Wildlife is one of the best things that’s happened to West Sussex in the past few years in terms of major events for people of my age. I’ve been twice now and it’s really nice to have a festival so close to home. Usually you travel hours across the UK to go to summer festivals, carrying loads of bags and tents, but with Wildlife you can hop on a train to Shoreham-by-Sea and be on the festival site in no time. And because there’s no overnight camping you can even sleep in the comfort of your own bed or at one of the local hotels, campsites or Airbnbs nearby, which feels like a real treat when you’re at a festival.
The site is relatively small and really easy to navigate. We love wandering around, discovering new music at the various stages, seeing what hidden things are on offer and having a drink – especially when the suns out! The Elrow Stage is a personal favourite. It’s so lively and has some great DJs we’ve never heard of but love. There is lots of dancing and a really fun samba, carnival vibe. The Tropical Stage is also fantastic for better-known acts like JME, J Hus and Crazy Couzins. Brilliant if you like discovering new music. Then, of course, there’s amazing headliners like Fat Boy Slim, who never fails to deliver. If I had to describe the festival in five words I’d say it’s exciting, fresh, diverse, energetic and affordable.
Always buy tickets as soon as you can; you can purchase weekend tickets or day tickets, all of which are in high demand; people are always looking for spares in the week running up to the festival so get in there early to make sure you don’t miss out.
This year Wildlife ran on Friday and Saturday, which was good because it gave us Sunday to recover before going back to work. We took ourselves to The Bridge Inn in Shoreham for a lovely lunch. It had been recommended highly by friends locally so we thought we’d give it a go – we’ll definitely be returning!
Wildlife seems to get better and better every year. It gets you into West Sussex for the day for some fun in the sun (if you’re lucky) to listen to music you know and music you don’t know, have a little dance and hang out with friends. It’s great! Hopefully in future there will be more events like this across West Sussex, especially ones aimed at younger people.