Having won Best New Festival at the 2015 UK Festival Awards and having arguably the biggest lineup to hit the south coast this summer, Wildlife Festival was the perfect way to kick off summer. With the likes of Fatboy Slim and Jamie Jones on the bill, we at The Idle Man just had to go and see what all the fuss was about.
When you're heading to any festival there are a few key elements you're hoping it delivers on; namely music, vibe, organisation and value for money. It goes without saying that you're always hoping for the best weather possible but it would be unfair to judge a festival on whether the sunshine decides to rear its head - particularly on the British Isles.
When we were invited down to Wildlife for its third party in Brighton City Airport, it didn't take much persuading to say yes (in fact there was quite the brawl over who would get the tickets on offer). So, we bought ourselves a return coach ticket (picking you up from the London Eye and dropping you off right outside the gates) and headed to the British coast for a day of bass and booze in Brighton.
Considering the line-up is curated by the formidable brotherly duo of Disclosure, it's no surprise the artists performing are a decent mixture of experimental, bass-heavy and crowd-pleasing artists. With headliners including Fatboy Slim, Stormzy, Disclosure B2B Armand Van Helden and Dizzee Rascal, there was more than enough to singalong, mosh and groove to.
Alongside the big hitters, there was more than enough up and coming talent to discover throughout the stages as well as some more rave-catered artists to raise the energy. All-in-all the music delivered above and beyond.
Pretty flawless. The queue to get in was well coordinated, the bar was never too busy and every stage had enough room to move with freedom but still feel the atmosphere. If you decided to go for a VIP ticket, you had a private bar, mini stage and toilets - spot on for anyone who's over the whole squatting over a far-too-irregularly-cleaned cesspit thing.
Overall there was no problem here. Of course you're bound to get the odd idiot but the crowd was well behaved on the whole and definitely there for the music. Plus, the 1am finish means you'd do well to be a complete state by the end. The sun was beating down on the site all weekend, which always helps to lift the mood, and watching the sunset over the surrounding valleys was a pretty special moment - right in time for Stormzy to drop Big For Your Boots and get the night started properly.
Value For Money
You can’t really complain. With first tier tickets for Wildlife going for £59 and weekend tickets starting at £105, you’d do well to beat that price with a similar line-up anywhere in the UK. When you’re getting some of the biggest artists on the planet, as well as the chance to preview some of our rising stars, all in the amazing surroundings of the British coastal countryside, there’s not much you could do to get more bang for your buck.