So I finally went to my first festival and with the line-up Parklife 2015 was offering this felt like a great one to start with. Many of my favourite artists were announced for Parklife 2015 including Hudson Mohawke, Badbadnotgood, Todd Terje, Madlib, Sango, Jamie XX and more.
I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of the crowd. I didn’t expect as many people to be there who didn’t know who the artists were and unforunately for a lot of performances I did find the crowd to hinder the enjoyment of the performance. However I did find BADBADNOTGOOD, Hudson Mohawke, Sango and Madlib to have really great atmospheres from the crowd. I just wanted to share photos and a few videos of the artists I saw perform at Parklife 2015.
It’s hard to say who was my favourite as a few felt equally as great, in the end I would say BADBADNOTGOOD, Jets, Hudson Mohawke and Todd Terje were probably my favourites. However, the highlight of Parklife for me was probably when Seven Davis Jr dropped a Christmas tune, he hyped it up as something special, the crowd went wild with laughter and confusion and he continued to say “Merry Christmas everyone” whilst wearing his swag peace sign glasses, bobbing his head along.
So that Christmas tune I talked about, here it is in the video about mid way through his track. Seven Davis Jr is signed to Ninja Tune and was the first act I saw at Parklife. He was a lot of fun to get Parklife 2015 started with and created some really happy fun beats which I know I’ll be listening to loads of in the future.
I only caught the last section of Henrik Schwarz as my friend and I arrived to this stage early to get a good spot for Jets. I’d never listened to Henrik Schwarz before but he seemed worth noting as another dance musician to check out in the future.
Jets were a real treat for me. I’d listened to a brief amount of Machinedrum in the past and enjoyed what I’d heard but didn’t fully know what to expect from a collaboration with Jimmy Edgar. For me personally this felt like the most intense, experimental, electronic music of the entire festival. I also felt the sound system was great for their show, it sounds bizarre, you’d think festivals would have all the right equipment but for certain artists I felt the bass wasn’t set up in a way to do the performers justice. Easily one of my favourite experiences at Parklife 2015.
Nicolas Jaar was performing a DJ set rather than his own material but I really enjoyed it, it felt quite dark with its gradual build ups, I found myself quite mesmerised by the atmosphere he created.
Whilst I absolutely adore some of Jamie XX’s material I was a little disappointed by his live performance. Sleep Sound is one of my favourite pieces by him so when that came on I did feel excitement stir up inside of me but it was lost afterwards when the music turned more just to not my taste I guess, I hoped to hear All Under One Roof Raving but by this point my friend and I moved on to Fatboy Slim.
Fatboy Slim again was a DJ set but an entertaining one at that. He played a lot of famous, well recognised chart music in the dance category but gave a lot of energy from the stage and the atmosphere from the crowd was really positive to be in.
Unfortunately I struggled to get a decent recording of BADBADNOTGOOD due to the bass being a little overpowering on this stage. This performance felt a lot more intimate with the stage being more tucked away. BADBADNOTGOOD were a lot of fun to see perform, they played ‘Can’t Leave The Night’ which whilst still amazing as a piece to listen to at home, does not do any justice to how powerful their live performance is. They later covered Flying Lotus, gave a shout out to The Gaslamp Killer and covered Hudson Mohawke’s ‘Bugg’n’ which I just can’t describe in any way other than, it was pretty sick. Leland Whitty was also there to play saxophone, adding so much to their live performance. I hope I get the chance to see BADBADNOTGOOD again as it probably had the best crowd/atmosphere at Parklife whilst also being a performance which left you in awe.
Sango is the main artist on Soulection I listen to so when I saw his name listed for Parklife 2015 I got a little excited. Unfortunately he didn’t play much of his own material and instead offered a really fun DJ set. The clip I recorded on Instagram is a peak at a new piece he is working on. The crowd were certainly very into his set and had dance offs with one another which at one point Sango left the stage to join in with. He came across really respectful of his fans and it was really nice to see how down to earth he was with not putting himself above the people in the crowd.
Again I’ve mentioned in a previous post my love for Madlib, especially as Quasimoto or working with Freddie Gibbs. Madlib, like Sango, was performing a DJ set. I still enjoyed the set, he used an interesting collection of pieces many of which I did not recognise, creating a surreal, mellow, dance sound. The crowd were pretty chill, there is no way of really describing the atmosphere other than very relaxed and involved with Madlib’s good vibes.
Todd Terje was good fun on a bigger stage, playing all pieces in one take and closing the performance with ‘Inspector Norse’ which as I’m sure you can imagine got the crowd jumping around. This was another of the performances at Parklife which I felt had a better atmosphere in the crowd, people were smiling and having good fun. Unfortunately I was right next to a bass speaker which distorted the sound on my recording but you can still tell it is ‘Inspector Norse’. I felt that his show built up nicely to a climax of the end track which I think everyone in unity was expecting, leaving the audience buzzing with excitement for more music, which couldn’t be better with Hudson Mohawke on next.