Wild Life Festival 2015 at Brighton City Airport in Shoreham

Disclosure and Rudimental at Shoreham (Brighton City) Airport. Photo by: Carsten Windhorst / SJM Con

Disclosure and Rudimental at Shoreham (Brighton City) Airport. Photo by: Carsten Windhorst / SJM Concerts - Credit: Carsten Windhorst / SJM Concerts

This June, Wild Life Festival comes to Brighton City Airport in Shoreham, and there’s lots to get excited about

Tens of thousands of music fans will descend on Shoreham this summer for two days of festival fun curated by chart-topping acts Disclosure and Rudimental. More than 30 acts will pay to 35,000 people over the weekend of 6 and 7 June, with two outdoor stages and two indoor tents hosting a mixture of live acts and DJs. There will also be a funfair for adrenaline junkies. Wild Life will take place on 6 and 7 June at Brighton City (Shoreham) Airport. Event manager Steve Walton says that while it is hard to predict the financial benefits in its first year, he expects the festival’s 35,000 punters to bring in around £2m to the local area, including money spent on hotels, taxis and transport. Half of the food suppliers at the festival will be local, and festival staff will be recruited from the local area.

Festivals are increasingly popular, with large-scale events like Glastonbury sharing the market with much smaller boutique-style music events. But Steve Walton believes that Wild Life brings something very unique to a crowded scene. “As the festival is being curated by the headline acts it’s unique to our festival that Rudimental and Disclosure have had the opportunity to input into the line-up, something normally controlled by the festival promoters. We are currently working on the stage designs which look incredible.”

Adur District Council granted a premises license authorising the sale of alcohol, late night refreshment and entertainment after hearing representations from events company SJM Ltd and the public. Speaking after the decision, Committee Chairman Councillor David Simmons (Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing at Adur District Council) said:

“This is the most significant licensing application to come before the Council in the nine years that I’ve been a member.

“In coming to our decision, the members sitting on the committee took time to hear the full range of representations from the community, considering these in conjunction with our powers and remit under the Licensing Act and the conditions and mitigations put forward by the applicant. There are 92 conditions accompanying our decision, conditions which are expressly designed to answer concerns raised by the community and protect local residents from as much disruption as possible.”

“I am confident that these conditions, together with the goodwill shown by SJM Ltd, will help all parties to deliver a safe, enjoyable event that adds something different to the local events scene.”

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