Festival season isn’t quite upon us just yet, but the excitement is already brewing. That excitement intensifies with imminent festival announcements regarding who’s headlining what. Parklife has bagged some huge names in the last couple of years with Frank Ocean, The 1975, The XX and Liam Gallagher. It’s clear they have a massive pull that can reach a massive audience, so who can they place centre stage this year? Here’s ten names that could headline the Manchester festival.
A strong rumour for the 2018 headline spot, Gorillaz would be an excellent addition to Parklife’s ever growing range of headline acts. They’ve had an active couple of years releasing music and I don’t see that changing any time soon, they are easily a big enough act to headline, and an act I’ve been dying to see for a long time.
Catfish and the Bottlemen
I can’t believe I’m writing this, but Catfish genuinely have a chance at headlining. Whether I like it or not (I clearly don’t) they have a massive fan base, one which is going to grow throughout 2019 with a new album imminent. They aren’t to my personal taste and I hope I’m wrong about their attendance, but don’t be shocked.
Much like Catfish, I don’t want to see this headline, but I can’t deny Liam Fray’s ability to sell out shows. The major reason they’re included in this list is of course that the band are Manchester born and bred. They could hype a predominantly Manchester based crowd and could easily pull a big enough crowd. They are worthy of a headline but it’s simply not to my taste.
An outside chance of headlining would be BROCKHAMPTON. The worlds greatest boyband smashed the US charts last year with their debut record label album iridescence, and with that success they are due a date with a major spot in UK festivals. A few tour dates in the UK last year not only showed that they are loved by the British fans, but they also loved Britain.
In recent years Parklife have knocked it out of the park with massive American names, and perhaps Gambino is the next on that list. Parklife are more than capable of pulling in a name of his magnitude, and he’s more than capable of stealing the show. New music is due from Gamibino and it would be the perfect place to showcase it.
Tame Impala are back. Kevin Parker has announced a new album will be released this summer, but there hasn’t been a great deal of announcements in terms of Tame Impala’s UK festival dates. They’d be a monstrous coup for Parklife who year after year have shown that no act is off limits.
Mike Skinner and co are probably doing a gig at the time I’m typing this post up, and they’ll be gigging from now for roughly two weeks. The Streets are a huge name and it’s not totally inconceivable that they will be doing a few festival gigs this summer, and it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that they’ll be cooking up some new music to go along with it.
The biggest rapper in the world would be the biggest coup that Parklife could get, and it is without question a possibility. Parklife are likely to go with a well known band and possibly an urban star, and is there a bigger star in the world right now than Drake? He’d single-handedly sell out the festival and continue Parklife’s upward trend in popularity.
To the joy of absolutely everyone at Viberant, Foals are back on the scene. Even better still, they’ve announced not one, but two albums for 2019. Accompanied by these two albums, the first of which dropping March, will likely be a huge tour and some massive festival appearances. Headlining Parklife could be towards the top of their touring list.
Chance The Rapper
Chance The Rapper showed hints of a project in 2018, but it never materialised. 2019 will be the year for that project, and it’ll be his first major project following on from his massive success of Coloring Book. He’s a big name these days and he ticks the rap/rnb box for Parklife 2019.
What this writer wants?
The chances are we’ll get one headliner to accommodate the rap and RnB fans, then one headliner to accommodate the indie rock fans. With that in mind I’d be happy with Foals and Childish Gambino, and with a bit of luck BROCKHAMPTON get a sub headline gig as well. At this point though your guess is as good as mine, we’ll find out later this month.