From the roots up for Parklife festival

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THERE may be less gigs in the new city this week, but there are more musicians playing live than normal, says Sammy Jones.

It’s all thanks to the return of Newport Pagnell’s Parklife Festival which will be rolled out at three venues in the town this Saturday, offering a platform to more than 30 artists before the day end.

Parklife will operate from the familiar base of Ousebank Gardens, The Cannon pub and Swan Revived Hotel.

Among those collectives helping turn Saturday drear to cheer, get set for Dan O’Shea, Daniela Bove, Howling Hootin’ Owls, Seven Caves, Social Resin, Billy Lockett and Martyna.

Birmingham-based Bluegrass purveyors The Toy Hearts have signed on the gigging line, with Brooklyn-based Joe Driscoll also making a return to these parts.

It’s a whole lot of action that won’t cost you a penny.

Naturally the event will be bolstered by the bar, and tea tents, food stalls and a kiddies area will all help things go the right way from midday.

>Local festivals are like buses; You wait for one, and then two come along – next week the Summer Fayre will kick off in Campbell Park.

Get the full preview here, next week.