From 9th – 10th June Wildlife festival returned to Brighton. It boasted an impressive line up with a diverse range of genres, spread across 5 stages (or 6 if you had a VIP ticket).
Festivalgoers were met with beautiful weather that put everybody in a good mood; it was a weekend of positivity, great music and fun!
Smashed Vinyl’s Elly Bailey was lucky enough to attend Wildlife on the Saturday; here’s what she thought of the day.
George Ezra – he debuted two new songs that both were catchy and uplifting with positive messages, that I can’t wait to hear again! It was the first time he played new music since his album release back in 2014 and with his new singles coming out soon and a number of other festivals booked for over the summer George is definitely making his way back!
Getting to see Wiley – I have heard numerous stories about Wiley that he is notorious for cancelling performances last minute, so even though he was on the line up, I wasn’t 100% sure he was going to be there, but he was and he was sick.
Rudimental – Previously to Wildlife festival I had actually seen Rudimental twice before, and hadn’t been that impressed, but this time I really enjoyed them! They entertained the crowd with their DJ set and easily smoothed over a couple technical glitches that they faced, really cool
Jess Glynne – I didn’t realise how many Jess Glynne songs I knew until I saw her set at Wildlife. She is an artist that has had a lot of chart success, both on her own and in collaborations with other musicians, and this along with her incredible voice meant I had a lot of fun watching her perform.
Elrow Presents – Sambrodromo Do Brasil – for those who don’t know Elrow is a Spanish entertainment country that goes around the world putting on club events, and they had their own tent at Wildlife festival. It featured cool decorations and a lot of house music, the perfect place to go if you fancied a dance.
Fatboy Slim – Fatboy Slim was the Saturday headliner for Wildlife festival and he was awesome. The crowd were loving it and his set featured some great visuals and a clever thing he did was have a camera man in his DJ booth filming him, meaning he was able to interact with the crowd and it also meant that you could see he was genuinely enjoying every single moment of performing which is so lovely to see.
Travel/Shuttle Buses – this seems like quite a mundane and boring thing but the festival had a great set up of free shuttle busses that got you from the festival to two locations in Brighton, they were very quick and efficient and there was no waiting in queues, a very easy end to the day
VIP – we were fortunate enough to be given VIP passes for the day, and I’m not 100% sure that I would recommend it. Although there was a slight thrill of being able to go into VIP it wasn’t actually that much better then the rest of the festival. The queues for the bar were long, the toilets were rank and there was only one food place, meaning there was a pretty limited choice, unlike in the rest of the festival where there was a range of food types to choose. Although they did have a wide seating area that was nice to go and chill in when we got tired, I’m not sure VIP would have been worth spending the extra money on.
Attendance – Wildlife is a huge festival and it had an amazing line up, but for some reason the attendance just seemed pretty low. Although it was nice not be to getting crushed in crowds, it did seem odd that it just wasn’t incredibly busy
Food – It is true that there was a range of food types to choose from, but there actually wasn’t a massive amount of actual food stands there, meaning the queues were ridiculously long which was a shame if you were hoping to quickly grab some chips before you catch Dizzee Rascal playing 'Bonkers'.
Overall Wildlife is a very cool and fun festival, and considering the amount of people we got to see, and the huge names on the line up, it is great value for money and I would definitely recommend going! It’s the perfect way to start your summer on a high.