What a weekend it was, it’s one of the busiest festival weekends in Europe, in the UK alone Parklife shares this weekend with Isle of White, Demon Dayz, Junction 2, Wild Life and Download to name a few. Due to these scheduling conflicts and the fact TicketWeb is based in London – we could only make the Sunday, but we fit a hell of a lot in.
Firstly I’d like to say that I’m a massive Hip-Hop and R’n’B fan so the line up was an absolute dream for me. This will become very obvious as you read on.
That’s not to say that the line up wasn’t diverse – there were some big Popular names and amazing performances from Jess Glynn, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, The 1975 & so much more. Not to mention some of the best techno DJ’s in the world right now laying down massive sets. The likes of Carl Cox, Andy C, Kolsch, Patrick Topping… you get the picture.
Personally I attempted to fit as much rap as I could in to the four/five hours I was there before getting settled in a good spot for the headliner – Frank Ocean. Here’s what went down.
Danny Brown performing “Really Doe” at The Temple.
Danny Brown performing “Grown Up” at The Temple – Look out for Goldie watching on in the wings.
Mura Masa brought the energy in a jam-packed tent. I struggled to get a decent shot/video because of how hectic it was. Unreal performance though.
Parklife (Main) Stage
I had to get a birds eye view of a sold out Parklife from the Ferris Wheel.
Popped in to Eric Prydz to get my face melted off.
How can you not love Stormzy?
The place was going bananas for Stormzy, I got to stand at the side of the stage which was dope but it meant I was right beside the speaker so the sound quality in the video I took suffered a bit. His set really was a phenomenal display of showmanship and raw talent throughout.
He turned up! This was the biggest moment for me. The ever-elusive Frank Ocean had already cancelled on two European festivals with little to no notice. There was certainly a palpable tension in the air when he was 30 minutes late.
Bizarrely I felt massively privileged to see him in the flesh, even in 2017 when you just HAVE to tour and do festivals to promote your records and make money – Frank seems to be an exception to this rule. I felt like he was doing all 40,000 of us a favour by showing up and singing his songs.
All of this just adds to his allure as one of the most enigmatic artists of the last few years. Here’s Ocean getting in to it on Biking (Solo)
“Nikes” was a huge moment for everyone involved.
The best way to get a sense of the festivals’ vibe is by checking out the TicketWeb Snapchat story from the day (below). There’ll be plenty more festival coverage like this over the next two months. Add ticketwebuk on Snapchat and Instagram for an all access pass to the musical shenanigans.
PARKLIFE FESTIVAL never disappoints. Check out what went down on day 2 in our festival film featuring Frank Ocean, Run The Jewels, Stormzy & loads more.
Posted by TicketWeb UK on Monday, 12 June 2017
It was my first time at Parklife and I have to say it was all kinds of fun. The lineup, the people, the weather, the vibe – roll on Parklife 2018. Get your tickets here. Parklife announced today that this year they raised £75,000 for charity. What can’t this festival do?