So, this was my first ever festival, although I’m not quite sure how because I am a very regular gig-goer. It was everything I expected it to be and more; a weekend of unhealthy eating, an excessive amount of alcohol and a whole lot of mud. Everyone’s first festival is definitely a once in a lifetime experience.
Parklife festival isn’t usually known for it’s all star grime line-up, but this year they pulled out all the stops. However, with the increase of grime popularity, I’m sure every festival will be booking urban artists left, right and centre. But, lets not forget that Parklike is organised by The Warehouse Project, so of course there was plenty of house and dance music throughout the eight stages.
One thing that really baffled me, was how they placed certain artists on stages in which they did not belong. For example, The Temple was the stage I basically lived at for the weekend as it featured J Hus, BBK, Wiley, and AJ Tracey. So if I told you that Stormzy was also a headliner, you would expect him to perform on The Temple, no? Well, a shock to me, he actually performed on The Sound of The Near Future stage, which was very house/chilled music orientated, and correct me if i’m wrong, but Stormzy is not a sound of the future, he is a definite sound of the present.
Boy Better Know‘s set was always going to be my favourite set. JME, Skepta, Wiley, Jammer and Shorty all within an hour time frame and you’ve seen your yearly dose of grime artists live in the flesh. The lighting and effects were phenomenal. Although, I’m not sure many paid attention to that with the mass of moshpits throughout the crowd. Which by the way, seemed as though every single person at the festival came to see BBK’s set, they really should have been main stage.
All in all, I was pleasantly surprised at the level of urban music throughout the festival, particularly grime. They really catered for us rap lovers, resulting in a very successful weekend, and I can say that I’ve now seen the majority of my favourite artists live.