Parklife 2022 is almost upon us! June 11-12th sees one of the UK’s biggest festivals return to Manchester’s Heaton Park in what is shaping up to be their biggest year to date. With a bumper line-up featuring the best in the business in rap, dance and drum and bass music, this year’s Parklife will be one to remember. 50 Cent, Chase and Status, Megan Thee Stallion, Eric Prydz and more will be gracing the Parklife stage over the course of 48 manic hours in Manchester and Halfway 2 Nowhere can’t wait to be in attendance! Yes, you read that right, our little indie/rock blog will be heading to Parklife 2022 to check out the best in new music but also soak up the atmosphere in Manchester when watching some of the most talented artists of our generation, from a slightly different set of genres to normal.
Music spans the globe, with no style or genre off the table for us here at H2N but in line with what we know and write about daily, we’ve taken a deep dive into the Parklife 2022 line-up to pick out five of the artists you need to see if you’re a fan of our blog, if you’re looking for a bit of escape from the high energy performances across the weekend, or if you just want to go see some real talent you may not have gone and seen otherwise amongst the big names. These are our five alternative picks for Parklife Weekend 2022 – we can’t wait to see you there!
It goes without saying that Lewis Capaldi needs no introduction, but we’re going to talk about him anyway! The stand out alternative act on the bill in 2022, Lewis Capaldi is an artist we’ve followed for over 5 years now and can’t wait to see him take to the Parklife mainstage on Sunday, to perform a set of humour, sad songs, and huge singalongs. Spearheaded by the hit “Someone You Loved”, the release of record breaking debut album Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent in 2019, saw Lewis Capaldi become a truly household name and he has shown no signs of slowing since.
There are certainly a fair share of artists travelling from across the pond for Parklife 2022, with the US music scene as strong as it ever has been across these genres. One artist though that we’re really excited about at H2N is Caroline Polachek, a New York City born singer-songwriter that since the disbandment of her indie band Chairlift in 2019, has started to make waves. Her latest album “Pang” released in 2019, featured in The Guardian, The Independent and Q’s end of year lists for best album.
It’s quite difficult to pin Caroline down to a single genre but Pang can certainly fit into the indie/experimental pop category with lead single “So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings” having synth vibes that wouldn’t be out of place in the 80s. With over 50 million Spotify streams, that track will no doubt be a major hit at Parklife 2022 but we urge you to go give Caroline a play before heading to Manchester. You can catch her on the main stage on Sunday just before Lewis Capaldi, the perfect warm-up act.
What a talent Tom Misch is. 2 UK Top Ten studio albums, collaborations with Loyle Carner, De La Soul and Michael Kiwanuka to name a few, and jazz music released on the same label as Miles Davis, have all but cemented his name across the funk/jazz genre of music. Beginning his career on SoundCloud back in 2012, Tom Misch earned his stripes when it came to being noticed in the industry. The talented musician and producer crosses genres and his ear for a good blend of styles is one that we marvel at here at H2N. His release “It Runs Through Me” has amassed over 100,000,000 streams on Spotify alone and he’s travelled the world playing his music to hundreds of thousands of people at the globe’s biggest festivals. His performance at Parklife 2022 on the Repercussion stage (Saturday 11th) will be one to remember no doubt.
In Summer 2021, The Guardian heralded Gabriels as one of their “Ones to Watch” and have been praised and tipped by Elton John himself to be one of the world’s biggest artists. Their debut EP was said to be one of Elton’s “most seminal records” of the last ten years which is high compliment indeed and one that is wholly accurate. The trio consist of lead singer Jacob Lusk and producers Ryan Hope and Ari Balouzian and last year they released their debut EP with title track “Love and Hate in a Different Time” one that has been critically acclaimed. With Jacob’s roots in gospel and soul, Gabriels are an artist that really do take historic soul music but bring a modern spin on it with the work of Hope and Bolouzian. See them at Parklife 2022 on Sunday on the Eat Your Ears Out stage!
Completing our alternative tips for Parklife 2022 is 23 year old, British singer-songwriter Joy Crookes who was nominated for British Rising Star at the 2020 Brit Awards. Her debut album “Skin” reached the Top 5 in the UK Album Chart and with critical acclaim attached to it, she is one of the hottest talents at Parklife 2022 without doubt. If you’ve not heard of Joy Crookes, you’ve almost definitely heard her voice as she became known for her version of “You & Me Song” on a 2020 O2 Advertisment. With elements of jazz, soul, R&B and pop laced throughout her music, she is one of the most eclectic and absorbing artists on the Parklife bill and one we will certainly be down the front for. Performs at Parklife 2022 on the main stage on Saturday.
There we have it folks! Our short alternative guide to this year’s Parklife Festival. You can get tickets now in the resale at the below link and don’t forget to let us know if you’re attending and tag us in social media! The countdown is on, see you in a few weeks Parklife 2022.