Parklife 2013, Heaton Park – Manchester
The ominously large white rapper Action Bronson really left an impression with his fans. His hell for leather desire to convey his varying messages didn’t stop for the music, as he continually carried on his flow with such desired belief in what he was saying. It’s a style rarely seen in rap anymore, where mo money mo bitches and mo Benz’s often occupies the content and as if to further justify his righteousness, he handed £2000 cash to the fan that returned his phone. But good deeds for good deeds and all that.
A young troublesome Danny Brown followed on, with his jittery, heavy trap beats backing his squeaky off tonal vocal style that appeases mass praise. Girls grabbing on their titties in appreciation of him even being there.
After being moved from the Saturday, there were a fair amount of avid fans waiting to see hip-hop phenomenon Joey Bada$$. The still teenage rapper more than lived up to the hype. His cheeky boyish flow of ‘Who the fuck passed you the mic’ bringing joyous appraise. The Homage to his home boy Capital Steez was probably the most tear jerking moment of the weekend, with heart felt emotion that someone truly dear to the young buck had gone. The crowd according waved two fingers in the air in due respect and he responded – to the securities dismay – by inviting them all up on stage, where one lucky member received a Steez dubplate.
Back to the Ram Jam arena and David Rodigan himself had took to the stage, where between mixing tracks from in front of the decks and echoing out woops to the crowd, he proceeded to introduce each and every track. It’s a wholly unique approach to a DJ’s performance and certainly one that adds a whole lot more life to it. His record collection is one of depth and character and his selections were sublime for the late evening sun, with a fusion of reggae, funk and newer dub cuts, it really kept the party bobbing on.
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and his full live show, equipped with voluptuous, piano playsuit clad dancers that paraded in unison across the stage, all the while his colourful breed of disco infused house kept queues of people wanting to see him. The man himself often looks quite lifeless when performing, though this must be down to sheer concentration than lack of enjoyment as the whole show seems to be a dream he envisioned long, long ago.
Having to wait for your big tune to be played to get a reaction from the crowd must be a draining burden to hold, and for Julio Bashmore this seems to be the set trend with all his summer releases. Au Seve was without a doubt the dance music track of last summer and as soon as the ‘beeb’s of it seeped into the mix the crowd roared and hands flew into the air, but aside from this his set remained largely mediocre bar playing the classic Chic ‘Freak out’, a track that must put smiles on faces wherever it happens to be played.
The move to Heaton Park certainly improved the overall Parklife experience from yesteryears. The improvement on food available was also one that ravenous party goers made the most of and the added cultural touches of having marching bands parade around and drumming groups performing at various intervals around the site, really added a more wholesome feel to it. Obviously camping would add to the overall experience as people wouldn’t have to scurry for transport home or be left to wonder the streets back to city centre. Though that aside I think its fair to say that the vast majority of people who went to Parklife 2013 got exactly what they were looking for…..A ruddy good time with their mates.