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Manchester's biggest music festival, Parklife, returns to Heaton Park on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 June.

The Parklife Shuttle Bus will operate to and from Heaton Park across the weekend.

Tickets cost £5 for Saturday or Sunday, or £10 for the weekend, with the Parklife Express Travel Pass available to purchase via the Parklife website. New for 2023, your ticket will be in electronic format, so all you need to do is have your ticket on your phone or device, ready to show staff when boarding the Parklife Shuttle Bus.

The Parklife shuttle bus will depart from the corner of Aytoun Street (M1 2DD) and Minshull Street, a two-minute walk from Piccadilly train station, with drop-off right inside the festival site.

Buses will depart at least once every ten minutes.

  • On Saturday the first bus will depart at 9.30am with the last bus departing at 4.30pm.
  • On Sunday the first bus will depart at 10.30am with the last bus departing at 4.30pm.

On both days, the return bus service from Heaton Park to Manchester city centre starts at 6.30pm and will continue to operate until the venue is cleared. Drop off will be at Shudehill Interchange.

There will be increased congestion and various road closures in place around the festival site over the weekend.

Roads will be busiest as fans make their way to the site from 10.30am to 4.30pm and after the end of the event from 10.30pm to 12.30am on both days.

If you are getting home by car, there is a designated pick-up point at Sainsburys on Heaton Park Road, which will also be signposted. If you are driving to and from the designated pick-up point, please be aware that Junction 19 of the M60 will be closed from 7pm on both nights. Access to the pick-up point will be via Victoria Avenue and Middleton Road.

There is not a taxi rank on the Parklife site, but there are Hackney Carriage (taxi) stands at The Woodthorpe on Bury Old Road and on Blackley New Road (at the junction with Rochdale Road).

If you have to drive, allow more time to travel and consider re-routing your journey to avoid the affected area.

Road closures

There will be a number of road closures and bus diversions around the Heaton Park area, including Junction 19 of the M60. We've created a handy map of the road closures:

On the map above, you can find your route and see if road closures apply to you.

Road closures will be in place during the following times:

Friday 9 June at 8pm to Saturday 10th June at 1am
Saturday 10 June at 7pm to Sunday 11th June at 2am
Sunday 11 June at 7pm to Monday 12 June at 2am

We will continue to update this webpage regularly - more details will be published in due course.

Manchester Piccadilly, Deansgate-Castlefield, Oxford Road and Victoria stations are all expected to be busier than usual with various events taking place over the weekend.

Be sure to check train times on the National Rail website before you travel and follow them on Twitter for live updates @nationalrailenq.

If you are not going to the Parklife Festival but travelling in the Prestwich or city centre areas, here are some top tips:

  • If travelling in these areas, there will be congestion on all forms of transport. Savvy travellers will plan their journey in advance, keep checking the TfGM website for factors that may impact their journey and re-time or re-route their journey to avoid hotspots and busy periods.
  • If you are getting out and about on the roads, we advise checking this page on a regular basis (particularly the car section) to avoid congestion due to road closures.
  • Some commercial buses will be on diversion around Heaton Park. If you are intending to travel by bus in the area over the course of the weekend, make sure that you follow your bus operator on Twitter or check their website regularly. We will also keep this page updated with bus diversions.

Due to the road closures and traffic around the site, a number of bus services will be diverted over the course of the weekend.

Diversions for the 66, 90 and 94 will be in place from beginning of service on Friday 9 June until end of service on Sunday 11 June.

Diversions for services 41, 59 135, and 156 will be implemented nightly from 6pm until 2am across the three nights.

View the diversion routes

Keeping safe so that you can enjoy the festival is crucial. The Parklife festival has a variety of welfare provisions in place, including:

  • A dedicated welfare team onsite, who can offer support in a non-judgemental environment.
  • Availability of many wellbeing resources ranging from plasters, to hygiene products, to water, to hot drinks, blankets and waterproof coverings.
  • A place to rest, relax and have a chat to someone, if you need.

For more information, you can visit Parklife's FAQ webpage.

However you may be travelling to the festival, here's our top tips for being transport-savvy:

  • Make sure that you drink plenty of water, as the temperatures are set to soar.
  • Ensure that your phone is fully-charged.
  • Make a day of it and if you choose to walk, make your journey with your mates.
  • Plan your journey in advance - make sure you know how your route may be impacted by strikes or congestion.
  • Leave in plenty of time so you don't miss the act you really want to see or the last service of the day.
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