Top 5 Acts you NEED to see at Parklife 2019

It's not long to go until Parklife takes over the city centre.

By Manchester's Finest | 4 June 2019

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Here’s who just just NEED to make sure you see over the weekend…

With a modern classic firmly in her bag (‘A Seat At The Table’) and fresh off of her new album, ‘When I Get Home’, Houston native Solange has proven that she’s way more than just Beyonce’s younger sister. Her loose, breathy vocals, intricate songwriting and ear for rustic, melodic production have won over critics and fans alike. Her headline set on Sunday will be one to watch for its empowering, politically-minded content, vibrant set production and fluid shifts in mood. P.S., prepare for an anecdote or two…

Sunday 9th June // Sounds of The Near Future Stage


Earl Sweatshirt
Once the encapsulating youngest member of pioneering rap collective Odd Future aka OFWGKTA, Earl Sweatshirt’s technical linguistic prowess and fearless choice of subject matter has been sorely missed from hip-hop after a period of absence following 2015’s ‘I Don’t Like Shit I Don’t Go Outside’ album. But with 2018’s ‘Some Rap Songs’, a 22 minute, avant-garde masterpiece in lo-fi hip-hop, Sweatshirt returns to the UK in his best form since his early days, for what will be his second show in as many days following London’s Field Day on Friday.

Saturday 8th June // Sounds of The Near Future Stage


South Korean chanteuse Yaeji took the world by storm in 2017 with two invigorating EPs on New York’s Godmode label, and scintillating live performances at Boiler Room and Coachella. Her uptempo sound features a hybrid of synth-pop, hip-hop and house, with coy, mellow vocals that quickly turn to mantras after a few listens. With East Asian female representation not regularly seen in pop music and ties to the ground-breaking 88Rising (Rich Chigga, Joji), the bilingual Yaeji is changing the face of what it means to be a pop star.

Saturday 8th June // Sounds of The Near Future Stage


Loyle Carner
UK rap’s most charming man is entering the prime of his career. Born and raised in South London, Loyle Carner’s melancholic, soulful style of hip-hop fuses gospel influences and a layer of vulnerability and introspection that stretches beyond his years. His April 2019 album ‘Not Waving, but Drowning’ featured collaborations with Jordan Rakei, Sampha and Jorja Smith, while 2017’s ‘Yesterday’s Gone’ was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Catch Loyle on Saturday for your dose of audio soul food.

Saturday 8th June // Sounds of The Near Future Stage


Honey Dijon
A trailblazer in music and societal issues, Chicago-born, New York-based DJ Honey Dijon is hot property in 2019. Her dazzling sets are based around Chicago house and hip-house, a sound that has won her fans across the globe for its soul, attitude and endless charisma. She returns to Manchester for Sunday’s festivities after recently announcing a collaboration with Japanese fashion house Comme dęs Garçons, and she continues to be a role model for minority communities in music, all while letting her talent speak for itself.

Saturday 8th June // The Palm House


Tickets for Parklife 2019 have now SOLD OUT. So if you’ve not got one – soz. There may be tickets knocking about on Twickets though…