From Piccadilly to Parklife: How Manchester’s Best-known Buskers Became Festival Headliners

Festival-goers were equal parts delighted and surprised when local legends The Piccadilly Rats took to the stage on day two of the festival in Manchester’s Heaton Park earlier this month.

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The group, who can usually be found performing rowdy cover versions in the city centre sporting rat face masks and police hats, opened the main stage with a rendition of Buddy Holly’s Heartbeat, in their signature style.

The performance won them legions of new fans, however, it was their old ones who made the appearance possible when they backed a Twitter campaign unintentionally-launched by frontman Gaz Stanley.

The 60-year-old lead singer and guitarist had tweeted organiser Sacha Lord back in February asking for a spot at the festival.

Originally published at Secret Manchester.