Words By Ian Pennington
Two of Greater Manchester’s finest annual festivals have revealed their opening gambits to the gigging world within hours of each other. ‘Tis the season, apparently, as both Heaton Park’s Parklife and Salford’s Sounds From The Other City once again set tongues wagging.
Parklife once again resembles the best bits of the full Warehouse Project season, but staged in the June sunshine and in big top tents rather than in a car park. This year, that means top billing for Chemical Brothers and Major Lazer, while Four Tet, Blossoms, Hannah Wants, De La Soul and Jamie XX are just a handful of the other wide-ranging tunesmiths signed up to entertain you.
It’ll take place over the weekend of 11th-12th June, so make sure you book the Monday off.
SFTOC sits at the other end of the scale, and for a fraction of the price, you’re given the opportunity to catch tomorrow’s heroes today. There’s a sizeable Welsh contingent led by Gwenno and Race Horses’ Meilyr Jones, alongside plenty of other names you should get to know, from The Magnetic North to Laura Cannell.
Local artist HimHallows will be designing the grounds, which again spans a fair few strides along Chapel Street at venues housing lineups curated by the reliable musical minds of Video Jam, Hey! Manchester, Now Wave, Grey Lantern and more.
This year’s cherry on the top is that it’ll be on the telly. Move aside Mark Radcliffe, leg it Laverne; SFTOC.tv will be the best place to tune in on Bank Holiday Sunday 1st May.
Parklife tickets are available from parklife.uk.com.
Sounds From The Other City tickets are available from soundsfromtheothercity.com.