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Photos from Wild Life Festival 2017

[Photos] Wild Life Festival 2017 - A Celebration of British Music

After unfortunately arriving a few hours late to the Wild Life Festival and missing Giggs' and Steff London's set due to the queues for the shuttle buses, I headed to the Tropical tent to see an array of Grime acts back to back where I spent the majority of my day.

First up was Grime veteran Scrufizzer who was accompanied by Nu Brand Flexx's Saskilla who recently headlined the 'Grime4Corbyn' show in East London earlier in the week. Scrufizzer's set mainly consisted of his anthems but his DJ also mixed in a bit of DnB to really get the crowd going.

To follow, came the legendary President T. A part of the Meridian Crew before Boy Better Know, Prez performed songs from his album 'Back inna my face' which dropped earlier this year. With one of the most unique flows and longest careers in Grime so far, it's understandable that Prez states he is the greatest to ever touch down.

Next up was J Hus who was heavily anticipated by the audience. With his tracks like 'Did you see' and 'Common sense' off his latest album which has dominated the UK radio stations BBC 1Xtra and Kiss, he clearly brought the energy of his Afrobeats music to the festival.

I then took a break from the Tropical tent and headed to the main stage to photograph Chaka Khan. With a career spanning five decades and a list of awards and record sales to prove it, Khan still proves she has the talent to play the large festivals with an outstanding soulful voice and full band.

Back to the Tropical tent was West London's AJ Tracey accompanied by MTP members and Grime emcees Big Zuu and Ets. With a mixture of Grime and Drill music, AJ clearly showed during his performance why he has been getting so much attention from overseas with his music.

To follow was the Grime scene godfather, Wiley. Angry at some of the sound engineers, he still powered through his set with old school classics from his Roll Deep days and performing his mainstream club banger 'Wearing my Rolex'.

Finishing of Friday evening was BBK's Jme. With Preditah on decks, Jme powered through his classics and bringing out P Money later on during his set to play their tune 'Gun Fingers'. He also debuted Brighton with a world exclusive of his new track 'Cant see me' hopefully dropping in the near future.

Onwards to Saturday afternoon now and first up a was Rag'n'Bone Man on the main stage where today would be where I photographed most. Being a local, he connected really well with the audience joking about his depressing music but still putting on a fantastic soulful show.

Later on was the son of the most legendary Reggae artist of all time, Damian Marley. Performing different styles of music throughout his career with collaborations with artists from Skrillex to Nas, Marley brought a lot of energy to the crowd and finishing with some of his father's anthems.

Next up was theĀ face of the new generation of Grime, Stormzy. With his UK number 1 album 'Gang signs & prayers' Stormzy strided from side to side of the stage with bangers such as 'Big for your boots' and 'Mr Skeng' also mixing in his other melodic side to the album which the crowd screamed along.

To headline, Saturday evening was Dizzee Rascal going back in time along the Grime spectrum. To my surprise, Dizzee started his performance with boyhood classics of his debut album 'Boy in the corner' with songs such as 'Jezebel which I no longer thought he performed. In the later end of his set, he moved onto mainstream anthems such as 'Bonkers' and 'Holiday' to really get the crowd hyped.

To finish off the festival and conclude the evening I went to the WHP stage to enjoy Disclosure's DJ set back to back with Arman Van Helden.

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