Picture this: A week end away from home and from everything that can possible annoy you with your Romeo or Juliet. Not just a random weekend but a weekend outside in the sun, drinking beer, eating, singing and dancing along with your favourite artists.

Sounds good, doesn’t it? Well that’s what I experienced last summer in the City of Manchester at Parklife Festival. My flatmates and I wanted to go to a festival together and we looked at the different English line-ups and Parklife seemed to be our favourite.

Parklife Festival didn’t have any campsite so we booked the Copthorne Hotel, which was located outside Manchester town centre, in South Bay. Getting to the festival was easy as the Manchester MetroLink were running during the day but getting back at night was more difficult! My friends took taxis but I chose to walk to save money. It was actually a relief to sleep in a comfy bed after a whole day of standing and dancing. The area was really nice as it was just by the river, next to the port.

The festival was massive! There were 8 stages if I’m not mistaken. As the name suggests it, Parklife is located in a park, Heaton park in the north of the city to be precise. The organisation was quite good overall. Getting inside the festival could have been improved as depending on the time you arrived, you could have queued for ages before getting in.

As soon as you get into the festival, you can feel the festival’s atmosphere and that’s the best thing ever! Massive tents, flags everywhere, attractions, food, drinks and so on and so forth. Everybody puts on their favourite festival outfits. Some even dress up or put some make up on.


But Parklife wouldn’t be anything without the concerts! We had the chance to see for the first time some amazing bands and singers such as Grace Jones, Jess Glynn, JUNGLE, Rudimental, Jessie Ware, James Bay & Mark Ronson. I was really happy about the line up as it was quite ecletic. I was also happy to see Disclosure again as their set is always great fun.

In a nutshell, Parlife Festival was a nice discovery. I liked the fact it was massive as well as the line up. I would definitely go back if the opportunity arises!