The party continues...
Duke - Desperados Factory, Parklife - Sunday

Unlike the mud bath of Saturday and a morning spent scraping Manchester's finest off my boots (parklife indeed!), Sunday was sweetly sunkissed. Opening up with Duke who performed covers on acoustic guitar, beatbox and vocals including an upbeat rendition of ‘Kiss From A Rose’ which is a lot more fun than you would have imagined. Indeed, the group failed to descend into the gaudy or the cheesy. In their tight unison they created an unexpected twist on the originals creating a surprisingly palatable and unique sound.

If anyone is able to pin down where Sway's head is at please leave a comment below. The London vocalist has moved, and shaked through his career, ducking and diving, hustling sound. Recently he's moved towards the current mode for coarse, piercing sounds emblemic of hardcore and chart dance. But behind which is a rocksteady consciousness.

Beyond the music, and with the sun out, there are BMX kids and skateboarders shredding the paint off a pike, breakdancers and tattoo artists. It's all a bit mental. That the urban weekender would feel sterile across most of the site, with generic burger vans, official merch stands, portaloos, and queues, the Desperado's Factory was able to break the mold and capture something a little more free spirited.

The unhinged euphoria of otherwise clashing art forms and styles was taken to another level for Underground Rebel Bingo who brought the madness. Cavorting about the cozy stage they brought their possessed party atmosphere to a drab park in Manchester.

The pleasant surprise of the day was Paul White and Mo Kolours. The trio, electronics, saxophone, and drums, blend a variety of styles together, revealing a sludgy, downbeat, cage shaking sound with lyrical rides in the sax floating above creating a hypnotic effect. What is shocking is that these guys are well off anyone's radar. Unlike yesterday, which featured the Juan Maclean, Ms. Dynamite, and Breakage, or today with Sway, Redlight, and Rudimental, Paul White and Mo Kolours are relatively unknown. For shame, because holding court with Dorean Concept and Giles Peterson, it can't be long before they explode.

It’s safe to say that over what was sometimes a trying weekend, the Desperados Factory definitely brought the party. Cheers to them.

Photo by Jessica Beveridge

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