable evening in Manchester. Homegrown talents Jess Glynne and Rag’n’Bone Man are also on the bill for Sunday – it’s certainly one not to be missed. For those of you there to dance, the Sunday line-up on the Hangar stage is the place to be – with global DJs Eric Prydz and Armand Van Helden set to play the soundtrack to your summer.

Eight stages are filled with chart-topping names and the best up-and-coming talent, so you can  catch a taste of everything from Chaka Khan to Wiley.

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Festival food

Forget the typical festival burger van. At Parklife you’ll find a variety of mouth-watering food stalls. Previous years have seen everything from bagel stands and a New York street diner, to Indian and Mexican food. Parklife food stalls offer something for everyone, with delicious vegetarian and vegan options available. So expect the unexpected – a food dilemma at a music festival.

Unmissable music sets

The 1975 return to Manchester this summer to headline Parklife’s Saturday night set. It’s sure to be a buzzing atmosphere in front of a hometown crowd, as the rock quartet showcase the infectious riffs and performances that have shot them to global fame. Heaton Park has hosted some unforgettable nights in rock history, including sets from The Stone Roses and Oasis, and we have a feeling Saturday June 10th will be a special night.

February 2017 saw the long-awaited return of Stormzy to the UK music scene. Dropping his debut album ‘Gang Signs and Prayer’, Stormzy received critical acclaim and a UK number 1 album. This year Stormzy headlines the Sounds of the Near Future stage on the Sunday night of Parklife Festival, and it’s definitely one to look out for.

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Beyond the music

Parklife isn’t just about the music sets – there’s tons of talent on show every year at Heaton Park. The last few years have seen magicians, dance troupes and live installations in the Manchester sun, so look out for the wealth of talent on show in 2017. If you need a break from the partying, Parklife offers chill-out zones for some down-time in between your favourite live acts.

How to get there with Megabus

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Megabus make travelling to Parklife effortless, so you can focus on deciding which stage to hit and when. Our buses run from 45 locations across the UK, spanning from Aberdeen to Southampton, Sunderland to Bournemouth and everywhere in between.

Arriving at Shudehill Interchange, you’re only a fifteen-minute drive away from Heaton Park, and a memorable weekend. Parklife doesn’t offer camping, so if you’ve got a weekend ticket you can book a hotel in Manchester city centre. Drop your stuff off at the hotel and head back to Shudehill Interchange, where you can hop on the 96 bus which will drop you a short walk from the venue.

Parklife opens at 11am on Saturday 10th June, with the first night of the festival finishing at 11pm. On Sunday 11th June, Parklife runs from 12pm to 11pm, when the gates close for good on this year’s addition of Manchester’s biggest music festival.

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