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Preview: Parklife Festival

Where? Platt’s Fields, Manchester

When? 9-10 June

Cost: £40-£100

Size: 30,000 (day)

Age: 3

In a word: #funtimez

More info: www.parklifeuk.com / @Parklifefest

This year’s Parklife Weekender promises to be another impressive affair, possibly even more laid back. The unusual concoction of ‘veteran rockers’ The Flaming Lips topping alongside big-time rapper Dizzee Rascal is perfect proof of 2012’s off-beat artist selection policy. The main stage acts are known for their exuberant live performances, I’m talking Wayne Coyne’s bulging crowd-ball antics, yet it’s earlier in the day that retains real gusto. Meanwhile chart toppers Nero look ready to reinvigorate the dubstep scene at Parklife whilst De La Soul and last year’s headliner Kelis are set to ride out the more commercial tendency of this year’s billing.

Elsewhere, headliners across the festival’s other stages include Mixmag’s ‘Breakthrough DJ of The Year 2011’ Maya Jane-Coles, emo-electric Canadians Crystal Castles and weak indie peddler Tom Vek. More acts scheduled to make an appearance are NME jizz cushion Django Django, The Rapture, Ghostpoet and the vinyl spinning Simian Mobile Disco.

But the ones to keep an eye out for and to do this you’ll need to arrive early, are Thundercat, Soul Clap, Tensnake and The Phenomenal Handclap Band whose 2012 release Form and Control earned a very favourable review on our PlanetNotion.  These acts deserve superior positioning but have been shunted to the toes of the show, so take this as your chance to see them without the obligatory elbow-duel-to-the-death. Britain’s best-value festival? Head on down and find out for yourselves.

- Ben Magill

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