AN OVER-WHELMING amount of festivalgoer’s and music fans flocked Manchester’s Heaton Park on 8th and 9th June, for the opening of the annual Parklife festival.
An expectancy of over 50,000 people attending the festival from countries as far as France and Germany poses to be the busiest and biggest Parklife yet.
There is a real sense of summer fun and community spirit, especially as there are lots of locals hitting the festival too.
Benjamin Greg, 23, a keen festival goer and student, Nottingham said: “With names like Rita Ora, Sub Focus and Rudimental, you would be silly not to come, one of the cheapest festivals and one of the best line-ups.
Making Parklife into an overnight camping festival would really compete with other festivals.”
Anneliese McDonough, 34, local resident, said: “I love it when the festival comes to the City, brings a real sense of youth and community. It’s 2 days out of the year so you can’t really complain”
“Last year I even went to the festival and if I didn’t have plans this year, I would be there again”
This year, more mainstream artists such as Example, Rita Ora, Rudimental and Disclosure were all added to the ever-growing line up in a bid to increase ticket sales.
Nicola Woodcock, 24, festival volunteer, Manchester said: “I’ve volunteered every year, it’s not the most glamorous job but the atmosphere is electric. I would recommend it to everyone.
It’s a lot of hard work but you get to see your favourite acts free of charge and be in the best environment ever.
Festivals are a cheaper alternative to holidays, students can’t afford to go on holiday and with Manchester having the biggest student population Parklife fits in perfectly.”
The overall summer atmosphere surrounding the festival, met by 26 degrees weather shaped up to be a sold out event.
By Sean Maloney