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Come Down To Platt Fields For A Bit Of Parklife

By James Trueman

THE FIRST EVER Parklife Festival takes place at Platt Fields Park, Fallowfield, on June 12.

The all-day event will also celebrate the park’s centenary and is being organised by The Warehouse Project, alongside Ear to the Ground and Mad Ferret.

Artists lined-up for the main stage include Calvin Harris, Booka Shade, and Kissy Sell Out, with St Albans electro-indie outfit Friendly Fires headlining.

Festival organiser Kirsty Smith said the inspiration for Parklife came from last year’s Mad Ferret Festival, designed for students who had just finished their exams.

She said: “After Mad Ferret’s success, we wanted to continue their good work and have a big end of year party for Manchester’s students.”

She added: “But we wanted a festival that is different to your usual camping weekender, so we decided to have it all in one day.”

Organising the festival began in autumn last year and the line-up was completed in February.

Tickets for the event sold out four weeks ago, with 4000 going on the day they were released.

Kirsty said: “We were really surprised that it sold out so soon but even more surprised by how many non-students are coming along.”

Such demand shows good signs for the festival’s future, with Kirsty saying she thinks it will become a regular fixture in the Manchester calendar.

DJ’s on the other stages include Simian Mobile Disco, Fake Blood, Erol Alkan, Vitalic and a solo live performance from Bloc Party front-man, Kele Okereke.

Alongside these, Drum’n’Bass and Dubstep will feature heavily, with two of Manchester’s biggest club brands, Ape and Metropolis, joining forces to host two arenas.

‘Lost in Bass One’ will be headlined by Magnetic Man, a collaboration of Dubstep pioneers Benga, Skream and Artwork.

In ‘Lost in Bass 2’, Andy C will headline a stellar line-up including DJ Hype, Roni Size and High Contrast.

Didsbury resident Joe Ambrose, 23, who has a ticket for the festival, is really looking forward to the day.

He said: “You don’t ever get the chance to go to a festival in the middle of the city, so Parklife should be something different.

He added: “The line-up is pretty impressive, and if the sun turns up then I think it will be an incredible day for everyone there.”

Although Manchester may be renowned for its unfortunately rainy climate, Kirsty thinks there is a good omen for June 12.

She said: “For the last nine years, on June 12 it hasn’t rained on Platt Fields Park, so fingers crossed this continues!”

And for any of those festival-goers worrying they will miss England’s opening World Cup game with the USA, fear not, it will be shown live on big screens.

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