With April finally drawing to a close it means that festival season will soon be upon us. Unsurprisingly, the highlights of many people’s summers is going to a festival; nothing quite compares to seeing a plethora of acts in a random field with your best mates in the world, and with so many festivals on offer there’s sure to be something for everyone.
One of the newest additions to the list of UK festivals is Wildlife. Having only started in 2015, Wildlife is quickly growing to be an essential part of many festival-goers summer. It came about when Disclosure and Rudimental decided to team up to create their own festival with a line-up curated by themselves. Held on the grounds of Brighton City Airport, it was an instant success, winning the UK Festival Award for Best New Festival in 2015.
This year promises to be bigger than ever before with more acts on offer than their former events. The festival will be held on June 9th and 10th which are a Friday and Saturday. In previous years it was held on a Saturday and Sunday, but moving days this year allows for a late 1am finish.The festival is well regarded for having a diverse line-up of both emerging and established artists from many genres of music, and with six stages there’s sure to be something for everyone.
This years line-up is their biggest yet and features many award winning artists including MOBO Award, Brit Award and Grammy Award winners. Some of the biggest names consist of Jess Glynne, Stormzy, Wiley, Dizzee Rascal and Hove local Fatboy Slim. It will be the DJ’s first set in his home county since 2015 and he revealed that the festival organisers had held asking him to play until now.
Norman Cook, the man behind the Fatboy Slim persona, has said “When they did the first festival, they rung me up and said ‘we know this is your turf but if you perform it will be all about you’. They’ve been respectful about it.”
“Last year I wasn’t working and I could actually hear it from my house. I’ve been gagging to do it but at the same time keeping my powder dry. It appeals to me because it’s right on my doorstep and I’m chuffed to be invited.”
Cook will take to the WHP Presents stage at the festival on Friday. Also performing on the stage that day will be legendary Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong. If you’re a fan of DJ sets then this will surely be the stage for you, whereas if grimes more your thing then Stormzy, Giggs and JME are all also performing over the weekend.
With a range of various other DJ’s big in the house and dance music scene, there’ll definitely be an act for you.
Tickets are still available and on-sale for Wildlife; day tickets starting from £65 with a shuttle bus available for an extra pound, and weekend tickets starting from £115.50 again with a shuttle bus. For all ticket information visit the website.
Originally written by: Alex Ferguson