For the third year running, Wild Life Festival returns to Brighton City Airport this month. Promising a myriad of spectacular music acts, the renowned festival yet again proves why Brighton’s clubbing and live scene is one of UK’s greatest.
A new addition to the line-up is the winner of Wild Life’s 2017 DJ competition – HenryJ. This University of Sussex student, who comes from Shoreham, will perform on the respected Kopparberg Urban Forest Stage amongst exciting acts such as Gerd Janson, Artwork B2B Denis Sulta, Horse Meat Disco, Low Steppa, DJ Zinc, and Kideko. Contestants entered the competition by posting their mix to social media, these were then shortlisted by a panel of local music experts and the final winner was chosen by Kopparberg UK and Disclosure.
Headliners this year will feature Brighton’s very own Fatboy Slim, Grammy Award-winning Jess Glynne, Dizzee Rascal, and multi- MOBO award winning grime pioneer Stormzy. Other amazing headliners include Andy C, Chaka Khan, Zara Larsson, George Ezra, Damian Marley, Eric Prydz, Clean Bandit and Rag’n’Bone Man. Alongside the more heavyweight artists, the festival also offers a vast array of emerging talent, including Mura Masa, J Hus, Bassboy, and Scruffizer. For the first time ever, Elrow will be bringing their famous flamboyant party, Sambodromo De Brasil, to this year’s Wild Life Festival. Rest assured world-class DJs, stilt-walking samba dancers and never-ending confetti will create a kaleidoscopic carnival vibe on site.
On top of this, the young musicians’ collective Shoreham Allstars is set to return for their third year at Wild Life with their custom built Allstars 918 Stage. With over 100 young musicians aged between 9-18, this unique collective of musicians are performing sets featuring songs by artists playing at the festival, as well as dance, funk and hip-hop classics from the last five decades. Festival founders Disclosure and Rudimental will also be making a return to the decks at the festival, with Disclosure performing a back to back set alongside Armand Van Helden, while Rudimental are set to play a DJ set.
Launched back in 2015, Wild Life Festival was an instant success, winning the award for ‘Best New Festival’ at the 2015 UK Festival Awards. The festival has leaped bounds to become one of Sussex’s biggest and most exciting festivals, and based on this year’s astounding line-up, it’s safe to say Wild Life 2017 is set to be its best year yet. Wild Life tickets are still available, with day tickets starting from £65 and weekend tickets starting from £115.50.
Wild Life Festival comes to Brighton City Airport on Fri 9 – Sat 10 June 2017