First published on 6 Sep 2012. Updated on 11 Sep 2012.
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We’re getting to that time of the year and if you’re a Parklife
regular you hardly need to be convinced to buy your ticket for 2012, but what of the festival-liking music enthusiast who has heard good things, or who has fuzzy but pleasant memories of their last Parklife but is still umming and ahhing about getting along? Well, allow us to sway you with a few reasons why you should grab tickets while there are tickets to be grabbed. Ten of them, to be specific. Starting with…
1. It’s the only way to see the Presets this year
If you’ve seen Justin Hamilton and Kim Moyes perform live before, you know they freakin’ tear the joint up. If not, that’s reason enough to get along since you’re not going to get another chance to see them drop tracks from Pacifica and their hit-filled back catalogue. Just for a second, think about being in the crowd when ‘My People’ starts up. There you go.
2. Passion Pit will be showing off their new album, Gossamer
And given the occasionally volatile nature of the US quintet, how many more opportunities do you think you’re going to get? Not enough, certainly, so why take the risk of not being there when everyone you know starts Tweeting about how they’re playing ‘Little Secrets’? You’re going to be jealous as hell, admit it.
3. A new, more central location
Centennial Park: it’s easy to get to (and more importantly, as anyone who’s tried to get a cab after a festival has learned, away from) it’s got plenty of space and it’s just a beautiful place to be.
4. Robyn. Just Robyn
She’s the pop star that it’s OK for hipsters to like, which means you don’t even have to pretend to be ironic when you screech along with every syllable of ‘Dancing On My Own’ and ‘Call Your Girlfriend’. And speaking of hipsters…
5. Bondi Hipsters are threatening to crash the tour
They make us feel so desperately uncool, but fresh from their hilarious Olympic jaunt to the UK the Hipsters are heading home, no doubt with a tonne of fresh inspiration, and the best fashion underground designers and airport garbage bins can provide. You want to be there for that.
6. It’s the first festival of the festival season
…And if you miss it, you’re going to find it even harder to get your festival stamina up for a Sydney summer. It’s like when you don’t go to the gym on the Monday and think “eh, I’m already behind, I’ll start next week”. Summer is the best time to be here, and festivals are the best things to be at during it: just as a concept, you have a duty to party.
7. Plan B, at the top of his game
There is a decent chance that music’s going to eventually lose out to film for Ben Drew – Ill Manors might have been a #1 album in his native England but it was also the soundtrack to his eponymous movie. So we would suggest that you see the B while there’s a B to see.
8. As soon as you see more than three acts, you’re basically in front
Tickets are $145, and most of these performers would be an easy $50+ for a headline show. So, provided that you see a minimum of four bands, not even your mum could accuse you of not getting awesome value for money – and if you see everything, it works out at around $3 an act. They’re practically giving them away!
9. You’ll be able to say “I saw [INSERT BAND HERE] at Parklife ages ago, before they got huge.”
And for [INSERT BAND HERE] you’ve got such future legends as UK hitmakers Rizzle Kicks, angelic NYC-via-South Africa star St Lucia, local beatsperson Flume, UK pop superstar in the making Charli XCX and more.
10. Look, just watch this video
If pictures are worth a thousand words, this is a far more efficient argument right here. Check out our Parklife video mash-up
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