Heaton Park
The Farm Centre
Manchester City Council
M25 2SW

Heaton Park is one of the largest municipal parks in Europe covering an area of up to 600 acres. Heaton Park has been open as a park since 1902. At Heaton Park there are great facilities such as an 18-hole golf course, a boating lake, an adventure playground and a tramway museum. The Park has a long and rich history of hosting festivals and concerts.

In Early 1900’s numerous gramophone open air concerts took place whereas in more recent times, Heaton Park was visited by Pope John Paul the second in 1982 and celebrated by over 100,000 people attending. At the peak of ‘Madchester’, Heaton Park hosted ‘Cities in the Park’ which featured the great and the good of the day including Happy Mondays, De La Soul and 808 State. In more recent times Heaton Park has hosted now legendary concerts by The Stone Roses and Oasis.

Heaton Park is situated to the North of Manchester city centre. It is 5 miles from the city centre and is well serviced by public transport being on the Bury Metro link line as well as other public transport. Being just adjacent to the M60 ring road it is easily accessed by car.


Saturday 7th June : 11.00 hrs – 23.00
Sunday 8th June :   11.00 hrs – 23.00

Last entry into the festival is 17.00.
No re-admittance allowed after leaving the festival site.

There are three public entry and exit gates to Parklife this year which are, Gate K, located on Bury Old Road, Gate F and G which is on Sheepfoot Lane and the third Gate is by the Lake in Heaton Park. The fast-track entrance to Parklife for VIP ticket holders is located between Gates F and G on Sheepfoot Lane. Anyone walking to the event is advised to use Gate K on Bury Old Road which opens at 1400hrs each day.   The Parklife Express will drop inside Heaton Park. We would advise people travelling via the Parklife Express to follow the footpath and use the Gate by the Lake. 

Stage running times are available to purchase as a programme. These are available from the programme stands, merchandise stands or the official roaming sellers.

We have a number of bars onsite selling alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Parklife operates the ‘Challenge 21’ policy. If you look under 21 please do not be offended if we ask you for proof of age when you buy alcohol. Please bring proof of ID to show you are over 18. Recognised forms of ID are:

We accept the following forms of Identification:

• Current UK Passport
• Current Driver’s License or Provisional License

Plus the following cards (part of the PASS Scheme):

• CitizenCard

Please enjoy alcohol responsibly.

Do not buy alcohol for persons under the age of 18, if you do you risk being ejected from the festival.

To apply for a Bars Job at Parklife please visit this page.


We have a number of restrictions for entrance into the festival:

• Do obey the laws of the land. Drugs are no more legal at a festival than in the outside world. Drug dealing and consumption will not be tolerated. Parklife has zero tolerance for legal highs.
• No Alcohol or liquids of any kind
• No Glass
• No Umbrellas
• Admission is subject to search
• No under 16’s - 16 and 17 year olds must be accompanied by a responsible guardian. (Maximum of 5 under 18's per responsible guardian).
• No food
• No dogs
• No flares or fireworks
• No bikes
• No re-entry
• Management reserve the right to refuse admission

All of the tented stages at Parklife have a maximum capacity that, by law, we cannot exceed. If you want to see a particular artist, please arrive early to the stage to avoid disappointment. Once the tents have reached capacity we will be enforcing a one in one out policy. If you cannot get access, we recommend you go and enjoy an artist at an alternative stage.

There is a possibility that the sound pressure may exceed 96dB. Prolonged exposure to loud noise can affect your hearing. Have you thought about protecting your hearing?

Visit to find out how to protect your hearing.


Any property found and handed in will be taken to the Information Point during the event. Any found property will be safely stored and a log of any items handed in. After the event has finished you can contact us to see if your property was found on:

Please be alert and keep your belongings safe at all times.

  • Found items will be kept for seven days after the event (end of day Monday 16th June)
  • Any items not claimed by the end of Monday 16th June will either be destroyed or sent to an appropriate authority or raised donated to charity 

No food or drink of any description is permitted into the festival.

There will great variety of food stalls onsite offering a wide range of food including organic, vegetarian and vegan options. There will be a large number of bars selling alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. You must be over 18 years of age to purchase alcohol. We will be operating a challenge 21 policy if you look under 21 we will ask you for ID so please do not be offended.


Applications for disabled access are now closed.

Parklife Weekender work closely with Attitude is Everything to provide an event site which is as accessible as possible.

Contact details for disabled access enquiries

If you would like more information on the disabled access facilities at the event or to get in touch please email or write to us at: Access, Parklife, 3rd Floor, North Square, 11-13 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1JU

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We also have alternative formats of the access information available upon request. Please contact us if you require this info in an alternative format.

Access around the site

The Parklife event takes place at Heaton Park. Please see the website for more information.

The location of the disabled car park will be located close to the event site. Further information about the location of the car park will be updated in the coming weeks.

The event will take place in the Papal Field in Heaton Park. There will be two entrances into the event site, both will be accessible.

The site is a green field site with some sloping areas around both entrances. The event field is park land therefore some areas within the site will be uneven. There are no hard standing pathways once in the event site. The majority of stages will be, on average, 60 to 70 metres apart.

Bookable access facilities

The following access facilities need to be pre-booked using the Access Requirement Form. This form and the required evidence needs to be sent to us once you have purchased a ticket.

1) 2 for 1 tickets for personal assistants

We provide a 2:1 ticket scheme for individuals who would be unable to attend our events without bringing a personal assistant. Once you have brought a full price ticket, please fill in the access requirement form and provide us with documentation in order to receive your personal assistant ticket.

2) Accessible Parking

An accessible car park is located as close as possible to the Main Arena entrance.

3) Viewing Platform

There are four viewing platforms (both outdoor stages, plus stages 6 and 8), all of which are accessible for wheelchairs. In order to gain access to this, you need a viewing platform wristband. This also comes with a lanyard that can be worn by a personal assistant or companion so that they can join you on the platform.

Accessible toilets

There will be a stewarded accessible toilet located beside all viewing platforms. A viewing platform wristband is required to gain access to these toilets. There will be other non-stewarded accessible toilets throughout the Main Arena.

Assistance Dogs

We welcome assistance dogs onto the site. There will be an area provided for toileting and drinking.

Strobe Lighting

There will be general warning signs in all the performance area if strobe lighting will be used. Due to the nature of the artists it is likely that strobe lighting will be used throughout the performances. There will not be a warning immediately before a period of strobe lighting.

Medical Services

There will be two First Aid points within the event site. There will also be Medics and First Aiders on patrol around the event. If you require more information, please get in touch.


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We are pleased to have this event in Heaton Park. We can only do so with the support of the local community, please respect our neighbours by arriving and leaving peacefully, not trespassing on their private property and not dropping litter.


Heaton Park is surrounded by busy roads, we encourage all attendees to Parklife to use the extensive local public transport which services the park. For those who are travelling by car to the site, we strongly encourage you to car share to help us strive to be a greener Parklife.

Please see the Transport to Parklife section for the best ways to get to the festival.

Parklife has a 10p deposit scheme on plastic cups and bottle as part of our commitment to significantly reduce the amount of waste produced at the festival . We aim to reduce our carbon footprint, and by doing this we can ensure that your waste gets recycled properly rather than going to landfill. For each cup or bottle that is returned to a Cup Exchange Point, you will receive the 10p deposit back.


Further Information for local residents will be distributed by letter to households in the immediate vicinity of Heaton Park.

Unfortunately we are unable to provide complimentary tickets for local residents.

Vipees are extremely pleased to be returning to Parklife for our 2nd year, after a fantastic debut last year we would like to welcome customers old and new to receive the Vipees Ultimate Toilet Experience. for further information and to guarantee your daily or weekend wristbands please visit .


Ticket fraud is when you buy tickets from a website, but the tickets do not arrive or turn out to be fake.

How do scam ticket websites work?

- The website offers you the chance to buy tickets to a popular event. The event is often actually sold-out, or the tickets haven’t officially gone on sale yet.

- You pay for the tickets but they are never delivered.

- In some cases you might be told that a customer representative will meet you at the venue on the day. Nobody turns up.

- You may even receive tickets, but when you arrive at the event, the organisers tell you the tickets are fake.

- When you try to call the company you bought the tickets from, your calls are not answered or do not connect.

- Remember that it’s easy for scammers to set up a fake website that looks genuine. Some even use a name or website url that is similar to a legitimate website. If you’re unsure or it sounds too good to be true, leave the website immediately.

Get safe online: Protect yourself from scam ticket websites

- Check where the company’s office is and whether they have a landline in this country and a proper address rather than a PO box.

- Check online if there is adverse criticism of the company.

- Ask questions, such as when the ticket will be dispatched and what type of ticket you are buying.

- Read the terms and conditions on all but particularly not known websites (some ticket websites state quite clearly that there are no refunds).

- If you’re buying football tickets, be aware that it’s illegal to re-sell football tickets under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act in most instances.

- Pay for tickets by credit card – the card issuer is jointly liable for a failure for goods or services to be provided as long as the price of a single ticket is more than £100 (but less than £30,000) but check with your card provider how long the period of liability is if the event is further ahead .

- Check the payment pages are secure by looking for a padlock symbol in the address bar, and making sure the website address begins with ‘https’.

If you have lost money to a ticket scam, report it to Action Fraud

Parklife Weekender has zero tolerance for drugs and legal highs. Should you be found with either a controlled substance or herbal or legal high at the point of entry you will be denied entry and handed over to the Police. Should you be found within the festival site with either a controlled substance or herbal or legal high you will be ejected and handed over to the Police.

Anyone seeking information on the risk of taking illicit drugs or new psychoactive substances should refer to the FRANK website here: ( or the new confidential helpline (0800 77 66 00).
Under 16s are not permitted. 16/17 year old's must be accompanied by an adult, up to a ratio of four 16/17 year olds to one adult (18 or over)

If I have bought a weekend ticket can I camp overnight?

No, Parklife Weekender is not a camping festival and all attendees will be asked to leave the site at the end of the event, being 23:00. No cars are permitted to park overnight in the allocated car parks.

Can I take in my own food and drink to Parklife?

No, you are allowed to drink and eat in the park outside the perimeter of the festival and in the queuing lanes. But once you reach the search lanes you cannot take in any food or drink. There are a large variety of food and drink facilities within the festival.

I have an enquiry regarding my tickets, who do I speak to?

You need to contact the ticket agency that you purchased your ticket from, please see the ticketing section of the website for a list of ticket agencies and their websites.

I have lost my ticket, what can I do?

Unfortunately tickets and wristbands cannot be replaced under any circumstances.

I would like to bring my food/market stall to Parklife, who do I contact?

See the Trading at Parklife section on the Info page for contact information.

I would like to work at Parklife, who could I contact?

See the Working at Parklife page for contact information and job roles available.

Can I come to Parklife if I am under 16?

No, unfortunately all attendees have to be 16 or over to attend Parklife Festival. 16 and 17 year olds must be accompanied by an adult. (Maximum of 4 per under 18's per adult)

Can I smoke at Parklife?

The same regulations apply at Parklife as the rest of the country, you can smoke in the open air but not inside big tops and tents, look out for the ‘no smoking’ signs.

When can I arrive/leave by?

Parklife gates open from 11:00 on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June. On both days the event finishes at 23:00.

If I leave Parklife can I get back in?

No, there is no re-entry into the festival whatsoever. But we have everything you need inside the site. Please see Site Facilities section above for more information.

I would like my band/act to play at Parklife, who should I contact?

We have already programmed the full line-up for Parklife 2014 so unfortunately there is no opportunity for further acts. Please see the line-up page for further details.

What time is last entry to Parklife?

Last entry to Parklife is 5pm.

Can I buy official Parklife Merchandise?

Yes, we will be selling a wide range of merchandise at the festival.

Are dogs allowed into the event?

No pets are allowed within the event site. Assistance Dogs, however, will be permitted.

Is there anywhere I can arrange to meet up with my friend?

We suggest using the Information Point in the main arena as a meeting point for friends.

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