Parklife festival returns this weekend with a 2017 line up that includes headliners Frank Ocean, The 1975 and London Grammar.
New Orleans R&B star Ocean is making his first confirmed UK performance since 2014 at the Heaton Park festival and it will be the first chance for fans to hear him play tracks from last summer’s critically-acclaimed second studio album Blonde, which featured megastar collaborations from the likes of Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar and James Blake.
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Ocean first rose to attention as a member of LA rap crew Odd Future before going solo with debut mixtape Nostalgia Ultra in 2011, followed by his first major label album Channel Orange in 2012.
Also on the bill for the two day festival are Two Door Cinema Club, Eric Prydz, Stormzy, Giggs, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Fatboy Slim, Jamie Jones and Anderson .Paak, who recently supported Bruno Mars on his world tour.
Parklife Saturday line up 2017
The Parklife stage
Two Door Cinema Club
Boy Better Know
Sounds of the Near Future
Anderson .Paak & the free nationals
Floating Points – solo live set
Rex Orange County
Now Wave DJs
The Warehouse Project & Kaluki presents
The Martinez Brothers
Hot Since 82
Above & Beyond
My Nu Leng
Olli Ryder & Luke Welsh
The Black Madonna
Fatima Yamaha live
Dekmantel Sound System
Waze & Odyssey
De La Swing
Ape & Metropolis
Toddla T & Coco
Hype & Hazard
Dub Phizix & Strategy
Nightmares On Wax
Parklife Sunday line up
The Parklife Stage
Run the Jewels
Now Wave DJs
Damian ‘jr gong’ Marley
Goldie (influences set)
Sounds of the Near Future
The Warehouse Project presents
Lauren Lo Sung
Armand van Helden
Maya Jane Coles
Palm House/Feel My Bicep
Joe Goddard – live
Horse Meat Disco
Crazy P – live
Romare – live
Alexis Taylor – dj (hot chip / prince tribute)
Parklife tickets are all but gone, but you can still get some – if you want to go VIP. Planet VIP tickets cost £145 for the weekend, or £85 for the day. If you’ve got a standard ticket, you can buy a VIP upgrade for £30.
You can get in for free – but you’d have to be happy working as a festival volunteer.
Where is Parklife?
Parklife is held at Heaton Park in Prestwich, a few miles outside of Manchester city centre.
The full address is:
As usual, the Manchester weather is set to be a mixed bag for Parklife. Last year was a game of two halves, as the rain came down on the Saturday – not that it put people off having fun in the mud – and then dried up on the Sunday.
The year, the weather is set to be cloudy, rainy but warm – 19 degrees. So maybe pack your wellies but not your parka. Sunday is a bit better, with occasional cloud but plenty of sun, and a temperature of 18 degrees.
How to get to Parklife
Parklife Travel Pass
Event organisers have created a combined travel pass, giving ravers the opportunity to use both the Metrolink and Parklife Express shuttle bus services, between Manchester city centre and Heaton Park. You can buy a ticket for each day (£5 each) or a full weekend pass (£10).
REMEMBER: Passes must be exchanged for a wristband to be valid for travel, e-tickets are not valid. Wristband exchange points will be located on Aytoun Street (open 9.30am to 5pm) and at Cathedral Gardens (n front of the National Football Museum, 10am to 5pm). Exchanges will be open on the Saturday June 10 and 11 ONLY. If you lose your wristband you won’t be given a replacement, you will have to pay for another ticket.
If you’re heading down on the tram on the day then you will need to take the Bury line and jump off at Heaton Park. Heaton Park station will be closed from 6pm on both days, if you are heading back into the city centre later than that you will need to walk down to Bowker Vale stop.
Parklife Express shuttle buses
Revellers will be able to hop on the express shuttle from Aytoun Street (Corner of Minshull St. near Piccadilly train station) and drops off right inside the festival site, running from: Buses will run from 9.30am to 5pm on Saturday and 10.30am to 5pm on Sunday. Return Bus Service from Heaton Park to City Centre starts at 18:30 until late.
As well as the Express shuttle, you can reach Heaton Park by hopping on the following bus routes, across Greater Manchester: 135, 59, 64, 484, 495, 164 and 165. You can find route maps and a journey planner on the Transport for Greater Manchester website.
To encourage greener travel there will be space bike racks will be available in the car park.
The greenest and cheapest way to travel, if you live in walking distance then you’re in luck.
If you’re driving, we’re got a guide on the best way to get to Parklife .