What do you get when Disclosure and Rudimental come together to create a Festival? WILD LIFE is what. Taking place just outside of Brighton on the 6th and 7th June, this special Festival combines the best in House, Pop, Drum ‘n’ Bass, Hip-Hop and Electro for a weekend that’ll be unlike any other. Heading down? Check out our list of acts you just have to see while you’re there!
Well, it is their Festival after all. Having teamed up with Rudimental for the event, Disclosure are a must-see at WILD LIFE this year. Having toured their debut album Settle for about two years now, none of it sounds old yet. White Noise is still awesome, as is Latch, and they’re still a guarantee to attract massive crowds at their gigs. Known for their live show – a mass of sounds and lights – they’re sure to be an absolute spectacle if you’re lucky enough to be seeing them at any festival this summer.
Years & Years
Surely you’ve heard of Years & Years by now? They won the BBC Sound of 2015 award and smash hit King has been a staple of dance floors everywhere since it first hit the airwaves in January. As if from nowhere, the electronic trio from London are quickly becoming everyone’s favourites and have already put on plenty of cracking live shows this year. They’re playing all the major festivals this year and have sold out a UK tour so try and grab the chance to see them before they really hit the big time. You’ll earn yourself some cool points and see one of Britain’s most exciting new bands.
“I’m ready for your love, ready for your love, ready for your loveeee. Dun dun dun dunnn.” Okay, so most of us might only know Gorgon City for one song, but they’ve collaborated with Klaxons and Basement Jaxx, both of whom are longstanding, successful names in British music. Jennifer Hudson has even put her vocals to a tune. There isn’t anything better to do at a festival then let loose and have a dance with your friends and, for those of you into your garage music, these guys are at the top of their game.
If you need somewhere to sit and chill with a cold beer on the Saturday afternoon, look no further than Bipolar Sunshine‘s set on the Black Butter & Friends Stage. His brand of pop is a far cry from most artists, drawing on influences ranging from indie to R&B and electro, and his lyrics are refreshingly honest. Oh, and Where Did the Love Go is an absolute tune, guaranteed to have a festival crowd singing along. Don’t miss him, it’ll be the perfect soundtrack to a sunny summer afternoon.
Although it seems like George Ezra has been around a lifetime, he’s still only on his first album. Wanted On Voyage was released mid-2014, and has produced single after single since – including Budapest, the song that put him firmly on the map. Having toured solidly since the album’s release, he’s become something of a live favourite, drawing massive crowds – or massive when you consider he only has one whole album to his name. WILD LIFE is one of many festivals he’s signed up to play this summer and, for a relative newbie, he’s definitely one to watch.
Your second headliners for the two day Festival, Rudimental will undoubtedly create absolute mayhem with their set at WILD LIFE. After the huge success of their debut album Home, which also helped kick off the careers of Ella Eyre, John Newman and Becky Hill, this London group have been hard at work touring and playing shows all over the world, whilst also putting the work into their second full-length We The Generation, scheduled for release this September. Make sure you see them at WILD LIFE for instant party hits and perhaps a sneak preview of what the new album has to offer.
Though info on this house/electro-producing duo isn’t the most easily accessible thing in the world, their rise to success is something that’s easy to notice. They first made some waves with their sultry remix of BANKS‘ Warm Water last year and since then have been dropping crazy good remixes and bass-heavy tracks on the regular. Having smashed their set at Reading and Leeds last year, they’re returning to stages everywhere this summer to bring us a soundtrack like no other, and there’s no place to start than at WILD LIFE.
To some, this one-man machine may have appeared out of nowhere, but Tourist, otherwise known as William Phillips, has been working behind the scenes for years now, but is certainly taking 2015 in his stride and making it his own. He’s one of the geniuses behind Sam Smith’s smash hit Stay With Me (he won a Grammy for it FYI) and solo he manages to create deep and soulful tracks with just a hint of pop to them. Having already played at Coachella this year, has a whole bunch of Festival dates this summer and WILD LIFE is the ideal place to catch him work his magic.
Do we really need to explain to you why you should watch Wu-Tang Clan at WILD LIFE? The New York Kings of Hip-Hop don’t often make appearances over here in the UK, which is a big enough selling point in itself, but with a career spanning well over a decade, there’s no doubt that their performance is going to be off. the. chain.
We were first attracted to LXURY’s dreamy electro beats early last year when his track Never Love appeared on the Kitsune New Faces compilation. Since then he’s been making his name within the scene following the release of his debut EP Playground and recent release Into The Everywhere. His hazy, deep-bass anthems have won many people over and after his set at WILD LIFE he’ll definitely win over plenty more.
Written By: Tamsyn Wilce, Emily Laws, Josh Prentice and Kathryn Black