Parklife 2022 Sunday review: Tyler, The Creator, Megan Thee Stallion, Lewis Capaldi and more

How do you top a marriage proposal, an American rap icon and lots of fireworks? That was the question on everyone’s lips after a great Saturday at Parklife 2022.

A packed schedule awaited festival-goers who gradually poured into Heaton Park this morning – many of whom were presumably still reeling from yesterday’s festivities.

We’re hoping to have a dry day on Sunday morning, and although it started off with a belt, it was only a matter of time before the rain settled on Heaton Park. Instruct people to take cover wherever they can – although some decided to embrace it fully, and play fair to them.

Early in the day, as the crowd slowly started to build, Grammy-nominated producer Jayda G brought her boundless enthusiasm to the stage at The Valley. Mixing everything from Crown Heights Affair to Rhyze, her set set the tone for the afternoon.

From the top of the hill, two women—one dressed in shorts and a Hawaiian t-shirt, the other in a purple bikini top and skirt, hopped hand in hand down the hill to Jayda G’s beats—when we knew the party was really getting started. used to be. The crowds soon arrived, and it was soon apparent why, as Parklife favorite Annie Mac took the stage – and she didn’t disappoint.



Annie Mac at Parklife 2022

House music veterans Defected Records have been part of Parklife for years, so it probably wouldn’t be the same without them. Taking their own place behind the The Valley stage, long Defected family member and New York icon Louie Vega – of Masters At Work – took to the turntables in the mid-afternoon, rebuilding the crowd after a quick but decisive rainstorm that hit festival-goers. saw running for shelter.

It wasn’t long before audiences swelled again, though, thanks to its deep American garage, which Daft Punk slid into before coming to a roaring climax with a remixed version of Alison Limerick’s Hacienda classic Where Love Lives. A master indeed.

At the Hanger the sun returned and then ‘the cannons’ appeared for Skream. Perhaps his burly brand of muscular tech-house is better to consume with your top off, judging by the largely stripped-down crowd.



Parklife 2022 Sunday review: Tyler, The Creator, Megan Thee Stallion, Lewis Capaldi and more
Raye at Parklife

Meanwhile, on the Parklife stage, the very glamorous Raye took the stage and thanked the crowd for bringing the energy and confidence she was given to be her true self. From here, she launched Secrets and let loose her perfectly coiffed red hair.

And then the sunflowers came out. Arlo Parks’ dressing for their main stage set showed the true nature of this dazzlingly brilliant lyricist. “Everyone, myself included, got up at 3am to be here,” she told adoring fans, going straight to the firm favorite ‘Caroline.’ Her sacrifice of a good night’s sleep was appreciated by those festival-goers. ‘Eugene’, ‘Black Dog’ and ‘Too Good’.



Parklife 2022 Sunday review: Tyler, The Creator, Megan Thee Stallion, Lewis Capaldi and more
Arlo Parks performs on the main stage on Sunday

During her time on stage, the 2021 Mercury Prize winner, who survived just two hours of sleep, was accompanied by a digital sunset. That, coupled with the easy, slow, meandering of her voice, carried fans away from Heaton Park—and it’s noise, litter, and wind—to a place where all was well and will be.

And back in the breach, the main stage came back to life. After Arlo Parks an hour after they were liquidated, Lewis Capaldi went to the microphone.

The Scottish singer drew in thousands as a crowd swelled past the tech tent and into the Hangar’s turf. He started with Grace and continued to get punched.



Parklife 2022 Sunday review: Tyler, The Creator, Megan Thee Stallion, Lewis Capaldi and more

There was Over The Line to kick off, which made for so many phone movies that it became clear that – to a lot of people, he means a lot. It was the Scot’s first British show in three years, with a joke: “I don’t know what to say between songs, it’s been so long since I’ve done it”.

If there was any doubt about his remaining popularity – something he admitted he was nervous about – it was a resounding confirmation that Capaldi is here to stay. Long live Lewis.

Above the top of the hill the valley asked ‘do you remember your house?’ Fortunately, The Blessed Madonna was there to remind us.



Parklife 2022 Sunday review: Tyler, The Creator, Megan Thee Stallion, Lewis Capaldi and more
Crowds at Parklife 2022

Her set pulsed through waves of ravers. There was a steady groove that had all the vitality of a TikTok dance craze – and soon it had swept through the hundreds who came to see the American DJ.

And then, without warning, she unloaded a tribe horn, which meant the Valley was really up to something.

The end of Parklife 2022 was in sight and this was the beginning of the final chapter. Sadly there will be a Monday – but Sit back, relax, and the Holy Madonna guided us through it. She made that trip so much painless.



Parklife 2022 Sunday review: Tyler, The Creator, Megan Thee Stallion, Lewis Capaldi and more
Megan Thee Stallion performs on The Parklife Stage

Not for the squeamish (seriously) Houston’s Megan Thee Stallion was packed on the Parklife main stage just after eight o’clock, joined by a crew of both male and female dancers dressed in black. And let’s say some male dancers have grounds for a workplace complaint.

That said, the set was exhilarating, with filling popping bombshells like Body and Her, er, feted duet with Cardi B WAP, and the truly x-rated Eat It between the bass-loaded highs that set a roadblock across the site in all directions. caused .



Parklife 2022 Sunday review: Tyler, The Creator, Megan Thee Stallion, Lewis Capaldi and more
Not for the squeamish (seriously) Houston’s Megan Thee Stallion, who packed Parklife’s main stage just after eight

This is where it all ended, at least in the Valley. Parklife 2022 will be remembered by all who went forever – for good or bad. Bicep’s closing set, which started when the sun first set today, ensured that there would always be fond memories.

The electronic duo was thronged by thousands of the never-say-die, one more song section that so often pays tribute to events like this every weekend. As more people arrived, more phones came to capture the moment, the moment there was one last dance. One last roll of the dice before Monday’s mundaneness began.



Parklife 2022 Sunday review: Tyler, The Creator, Megan Thee Stallion, Lewis Capaldi and more
Fans watch Megan Thee Stallion on the main stage on Sunday

The lights captivated, the bass boomed, and the fans cheered. So to say that this Bicep performance was a set of music is true.

Parklife has been special for many reasons this year. But the headliner of the last night will remain in the memory for a long time. The best – the best – set of the weekend, Tyler, The Creator created something amazing tonight. With a grassy, ​​Sound of Music-esque mountain set built on stage, he emerged, backpack on his back, complete with mountain jacket, furry hat and a pole to climb the heights other rappers fear. And all with shiny black loafers.



Parklife 2022 Sunday review: Tyler, The Creator, Megan Thee Stallion, Lewis Capaldi and more
Tyler, The Creator closes Parklife 2022

It was expertly insane from start to finish, including choreography with on-screen dancers, rural sunsets and classics like She, with Frank Ocean, Lumberjack, 911/Mr Lonely and the magnificent Yonkers. Hip hop acts from all over the world show if you dare to perform with little more than a DJ and a microphone, you have to try harder. Like Tyler.



Parklife 2022 Sunday review: Tyler, The Creator, Megan Thee Stallion, Lewis Capaldi and more

Parklife 2022, for lack of a better expression, has been a lot. Proposals have been made, fireworks and a return to long-awaited normality. But above all, it was a big party for our city. And thank goodness for that.

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