Try as it might, the all-too-familiar Manchester rain failed to dampen the spirits of 160,000 Parklife revellers at a sold-out Heaton Park.
With 80,000 people passing through the gates each day, there was no shortage of the weird and the wonderful. And while huge acts like The 1975, Stormzy and recluse Frank Ocean (below) provided some amazing memories for the crowds, they weren’t the only thing to wow the dancing masses!
Parklife saw the official unveiling of the highly anticipated Utilita LIVE Power Tree - providing a much needed one-stop shop for FREE phone recharging and wi-fi.
Standing 7.5 metres tall - and with over 50 charging ports - Parklife’s newest attraction really stood out amongst the crowds.
And while festival-goers’ phones were charging, they could stay and dance to some brilliant DJs and take GIFS to share on social. The tree returns at TRNSMT this month and Virgin V Fest in August.
The two Utilita stages, Ape & Metropolis and Studio 161, were also hugely popular and filled to capacity throughout the whole weekend!
London-based Drum & Bass producer Wilkinson (above right) played to a packed crowd on the Ape & Metropolis stage on Saturday night.
Studio 161 was like a second home for Horse Meat Disco (above left), who provided a funky upbeat vibe for the audience, along with DJs Artwork and Joe Goddard, who ended with huge sets.
“After months of planning it was fantastic to see our vision become reality - it exceeded all our expectations and, importantly, the crowd loved it,” said Utilita’s Marketing Assistant, Lauren Sanders.
Parklife at a glance
- More than 160 acts
- Headliners included The 1975, Stormzy, Frank Ocean and Zara Larsson
- Sold out 160,000 capacity over two days
- Eight stages, an 80s cinema, retro games area and live art shows
- Over 1,000 visitors to the Power Tree with a social reach of 21,000 over the course of the weekend
- Two stages ‘Powered by Utilita’
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