Returning to Heaton Park, Manchester, for it’s 7th incarnation of the two day festival previously held at Platt Fields Park is Parklife. Growing each year the non-camping festival is attracting audiences from all over England and featuring some of the biggest acts currently touring; including a nostalgic set by Chaka Khan this year. If you’re heading down to the fields on June 10th and 11th we’ve compiled a list of acts that you must see.

The obvious acts are the two headliners, American singer-songwriter Frank Ocean and Manchester born sensations 1975. Both these acts are sure to pull the largest crowd and have Heaton Park bouncing; however Parklike isn’t only about the headliners.

Indie/dance trio Jagwar Ma are set to play at Parklife and are certain to attract a crowd of loyal fans who’ve followed them for the past 5years. The Australian band have a unique sound that is verging on psychedelic and may not be to everybody’s taste, but in a festival environment when everybody is crammed in together they will capture the feel of the whole festival and be one of the bands you remember.

Amidst the deep house and huaraches, Cabbage will provide a punk-inspired solace for those who like their music to carry a message. The aggressive snarl of tracks like ‘Uber Capitalist Death Trade’ and ‘Dinner Lady’ lends itself to a frenetic live experience. They may split opinion, but there can be little doubt that this band are heading places and on the main stage, we’ll get a first taste to see how more anthemic new tunes such as ‘Gibraltar Ape’ go down in a bigger arena. Unmissable.

Two Door Cinema Club are closing the day off before 1975 on the main stage on Saturday. With 3 albums under their belt they have a wide range of hits that are sure to be played as the sun (or more likely rain) goes down over Heaton Park. Experienced on the festival circuit Two Door Cinema Club have a great stage presence and set that will get everybody dancing to their jangly riffs and catchy lyrics. One of the best bands currently touring this is certain to be one of the best performances at Parklife this year.

An obscure, but perfectly fitting, act on the lineup are 70s funk band Chaka Khan. If you’re not on the front row singing back the classics that everybody has been brought up with then you are missing the point of festival season. Chaka Khan are a band you will probably never go to see perform live in concert and therefor Parklife is the perfect time to roll back the years and sing the guilty pleasures you’re wrongfully ashamed to love.

These acts are going to be stand out performances across the weekend however with acts like London Grammar, Stormzy, Fatboy Slim and George Ezra there’s bound to be something for everybody to get into.

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Words: Stuart Daley