Parklife Weekender: Snoop Dogg wowed the crowds but Flying Lotus stole my heart

PUBLISHED: 10:29 12 June 2014 | UPDATED: 16:58 12 June 2014

Snoop Dogg at Parklife Festival in Heaton Park on Saturday, June 7.

Snoop Dogg at Parklife Festival in Heaton Park on Saturday, June 7.


Set in rainy Manchester it came as no surprise that it tipped it down for Parklife.

By early evening the skies had cleared but the waterlogged fields turned to a muddy slush claiming the dignity of many a festival goer.

This didn’t deter over 60,000 music lovers from flocking to Heaton Park to kick off their summer in style.

The line-up this year was monumental and after battling our way through crowds my friends and I headed straight for the Now Wave stage for some Cyril Hahn in the sunshine.

Katy B, Annie Mac, Bipolar Sunshine and Rudimental warmed the crowds up on the main stage as the night rolled towards a crescendo with Snoop Dogg headlining the event.

His trademark technique of effortlessly melting words in to one another kept the crowds in the palm of his hand for the 90 minute set.

Oozing coolness this superstar can be forgiven for wearing sunglasses at night as he blasted out legendry tracks spanning his three decades in the biz.

For me though, it was Flying Lotus who stole the show.

The LA producer spent most of the gig crouched over his laptops but that didn’t kill the atmosphere.

The audience swayed to the beautifully produced hip hop beats mixed with synthetic strings whilst bathing in a kaleidoscopic light show.

However it wasn’t all peace and love as police made 10 arrests at the Manchester site, including two stabbings and one for stealing wristbands.

On the whole the festival was a roaring success with most there to enjoy the music and soak up the atmosphere.

I wasn’t able to stay for the Sunday show but with Jon Hopkins, Foals, Bastille and Disclosure on the bill, Parklife Weekender boasted one of the best line-ups this summer.

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