Written by Leah Chiera
Parklife. A day full of music, friends…and dancing and drinking of course! Is there a better way to enjoy a public holiday?
Starting the day with eggs on toast, and a glass or two of home-made sangria (thankyou to Jimmy and Steph), is a necessity for such events.
This festival is a combination of indie verse alternative verse dubstep and electro/dance music. The Parklife crowd is very diverse and colourful and, like all music festivals, you are bound to bump into someone you know as you run and drift between stages, or as you are just chilling with friends on the grass.
Parklife 2011 headliners included MSTRKRFT, Digitalism, Gossip, Example, The Naked & Famous, Santigold, Lykke Li, Adrian Lux and so many more!
The likes of Kimbra danced around the Atoll Stage in a colourful ensemble, as The Naked & Famous won the crowd at the Sahara Stage to ‘Young Blood’, as Nero later in the night showed that dubstep can be amazing live. But for me, the best act was Example.
Despite being the sole reason I bought my ticket, it did not change the fact that Elliot Gleave aka Example, did one hell of a good show. The English singer and rapper opened with ‘Skies Don’t Lie’ and ‘Wrong in the Head’ before well-known songs ‘Kickstarts’ and ‘Won’t Go Quietly’ from his second album. His energy and enthusiasm got the crowd involved and moving especially to his closing song and dance anthem ‘Changed The Way You Kiss Me’.
The Botanic Park really came alive with the festival, and the only thing to dampen the day was the festival organisers deciding to be ‘environmentally friendly’ and not print out timetables and maps. When you have the memory of a goldfish, and a few drinks in your system, manoeuvring from stages like Kakadu to Atoll and to even El Buccan-ear proves a little difficult and you tend to just follow the music.