Manchester's Parklife Festival to Go On as Planned, With Locals The 1975 Headlining

Matthew Healy of the 1975
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Matthew Healy of the 1975 performs live on day 3 of Reading Festival at Richfield Avenue on Aug. 28, 2016 in Reading, England.  

Parklife, a music festival due to take place in Manchester's Heaton Park on June 10-11, has announced it will carry on as planned despite the deadly explosion Monday night at nearby Manchester Arena. The festival released a statement, saying "We are certain we will not be defeated by such cowardice" in response to the attack, which killed 22 people and injured 59, many of them teenagers, while they were leaving an Ariana Grande concert.

The festival's lineup includes Manchester natives The 1975, as well as Frank Ocean, Run the Jewels, Boy Better Know, Fatboy Slim, Two Door Cinema Club, Jess Glynne and Stormzy, among others. A Tribe Called Quest was initially slated to perform but canceled late last week due to an injury to Q-tip.

Parklife said on Twitter that its social media accounts would go silent for the next 48 hours "in sympathy with all those that lost their lives or were injured, physically and/or mentally, by the devastating attack... Our thoughts are with those affected as well as the emergency services working tirelessly to keep us safe in all that we do."

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British authorities say an 8-year-old girl was among the 22 who died in the bombing, and medical officials say 12 children under the age of 16 were among those injured. Prime Minister Theresa May called the attack an act of "appalling, sickening cowardice" and President Donald Trump condemned the "evil losers" responsible. Pope Francis on Tuesday sent a telegram expressing his "heartfelt solidarity with all those affected."

The attack has been claimed by ISIS.


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