Updated: Thursday, 23rd November 2017 @ 12:04pm

Dizzee Rascal and Flaming Lips will headline Manchester’s Parklife Festival this summer

Dizzee Rascal and Flaming Lips will headline Manchester’s Parklife Festival this summer

By Dean Wilkins

UK rapper Dizzee Rascal and veteran rockers Flaming Lips are headlining this year’s Parklife festival.

Now in its third year, the bountifully successful summer festival is returning to Platt Fields Park, bringing the likes of Noah and the Whale, Nero and Justice along. The weekend event will also see the return of American diva Kelis.

One thousand early bird tickets went on sale this morning, with a further 50,000 tickets available to buy later in the year. There was speculation that organisers wanted to relocate to the bigger Wythenshawe Park, in order to further increase ticket allocations, however the event will remain in Fallowfield.

In a recent interview, Councillor Mike Amesbury said: “The organisers of Parklife Festival had expressed an interest in moving to Wythenshawe Park, but it was always made clear that this was subject to the park being granted a licence to hold large concerts, following a public consultation.

“Our officers are now considering the responses to that consultation before the matter goes before a committee, and so it wouldn’t have been appropriate to move this summer’s festival to Wythenshawe as we wouldn’t have had sufficient time to properly plan such a large event.”

The two-day event last year made a profit of £60,000, and with an extra 10,000 tickets on sale this year, along with a ticket price increase, Parklife is expected to hugely benefit the surrounding area’s economies.

The Parklife Weekender is on June 9 and 10 with standard tickets priced at £59.95 for the weekend and £37.50 for a day, plus booking fees.

Mancunian Matters will be covering the full event this year, with previews and information about the artists performing being released before the summer antics commence.

You can find the full line up by visiting the Parklife website, with information about where to buy tickets and how to avoid booking fees also available.