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Parklife live preview

While we wait out the colder months in anticipation of another festival season, the northern hemisphere summer is in full swing. Many of the acts due here for Parklife are currently gearing up to hit European stages, from Missy Elliott’s grand return at EXIT in Serbia to Holy Ghost!, Sinden and Kele getting acquainted at Germany’s Melt Festival.

ITM has been keeping a keen eye out for what the Parklife headliners have been up to recently, and they’re certainly keeping busy as the days get warmer. As such, we’ve found some great quality video of Jesse Rose, Groove Armada, the Ed Banger massive and more doing their thing. Time to get freshly excited.

JESSE ROSE

Jesse Rose is now an honorary Berliner, and it’s not hard to see why it’s his adopted home. A couple of Tuesdays ago (yes, Tuesday), the Made To Play boss joined a damn fine line-up for a day-time party in the sunshine. The OYE Records Block Party – part of the international FíÂȘte de la Musique celebrations – saw Rose, Modeselektor and Jazzanova take a soundtrack of bumping house to the streets. The high-quality video below should give a sense of the good times the man will bring to Parklife.

GROOVE ARMADA

Andy Cato and Tom Findlay know a thing or two about festival performances, and they were back on familiar ground at Glastonbury over the weekend. Groove Armada’s reinvented live show that we saw at Big Day Out last summer seems to be still be firing, with new vocalist SaintSaviour firmly established out front. The band closed the John Peel Stage on the Friday, going up against headliners Gorillaz and still pulling a loved-up crowd.

KELE

Glastonbury wasn’t just a triumph for Groove Armada – it was also the live debut of Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke’s solo project. His debut album The Boxer trades the urgent indie rock of Bloc Party for a more club-oriented sound (helped in no small part by the production smarts of Spank Rock’s XXXChange) so there was plenty of interest about what he’d deliver on the John Peel Stage. The video below shows the packed tent going off to ecstatic lead single Tenderoni, with Kele backed by the band he’ll be bringing to Parklife.

SOULWAX

If there’s any Parklife act that will be in good practice by the time they land here, it’s Soulwax. The Dewaele brothers and their white-suited compedres are barely seeing a moment’s downtime from now until they board a flight down under. The band’s ‘Under The Covers’ world tour includes a mix of DJ and live shows right across the northern hemisphere, with various visits to Ibiza littered around festival slots at Wireless London, Lollapollooza, Pukkelpop and more.

We all know from Parklife 2008 how sensational Soulwax is in a festival setting, and it seems they’re not about to mess with the formula. The video below goes into the guys’ live arsenal of vintage gear, instruments, samplers and geeky gadgetry. We can’t wait to see our personal favourite Soulwaxer – powerhouse drummer Steve Slingeneyer – in full flight again.

BUSY P, MEDHI AND UFFIE

Back in February, the whole Ed Banger family threw a massive rave at Terminal 5 in New York to celebrate their seventh birthday. It was pretty much a dream line-up for fans of the trendsetting label: Justice, Medhi, Busy P and Uffie all performed, while special guest A-Trak stole the show. A documentary has emerged from Ed Banger’s adventures around the Big Apple, which is hosted on digital channel Konbini. For a reminder of the unabashed party spirit the guys will bring to Parklife, check out a trailer in full-screen glory over here.

Parklife tickets go on sale at midday Thursday 1 July from parklife.com.au.