By Joe Franklin
Following an awfully uncomfortable night’s sleep on one of the kitchen floors in Fallowfield halls, I was more than a little disappointed when I drew the curtains to a torrential downpour on Saturday morning. However, in true festival fashion, we reached for our jackets and hats, downed our G&Ts, and hailed a cab up to Heaton Park.
After being redirected around the perimeter for an eternity, we found ourselves subjected to a personal sniffer dog inspection; when the dawg sits, a strip-search ensues. One unlucky member of our crew was hastily hustled away, eyes wide with fear, only to skip out the other side after five minutes, smile stretched across his face. I decided not to ask…
The monsoon meant we had to trudge through ankle deep mud for what seemed like forever to get anywhere. We marched through the mud, laughing at those unlucky enough to slip over and add a new level of messiness to their already mangled states. After flipping through the guidebook we ended up settling in the Ape & Metropolis presents Digital Soundboy stage to a dirty Breakage & Dismantle set, dropping them muaddd grime mixes all over the shop.
The mud here had its first and only positive influence, in preventing the hordes of triple white huarache shufflers from infiltrating the tent, and marginally disrupting otherwise happy skankers.
Now well and truly on our way up, we slid over to the hidden Collonade stage, complete with an ancient Greek-style architecture backdrop, to catch Route 94′s iconic and euphoric set, with the entire crowd singing My Love at the top of their voices (queue feelings of nostalgic adrenaline).
Overall I was impressed with the improvements made to the stages from last year. Parklife stepped its game up this year to host more than 200 artists in front of an overall crowd of nearly 160,000 people, and it has to be said besides the entry backlog at the beginning, they handled it extremely well. Still gutting that they don’t include camping though, £50 cab home at night is a painfully expensive trek.
Day two came around with an altogether more chilled vibe. We spent more time walking round and checking out the food stalls and fairground now the swamps had been covered with wood chippings, making getting around unbelievably easier. The festival had some really cool food stalls which I
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