Ones to Watch at Parklife 2015

ParklifeAs Manchester’s Parklife triumphantly approaches its 6th year, could this be the festival’s most diverse line-up to date? The Warehouse Project – the team behind its increasing success – have outdone themselves again with an awe-inspiring showcase of superstar DJs, hip-hop legends and chart-topping singer songwriters. Descending upon Heaton Park in a few weeks’ time, there’s reason to be very, very excited.

Packing in over 100 acts across 8 stages, we’ve cherry picked the cream of the crop so you don’t have to. Without further ado, here are 10 acts to keep an eye (and ear) on at Parklife:

1// The Roots

Billed as Saturday’s special guests, the Roots make for perfect festival fodder. Far more than just your average hip-hop group, Questlove’s unique drumming technique and the band’s loveable stage charms will go down a storm.

2// Todd Terje & The Olsens

Having gained widespread popularity with the release of the endlessly funky It’s Album Time and (figuratively) setting Coachella on fire this year, Todd Terje & The Olsens are due to make Sunday’s Now Wave crowd bop from one groove to another. Think Bonobo with a more tropical, fruity twist.

3// Mac DeMarco

One of the select few indie-rock artists to grace Parklife this year, what else is there to say about Mac DeMarco? He may be more famed for his goofball characteristics than his music (let’s not forget the time he performed naked while shoving drumsticks up his arse), but Mac’s penchant for gorgeous melodies and airy sounds make him rather endearing.


Coupling the tight-knit chemistry of jazz with the sounds of mainstream hip-hop, BADBADNOTGOOD continue to move from strength to strength since last album III and a recent collaborative album with Ghostface Killah. Live, the band pull no punches – covers of TNGHT and Flying Lotus sit alongside their own instrumental works amounting to an electrifying performance.

5// FKA Twigs

FKA Twigs is easily one of the more exciting prospects in r'n'b right now thanks to the creative flair and imaginative concepts that permeate her music. Believe the hype and catch a soon-to-be star on Sunday.

6// Jamie xx

From what we’ve heard of Jamie xx’s upcoming album In Colour thus far, you can be assured that his set will be unmissable. Rendering future garage and house for a much wider audience, tracks like “Loud Places” sound massive and are begging to be played out to festival crowds.

7// Nicolas Jaar

Similar to Parklife acts like Pearson Sound, Nicolas Jaar can be defined as one of the more obscure-sounding artists on this year’s roster, yet he never ceases to amaze in his productions. The surprise release of Jaar’s soundtrack to The Color of Pomegranates in addition to a recent 12” only reaffirms his knack for expansive pieces, an artist that’ll have you both moving your feet and scratching your chin.

8// Hudson Mohawke

There comes a time with every festival where you just want to go mental. Hudson Mohawke will likely evoke this insanity out of people. Possessing a wealth of high-energy electronic gems, this’ll be a memorable one.

9// Madlib

Having produced for the likes of MF Doom and Quasimoto, and still hot off the success of his collaborative album with Freddie Gibbs, Piñata, Madlib remains to be one of the undisputed champions of hip-hop beats and productions.

10// Fatboy Slim

As trashy as EDM can be, and while it’s easy to get a little too reminiscent of the You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby days of yore, Norman Cook still knows how to put on a damn good party after all these years. Likely closing Saturday night on the Chibuku stage, if you’ve yet to bear witness to Cook’s frenetic sets, now’s the time.

Parklife Manchester takes place between 6th and 7th June 2015. For more information, head over here.


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