Parklife finishes quietly

Heaton Park MapParklife had beautiful weather over the weekend at Heaton Park.

The concert by the Courteeners kicked it all off on the Friday.

Parklife then continued the music over the Saturday and Sunday.

From all the happy faces you could see that people were having a great time.

OK, unlike previous concerts we heard the beat in our house and were very happy when it ended at 11pm each night! And of course the ongoing rush of people, buses, ambulances and police outside our house kept us all awake until gone 1am.

It’s a small price to pay for a concert that introduces more people to Heaton Park and also revitalises local businesses.

Perhaps the most impressive thing about the whole experience was how well organised it was. There were portable toilets at all waiting points, such as on Victoria Avenue, Bowker Vale Met station, near the Park, obviously in the park and bins were all around and being emptied so they didn’t overflow.

Well done to Parklife and the Heaton Park event organisers.

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Parklife returns to Heaton Park

Heaton Park SignpostParklife is back at Heaton Park today and for this weekend.  Last time the Parklife event seemed to go without too much of a negative impact on the denizens of Prestwich, Crumpsall and Blackley.

In fact compared to the previous Stone Roses concert it was busy but still very quiet at our end of the park.

Good news for Parklife visitors is that the weather is fabulous at the moment.

Road Closure round Heaton Park

Of course the organisers have learnt from previous concerts exactly what needs doing. So for example they close Middleton road, where I live, to traffic between 8pm and 1am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. That means the amount of traffic that we could have had is significantly reduced. Equally, it makes pickup directly from the park on Middleton road impossible.

Cone Free Parking

At the Stone Roses concert cars had been parked on every spare bit of space. That included down each square inch of the central reservation of Middleton Road leading from the M60 to the park. So there are now cones all down the central reservation and every little bit of pavement. They’ve even coned off the generous parking area around The Three Arrow pubs (now closed) .

So I suspect there is very little cone-free parking. Although I think Sainsbury’s car park could be busy!

Loud Sound System

Everyone going to Parklife can rest assured that they will be able to hear the acts, because we heard the tests yesterday and the sound system could be heard loud and clear. We don’t normally hear it that loud!

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