Parklife have done things in style again. No drip-filter line-up release and little teasing of artists, other than the occasional ‘special guest’ slots in the bill, they’ve unleashed well over 100 names that will play Heaton Park in Manchester this June. Here’s our rundown of the artists that make Parklife 2017 unmissable.
Teased by a sketch of a pair of Nike trainers on Parklife’s website weeks back, it didn’t take a genius to figure that Frank Ocean will be gracing Heaton Park this summer. Off the back of highly successful trivial album number two, Blonde, the American heart throb has so far only announced two UK dates this summer – his first since 2013. It’s a major coup for Parklife that boosts it to super-festival status.
Love them or hate them, they’re at the top of the pile of live bands in the UK right now and have earned headliner status. Topping a very alternative Parklife Stage on the Saturday, including Two Door Cinema Club and George Ezra, expect the four-piece to dazzle with an impressive lights display and have the crowd grooving into the second day.
Relatively unknown a year ago, Anderson Paak made everyone sit up with second album Malibu as well as features with KAYTRANADA, Schoolboy Q and a tight friendship with Dr Dre. Bringing funk and soul to the ‘Sounds of the Near Future’ stage, he’s a must see if you want to get ahead of the hip hop pack.
He’s the under-dog of the bumper line-up. Sampha’s soulful voice will be known by many from his collaboration on SBTRKT’s ‘Hold On’ but that was five years ago. Now he’s coming into the limelight with an album around the corner that’s been kept close to his chest. If ‘Blood On Me’ is anything to go by, he’s going to be an artist who we’ll be admiring for some time.
Probably the biggest name most likely to slip under the radar, Flying Lotus’ set is guaranteed to be nuts. Last tour he strapped himself into a glowing cube blasted with tripped out visuals, mashing up hip-hop, electro and everything else under the sun. No word on whether he’ll be bringing the cube along, but regardless it’s going to be a stunning performance – maybe even some special guests?
By June expect this man to be everywhere. The most exciting figure in UK hip-hop right now, Loyle Carner is just beginning his journey and his shows have proven to be as energetic as they are thought-provoking. Expect him to pull bangers ‘NO CD’ and ‘Isle of Arran’ from his debut album Yesterday’s Gone to keep the blood pumping.
Considering Parklife’s curated by Warehouse Project, it’s no surprise that the DJs and producers on the lineup are the cream of the crop. Black Madonna’s no exception, an underground dance icon, known for weaving house and disco like no other. You’d be lucky to catch her at Berlin’s Berghain, so Heaton Park will be a special one.
A Tribe Called Quest
It could be the last time to see the group who Frank Ocean, Anderson Paak and Loyle Carner no doubt pinched inspiration from. This is their final bow out and comes off the back of successful final album We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service. Time to leave things on a high note.
Parklife 2017 tickets are available at 9am on Thursday 2nd of February.