Another year, another Parklife. It’s not the biggest festival out there (although it’s getting bigger every year), and neither Beyoncé nor the Walmart yodelling kid performed, but it’ll always be a personal favourite. Back in 2015 it was my first ever music festival and, being held during the first weekend in June, it also coincides beautifully with the end of summer exams at uni.
This year was a particularly rainy one with the Manchester Evening News describing Sunday’s rain as a “Biblical downpour”. But, in the true British festival spirit, nobody could’ve cared less. This year I went with two of my closest friends and with neither an agenda of who to see or phone service. We spent the weekend just going with the flow and it was simply marvellous!
In all honesty, my first day at Parklife was a bit of a blur. It was incredibly sunny, the hottest festival day I can remember, and I drank a little too much apple cider for my body to handle. So instead of giving you a play-by-play, here are a few highlights:
- Lorde: I’ve been a fan since before Pure Heroine and had been looking forward to seeing her perform since discovering she was on the lineup a few months ago. She exceeded all of my expectations and her voice (and outfit) blew my mind.
- A$AP Rocky: An unexpected favourite but the atmosphere during his set was electric. Watching the sunset as we waited for his performance was also a beautiful thing. However, I must say I was pretty annoyed that he didn’t play Fuckin’ Problems.
- Sunglasses: As we entered Heaton Park, we came across a stand selling a selection of weird and wonderful accessories. This included a pair of round pink lens sunglasses which were an exact copy of a pair I lost on a night out earlier this year. They were only £10 and finding them put my on a high for the rest of the day.
Do you ever get so caught up in the moment that you completely forget what you’re supposed to be doing? I most certainly did watching Liam Gallagher perform. Feeling the energy from watching one of Manchester’s greatest musicians perform in their home city was an experience like no other. His music brought everyone at the festival together in the most beautiful way and his tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing was really emotional. Seeing Wonderwall live was also a highlight.
As a result of me being completely swept away by the performance and the torrential rain that hit us within an hour of arriving at Heaton Park, pictures from day 2 are minimal. But I guess that’s what festivals are about – making memories that no picture could ever capture.
The excuse to experiment with fashion and makeup is one of my favourite things about going to festivals. This year I wasn’t too over-the-top with my choices. For my first day, I wore a black crochet dress from Urban Outfitters over a black bra and hot pants in order to show the perfect amount of skin. I paired them with the Dr Martens Jadon boots, in my opinion the perfect festival footwear. They’re the toughest boots money can buy and the double sole platforms make them great for stomping around in. It can get pretty cold in the evenings in Manchester, even in the middle of summer, so I also wore a vintage army jacket.
Accessories can truly pull an outfit together. I slung a quilted belt bag round my waist and, because no festival outfit would be complete without glitter, wore a single iridescent jewel under each eye. My newly found sunglasses topped off the look and completed one of my favourite outfits I’ve put together in a very long time.
Dress: Urban Outfitters | Bralet: Free People (similar) | Shorts: Urban Outfitters (similar) | Jacket: Vintage (similar) | Bag: Gucci | Boots: Dr Martens | Jewels: The Gypsy Shrine | Sunglasses: who knows? (similar)
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Peace and love, Bec