Believe it or not, summer has started. That means barbecues, shorts and tees, beer gardens, and, of course, festival season. WILD LIFE Festival was our first this year, and being the types who value experiences, we immersed ourselves within the buzzing crowds to share the action from the festival-goers perspective.
For those unfamiliar, WILD LIFE takes place in Brighton and is in its second year. Co-headlined by Disclosure and Rudimental, it’s the slightly younger sibling of Manchester’s Parklife Festival, and they share a similar lineup each year. Ice Cube, Busta Rhymes, Skepta, Annie Mac, David Rodigan, Stormzy, Kaytranada, and Kano, to name but a few, put on memorable performances this time around. For us, it was particularly exciting to see so many UK rap artists gather such big crowds. Between sets, we found ourselves repeatedly attracted to the ever-popular Cocktail Cocktail, an outdoor club serving a range of, you guessed it, cocktails.
Each year, with so many taking place, you’re forced to make the impossible decision of which festivals to go to. Tickets aren’t always cheap and if you’re like us, and you have a diverse music taste, the lineup isn’t always the only thing to consider. Do you want to camp? How’s the atmosphere? What attractions other than the music are there? For us, the main draw of WILD LIFE Festival is the general good vibes; everyone’s there to have fun, enjoy the music and celebrate summer. Additionally, it’s well organised, affordable and the lineup has something to keep everyone happy.
WILD LIFE no doubt put on a killer weekend for the second year in a row. Rudimental and Disclosure closed out both days respectively with top notch performances that summed up how good the rest of the days acts had been. Inevitably, the week that followed was one of festival blues as we wished we were back once again watching Stormzy tear up the Main Stage, Busta Rhymes neck a bottle of Champagne or Kano bring out Giggs.
So now our minds turn to what’s next? Summer is just beginning and undoubtedly this isn’t our last festival of the year. Here’s to the next few months of praying for good weather and enjoying summer even when we get rain clouds in return.
Here’s what we think are the go-to festivals this summer, a few of which we’ll be trying to get to and hopefully document for you guys:
MADE (Birmingham) – 30th July – Rudimental, Stormzy
SW4 (London) – 27th, 28th August – Chemical Brothers
Lovebox (London) – 15th, 16th July – Major Lazer, Kano
51st State (London) – 6th August – Soul II Soul, Artful Dodger
Wilderness (Oxford) – 4th-7th August – Glass Animals (and lots of non-music stuff)