Frontman Matt Healy joined the Greater Manchester mayor on the main stage
“I think we’ve all spent a lot of time mourning what happened. But this is a music festival, so we decided not to do a moment of silence but a moment of noise,” bellowed indie band frontman Matt Healy to an elated crowd at this year’s Parklife festival.
Taking to the festival's main stage, headliners The 1975 continued the city’s resilient response to the Manchester Arena terror attack with another joyous musical tribute.
The Parklife crowd responded with booming cheers as the band joined emergency staff on stage, all who assisted victims during the night of the horrifying suicide bombing.
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham - alongside former Lord Mayor, Carl Austin-Behan, councillor Pat Karney and Parklife festival directors - led the tribute and commended the festival-goers for their defiant partying spirit and love for the city.
“The fact you’re here tonight here tonight shows that you’re not going to be beaten,” said Burnham to rapturous chants of 'Manchester! Manchester!' “Always choose love over hate.”
The 1975 lead the day of dancing and partying into the sunset at Saturday's event.
The eighth season of the festival saw legend Chaka Khan, George Ezra, Two Door Cinema Club and London Grammar grace the stage at the sold-out show. Sunday will see Grammy-nominated Frank Ocean make his first UK festival appearance since 2014.