The 2018 Lowdown.

One of the biggest UK festivals in the calendar, Parklife hosts huge acts every year with past headliners such as The 1975, Frank Ocean and Stormzy. It offers a mix of indie and R&B artists on a number of stages which make up for the usually wet weather when the event is on.

Number of attendees

80,000 people attend this festival

Year founded


Music genres

Indie, Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop


One of the biggest UK festivals in the calendar, Parklife hosts some of the biggest acts from around the world.

The Parklife Stage.

Saturday 9th June.

  • The XX
  • N.E.R.D
  • Lorde
  • Sampha
  • Jessie Ware
  • Raye
  • MNEK
  • Dermot Kennedy
  • Dance Lady Dance
  • Nicola Bear

The Valley.

Saturday 9th June.

  • A$AP Rocky
  • Giggs
  • Bugzy Malone
  • AJ Tracey
  • Stefflon Don
  • Earl Sweatshirt
  • Virgil Abloh
  • Levelz
  • Barely Legal
  • Jamz Supernova
  • Jonny Dub
  • Big Heath

The Parklife Stage.

Sunday 10th June.

  • Liam Gallagher
  • Skepta
  • Chvrches
  • Everything Everything
  • Sigrid
  • Not3s
  • Nicola Bear


Mud, mud and more mud is usually on the agenda for Parklife. Manchester in June can be pretty unforgiving weather wise. But it's still great fun and the temperature should sit in the mid-teens.

5 hours of sunshine
14° with highs of 18°C
30% chance of rain

Where to stay.

There’s no campsite at Parklife but there are plenty of nearby hotels to choose from.

Food and drink.

This festival offers a huge range of food and drink options, including vegetarian and vegan offerings.

In recent years the menu has featured some of these exotic and tasty cuisines:

  • Indian street food.
  • Greek pittas.
  • Kebabs.
  • Tibetan food.
  • Hot dogs and New York style street food.
  • Wraps.
  • Outback burgers.
  • Fish and chips.
  • Pizza.
  • Mexican.
  • Crepes.
  • Milkshakes.
  • Noodles.
  • Coffee, giant doughnuts and muffins.

Expect a similar line up at this year's event.


For those with VIP tickets, there's a whole new world to enjoy including secret stages and special bars - plus luxury bathrooms. If you're not going VIP though, you can still enjoy these little extras.

Back to festival hub
  • Free phone charging.

    Charging stations will be available if you've maxed out your battery on Boomerangs.

  • Caffe Lambro.

    This mobile prosecco bar serves up bubbles direct from Italy, on three wheels.

  • La Discotheque.

    This tent features top class DJs, dance podiums and disco music long into the night if you fancy more of a club setting.

How to get there.

Shuttle Bus.

Buses are available from the city centre to the festival site and run from 9.30am to 5pm on Saturday and 10.30am to 5pm on Sunday. The return bus runs from 6.30pm until late.


Use bus routes 135, 64, 59, 484, 495, 165 and 164 to reach Heaton Park.


With over 75,000 people expected to attend Parklife, it may be best to use public transport to reach the festival. However, if you are driving bear in mind there is no dedicated on site parking so you may need to park in Manchester city centre then use the shuttle bus service.


Take the Bury line and jump off at Heaton Park.

What to pack.

Notorious for its mud baths, a trip to Parklife needs to involve good looking waterproof clothing. You'll definitely need a raincoat.


While you’ll certainly need a decent pair of wellies to withstand any potential downpours, a bodycon dress with knee high socks will still look great!

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Dress up for the occasion and work a check print shirt over a plain tee. It still looks good with shorts - and those ankle boots you don't mind getting muddy.

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In classic UK festival style, those legs need to be out to embrace that true weekender vibe.

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