Parklife 2015... Five favourite things...


LINE-UP
It sounds a bit general but it’s a valid point nonetheless. Parklife boasted its most complete line-up yet this year. From James Blake to Nas to FKA Twigs to Wu Tang Clan – more or less every base was covered for the first time.
This year, the pinnacle of my weekend was undoubtedly Richie Hawtin closing the Resident Advisor stage on Saturday evening.
As usual, he delivered a faultlessly hypnotic blend of minimal techno & house – and despite being on at the same time as house music’s poster boys Seth Troxler & Eats Everything, Hawtin stole a sizeable portion of the crowd. Real respects real, you see.

FOOD
Ah, this DJ or that DJ? This drink or that drink? Festivals are full of treacherous decisions designed to trip you up and ruin your weekend.
But the hardest decision was deciding what to eat…
Drinking and dancing all day (plus the seemingly endless amount of walking that is necessary at these things) takes its toll.
VIP (don’t hate the player, hate the game) guests were treated to some of Friday Food Fight’s finest dishes.
Personally I opted for cheesy chilli fries from – 'You've got to be Frank.'
Other options included Tampopo, Almost Famous, Burger and Lobster, With Love From The streets - there was something for everyone - even an ice cream van! It was a definite improvement from last year.

AFTERLIFE 
The only problem with a metropolitan festival is the finishing times, 11pm…. Sleep time, it ain't.
Hosting Afterlife gives people the opportunity to party till 4am at some of Manchester's best party spots including: Albert Hall, Sankeys, South and the Ritz.
The after party I choose was Paradise, on the Sunday at Albert Hall. Albert Hall has to be one of my favourite venues around the city.
The line-up started at 11pm with Manchester boys Pirate Copy opening the proceedings – as usual the duo set the standard for the evening. Skream then performed with Route 94, providing radio-friendly house music to the masses before Patrick Topping came on to remind everyone that this was a dark, sweaty after-party and should be treated as such. Jamie Jones & Richy Ahmed were typically polished, too.

SMALLEST CLUB IN THE WORLD 
Let's be honest – it's a gimmick. But who cares?
Who wouldn't want to say they've been in there? The only club where the door policy is stricter than Berghain, with a capacity of just 10 people. Who isn’t a sucker for a little bit of exclusivity?


ROBERT HART
Finally, I wouldn't usually associate the word humbling with a festival, but Parklife really was. Last year, Robert Hart sadly died after being attacked at the festival by a violent individual. Sir David Rodigan led a minute of silence to the thousands of fans, in a moving tribute, making sure that nobody will ever forgot what happened in 2014. 
It was an overwhelming experience to see thousands of people suddenly silent in remembrance, that truly humbled people.

Parklife really set the bar this year, I'm now just waiting on the WHP16 line-ups to be released.
Now, time for chicken wings and Irn Bru until this time next year, ta-ra!
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