Council praise festival goers after The 1975, Frank Ocean and Fatboy Slim rock Parklife

The weather forecast may have been bleak, but Parklife attendees didn’t let it rain on their parade.

Crowds of over 160,000 revelled in the diverse line up including everything from indie sensations The 1975 and singer and rapper Frank Ocean through to George Ezra, London Grammar, Pete Tong and Fatboy Slim.

Manchester City Council deemed the event a success, praising the ‘iconic performances and good-natured crowds’.

A full clean-up operation was put underway immediately at the finish of the event both within Heaton Park, in which the event was situated, and across the surrounding areas.

The council have said its main priority is to return the park to public access as soon as possible via a litter pick of the park alongside street cleaning.

Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, said: “The event organisers had planned for all weather conditions, including heavy rain. Accordingly, a full clean-up plan has been planned and anticipated, so that there is as little impact as possible on people visiting the park and for people who live here.”

Residents in close proximity to the event were encouraged to report any issues experienced subsequent to the event and provide feedback to a dedicated community team.

Following a tragic incident at Victoria Station – which occurred prior to the end of Parklife on Sunday night – many attendees were forced to alter transport plans or walk back to the city centre due to tram disruption.

Police are questioning a 31-year-old woman in connection with the incident in which a 30-year-old man died after being pushed in front of a moving tram.

John Fryer, Transport for Greater Manchester’s transport and event planning lead, thanked festival-goers for their behaviour across the weekend.

He said: “The situation was challenging, but they were patient and understanding.

“The behaviour of all those last night and who used public transport to get to and from the event across the weekend was impeccable.”

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