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Parklife Festival 2012 – Pictures

30,000 attend Parklife’s final festival at Platt Fields Park

Published on June 11th 2012.


Parklife Festival 2012 – Pictures

PARKLIFE at Platt Fields went out with a bang, quite literally, over the weekend as final headline stage act Dizzee Rascal played out the park's  three year festival to a smoke and firework display and of course ‘Bonkers’, not once but twice.

Former guitarist of The Smiths, Johnny Marr, joined Nile Rodgers and Chic on stage on the Saturday while other headliners later that day included Noah & The Whale, The Flaming Lips and a somewhat disgruntled Kelis.

The crescendo followed a weekend of both mixed music and mud surfing for the 30,000 in attendance. Day one was almost a washout, but that didn’t stop hoards of Manchester’s student population pretending they were in Magaluf, as you can see in the pictures below.

Former guitarist of The Smiths, Johnny Marr, joined Nile Rodgers and Chic on stage on the Saturday while other headliners later that day included Noah & The Whale, The Flaming Lips and a somewhat disgruntled Kelis. The 'Milkshake' singer later took to Twitter to rant how Parklife organisers had been ‘the pin that busted the bubble of fun’ for cutting her sound ‘half way through so that some dj could play.’

Regardless of her gripes, unfortunately Kelis’ set didn’t live up to her performance at Parklife 2011and this year she certainly missed a trick by favouring her new musical direction over her greatest hits.

Nevertheless, the show went on with the likes of Zane Lowe and Nero livening up the Metroplex tent. The biggest disappointment of the festival for many was last minute drop out of Azealia Banks on Sunday’s main stage, however De La Soul, Labrinth, and later, Dizzee Rascal, soon made us forget the ‘212’ singer had gone AWOL.

This year also saw homegrown acts Murkage and Juicy DJs on the main stage much to the delight of their loyal, local fanbase. Check out the weekend in pictures below plus a video to give you a taster of the atmosphere for Labrinth and Dizzee Rascal...

Kelis at Parklife 2012Kelis at Parklife 2012

Labrinth at Parklife 2012Labrinth at Parklife 2012

Strategy of Broke N English at Parklife 2012Strategy of Broke N English at Parklife 2012

Parklife 2012

Parklife Festival 2012

Parklife Festival 2012

Johnny Marr and Chic en route to the stage at Parklife 2012Johnny Marr and Chic en route to the stage at Parklife 2012

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AnonymousJune 12th 2012.

Looks overcrowded and miserable. 64 quid and the only place to sit all weekend is an overturned bin?

Mind you, the people I really feel sorry for is the local residents who had no interest in this kind of event. In 1910 William Royle coordinated the campaign to buy this land. He said the park was "saved for the children". Well they've had their park closed for weeks and now trashed again, but they'll see no direct benefit from the proceeds. Well done Manchester City Council.

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AnonymousJune 12th 2012.

A limited portion of the park was closed for weeks - not the areas where there is much to do. The money made by MCC from the event will go into a variety of public services including those for 'the children'

AnonymousJune 12th 2012.

Have you tried getting two kids and a pushchair from Heald Place (or thereabouts) to the part of the park which is open while all those fences are up?

AnonymousJune 12th 2012.

As a VERY local resident (our house backs onto the park) and also as an attendee I think this event turned out brilliantly, it's best year yet. It's a near city centre park, in the heart of a massive student community. My family all live locally and celebrated the festival at home listening to the music from gardens and having a good time. I use this park to commute to work on a daily basis and it has cut off my route. I take young kids in the park, I take our dogs in the park and this has no impact on my activities. It might take a few weeks for the grass to grow back but they clean up after themselves before its taken down.

Stop being so miserable yourself. What a life you must lead if one weekend can affect your life so drastically.

AnonymousJune 13th 2012.

Sitting down? ha ha ha ha... try dancing you miserable sod

AnonymousJune 12th 2012.

^ You sound like a fun individual.

I've never been to Park Life, however, it's certainly a good addition to the city. Very few places outside London have a full-on festival within a couple of miles of the city centre.

VickyJune 12th 2012.

It wasn't overcrowded and it wasn't miserable. The only thing miserable around here appears to be you! Manchester Council and the Parklife team pulled off yet another fantastic event, entertaining 30,000 people safely and without a hitch. The festival is a credit to them all.

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AnonymousJune 12th 2012.

To say there wasn't a hitch is to ignore the mess the park is now in. Maybe that isn't a problem for you if it isn't your local park, or maybe you just don't care. As long as you and your mates had a good time I'm sure that's fine.

Julie JohnsonJune 12th 2012.

Looks overcrowded and miserable. 64 quid and the only place to sit all weekend is an overturned bin?

Mind you, the people I really feel sorry for is the local residents who had no interest in this kind of event. In 1910 William Royle coordinated the campaign to buy this land. He said the park was "saved for the children". Well they've had their park closed for weeks and now trashed again, but they'll see no direct benefit from the proceeds. Well done Manchester City Council.

culture vultureJune 12th 2012.

I'm sure people had good time which is what matters. It's only one weekend a year, lets grant our young people some enjoyment in the damn forsaken shit city we live in.

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Jonathan SchofieldJune 13th 2012.

Julie, two of my teenage sons attended Parklife and thought it was superb. The younger really enjoyed his experience of a festival and thought the Sunday was spectacular. He'll remember it all his life as his first real festival moment. William Royle I suspect would have heartily approved.

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Julie JohnsonJune 15th 2012.

Jonathan, I have nothing against festivals. I was at one last weekend. It even featured one of the more popular bands who were also at parklife. It was great fun, and there was some mud, but it wasn't in a popular inner city park. I saw the Flaming Lips at Jodrell Bank last year. Also great, but not public land.

Parklife looks too commercial and crowded for my tastes, but I'm sure some people enjoyed it. But would your sons have had far less fun if the same bands had played on some private land somewhere just outside Manchester?

Also, if it was one weekend and the park was back to normal I would take no issue with it. But half the park was closed for about two and a half weeks, and now the fences are down I would invite you to go and take a look at the devastation left before praising inner city festivals. Bear in mind that the mega mela is due there in under a month.

I don't know where you live or if you have the luxury of a garden. I don't, and now my nearest green recreational space looks like a war zone. How would you feel if your nearest park had been left like this? The Warehouse Project use Platt Fields because the council are practically giving it away. Otherwise they'd find somewhere further out. The money raised doesn't come back to Platt, and the record with reinstatement is very poor. This WOULD NOT happen somewhere like Didsbury or Chorlton.

Julie JohnsonJune 15th 2012.

On the subject of Royle, while we'll never know I'll choose to disagree.

Apparently before the 80s even walking on the grass was out but I'm glad that's changed. Unlike some I supported the BMX track and I'd stand by that.

But this kind of festival in this venue is unsustainable and money raised does not justify the cost to the local community.

Julie JohnsonJune 15th 2012.

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SmittyJune 13th 2012.

Surely the point of a park is that it can be used in a variety of ways. As I'm in my mid-thirties (although I don't quite believe it) I am too old and have always been too uncool to go to something like Parklife, but it looks like the kids had a great time.

Julie - parks aren't just there for the people who live in the immediate vicinity to take their dogs to have a poo in. They're for everyone and that means sometimes there will be events in them that you or I don't like or engage with.

You should also consider the cash that events like this bring into the park. All of the money the council makes from these kinds of events are spent in the parks. Short term pain for long term gain.

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AnonymousJune 13th 2012.

your never too old to have a good time... and your only as cool as you let on you are

SmittyJune 13th 2012.

Why do you think I say I'm uncool Anon ;-)

Daniel JamesJuly 1st 2012.

You can confirm that manchester city council plows all the revenue directly back into the park?

Julie JohnsonJune 15th 2012.

Smitty, having raised FOI requests in the past regarding Platt Fields event charges, and researched the subject fairly extensively you'll have to excuse me if I think I know a bit than you about how the money raised is spent. According to the staff, Platt Fields hasn't had any toilet roll in some loos since April because they can't afford it. I've seen people have to go and get a wadge of napkins from the ice cream van. And the disabled loo/baby change has been out of order for months. It's pathetic.

I regularly go to festivals despite being as old as you. I've been involved with events in the park, but none that have caused damage like that you can see today.

Of course parks can be used in a variety of ways, as long as one of those ways doesn't ruin it for everyone else. (hope I'm not re-posting again - the ManCon site isn't the most reliable of late).

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