Parklife will once again host artists from a variety of genres across three different stages, including the Electronic Music Stage. International DJ’s De Hofnar and Melvv join the Electronic Music line-up on The Arch stage and singer-songwriters Matt Simons and Gavin James will bring their incredible live performances to the two main stages – Park Stage and Nux Stage.
New York-based singer-songwriter Matt Simons achieved his greatest commercial success with Catch & Release, the title track from his self-titled album, Catch & Release. The single achieved far bigger success after it was remixed by Dutch house duo producers Deepend, charting as Catch & Release (Deepend Remix) in a number of European charts including Austria, France, Germany and peaking at No. 1 on Ultratop, the official Belgian Singles Chart.
De Hofnar won over local fans when he collaborated with GoodLuck on the hit single, Back In The Day, reaching #1 on radio charts across SA. His 2013 debut single, Oxas, in collaboration with Gamper & Dadoni, was released by MGM Records and his first record hit over 12m plays on Spotify. Shortly thereafter his first official EP, ‘Zonnestraal’ was released and hit over 6m plays on Spotify and Soundcloud. With these tracks and the well-known remixes of Same Love (Macklemore), All of Me (John Legend) and Klanga (Gostan), which got 15m plays on Youtube and Soundcloud and got supported by Tiesto, Oliver Heldens and Sam Feldt, De Hofnar quickly made a name in the melodic deep house scene.
With over a quarter of a billion streams to his name, sold out shows from the US to Australia and over 15,000 people seeing him perform in his hometown of Dublin, Irish singer-songwriter Gavin James is fast becoming the breakthrough international artist for 2017. Gavin’s debut album ‘Bitter Pill’ has hit over 100,000 sales worldwide so far since it’s 2016 release. Gavin has picked up the Choice Music’s ‘Song Of The Year’ award for Bitter Pill and the Music Business Worldwide A&R breakthrough award in the UK. His breakthrough hit Nervous hit Top 10 in 6 European markets, multi-platinum in 5 and saw him perform the track across the world on the Late Show With James Corden, The Voice, Norway’s Got Talent and more… Currently working on material for his second album, this summer will see Gavin release his next single; along with a tour in the fall, leading into his sophomore album in 2018
Hailing from Milwaukee, 20-year-old producer/DJ Melvv (AKA Jeffrey Melvin) has established himself as a rising star in music. Melvv kicked off last year’s festival season with a performance at the legendary Coachella Music Festival, with a set at the Do Lab Stage. He later went on to tour with Big Gigantic, Louis The Child, and Jai Wolf. Between his hectic touring schedule, Melvv’s most recent singles, Goodbye and Not Me have topped the Hype Machine charts and have millions of streams across the world. Melvv’s unique musical background that includes early exposure to jazz, electronic, classical, and rock has come to influence him immensely. As a result, Melvv’s distinct sound cannot be contained to one genre. He continues to make a statement with each of his releases, and is set to release his debut EP in 2017. Look out for this youngster to push the boundaries and usher in a new era of electronic music.
As important as the music is so is the food. The Food Village will once again exceed its great reputation for bringing guests innovative, delicious offerings across a range of culinary styles from some of the most exciting foodies in the country. Come hungry – the food selection is worth exploring and enjoying!