After 18 months of successive lockdowns, young people in Manchester can finally let their hair down at one of the city's most iconic festivals to end the summer with a bang.

This weekend features an extensive lineup, including Burna Boy, Celeste, Gracey, Megan Thee Stallion, Stormzy and Skepta.

Other acts included Disclsure, Dave, Earl Sweatshirt and more, from a range of genres including hip hop, R&B, pop and soul.

After its tenth anniversary event was cancelled last year, Parklife has returned for one its biggest parties yet.

When the gates opened at 11am yesterday, huge queues of 80,000 music lovers from Manchester and beyond flooded into Heaton Park in Prestwich to watch their favourite performers live on eight main stages.

Another added: "Dave and Stormzy mannnnn #Parklife".

One user took to Instagram to say: "Despite freezing my nips off #parklife day 1 did not disappoint."

Following yesterday's performance by Dave, a Twitter user put out: "I think Dave at Parklife was incredible as always but a lot of people were expecting his chart topping songs to end the night and he did a lot of his new, slower album.

"Got me so excited for his tour though #Parklife."

Last night, as many festivalgoers headed home, trams and motorways were heavily congested, with some reportedly taking nearly two hours to get home and it is expected tonight will see similar delays.

Footballer Paul Pogba even showed up onstage, surprising crowds as he danced alongside Burna Boy to help celebrate Manchester United's win over Newcastle yesterday.

Ahead of the second day of the festival which starts at midday today, one fan tweeted: "You bet I am actually so hyped to finally see@GRACEYmusic_live today #Parklife."

People were wary enough of the Manchester climate to turn up in thick wellies and brought waterproofs in case of rain.

As usual, there was a wide selection of stalls and food vendors open, but were unable to accept cash.

While skies have been grey, there have been no signs of downpour just yet.

Face masks and social distancing were not compulsory, but attendees were required to give proof of either a lateral flow test, full vaccination or natural immunity before being allowed entry.

Greater Manchester Police were on hand to ensure things went smoothly.