Last weekend celebrated a festival doubleheader as Park Life shook Manchester and Disclosure & Rudimental returned to Brighton for the second WILD LIFE Festival at Shoreham.
2015’s inaugural WILD LIFE was a resounding success (it was crowned Best New Festival at the UK Festival awards) with a strong lineup mixing all manner sub-genres of electronic and hip-hop. 2016 only built on this, but grime was provided the biggest punch (sometimes literally) and drew the largest crowds over the weekend. Skepta held a fiercely feverish crowd in his palm as he demonstrated why he has now taken grime international. On the Sunday, Kano shutdown the enormous supercharged tent after Stormzy produced a blistering set early in the afternoon on the Main Stage – something which bemused many in the crowd, including Dan off of Bastille.
Disclosure and Rudimental provided spectacular and polished headline sets, proving why they are both regarded as two of the best live acts in the world. Disclosure just managed to out-do their co-curators, dropping the huge “Boss” off their Summer EP Moog for Love. But the award for performance of the weekend has to be shared between newcomer Flume and the living legend Ice Cube.
WILD LIFE we’ll see you in 2017!
Photos – Sam Neill and Todd Riddiough Robinson
Words by HQ