Anne-Marie brings out Aitch for surprise Parklife 2024 performance during big party-pleasing set

Anne-Marie surprised fans at Parklife by bringing out local rap star Aitch for a surprise performance during her 'bop-filled' set.

The singer, known for hits including 2002, Special and Friends, performed at The Valley stage of the Heaton Park festival ahead of headliner Doja Cat on Sunday night (June 9).

Ahead of her own performance, the former The Voice UK mentor also made a surprise appearance on a Parklife shuttle bus earlier today where she treated fans travelling to the festival site with a special rendition of her songs including Birthday and Rockabye.

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Dressed incognito in a bright yellow bucket hat and jacket to match, she revealed her identity to the bus-load of festival-goers. One fan, Ella, said: “I can't believe it! That was possibly one of the best experiences of my life.”

Taking to the stage on Sunday night, Anne-Marie performed a 'bop-filled' performance to one of the biggest crowds of the day so far. Strutting onto stage in a canary yellow suit and tie she meant business, that’s for sure. Opening up with a dramatic rendition of Alarm before asking if it’s anyone’s birthday - apparently it’s everyone’s - there’s back-to-back hits, confetti, smoke machines and plenty of singalongs.

Anne-Marie performed a set full of her biggest hits
Anne-Marie performed a set full of her biggest hits -Credit:Gary Oakley/Manchester Evening News

Crowd-pleased include Unhealthy, a country-filled banger where she gets the crowd to wave around their bucket hats or whatever they have to hand, and Friends, which was produced by Marshmallo, which she tells the audience that it's about that 'awkward situation, you know, when you just want to be friends with someone'.

She even stops the set during Rockabye, so she and the dancers can have a well-deserved break - what an angel. Going from hit to hit, the crowd are also treated to a quick dance break, featuring classic numbers like Rhythm of the Night and Insomnia, before Anne-Marie makes a return to the stage to sing latest David Guetta cover Baby Don't Hurt Me.

Aitch joined Anne-Marie on stage for the end song of her set
Aitch joined Anne-Marie on stage for the end song of her set -Credit:Gary Oakley/Manchester Evening News

With the crowd therefore well and truly warmed up, she decides that the last song is the perfect time to end on a high and bring out an old friend.

Beginning the start of 2022's PSYCHO with a rendition on a piano, the attitude-tinged track gets the audience shouting along every word before Moston rapper Aitch joins the singer for his verse on the song.

Anne-Marie performed a set full of her biggest hits
Anne-Marie performed a set full of her biggest hits -Credit:Gary Oakley/Manchester Evening News

Aitch, who headlined Parklife last year, appeared on stage in a grey tracksuit and beanie hat to a massive reaction from the crowd.

When it comes to a party-pleasing set, Anne-Marie delivered it in the droves and is set to go down as one of this year's most fun performances.

Other artists to have performed throughout the second day of the festival have included Barry Can't Swim, Shy FX, Rudimental, Ella Henderson, Children of Zeus and Dom Dolla. Alongside Doja Cat, tonight's headliners also include TSHA and Kaytranada.