The Parklife Weekender: 8th-9th June 2013

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Parklife Weekender has thoroughly established itself as the musical Mecca of the north, following on from three sell-out years, 2013 is guaranteed to be the biggest and best offering yet.

Moving house is never easy but the people behind Manchester’s Parklife, are relocating from Platt Fields to the grander surroundings of Heaton Park. Bringing another weekend of mayhem to the masses there’s plenty to see and do over the two days. Taking place on 8th and 9th June 2013, Parklife signals the start of the UK’s summer of music. The festival is targeted towards dance heads but with artists including both David Rodigan and Hudson Mohawke curating their own stages, there are going to be sounds for almost every taste.

Fronting up the big names are Plan B who headlines the Saturday night and Example who brings the festival to a close on the Sunday. With acts such as Jurassic 5, The Macabees, AlunaGeorge, The Horrors and Toy bringing up the rear alongside DJ Fresh, Rita Ora and others such as TEED, Joey Bada$$ and Toddla T Sound, there’s plenty of choice for any party goer.

Our stand-out acts over the weekend include; Cyril Hahn, High Contrast, Jaguar Skills, Tiga and Erol Alkan although you should check out the full line-up here for a real feel for the festival.

A nice service offered by organisers is a shuttle bus leaving from the site to Manchester city centre and the after parties in the clubs, with tickets starting from around £4.50.

You should get your tickets early as it’s rumoured that weekend passes will be sold out by the end of the month, and in every previous year, tickets have sold out long before doors open.

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Festival low down

Location: Heaton Park, Manchester.

How to get to site: Walk, bus, drive, taxi. Parklife are putting on their own Parklife Express, a dedicated service running from Fallowfield and the city centre. Heaton Park is also served by both bus and Metrolink services, there is car parking but with all big events there’s limited space. The Big Green Coach are also putting on services from nine major cities ticket holders.

Beer Prices/Selection: Usual festival selection with a few hidden extras, expect usual event prices.

Campsite: None, though there are plenty of hotels and only a short bus/tram ride from the centre of Manchester.

Clientele: A mixed bag of music lovers into pretty much anything, there’ll be the MCR cool kids, students, party goers and those there for a few days out.

Acts that have played before: Justice, The flaming Lips, Dizzee Rascal, Redlight, Shy FX.

Other stuff to do: It’s all about the music so dance a lot, drink responsibly and make the most of what the arenas have to offer.

Ticket Prices: Only £69.50 the whole weekend or £45 for single day passes.

Security Staff: Business like but fair.

Toilets: Don’t expect pristine porcelain, this is a festival so it will be portaloo city and will probably be very messy by the end of the evening.

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