The lineup to this year’s Parklife Festival looks simply incredible! It takes place over the from the 10-11th of June in Manchester and has boasted headline acts such as The Chemical Brothers and The Flaming Lips in its seven-year history.
We’ve put together of the top eleven acts not to miss there this summer. It’s been very hard to narrow it down, since the line up is simply so stunning this year! This list in no particular order either! It was too difficult to rank them!
Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals
Bringing a soulful and funky west coast vibe, Anderson Paak and his band are an act not to be missed at Parklife. Paak’s voice is unusual, smooth and 100% unique. Like nothing else you will see or hear. Make sure to check them out!
A Tribe Called Quest
Legends in their own right, the Tribe are back! After reuniting for their fourth studio album release last year the group are back on tour. Despite the tragic and untimely death of rapper Phife Dawg, the group came back strongly with ‘We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service’ and are a classic hip-hop jazz fusion act not to be missed!
Famous for being ghostly and mysterious in his work, Frank Ocean triumphantly returned last year with not one, but two studio albums over the course of one weekend. With an amazing and haunting vocal style, his music is a soundscape of dreamy synths and ghostly beats. Be prepared to float away.
Loyle Carner is simply going from strength to strength. The London-born spoken word poet/rapper is riding the wave of his newest album ‘Yesterday’s Gone’ and is one of the most high energy yet thought provoking acts you’re ever likely to see. With jazz and gospel influenced beats behind him, he’ll take you on a journey of family, love and loss all in the space of an hour.
Hovering between between genres, Tom Misch provides soulful, yet heavily produced music which is both euphoric and jazzy. Think Soulection’s UK connect. Its more than likely that his childhood friend Loyle Carner will appear on stage with him!
There is no man in trap that gets a crowd going quicker than Danny Brown. The crown prince of strange “hipster-trap”, the Detroit native’s music is fast paced and unrelenting. Don’t take any drinks into the crowd; they’ll be in your face before you know it. One not to miss if you’re looking for some serious turn up.
Another UK native who is having his moment. One of the pioneers of the oriental trap genre, Mura Masa fuses delicate Japanese flutes with some seriously hard beats to create something magical in-between.
Flying Lotus is many things. Producer/rapper and now director, he brings all elements of the strange and cinematic into his live show, which often features and warped visuals and odd stage set pieces. Drawing influence from everything from free- form jazz to house, his music is a strange and warped landscape of Dali’s clocks and never ending staircases. He’s unique, and his live show is always a spectacle to behold.
With an amazing and atherial voice, Sampha is one to get your heart pumping just a little bit harder. Leaning toward Sam Smith in his vocal style, his production is often minimal, relying on bubbling synths and drum machines.
The only grime artist to make it to the list, Nadia Rose is high energy and lyrically gifted. She comes representing the vibrant London-born genre that is going from strength to strength. She’s full of character and is a vibrant young and up and coming voice on the grime scene.
Full of heart and dripping with soul, RAYE is another London native with a simply exsquisite voice. With down-to-earth lyrics and a wonderful funky synth-lead live band, RAYE has the stage presence and talent to shoot to the stars and beyond.
The full line up for Parklife 2017 is available here.