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The Guardian festival blog: Parklife review – rap, reggae and rave under gallons of northern rain | Music


For its 10th year, the UK’s biggest inner-city festival had booked Cardi B, but the US rapper withdrew due to her recovery from cosmetic surgery, and her absence is certainly felt. The hurriedly reshuffled (and less popular) makeshift headliner Mark Ronson drops her Bodak Yellow into what is basically a DJ set of his hit productions. Rapper Dave displays a bandaged ankle and pointedly tells the crowd: “I’d do the show on crutches if I had to.” Even the excellent, big-grinning, soul- and jazz-inspired hip-hopper Loyle Carner can’t resist cheekily changing No CD’s lyric to: “We spent all our money on Cardi B.”

Still, neither the star’s non-appearance nor the heavy downpours truly dampen the Mudchester party vibes. The nine stages include the Temple (noisily curated by Chase & Status on Saturday) and the colossal Hangar, which blasts dance music all day long. The music is markedly contemporary, so drum kits and…



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