It’s been a hectic couple of weeks. Exam season finally came to an end and I’ve spent pretty much ever since drinking too much, sleeping too little and generally having a wonderful time, although I admittedly can’t remember a lot of it. All this partying came to a head last weekend when I attended Parklife with some of my closest friends.
For those unaware, Parklife is a two-day music festival held in Heaton Park in north Manchester and, falling just days after exams finish, acts as the perfect celebration of the end of the year before moving home for summer. I first attended the festival two years ago and so much has changed since. The venue has grown, rides and shops multiplied and the music acts have gotten bigger and better (Frank Ocean anyone?!).
In typical Manchester fashion, Saturday was filled with rain, leading to a lot of mud and the shocking discovery that my vintage Nike jacket is not in the slightest bit waterproof. But I shouldn’t complain because exploring the new setup with one of my best girls in the city was still an absolute joy and not having to worry about sunburn was a dream. DJs in The Hangar took over the rainy afternoon but the sun came out just in time for The 1975 later in the evening, who led a beautiful tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena bombings before playing one of my favourite sets of the entire festival.
We started our second day by popping along to Shine Shack for a spot of pampering. We left the stall looking truly festival ready with Dutch-braids and so much glitter I’m still finding it in my hair days later and ran over to Sounds of the Near Future to see Bonzai perform. I’ve waited over a year to see her live and she didn’t disappoint. As the day continued we watched Rag’n’Bone Man from the ferris wheel before meeting up with more friends to see Zara Larsson, Jess Glynne and Stormzy in a jam-packed and incredible day of music.
Will Parklife ever be as good as the likes of Coachella? No, it would be a stretch to even compare it to Glastonbury. But it was my first festival and for that reason will always hold a special place in my heart. I’m counting down the days to next year already.
Peace and love, Bec