Festival review: Parklife 2018
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An overnight Megabus and four coffees later, I was hit by a wall of hot noise. Heaton Park was alive with adolescent anticipation; young barely teens adorned in full glitter-face and tiny sequined shorts; lads sharing wide-eyed, wonky gurns while battling against their first proper come up; groups of late 20-somethings with beers in hand assuming they’d walked into a Manchester Uni Freshers party sponsored by Urban Outfitters. A young girl crashed through the security barriers with her friends in tow, threw up over her heeled sandals, took a swig of what I can only assume was battery acid, and marched into the crowds surrounding Main Stage. It was only 3:45pm but Jessie Ware was playing to a crowd of teens wafting through an entirely different solar system. She adorned the stage with full-voiced rendition of ‘Alone’, dressed head to toe in a deep blue silk dress. Heading confidently into the crowd, she bopped and bounced with the front row to round off a fun-loving headline set. A short walk away under star-studded blue canopies, Tom Misch attracted waves of euphoric teens with a sexy multi-instrumental jazz-hop set. Funky saxophone tones and twanging guitars mashed up new tracks from his album Geography with classic funk n’ soul beats you’d expect to hear from BBC veteran Craig Charles. It would be rude not to mention Lorde’s epic showcase of tunes from her album Melodrama. She floated across the sun-soaked stage with confidence far beyond her years.
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