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#LoveMyHood: WILD LIFE Festival

Earlier this month we headed to WILD LIFE Festival for its return to Brighton City Airport, Sussex for the second year. Revellers enjoyed good weather and great music over the two days.

Boasting a line up which promised to impress, the bill featured Brit award winning singer songwriter, James Bay, famed BBC Radio 1 selector, Annie Mac, leading light in the Australian electronic music scene, Flume, plunderphonics champions, The Avalanches and many more – curated by none other than our friends Disclosure and Rudimental! The festival also gave way to a credible selection of Grime and Hip-Hop talent from Stormzy, Skepta and Kano to Ice Cube, Pusha T and Busta Rhymes.

Saturday was lit up by David Rodigan playing out his staple selection of dancehall classics to the main stage masses. Elsewhere, The Avalanches performed an alternative and highly anticipated show before the hip-hop legend himself, Busta Rhymes’s crowd-jumping performance of time-honoured tunes. Skepta shutdown with special guest, Jamma as he delivered a Grime-only set. Annie Mac chose massive visuals while she unmercifully hit the decks, warming crowds up for the top of the day’s billing, Disclosure with a live show in futuristically lit production. The dynamic duo performed their top hits, kicking off with ‘Jaded’ – impressively backed with their own vocals.

The WILD LIFE Big Top stage played host to the experimental sounds of Flume bestowing an unforgettable night to his audience. The Australian producer romanced the crowd with sultry down tempo beats which was said to be one of the main highlights of the night. Over at The Terminal Stage hosted by The Warehouse Project, the award nominated arena built to look like the airport’s terminal building brought a house-driven line up featuring Skream back to back with Artwork, Jackmaster and Eats Everything before ending the night with the almighty DJ EZ.

Second day festivities included main stage music from the merky man himself, Stormzy leading up to acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, Jack Garratt, ‘Hold Back the River’ singer James Bay and celebrated indie four-piece Bastille. The Supercharged arena saw fresh UK talent in Lady Leshurr’s high energy, DJ Barely Legal’s infectious offerings in bass, garage and hip hop, XL Recordings’ rising grime lyricist, Novelist and People Just Do Nothing’s infamous Kurupt FM crew and their riotous MC lead blowout.

Music played out throughout the day curtesy of artists from further afield too; the ever eccentric Norwegian Todd Terje, Montreal native Kaytranada and his eclectic, dreamy electronics and Bronx DJ duo, The Martinez Brothers. Sunday proceedings rounded up, once again, by curators of the festival – this time, our brand ambassador Rudimental brought the noise and asked weekend revellers to ‘Feel the Love’ and celebrate the end to an incredible weekend.

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