Summer Festival Guide: Wildlife Festival
Brighton City Airport, Saturday 6th – Sunday 7th June
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This year saw an ordinarily sleepy little airport on the south coast of England play host to a little experiment. The house duo partnered up with Rudimental to curate the first ever Wildlife Festival, transforming an array of fields and runways in to a spectacular weekend of music and more. Hosted on the same weekend as Manchester’s Parklife Festival, which features a similar yet much larger line-up, this festival faced tough competition but turned out to be a sell out success.
The main stage played host to some big names throughout the weekend. Performing under the sunshine were the likes of Karen Harding and Annie Mac before Disclosure closed the show on Sunday night by debuting their new track Holding On to the world.
Despite being spotted around the site on the weekend, Sam Smith’s recent operation caused him to give up his spot on the weekend. Much to my delight, his surprise replacement was none other than the grime trio JME, Skepta and Wiley. With the whole crowd quite literally skanking to hits like That’s Not Me and A.W.O.H., their set was certainly the highlight of the weekend.
The smaller Warehouse Project stage featured non-stop house from open ‘til close whilst one of the mammoth big-top tents handed over the decks to the infamous Andy C, known the world over for his remix of Major Lazer’s legendary track Get Free. Finally, in the aftermath of the release of his long awaited debut album In Colour, Jamie xx interlaced some of his beautiful new material like Gosh and Loud Places in to yet another tremendous DJ set.
The Good Bits
1. Location: Beautiful backdrop of the Sussex hills on one side and of little charter planes in their hangars on the other. The well-connected and vibrant city of Brighton is just down the road with a buzzing nightlife and, of course, the beach!
2. Size: Just the right size to be able to take things in over the weekend.
3. Weather: Uninterrupted sunshine all weekend!
The Not-So-Good Bits
1. The queues: Myself and thousands of others were forced to queue for more than two hours to get in and out of the festival on the first day due to a shortage of buses to ferry people between the festival site and Brighton city centre. We got around this on the second day by catching the train to the site, but this is something that the organisers will have to work on for next year!
2. No tents: Wildlife is not a camping festival, meaning that you don’t have a fun campsite to go back to once the music’s over, which I really missed. Great if you like to have a comfy bed and a shower to go back to though!
All in all…
For £99, this one was a bargain. Great location and music variety make it a great festival for a first timer and anyone who doesn’t fancy roughing it in a tent.
To hear Jack's favourite songs from Wildlife Festival, click here to listen on Spotify...