Manchester City Council

Good weather and well-behaved crowds help make a successful Parklife 2018

The sun shone on Heaton Park – for the most part - as 160,000 people soaked up performances from an all-star line-up including Liam Gallagher, the xx, Skepta and N*E*R*D.

Immediately after the event, a full clean-up and street sweeping operation began, both within Heaton Park and the surrounding areas. 

Litter picking in the park and on local residential streets was completed by the end of Monday 11 June, with street cleaning also undertaken in the park’s vicinity.  

The part of the park used for the event will gradually be brought back into public use over the coming days, as festival organisers complete their full clean-up operation.  

Despite some showers late on Sunday, the largely clear weather helped to ensure that the park's grounds have not been negatively affected by this year's event.  The park team will continue to work closely with festival organisers to monitor the site.

During the festival, residents in the surrounding areas were encouraged to report any issues experienced to the Parklife Community Impact team, via a dedicated helpline.  

The Community Impact line is active until Friday 15 June (5pm) for residents to leave a message to raise any concerns, or offer any positive feedback, regarding this year’s event.  Residents are also encouraged to attend a public post-event session, which is being held at the Heaton Park Farm Centre on Wednesday 11 July 2018 (5pm - 7pm).

Executive Member for Schools, Culture and Leisure, Councillor Luthfur Rahman, said: “We’ve worked very closely with Parklife and partners including Transport for Greater Manchester, Bury Council and Greater Manchester Police to ensure the smooth running of this year’s festival and also to minimise any impact on residents in the surrounding area.  

“During the event, we encouraged residents to contact Parklife's community helpline, to ensure that any issues were dealt with as swiftly as possible and that feedback was captured, to help improve future events.

“After the event, our main priority is to return the whole park to public use as soon as possible and work is already well under way to ensure this happens as quickly as possible.  I would like to say a big thank you to those who attended, for playing their part in ensuring that Parklife was a real success in 2018.” 

Sacha Lord, co-founder of Parklife, said: "With so many incredible performances across the weekend, this year's Parklife was the biggest and best to date and we loved every minute.  We're really looking forward to returning next year and celebrating our tenth anniversary, so stay tuned for more info."

TfGM’s Events Manager, Ryan Carter, said: “This weekend was a great example of Greater Manchester’s ability to successfully host a number of high-profile, high-attendance events.

"We moved an additional 350,000 people over the weekend by providing as much additional capacity as possible, providing clear comms and advice and deploying our expert staff across the network and in our control centre to ensure the best possible customer experience.

“Transport plays a fundamental part in an event’s success and through our work with event organisers, venues, transport providers and GMP, we were able to deliver a transport plan that got everyone where they needed to be, when they needed to be there.

“Greater Manchester is a world-class event region with the transport skills, capability and experience required to continue to deliver on these occasions”.

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