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General News / February 1, 2017

The 12 artists you can’t miss at Parklife 2017

General News / February 1, 2017

The 12 artists you can’t miss at Parklife 2017

I don’t know if you noticed, but Parklife have revealed their massive line-up for 2017.


Often these festivals are a canary in the mine for what we can expect on Irish shores over summer.

Until then, all we can do is gush over the Parklife announcement and it’s actually not that pricey to plan a trip over if you fancy.

The independent music festival has been running close to 10 years in Manchester and runs over two days, this year June 10-11.

In recent years they’ve hosted headliners like The Chemical Brothers, Snoop Dog, Wu-Tang Clan, Disclosure, Dizzee Rascal, Skepta, Years & Years just to name a few. This year they’ve pulled out all the stops with a huge variety of bands, artists, rappers and DJs set to perform over the 48 hours.

Tara Stewart has made a list of the 12 performers you must see at this year’s event.

In addition to make things a little easier we’ve put the details for flights and ferries you can take over.

12. Stefflon Don

The rapper released a stand out record ‘Real Ting Mixtape’ last year.

She also just dropped a new remix featuring Giggs who is also playing Parklife, so maybe, just maybe, there might be a guest appearance at both of their gigs.

11. Wiley

Rumours have been circling rapidly across the internet that the ‘Godfather of Grime’  might be playing Glastonbury this year, but with no confirmation just year fear not. We can confirm that he’ll be performing at Parklife as well.

Godfather‘ was apparently his last album too…

10. Little Dragon

The Swedish electronic band (a huge favourite of mine) have been doing a few collaborations over the last while, with the likes of Flume and De La Soul.

It’s been almost three years since their last studio album, so fingers crossed this festival date means they’re soon to drop a brand new album.

9. Flying Lotus

Causing controversy in the film world, the producer premiered his own film Kuso recently, which people are calling ‘the most disgusting movie ever made’, and ‘critics’ walked out of the screening at Sundance recently (although he did warn people).

In relation to his music though, catch him perform at Parklife this year.

8. NAO

I actually saw the singer support Little Dragon a few years ago in Vicar St and again last year. Her debut solo album ‘For All We Know’ was an absolute stand out, and she’s even better live.

7. Jackmaster

The Glasglow native had a crazy busy 2016, coming to Dublin and touring all over so it looks like 2017 will be even bigger for the DJ.

He also nabbed the number 2 spot for top DJ in the world by Resident Advisor.

Our baby sister FOUR/FOUR Magazine caught up with the DJ recently when he came to Dublin, check it out below:

6. Sampha

Due to release his highly anticipated record ‘Process’ on February 3 on Young Turks, the singer stole our hearts years ago but teased us with the odd single here and there.

All of us in District are so excited to listen to a full collection of work and especially see Sampha live.

5. Chaka Khan

The absolute legend of Chaka Khan, what can I say really? We’d be down right stupid not to see someone as brilliant as this woman when she’s in the same vicinity as us, surely?

4. AJ Tracey

Off the back of his latest EP ‘LilTracey’ the rapper played the Wah Wah Club in Dublin a couple of weeks ago to a sold out crowd. The gig was absolutely brilliant and full of energy, so I can only imagine what it would be like at a festival.

3. Frank Ocean

The enigmatic artist was off the radar for years, and finally came back with the record ‘Blonde‘ in August last year.

It’s not often the artist plays shows, and so far it doesn’t look too positive that he’ll be doing a solo tour, stopping off in Dublin. So basically, if Frank Ocean is playing at a festival and you’re going to be there… Just go. Because it might be a long time before you catch him again.

2. Nadia Rose

I think I’ve said this about a million and one times by now, but this woman is one of my favourite artists to come out of 2016.

I’m absolutely obsessed with her music and performance style. You must check out her new EP ‘Highly Flammable‘ and the MOBO award winning video for ‘Skwod’ below.

1. A Tribe Called Quest

Well, this will be basically be the exact same explanation as Frank Ocean to be honest. The iconic group returned with their last album in 2016 ‘We Got It From Here… Thank You’ and it was a great piece of work (So much so it was voted District’s number one album of 2016).

Getting the opportunity to see a group like this doesn’t come around too often.

How to get there:

Right now flights on Ryanair are going for €30.00 return. With Airlingus you’re looking at about €100.00 there and back. Irish Ferries are going for about €90.00 return. So just nab those Ryanair flights because they’re cheap as chips.

Tickets for Parklife:

Pre sale tickets went on sale this morning and as far as we know they’re all gone. General weekend and day tickets go on sale tomorrow morning at 9am sharp, there are also payment plans available so you don’t have to pay the full whack straight up.

Weekend passes are €115.00 and day passes are €70.00 find all the info here.