Parklife, one of South Africa’s favourite festivals, is back! The gourmet food and music festival returns to Marks Park in Johannesburg on the 10th of June and today, the team behind the production have revealed the exciting list of performers we can expect this year.
Matt Simons (USA), De Hofnar (Netherlands), Gavin James (Ireland), and Melvv (USA) are the international acts performing this year alongside a stellar line-up with Jeremy Loops, Matthew Mole, GoodLuck, Sketchy Bongo, Euphonik, Tresor, Kyle Deutsch, Rubber Duc, Dominic Neil, Ben Dey & The Concrete Lions, Easy Freak, Apple Gule and Alexandra May. The acts will be spread out over three stages which will play hosts to a variety of genres. Fans can see their favourite acts on either the Park Stage, Nux Stage or electronic music stage.
If, like me, you are not too familiar with the international line-up, I’ve got you covered! New York-based singer-songwriter Matt Simons achieved his greatest commercial success with “Catch & Release” the title track from his self-titled album ‘Catch & Release’. The single achieved far bigger success after it was remixed by Dutch house duo producers Deepend, charting as “Catch & Release (Deepend Remix)” in a number of European charts including Austria, France, Germany and peaking at No. 1 on Ultratop, the official Belgian Singles Chart.
De Hofnar won over local fans when he collaborated with GoodLuck on the hit single ‘Back In The Day’ reaching #1 on radio charts across SA. His 2013 debut single ‘Oxas’, in collaboration with Gamper & Dadoni, was released by MGM Records and his first record hit over 12 million plays on Spotify. Shortly thereafter his first official EP “Zonnestraal” was released and hit over 6 million plays on Spotify and Soundcloud. With these tracks and the well-known remixes of Same Love (Macklemore), All of Me (John Legend) and Klanga (Gostan), which got 15 million plays on Youtube and Soundcloud and got supported by Tiesto, Oliver Heldens and Sam Feldt, De Hofnar quickly made a name in the melodic deep house scene.
With over a quarter of a billion streams to his name, sold out shows from the US to Australia and over 15,000 people seeing him perform in his hometown of Dublin, Irish singer-songwriter Gavin James is fast becoming the breakthrough international artist for 2017. Gavin’s debut album ‘Bitter Pill’ has hit over 100,000 sales worldwide so far since it’s 2016 release. Gavin has picked up the Choice Music’s “Song Of The Year” award for ‘Bitter Pill’ and the Music Business Worldwide A&R breakthrough award in the UK. His breakthrough hit “Nervous” hit Top 10 in 6 European markets, multi-platinum in 5 and saw him perform the track across the world on the Late Show With James Corden, The Voice, Norway’s Got Talent and more… Currently working on material for his second album, this summer will see Gavin release his next single; along with a tour in the fall, leading into his sophomore album in 2018.
Finally, 20-year-old producer/DJ Melvv (AKA Jeffrey Melvin) has established himself as a rising star in music. Melvv kicked off last year’s festival season with a performance at the legendary Coachella Music Festival, with a set at the Do Lab Stage. He later went on to tour with Big Gigantic, Louis The Child, and Jai Wolf. Between his hectic touring schedule, Melvv’s most recent singles “Goodbye” and “Not Me” have topped the Hype Machine charts and have millions of streams across the world. Melvv’s unique musical background that includes early exposure to jazz, electronic, classical, and rock has come to influence him immensely. As a result, Melvv’s distinct sound cannot be contained to one genre. He continues to make a statement with each of his releases, and is set to release his debut EP in 2017. Look out for this youngster to push the boundaries and usher in a new era of electronic music.
Naturally, the festival will also include some incredible food stalls. If you’ve been before you will know that the festival houses the best culinary businesses to give festival goers an experience they won’t forget.
Date: Saturday, 10 June 2017
Line-up: Matt Simons (USA), De Hofnar (Netherlands), Gavin James (Ireland), Melvv (USA), Jeremy Loops, Matthew Mole, Goodluck, Sketchy Bongo, Euphonik, Tresor, Kyle Deutsch, Rubber Duc, Dominic Neil, Ben Dey & The Concrete Lions, Easy Freak, Apple Gule, Alexandra May.
Address: Marks Park, Orange Rd, Emmarentia, JHB
Stages: Three Stage – Park Stage, Nux Stage, The Arch
09:00 Gates open
10:00 First act
19:00 Event ends
20:00 Gates close
Adult Early bird: R295 (excl R25 ticket service fee)
Kids (5-11) Early bird: R195 (excl R25 ticket service fee)
Adult Second Phase: R395 (excl R25 ticket service fee)
Kids (5-11) Second Phase: R295 (excl R25 ticket service fee)
Ticket link: http://breakout.nutickets.co.za/
Ticket link (direct): http://breakout.nutickets.co.za/JoburgParklife
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