Saturday saw temperatures of 24 degrees; it was beautiful weather with clear skies right the way through the day. We saw crop tops, hot pants, tie dye, feathers, rave paint, glitter... you name it, it was there. I went to Parklife with 4 acts in mind that I wanted to see, but I was so caught up in the hot, beating sun and the bass coming from the ‘Treehouse’ that I completely forgot the reason I was there in the first place. The Treehouse was a small, open-air stage – quite literally, just a treehouse with decks and a DJ. A mixture of drum and bass, house and dubstep was played, with a flurry of remixes thrown in for good measure, which must have been why it was so popular with up to 500 of us. In fact the Treehouse became the meeting place for my group of 25 friends when we were lost – meaning that I did spend the majority of my time bobbing about on someone’s shoulders scanning the crowds for anyone I knew.
Late into the evening on Saturday, the warm sun was still up and the stages had seen the likes of The Maccabees, Jessie Ware, Disclosure and Rudimental. We weaved our way into the bustling mass of people in the ‘Drop the Mustard’ tent and readied ourselves for the drop in the music. I danced for 7 hours on Saturday and I think I had the best time of my life.
Sunday was a similar day to Saturday, with beaming sunshine and the same excited feel to the air. Parklife was heaving with people, the ages ranging from 17 to 45. (I met one lady who was there with her grown-up grandchildren, and she’d left them at the dubstep tent so she could have her face painted like a glittery tiger.) The atmosphere throughout the weekend was certainly buzzing – everyone was ecstatic to have a weekend of sunshine to enjoy instead of the usual rain. It was brilliant that there were plenty of places to sit down in the shade at Parklife and you didn’t feel claustrophobic with the sheer number of bodies surrounding you.
Armed with a pair of wellies in 25 degree heat, I certainly had one of the best weekends of my life so far, and there is a 99.9% chance that you will see me at Parklife Manchester next summer.