Wild Life Festival 2017 Review

On Friday 9th and Saturday 10th June Wild Life festival returned to Brighton City Airport for its third year with amazing acts including Jess Glynne, Clean Bandit, Dizzee Rascal, Rudimental, Stormzy and more.

With the sun shining festival shuttle buses and coaches taking you directly to the festival from Brighton, Worthing and other popular places, there was no reason anyone couldn’t get to Wild Life. The gates opened at 2pm both days and over 45,000 people arrived over the weekend.

Sunset At Wild Life 2017, Photographer: Beth Armstrong

On Friday, the Wild Life Stage saw performances from Zara Larsson, George Ezra, Stefflon Don, and Clean Bandit with their number 1, ‘Rockabye’. Headliner, Jess Glynne, closed the main stage on Friday evening with favourites, ‘Hold My Hand’ and ‘Real Love’.

WHP Presents stage hosted artists including Gorgon City, Hannah Wants, Pete Tong and ended with Brighton-born Fatboy Slim closing the Friday evening of Wild Life just after Rudimental performed ‘Waiting All Night’, ‘Feel The Love’ and many amazing songs from their album ‘We The Generation’.

On Saturday, Rag ‘N’ Bone Man took to the Wild Life Stage with his hit ‘Human’ followed by Damian Marley performing ‘Welcome To Jamrock’ and ‘Road To Zion’ and also his father, Bob Marley’s hit ‘Could You Be Loved’. Dizzee Rascal ended the night with ‘Bonkers’ and crowds then gathered to the WHP Presents stage to welcome Armand Van Helden and Disclosure where they closed Wild Life 2017.

Dizzee Rascal, Wild Life Stage, Photographer: Scott Salt

This year’s festival seemed to have a theme of grime with Giggs performing ‘Lock Doh’ on the main stage and Jme, AJ Tracey, Wiley and J Hus with his new hit ‘Did You See’ all performing on the Tropical stage, the crowds created many mosh pits as the banging tunes kept dropping.

The grime continued on Saturday with Stormzy on the main stage for his second year at Wild Life, he performed hits from his album ‘Gang Signs and Prayers’ which included, ‘Big For Your Boots’, ‘Cold’, and ‘Cigarettes and Cush’. Stormzy then spent the last 5 minutes of his set greeting the lucky front row festival-goers including myself who hugged the legendary grime artist.

Stormzy, Wild Life Stage, Photographer: Scott Salt

The Kopparberg Forest is the only 18+ area within the festival and had its own bar, stage, and comfy seating; over the weekend over 18’s saw Shadow Child, Fatima Yamaha, Low Steppa and DJ Zinc and many more artists perform. The Elrow stage was full of crazy inflatables and had a great atmosphere as the crowd enjoyed The Martinez Brothers, Jamie Jones, Jackmaster, Yousef, and Marc Maya, and brought a new meaning to the term ‘Wild Life’.

Elrow Stage, Photographer: Scott Salt

The VIP area was moved to a much better location this year as it was in between the main stage and the WHP stage which meant you could come in and out of the VIP area on both sides of the festival. The VIP stage saw a range of DJ’s performing which included, White Label, DJ Carter and DJ Dubl who also had a half hour set on the Wild Life Stage as a crowd warm-up before Stormzy came on.

Throughout the weekend you could hear crowds chant ‘Oh Jeremy Corbyn’ in between sets on the stages which most people loved and joined in. Armed police were present at the festival and instead of feeling alarmed by their presence, festival-goers felt safe and reassured, it also created the perfect opportunity for selfies.

To see short clips of various artists from Wild Life 2017, head over to the link below:

After another amazing year at Wild Life, the festival will be returning next year, keep updated through their official website for Wild Life 2018. See you next year!


Beth Armstrong

Edited by: Alastair Choy

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