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RECAP: Parklife 2024 Day One - updates, photos & travel news

Saturday, 8 June 2024 09:25

By David Murphy / Adam Clark / Ciara Aston

Credit: David Murphy

Tens of thousands of music fans are pouring into Parklife, as the day one of the festival gets underway.

Tens of thousands of festival-goers are currently descending on Heaton Park for this year’s two-day music festival, Parklife as this year gets underway.

This year's headline acts include Sugababes, Becky Hill, Arielle Free, Belters Only, Disclosure, Dojo Cat, and more.

00:05   David Murphy

A full roundup of images taken by our press team today can be found in the Gallery below. 

 

00:01   David Murphy

There are long delays clockwise on the M60 at Junction 20 for Rochdale Road due to the road closures.

Image courtesy of National Highways.

 

22:49   David Murphy

Road Closures

7pm-2am

Middleton Road closed to all traffic including permit holders from Heywood Old Road to Sheepfoot Lane (both directions)

M60 Junction 19 all exits and entrances will be closed except for the anticlockwise slip road onto the M60.

8pm until 1am:

Middleton Road from jct of Victoria Ave to Crumsall Lane (both directions)

Sheefoot Lane from Jct of Bury Old Road to Middleton Road (both directions)

Blackley New Road from jct Middleton Road to Riveroadale Road (both directions)

Meade Hill Road from jct of Sheepfoot Lane to Middleton Road (both directions).

Bury Old Road from jct of Whittaker Lane to jct of Scholes Lane/Sheepfoot Lane (both directions)

9pm-1am:

Sheepfoot Lane there will be no waiting, parking or loading allowed from the jct of Bury Old Road to its jct with Middleton Road, vehicles parked here may be towed.

At times a dynamic temporary closure of Sheepfoot Lane may be required for public safety.

One Way System

Whittaker Lane - open to westbound traffic only from the jct of Bury Old Road to the jct of Heywood Road 8-2am Saturday and Sunday, all traffic must follow the direction of the one way system.

Victoria Avenue - open to westbound traffic only from the jct of Tweedle Hill Road to the jct of Middleton Road 7pm until 2am on both days.The following road closures will be in operation on 8th and 9th June for Parklife, during this time, residential access will only be whilst safe to do so at times, roads will be closed to all traffic including permit holders to assist in the safe and timely dispersal of the audience.

7pm-2am

Middleton Road closed to all traffic including permit holders from Heywood Old Road to Sheepfoot Lane (both directions)

M60 Junction 19 all exits and entrances will be closed except for the anticlockwise slip road onto the M60.

8pm until 1am:

Middleton Road from jct of Victoria Ave to Crumsall Lane (both directions)

Sheefoot Lane from Jct of Bury Old Road to Middleton Road (both directions)

Blackley New Road from jct Middleton Road to Riveroadale Road (both directions)

Meade Hill Road from jct of Sheepfoot Lane to Middleton Road (both directions).

Bury Old Road from jct of Whittaker Lane to jct of Scholes Lane/Sheepfoot Lane (both directions)

9pm-1am:

Sheepfoot Lane there will be no waiting, parking or loading allowed from the jct of Bury Old Road to its jct with Middleton Road, vehicles parked here may be towed.

At times a dynamic temporary closure of Sheepfoot Lane may be required for public safety.

One Way System

Whittaker Lane - open to westbound traffic only from the jct of Bury Old Road to the jct of Heywood Road 8-2am Saturday and Sunday, all traffic must follow the direction of the one way system.

Victoria Avenue - open to westbound traffic only from the jct of Tweedle Hill Road to the jct of Middleton Road 7pm until 2am on both days.

22:30   Ciara Aston

The Disclosure duo fill The Valley this evening as thousands choose between watching Becky Hill and Disclosure.

 

22:18   David Murphy

Becky Hill took to the main stage as Saturday Night's headline act on the Parklife stage.

 

21:01   David Murphy

The Bee Network has issued an update about the Heaton Park tram stop now being closed.

Trams back to Manchester City Centre will run from Bowker Vale.

 

20:40   David Murphy

Sugababes have taken to the main Parklife stage this evening. Our reporters are out in the crowds, and we believe this to be one of the busiest stages throughout today.

19:45   David Murphy

Peggy Gou takes to The Hanger stage this evening as the crowds of festivalgoers wait in anticipation for her.

 

18:50   Adam Clark

Social media is full of those trying to sell their Parklife tickets for the remainder of the weekend, if you are thinking of coming along to Parklife then remember to ensure that you safely buy your tickets.

 

18:45   David Murphy

 

18:17   David Murphy

Kenya Grace takes to the Parklife stage as tens of thousands come to watch her as she plays some Daniel Bedingfield.

Kenya Grace Johnson is a South African-born British singer, songwriter, and record producer. She is best known for her 2023 single "Strangers", which reached number-one in the UK Singles Chart.

 

18:11   Adam Clark

 

18:03   Ciara Aston

“Strangers” singer Kenya Grace attracting a crowd at the Parklife Stage with a set full of dance that has definitely got the audience moving

17:50   David Murphy

 

16:55   David Murphy

Oli has been out and about in the Main Arena talking to festival goers. We'll be sharing the videos on our socials very shortly. Oli has spoken to young people who have travelled all the way up from Cardiff and beyond.

 

 

16:29   David Murphy

 

The sun is out and it's gorgeous weather at Heaton Park this afternoon, we're hoping that this sun is here to stay.

When attending festivals, you need to plan for the weather. Fewer clothes mean less drying time. The worst thing would be having wet, heavy denim after a rain shower, but some of the outfits, albeit questionable, are very colourful.

 

16:21   David Murphy

Parklife organisers have said;

While good weather is expected over the Parklife weekend, the temperature will drop in the evening - please bring appropriate footwear in case of muddy surfaces. 

 

16:17   David Murphy

It's important with the warm weather to stay hydrated, there are lots of water refill stations about across the festival site for ensuring that you drink plenty of fluids.

 

16:06   Adam Clark

 We made it to the front of the queue! 

Some would say that our work here is now done, David our photographer has got the FRIES.

 

15:48   David Murphy

McDonald's has started serving free fries and the queue is MASSIVE.

 

15:18   David Murphy

It wouldn't be a festival if we didn't include some photos of the food; this is the first trip to look at what food offerings are available and the best places to visit.

     

We'll be looking at how much food and drink will set you back this year, Parklife is completely cashless with contactless payments.

 

15:16   David Murphy
15:01   Ciara Aston

 

14:56   David Murphy

We've opened up our Photo Album for Saturday of Parklife now showcasing some of the best moments throughout the day so far. This album will be periodically updated over the course of the day. 

 

14:36   Adam Clark

The Valley stage is now rocking - we can hear it from the press tent. 

Our reporter Ciara Aston, tells me people have flocked to that stage in their thousands. 

 

14:22   Adam Clark

Follow us on the socials - we are posting across them all weekend. 

14:14   Ciara Aston

The stages are beginning to liven up for the afternoon, as the field fills up with festival goers. 

SHEIN Presents: G Stage is particularly busy. Majestic is on stage. 

 

12:33   David Murphy

The gates are open and festival goers are coming into Heaton Park

10:37   Adam Clark

Parklife boss Sacha Lord is ready for the weekend!  

 

09:25   Adam Clark

The team is gearing up to bring you a weekend of news at Parklife 2024, including all the latest news from the arena backstage, including our beloved Traffic and Travel. Stay up to date on our mobile app, website, and on-air throughout the weekend.

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