Parklife Weekender 2013 Special | From Manchester With Love


Parklife Festival | June 8th and 9th 2013 | Heaton Park – MCR…

So kids, its only the Parklife Weekender tomorrow! We are pretty excited here at Young Academic HQ and as such, we thought we should bring you a roundup of what we are looking forward to the most over the next couple of days. This is the first of a number of Parklife specials we will be bringing you, including an exclusive interview with none other than Jaguar Skills!

“From Manchester With Love”

The Parklife line-up is more comprehensive than ever this year to complement the move from Platt’s Field to Heaton Park just perfectly! The team and I have picked the following five must see artists, but this is just  a snapshot of a fantastic roster for the Parklife Weekender 2013 and takes nothing away from the other DJ’s and bands that will be featuring this year. Keep your eyes peeled for the Young Academic team as we will be there in force this weekend covering what we think will be one of the stand out music festivals this year – make sure you send your reviews in to us at [email protected].

Parklife 2013 – Must See Artists
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As any seasoned Young Academic will be well aware, we just cant get enough of this guy. He absolutely bossed the last Warehouse Project season and we cant wait to see what he is going to pull out of the bag in the Now Wave tent this year. He will be playing a live set at this year’s Parklife Weekender which is sure to include an eclectic selection of tunes from his eight albums to date including the most recent instalment ‘Pink’ – which has been an absolute treat. The likes of Burial, the late Steve Reid and even Radiohead are fans so prepare to be dazzled.

The Maccabees

We couldn’t really leave The Maccs off this list. This may be the zillionth time we have seen the boys from the capital but they never fail to impress and with the Parklife Weekender set to bask in glorious sunshine, this set could be one to remember. Expect indie treats from Colour it In and darker offerings from their latest work including their Mercury Prize nominated Given to the Wild. Everyone loves these guys and we can’t wait to see another typically energetic performance.

Jaguar Skills

We caught up with the stalwart hip-hop and drum n bass aficionado earlier this week and we know that he can’t wait to play this year’s festival. Jaguar Skills has been around since the turn of the century, starting with Jade Jagger’s infamous jezebel parties and culminating in his current slots on Radio One with the likes of Trevor Nelson. Prepare yourself for an epic performance from this guy who is surely at the top of his game right now.

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Well, this young fellow needs no introduction really does he? Joey Bada$$ is part of a plethora of young hip hop stars to have hit the UK scene over the last year or so and his Parklife Weekender debut is set to be rather special indeed. Part of the ever popular Pro.Era collective and also an incredibly talented young rapper in his own right, Joey Bada$$ has one of the brightest futures in a genre that has been invigorated of late. You may have heard him on the sensational A$AP Rocky track 1 Train with the likes of Kendrick Lamar and YelaWolf.  Don’t miss this guys set at The Ape Life Beatdown.


Savages are undoubtedly one of post-punk revival’s most exciting bands. It has been a somewhat meteoric rise for the London quartet since their formation in 2011, when they defined their sound before even one note was laid down. Since then they have appeared on Jules Holland and played at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York and caught the attention of everyone.  Their new album has just come out and has received widespread acclaim, resulting in comparisons with such bands as Joy Division, Public Image Ltd and Siouxsie and the Banshees. We think this could be one of the most intriguing sets at the Parklife Weekender this year.

So there you have it, five to watch from the Young Academic Festival Guide. We have obviously omitted some serious DJs and bands from here such as Liars, Simian Mobile Disco, Julio Bashmore, James Zabiela, Jurassic 5 and many, many more. This really goes to show the fantastic line-up that the Warehouse Project team have laid on for us this year.

Don’t forget to book your Parklife Express tickets if you wish to get to Heaton Park in the most non-fuss way possible. These can be acquired directly from

If you are stuck in work or studying this sunny afternoon, then have a listen to the Soundcloud mix below, if this doesn’t get you in the mood then nothing will!

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See you in the sunshine for an excellent way to kick off your music festival season and don’t forget that we want to hear from you here at Young Academic. 20 hours and counting…

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