Parklife expected to attract 80,000 revellers to Heaton Park this weekend

  • Annual music festival takes place in North Manchester
  • There is no camping so festivalgoers take up accomodation across the city
  • Travel could be heavily affected by the festival

Parklife Festival, the annual multi-genre music festival takes place in Heaton Park, North Manchester this weekend.

The festival started as the Mad Ferret festival and was held in Platt Fields Park until 2012 when local councillors felt it had outgrown the site.

This year’s acts include George Ezra, Solange and the Streets and the line-up was announced in a highly creative animated YouTube video.

Organisers expect 80,000 people to arrive in the city for the weekend festival and police have warned the city centre and transport links will be busier than usual.

This is due to many revellers using the Metrolink service to travel to Heaton Park, as well as bus, train and other tram services once the festival closes each night as there is no camping on the Parklife site.

GMP Chief Superintendent Graeme Openshaw, who will be overseeing policing at the festival, said: “Our aim is to ensure the weekend is as safe and enjoyable as possible for everyone who is planning to attend Parklife. 

“We are very experienced in dealing with high profile events like this and festival-goers can expect to see police officers on the ground in and around the event.

“It will be a busy few days, with lots of people in the city centre using public transport. Please follow messages and advice from our colleagues at Transport for Greater Manchester so you can plan your journey accordingly.”

Policing at parklife
There will be a visible police presence at the festival

The festival has not been without its troubles this year. It was announced yesterday Cardi B had to pull out of her headline slot as she is recovering from surgery and a potential strike by Metrolink workers, which would have caused major travel disruption over the weekend, has only recently been called off after terms were agreed with Unite.

A statement from the Parklife team said: “We are very sorry for the late notice but have only just had conformation from Cardi’s team that she will not be able to perform. We all remain super excited for Parklife this weekend and cannot wait to see you.”

The festival opens at 11am on Saturday, closes for the night at 11pm, reopens at midday on Sunday and the festival closes at 11pm. Official Parklife afterparties take place in a number of venues across the city until 4am after the Saturday night and 3am after the Sunday night. 

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