Manchester & Parklife

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Talk about #laterblog, but Parklife in June was amazing!

This is the second time I’ve been. Last year my pals and I went down by train and made a weekend of it, but this year we just went for the Sunday (when all our fav bands were playing) and hung around Manchester for a few days after. Maybe I’m getting old, losing my cool hipster edge. Maybe I’ve just figured out how to power-game music festivals. Who can be sure?!

Parklife

Brace yourself for a blogroll of awesome bands that I saw on Sunday at Parklife, in no particular order the order in which I saw them:

Tei Shi

I don’t know why she was on so early – Tei Shi was amazing! Our pal Gav was meant to come but couldn’t at the last minute and he would have totally rocked this with me. Instead our pal Moff caught up with Tei Shi later and got an epic selfie with her for us! #jealouswoon


TCTS

Manchester bands obvs got mad hype at Parklife. But TCTS are pretty amazing, imho. Get it in your ears!


BadBadNotGood

Moff wanted to see them. They were on Collonade stage which was basically across a street, but SUCH a cool ambiance there! Tree-covered and everyone very relaxed, shall we say. Lots of.. relaxed.. people. The music was okay but too jazzy/instrumental for me compared to the other stuff. Probably perfect for you listening from the comforts of your home now!


Tourist

Another excellent set.


Chet Faker

*swoon*


Jess Glynne

Jess Glynne was on the main stage. (Route 94 was also there, in another stage.) I only saw Jess Glynne in passing as the crowd was IMMENSE. She’s great.


Todd Terje & the Olsens

The best song ever. Todd Terje is amazing. The tent was shaking. Fans were loving it. We got to the front and threw many shapes.

We would have stayed for HudMo on next after Terje but we have seen HudMo many many times in our hometown so made our way on to…


Baauer

Baauer was AWESOME last year and didn’t disappoint this year. That said, anyone on LuckyMe = much <3 from me and my pals.

This year, we saw him from the big hill overlooking the Ram Jam stage. Needless to say everyone went nuts at Harlem Shake. Trap for days.


Blonde

AMAZING! The tent was absolutely heaving, people pouring out on all sides. Blonde was fantastic!!


Jessie Ware

Jessie Ware was also mainstage. Heard the above song in passing while I was hustling to…


FKA Twigs

I had to go on my own; my pals were way not into it. I went up to the front and basically another fan beat me to it, asking the security guard the question we were all dying to know: Is Robert Pattinson backstage *squee*?

(There were also a ridiculous number of security guards right up front by the stage for this show which makes me think something must happen/must have happened to necessitate so much security?)


Duke Dumont

We were at Duke Dumont for the headliner, last thing of the night. Well worth it! Last year we finished with Caribou, who was also headlining this year. Difficult choices to be made. But Duke Dumont was FANTASTIC.


Pics for proof:

Basically the ‘Sounds of the Near Future’ stage was our home for most of the day. I ate a burrito. And my boots got covered in port-o-loo ‘mud’ as all the toilets everywhere became a morass of.. mysteries as the night wore on. I also brought my own toilet paper BECAUSE I AM A GROWN UP WOMAN.

Other Manchester Highlights

Top Eats

  1. Gorrilla – A Manchester institution for us. Dangerously close to our flat… Beers and pecan pie. Everyone else ate real food but only God can judge me.
  2. Northteapower – We went here last year. Definitely still the best place for a coffee. I had an epic french toast with bacon in it. Set me up just right for Parklife!
  3. Fig + sparrow – Breakfast yums! Round the corner from NorthTeaPower, this cute little cafe stroke giftshop has lots of cute mugs, tea towels, trinkets etc. I could have filled my suitcase!
  4. The Pacific (George St) – We fancied a dim sum meal in Manchester’s Chinatown. This one ranked highly and didn’t disappoint! I still think it’s probably best to go to a ‘real’ Chinese restaurant like this one with a Chinese person, but they were gentle with us. So tasty.
  5. Changos Burrito Bar – Omnomnom. Tasty burritos (a la our hometown Illegal Jack’s!). I really liked all the swish branding work though, cute stickers with different geometric animals for each type of meat, cute packs of tortilla chips, etc. Big luchador-y art on the walls.
  6. Home sweet home – Massive cakes! Too big! First thing in the morning on our last day in Manchester, I set out (while everyone else was hungover) to buy ALL THE CAKES from this shop. I probably bought too many. I had to stop midway home to rest, so cake-laden.
  7. Chippy from Leo’s Fish Bar –  The best chippy of my life (ie. perfect combination of delicious + timing). I’m salivating with nostalgia.
  8. Samsi Japanese – We went here last year for a bento to go before our train home. This year we stopped for a full meal. So tasty, legit Japanese food. They have a Japanese food market downstairs too. Wandered along and sat for a bit in Sackville Gardens nearby.
  9. Pita Pit – Why is this good, I don’t know. But it was definitely cheap = requirement #1. Served its purpose, before our train ride home.

& Drinks

  1. Sinclair’s Oyster bar – Sinclair’s was easily the best place we found in all of Manchester. Very cheap Sam Smith beers and basically nothing else. Not even a website! Tom’s round, easily the cheapest round of the night… We played card games in a small annex of seats inside.
  2. Common bar (twt) – Hip place with excellent beers. Open very late. We came here after Oasthouse, what a relief.
  3. The Oast house – Maybe too many suits for my taste but good beer selection! Cougar central.
  4. Thirsty scholar – Random sticky-floor pub we found near to our flat. Got the job done though!
  5. The Temple (of Convenience) – We passed this place a number of times before mustering up the courage to go in. It looks like a public toilet – basically because it is a renovated victorian public toilet…. Really cool dive bar though, great music, just enough seats. Felt like a great place to meet people (if I was even remotely social).

&Activities!

  1. The Escape Room – This is a legit Escape room! So good! We did the jailbreak themed room. They handcuffed us three together and we had (as normal) an hour to get out. We managed it in good time, obviously. But really cool room set-up! There were jail cell bars within the actual room. Well impressed, Escape Room!
  2. Dogbowl – Killing some time before Moff headed home, we stopped in here (across from our flat, and next door to Gorrilla – really great area!). A round of bowling and some beers!
  3. Plus we went to the cinema. This cinema is definitely haunted. Good arcades though!

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Manchester was a laugh! My belly is full and my ears are happy. See you next year, Parklife!

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