Parklife 2014 returns to the legendary Heaton Park which has played host to some of the most iconic performances of the decade, including Oasis, the seminal Stone Roses and now one of the greatest and best value for money festivals in the UK. 2014 will see new stage installations including a 20,000 capacity outdoor dance stage known as The Temple.
The weekend festival has an eclectic line-up that spans dance, indie, pop, and hip hop, and is a true testament to Parklife's dedication to new and established artists. Giving a nod to Manchester's deep dance heritage, club legends Soul II Soul will be delivering the old school sounds that launched the group to critical acclaim at the tail end of the 80s. With a finger firmly on the pulse of modern day dance culture, Parklife's offering of electronic acts is unrivalled and features the likes of Brit nominees Disclosure who have been the biggest thing to happen to dance in recent years. Plus heavyweights such as Rudimental, Maya Jane Coles, Duke Dumont, High Contrast, Julio Bashmore, Redlight, SBTRKT, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (DJ), Cyril Hahn and Seth Troxler will also be at this years Parklife Weekender.
Parklife's hip hop offering has grown year-on-year and this year the festival is proud to welcome one of the genre's recent success stories, Kendrick Lamar. Set to cause a stir in 2014 with his raw lyrical delivery is one of rap's most original artists, Danny Brown who will no doubt have Parklife roaring from the infectious energy of his live show. Pusha T performs over the weekend and Flying Lotus will appear not once but twice as he brings the elusive Captain Murphy to a Parklife stage. Crossing the Atlantic this summer is one of hip hop's greats Snoop Dogg, who will make his Parklife debut on Saturday. Having sold over 30 million albums worldwide, Snoop will no doubt have festival-goers jumping with hits from his incredible back catalogue as well as tracks from his Snoop Lion alter ego.
The Q Awards Best Live Act 2013 Foals will take to the Parklife main stage on Sunday the innovative and ambitious Oxford quintet have three stunning albums under their belt and are a rock force to be reckoned with. Returning to Parklife is one of the country's most forward thinking female pop stars, Katy B, who'll be showcasing tracks from her highly anticipated sophomore album 'Little Red'. Current number one band in the UK Clean Bandit also join the bill in addition to B-Traits, Gold Panda, Jamie xx and master bassist Thundercat.
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Snoop Dogg, Rudimental, Annie Mac, Special guest TBA, Katy B, Bipolar Sunshine, Becky Hill, Will Tramp
AGE & METROPOLIS present DIGITAL SOUNDBOY
Nero, Gorgon City, Shy FX, B.Traits, Wilkinson, Breakage b2b Dismantle, Hannah Wants, Joel Compass, Matt Jam Lamont, North Base
RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY
Flying Lotus, Gold Panda, Captain Murphy, Zomby, Jacques Greene - Live, Indigo, Illum SPhere, My Nu Leng, Throwing Snow - Live, Thundercat, Happa
THE TEMPLE curated by WHP
Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, Maceo PLex, Maya Jane Coles, Eats Everything, Ben UFO & Pearson Sound, Paul Woolford, Ben Pearce, Krysko & Greg Lord
THE COLLONADE: DROP THE MUSTARD
Duke Dumont, Redlight, Maribou State, Waze & Odyssey, Route 94, MJ Cole, Javeon, Eton Messy, Ed Norris & Oli Hackett plus special guest Breach
Kaluki, DJ MK, The Martinez Brothers, Davide Squillace, Lee Foss, Richy Ahmed, Catz & Dogz, Pirate Copy, Ellesse
Kendrick Lamar, Chromeo, Bonobo (DJ), Cyril Hahn, Mount Kimbie, Bondax, Submotion Orchestra, Childhood, Now Wave DJs
Andy C, High Contrast, Camo & Crooked, London Elektricity (DJ), Fred V & Graffix, Spy, Etherwood, Metrik, Logistics, Lynx, MCs: Wrec
Foals, Bastille, London Grammar, Sam Smith , Warpaint, Clean Bandit, Ella Eyre, Introducing: Live recreate, Discovery, Juicy DJs, Now Wave DJs
Carl Cox, Nina Kraviz, Skream, Scuba, George Fitzgerald, Jimmy Edgar, Justin Robertson, Johnno plus special guests Jackmaster & Oneman present Can U Dance,
Heidi, Ame & Dixon (3hrs), Hot Since 82, Green Velvet, Bicep, Benoit & Sergio, Daniel Avery, Krankbrother
DISCLOSURE present WILDLIFE
Disclosure, Julio Bashmore, Kerri Chandler, Dusky, DJ Koze, Pusha T, DJ EZ, Preditah
THE COLLONADE STAGE: David Rodigan presents RAM JAM
Soul II Soul, David Rodigan, Mike Pickering, Artwork, Randall & MC GQ, Stylo G, Venum Sound System
Tale of Us, Joy Orbison, Erol Alkan, Tensnake, Andrew Weatherall, Unabombers, Krysko & Greg Lord
SOUNDS OF THE NEAR FUTURE
SBTRKT, Moderat, Jon Hopkins, Jamie xx, Danny Brown, East India Youth, Ryan Hemsworth, Jessy Lanza, Now Wave DJs
CROSSTOWN REBELS present GET LOST
Damian Lazarus, Art Department, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (Dj Set), Subb-an, Mano Le Tough, Ida Engberg