Following performances in previous years from the likes of Disclosure, Jessie Ware, alt-J, The Horrors and Four Tet, Now Wave is pleased to announce its line-up for Parklife 2014.
Headlined by rap polyglot Kendrick Lamar, Saturday brings together stars from all over the sonic spectrum, with Chromeo, Cyril Hahn, Mount Kimbie, Bondax, Factory Floor and Childhood all confirmed to perform.
Since the release of his masterpiece Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City in 2012, Kendrick Lamar has been nothing short of unstoppable. His list of accolades is beginning to verge on the ridiculous – along with a Pitchfork Album of the Year title, Lamar has picked up 7 Grammy nomination, a GQ Man of the Year award, several BET award trophies (including Best New Artist and Best Male Hip-Hop Artists) and a MOBO for Best International Artist among many, many others. His list of collaborators reads as a who’s who of music, with Drake, Kanye West, Dr. Dre, Lil Wayne and A$AP Rocky just a number of those who’ve worked alongside him. Truly one of the hottest properties in music, Kendrick will undoubtedly bring one of the performances of the summer.
Elsewhere, Bonobo will be heading back to Manchester following his sold out Albert Hall show for one of his inimitable DJ sets, whilst Chromeo will make a rare live appearance. Following the runaway success of Business Casual in 2010, the Montreal duo have spent time working on the follow up, White Women, due later this year. Swiss wunderkind Cyril Hahn – now pretty much a household name following his “Say My Name” remix – will bring the beats, with longtime favourites Mount Kimbie, Bondax and Factory Floor all providing various degrees of mind-altering brilliance. The stage will be opened by Now Wave DJs and a little bit of fuzz from the hotly tipped Childhood
Bringing an end to the proceedings on Sunday will be masked superstar SBTRKT, who finishes off a day that will see the likes of Jon Hopkins, Jamie XX, Danny Brown, East India Youth, Ryan Hemsworth and Jessy Lanza.
Having played one of the most memorable shows in Now Wave’s history, SBTRKT immediately became one of the most well respected figures in electronic music following the release of his eponymous debut LP through Young Turks in 2011. The work of one Aaron Jerome, his unique style has seen remix requests from Radiohead, M.I.A., Basement Jaxx and Modeselector, whilst his list of co-stars on that debut went on to define the musical landscape – Jessie Ware, Little Dragon and BBC Sound of 2014 star Sampha all featuring. Winner of numerous album of the year plaudits, SBTRKT has a proven track record of being one of the most engaging live performers on the scene, and closing Manchester’s most exciting weekend of the year should provide him with the perfect platform for his syncopated rhythms and daringly future-facing sounds.
Jon Hopkins is another man who has provided some of the sonic highlights of the past few years, with his 2013 effort Immunity becoming the sleeper hit of the year. Backed by a performance by the prodigious Jamie XX, who brings his unrivaled knowledge of rare wax and unparalleled production to Parklife once more. Having been one of the biggest names on the underground for a number of years, Detroit rapper Danny Brown finally burst into the spotlight last year following a series of guest spots and mixtapes, and this will be among the first of his UK performances. The hugely acclaimed East India Youth brings his album-of-the-year-in-waiting Total Strife Forever to Heaton Park too, with the effervescent sampling genius Ryan Hemsworth and fellow Canadian Jessy Lanza providing out-there material to start the day off right.