Parklife Weekender to Dominate The Young Academic Festival Guide!

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Young Academic is absolutely ecstatic to announce that we will be at Parklife Festival for the third year running! We have watched this great addition to the Festival Guide grow from a cool Manchester event into one of the UK’s very best electronic and indie festival and this year’s line-up looks to be the best yet! We will be publishing a series of previews and guides to this fan’s favourite but in the meantime, read on below to discover just some of the treats that are in store!

Now Wave

Manchester based indie & electronic promoters Now Wave have become synonymous with the most exciting in new and innovative music. Their arena at this year’s Parklife Weekender spans over two days, and showcases some of the freshest live music from the UK and beyond.

Now wave have put together a 30 minute mix for Clash Mag, featuring a selection of artists appearing in their Parklife Arena – which they are hosting in association with the magazine. Mount Kimbie, The Rapture, Crystal Castles, Factory Floor, Gold Panda, & Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs all appear in the mix, which is accompanied by a short interview with the Now Wave boys.


Dance music may well be the preserve of the young but Madeon’s example is one of the more extreme – at just 17 years old, the French disco producer has achieved an impressive amount already. Talented beyond his years, the young Nante-based producer’s groove-laden tracks have captured the attention of Pete Tong, who featured him on the line-up in the recent Radio 1 and 1Xtra Live In Hull broadcast. Meanwhile his remix skills have seen him rework the likes of Yelle and Alphabeat in his inimitable Kitsune-influenced style. Madeon joins the likes of Erol Alkan, Annie Mac, and Justice, with their new live show, in Saturdays Metroplex Arena – which is hosted in association with Knowledge Mag

Madeon’s official debut release, ICARUS, is out now on itunes also available on Beatport


With his unique strand of bass music, Martyn has set himself apart from others with a sound that has become emblematic for all that is forward thinking dubstep. He uses his inspiration from a love of Detroit techno, Chicago house and hip-hop as a catalyst to develop his musical ideas.Martyn joins Redlight, Pearson Sound & more in the Thrasher arena on the Saturday.

Leeds four-piece alt-J (∆) have been called everything from ‘unhinged pop’ to ‘mesmerising’, yet conveniently describing their mixture of restless folk-indie built on jazz-funk foundations is a job in itself. Early demo tracks ‘Tesselate’ and ‘Breezeblocks’ whipped up a sufficient storm to capture the attention of Radio 1, who recorded the band for an Introducing session and made current single ‘Matilda’ Fearne Cotton’s Single of The Week.

With tour support slots for Wild Beasts and Ghostpoet in the recent past, the band’s genre-melding style has made fans from all parts of the indie spectrum. Their set for Now Wave at Parklife is guaranteed to be a chance to see a band destined for great things in 2012.

Com Truise

Based in Princeton, New Jersey, Seth Haley’s production as Com Truise is influenced by 1980’s production techniques and sounds. His remix of Daft Punk’s ‘Encom Part 2’ appeared on last year’s Tron: Legacy Reconfigured album and in June he released his first full-length album, Galactic Melt, self-described as a ‘score for an unfilmed science-fiction movie’. Com Truise plays in the Small Talk arena on the Sunday.


As part of Shy FX’s Digital Soundboy roster, Vancouver-based producer and DJ B.Traits arguably represents the most old-skool aspects of her label, combining Drum ‘n’ Bass beats and euphoric house-inflected melodies. She has most recently landed her own show on BBC Radio 1, being asked to join as a monthly resident for the In New DJs We Trust Show.

So, with those guys plus some amazing headlines and more extras promised for the coming months, Parklife could be the highlight of the year in Glastonbury’s absence. Make sure you keep tabs on the ever growing Young Academic Ultimate Festival Guide for more information on this even and many, many more!

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