Singing in the rain at Parklife

By Phil Sim

Monsoon conditions failed to deter revellers, as around 40,000 turned out for the weekend’s ‘Parklife’ festival in Fallowfield. 

Torrential rain greeted the annual two-day music event and was to remain for large parts of the weekend, leaving the site on Platt Field’s buried under a thick layer of mud.

Chase and status stole the show with a mammoth closing set on the main stage on Sunday, in a weekend which featured Kelis, Mark Ronson, Katy B, The Mystery Jets and Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac.

The rain failed to dampen the spirits of festival-goer James Thomas, a Manchester University student. “I don’t mind the rain, it’s all part of the festival experience,” he said.

“It is great to have an event like this right on your doorstep and with any luck it will be back next year bigger and better”

Attendees from across the weekend are being commended by Greater Manchester Police for their behaviour in and around the festivals site.

A handful or arrests were made for anti-social behaviour offences, but a vast police presence surrounding the sites exit deterred any major outbreak of trouble and made for a safe journey home

“It’s great for not just us, but Manchester as a whole that the event went without major incident,” a spokesman for GMP said.

“We would like to thank the members of the public who attended this year’s festival who made for a well-natured and predominantly trouble-free weekend.”

The festival is still in its infancy having debuted last year, and this year expanded to eight stages of live music by organisers Warehouse Project club nights, following the success of last year’s event.

Also on the bill was live art and performance including the cabaret and busking stages.

Anticx brought a host of performers which make up an all new feature of the Parklife Weekender – the Roshambo show. The Anticx cabaret stage saw dance troupes, live music, comedy, spoken word and theatre.

Anticx continually support creative talent from around Manchester and look to emphasise the necessity for the presence of new work within the performing art.

A spokesman said: “Parklife has proven to be another stepping stone in not only the development of the inspiring local talent but also of Anticx, and we will strive to be back next year.”

Platt Field enthusiasts can now look forward to Envirolution, which takes place next weekend. 

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