The first big festival in the Wild Thing calendar is always Love Saves the day, and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger every year.
This wonderful inner city festival is hosted in our home town of Bristol over the May Bank holiday weekend. This year a mixture of gorgeous weather, a cracking line up and a crowd of excited, sparkly humans made for a fantastic festival and the perfect way to kick of festival season here in the UK.
LOVE SAVES THE DAY TIPS
The Queue is not to be messed with. Arrive early and avoid the 2 – 5pm rush. It’s a huge downer being stood waiting to get in, just turn up early. It means you get to spend more time at the festival anyway!
Get your tickets early. Love saves the day is a sell out every year, and don’t be one of those poor soles who end up buying tickets higher than market value off a re-sale site. Early bird prices are the way forward.
Whilst the festival is reasonably small, make sure you mark a place to meet your friends if you get lost at the beginning of the day. Phones run out of battery / reception is awful.
Field Day 2019 takes place in a groundbreaking new festival venue, The Drumsheds, with state-of-the art production and the loudest festival sound system in the capital. Open until 3am, our new home features 10 acres of outdoor space and four gigantic interlinking warehouses. It’s just next to Ikea and a few mins walk from the new Meridian Water train station, which’ll be open in time for the festival and connects direct to Tottenham Hale, Liverpool Street and Stratford.
See the likes of Skepta, Jorja Smith, Diplo, Jungle, Pusha-T, Bonobo (dj set), Octavian, Death Grips, Earl Sweatshirt, The Black Madonna, Deerhunter, HOMESHAKE, Mahalia, Seth Troxler, Tiga, Todd Terje and many more!
Sample sensational food from some of London’s finest traders in our Street Food Arcade, check out 10 independent breweries in the Beavertown & Friends Beer Market, take a Photography Masterclass with the Guardian, be part of Boiler Room’s first live festival broadcast and much, much more.
Then experience our first-ever Field Day Late Night after parties when the likes of George FitzGerald dj, LEON VYNEHALL, Modeselektor dj, Nocturnal Sunshine, Denis Sulta, HAAi, Mella Dee and Tiga take over the main warehouse space and keep the festival alive until 3am!
Boomtown has revealed the line up for the 11th instalment of the 66,000 capacity music festival taking place over 7th – 11th August at the Matterley Estate nr. Winchester. Mixing up a huge range of musical genres with other worldly set design and an immersive storyline to provide a festival experience unlike any other, the 2019 line up is a perfectly hand crafted mix of all genres from reggae to punk; techno to folk, and so much more!
Headliners include; the seminal style and sounds of Ms. Lauryn Hill for rock-rap supergroup Prophets of Rage who combine members from Rage Against the Machine, Cypress Hill and Public Enemy, pioneers of alternative hip-hop meets garage The Streets, leading reggae revivalist Chronixx, drum and bass royalty Chase and Status with their RTRN II JUNGLE takeover, British electronica duo Groove Armada, with their epic live show, barrier smashing all-female rap crew Salt-N-Pepa, Britain’s most successful reggae band UB40 ft. Ali Campbell and Astro, unapologetic punk from Slaves and the very welcome return of the riotous Gogol Bordello for their third appearance at Boomtown.
‘This is by far the most eclectic and diverse lineup we’ve ever had, it’s even more ‘Boomtown’ than ever before. There is something really special about completely dif erent artists, who are at the top of the genre they represent all together together on the same bill. It feels like a true privilege to be able to introduce thousands of people to a huge amount of totally different music from all over the world and the entire spectrum of musical tastes.’ Boomtown Organisers
Boomtown’s uniqueness comes from the different ‘districts’ that make up the ever evolving ‘city’. Each district is a mini festival in its own right, with a main stage, smaller venues and an interactive theatrical experience as part of the overarching festival storyline and its own unique mix of genres represented.
On the main live stages in the ‘Town Centre’, ‘Whistlers Green’ and ‘Copper County’ districts which feature folk, world, jazz, roots, ska, punk, balkan, hip-hop, two-tone, Americana and more… Artists include; ethereal sounds of Swedish electronic quartet Little Dragon, multi instrumentalist Xavier Rudd; poet, rapper, playwright and novelist Kate Tempest; Canadian reggae influenced Bedouin Soundclash, the enigmatic and high energy Ozomatli Ft. Chali 2na from Jurassic 5, beautiful and soulful contemporary folk from Hampshire This Is The Kit, blends of hip hop funk, reggae, jazz, folk from Michael Franti and Spearhead. Malian artist Bassekou Kouyate; dub, dancehall and ragga of Asian Dub Foundation; bluegrass, old time, country American trio The Devil Makes Three, Nu Jazz and Tru Thoughts label stalwart Alice Russell, serene sounds of acoustic folk from Johnny Flynn, festival legends Dreadzone and electronic outfit Kosheen, led by singer and founding member Sian Evans.
Also performing throughout the 5 days on the folk, world, jazz, and ska live stages will be Nostalgia 77, Nubya Garcia, Hak Baker, Mumu Fresh, Seth Lakeman, Beans On Toast, Breabach, Submotion Orchestra, Brass Against, BCUC, Joe Armon-Jones, Skinny Lister, Ashley Henry, Yazmin Lacey, Elephant Sessions, She Drew The Gun, San Salvador, Goldie Lookin Chain, Stella Donnelly, Talisk, Dizraeli (new live band), The Breath.
Over on the reggae, dub and roots live stages; ‘Lion’s Den’ and ‘Hidden Woods’ accompanying the headliners Ms Lauryn Hill, The Streets, Chronixx and UB40 will be the original don dada Super Cat; innovative singer, songwriter, DJ, producer, Alborosie & Shengen Clan; two of the finest female vocalists in reggae history Marcia Griffiths & Tanya Stephens with Mafia & Fluxy and The Black Seeds will be bringing their distinctive New Zealand infectious reggae roots melodies.
Other roots, reggae, jungle and dub artists include conscious revolutionary lyricist Kabaka Pyramid, Boomtown crowd pleasers Gentleman’s Dub Club, Stylo G, Naâman, Iseo & Dodosound, Manu Digital Ft. Lt Stitchie, Natty & The Rebel Ship, General Levy, Sister Nancy & Legal Shot, Mungo’s Hi-fi, Sevana, Jada Kingdom, Naomi Cowan, Kanka, Alicai Harley, Marcus Gadd, Channel One, Iration Steppas, Nick Manasseh, Dreadsquad, Born On Road Ft. Earl Gateshead, Illbilly Hitec Ft. Kinetical, Gardna & Parly B, Skitz Ft. Joe Burn & Jman, Fleck.
The heavier side of live music has a firm place at Boomtown; from acts on the ‘Town Centre’ down to the dedicated metal, punk, ska district ‘Diss-order Alley’. Trailblazing veterans Killing Joke, will be bringing their eclectic show, spanning post-punk to industrial metal. Joining them are; American punk rock icons Pennywise, Northern Irish alt-rockers Therapy? and digital hardcore, anti-fascist punks Atari Teenage Riot. Legendary independent label Earache Records are back with their venue ‘The Earache Factory’ which will feature grindcore pioneers Napalm Death, Swedish melodic death metal masters At The Gates, Brummy industrial metallers Godflesh and more. In ‘Hangar 161’, the district’s squatted ex-military aerodrome, expect energetic crust-punk from Leftöver Crack, pioneering dub punk from Inner Terrestrials and hardcore punk from Russia’s The Svetlanas and Siberian Meat Grinder as well as the return of Moscow Death Brigade with their unique politically charged blend of techno, rap and punk.
The brand new techno focussed district, ‘AREA 404’, which was released back in December, will be hosting some of the genres most influential figures with headliners including none-other than the ultimate techno legend and one of the founding fathers of the Techno-House genre Carl Cox, the unstoppable Antwerp-born Amelie Lens and illuminating electronic sound from Four Tet. Friday will see Bugged Out takeover the massive new stage with Australian Lo-Fi House luminary Mall Grab, Ben UFO b2b Joy Orbison, Erol Alkan b2b Boyz Noize. Saturday will welcome Eats Everything, Dirtybird leader Claude Vonstroke, while the pioneering Skream is set to share the booth with fast rising and inspiring SAMA’. Swedish techno platform Drumcode, will bring its uncompromising sound to Sunday with sets from Dense & Pika, Enrico Sangiuliano and a special b2b session from La Fleur and B.Traits.
Neatly following on from techno and house is the ‘Metropolis’ district where the main house and disco stage, ‘Pagoda Plaza’ provides pure party vibes all day and night. Mella Dee’s label Warehouse Music will be taking over on Friday with a global bill featuring the cosmic techno of Tel Aviv’s Dr Rubenstein, Bristol based producer and label owner Shanti Celeste, Melbourne selector CC:DISCO! and Irish born, Berlin bred Sally C. Headlining is Detroit veteran, the skillful spinner, DJ Bone. On Saturday Horse Meat Disco return to the festival with a celebration of disco and electronic sounds from Mighty Mouse, The 2 Bears and legendary US house DJ Kenny Dope. On Sunday Patrick Topping makes his Boomtown debut with a world exclusive all day long set. Expect to be taken on a journey, with plenty of special guests on the way!
‘Barrio Loco’ will, as always, be reverberating to the sounds, rhythms and lyrics of hip-hop giants from all around the world. Queen of UK hip hop Little Simz makes a return to the festival after her electrifying guest appearance on the ‘Lion’s Den’ with Gorillaz last year. Self-styled ‘Brexit Bandit’ and proclaimed rising star slowthai makes an exciting appearance with his unique, experimental grime / punk stylings. The masters of Tongue-twisting, multisyllabic, complex rhymes Blackalicious will treat crowds with their own brand of West Coast hip-hop. Sunday sees the much anticipated High Focus Takeover including the likes of Four Owls, Dirty Dike and Jam Baxter. Off the back of her worldwide tour, Boomtown favourite Eva Lazarus, opens ‘Poco Loco’ on Friday and will also appear as part of a collaboration with UK producer Swindle who brings his fusion of jazz grime to the stage later in the evening. Other special mentions to garage and bassline producer and selector Flava D and the raw poetry of High Focus’ Ocean Wisdom.
This year sees Boomtown’s biggest ever DnB and bass music line-up, with heavyweight headliners spanning decades and subgenres across two main stages. DnB supergroup Bad Company UK make their Boomtown debut following Austrian visionary Mefjus and prolific producer Break. Liquid lovers can’t miss the mighty High Contrast who appears with another Boomtown debut and the soulful sounds of an interesting pairing; Lenzman b2b LSB ft. DRS. Headliners Chase and Status take over a day with RTRN II JUNGLE, a history lesson in jungle music with huge exclusive back to backs all day including Benny L b2b Shimon b2b T>, Kenny Ken b2b Nicky Blackmarket & Navigator as well as appearances from Brockie & Det, Clipz and Congo Natty. Other DnB allstars across the weekend include Calyx & Teebee, Black Sun Empire, Total Science b2b DLR as well as the biggest names from across the atlantic, Liondub b2b Marcus Visionary and an exciting showcase from the Legends of Moving Shadow.
Bristol label Gutterfunk have curated a diverse day takeover featuring Dub Phizix & Strategy, Addison Groove, Dismantle, Madam X and a 1995-2019 ‘archives’ set from label head honcho DJ Die. 25 years of Rinse FM are hosting a takeover with the best in homegrown bass music including Redlight b2b Zinc, Bushbaby, Emerald and dancehall luminaries The Heatwave. Boomtown favourites My Nu Leng return for the Sunday night closing set and promise to take everyone on a bass heavy, eclectic musical retrospective of their influences and career so far.
The festival’s psytrance offering ramps up yet another level, with hi-tech, psy-dub and psy-core communities coming together on the sandy dancefloors to celebrate a line up of international artists through to grassroots fresh talent. Infected Mushroom will be making a welcome return for a headlining retro live set, leading producer in the New Zealand psy scene Grouch Live Band, the multi talented Swiss artist Ajja and psychedelic trance and world wide sensation Liquid Soul with his distinctive fusion of trance and psychedelic trance are set to light up the open air stage. The multifarious, collective, communal nature of Tribe of Frog will yet again be present with Killerwatts, Earthling the solo project of DJ Celli, Lucas with his diverse quality sounds, Materia one of Europe’s most groundbreaking psytrance artists and UK producers Antispin with their evolving atmospheric psychedelia setting the dance floor on fire.
The dystopian future of Boomtown in DSTRKT 5 will again be the central hub for the thunderous beat of harcore techno, hardtek, gabba and jungle techno. Acid Techno DJ / Producer and head of underground label Stay Up Forever Records Chris Liberator leads the way, with the legendary party crew Bangface going head to head with our very own home of the Hardcore, The Scrapyard with Bangyard and the likes of The Speed Freak, Luke Vibert vs Ragga Twins and Vandals vx Zone 33.
It’s no myth that us at wildthing.com are HUGE fans of Elrow events, and so are our customers! Elrow is a party like no other exploding in colour, confetti and glitter, there is something really special in the way that people can dress as fun and bold as they like, the party goer crowd was not lacking in glitter or fancy dress.
When we seen that an Elrow event was taking place in our hometown, Bristol, we couldn’t wait to jump on that ship!
Here’s what the organisers had to say about the event called ‘Rowmudas’…. ‘ Ibiza. Saturday, September 16th, 2017. Elrow threw a party on a pirate ship with a definite sparRow vibe. But somewhere between Atlantis and Es Vedrá the ship went off course and entered the white island’s wildest waters: the Rowmuda Triangle. The music and the noise of the crowd awoke and infuriated the Craken, the island’s most dangerous animal. This savage underwater creature swallowed the pirate boat in just one bite, setting the partygoers off on a surreal journey deep inside the Craken. The party on-board the boat had already been pretty fantastic, but this took them into a completely different dimension. Words cannot describe what they experienced in the Rowmuda Triangle. Imagine an insane mix of The Island, Lost and also Alive; a wild fiesta full of shipwrecks, crashed planes, insane sea creatures and hippy communes under the sea. The party everybody was talking about, “THE PARTY OF ETERNAL HAPPINESS”. ‘
Love Saves The Day 2019 will take place on Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th May in Eastville park, Bristol. Not only is it our local festival, but it kick starts Festival Season, so this festival is ALWAYS on our list.
There’s always such good vibes at Love Saves the day, and for the last few years at has been hot sunshine all weekend! whether you’re into RNB, DNB, grime or dubstep this ones for you. This year the days and combined which means there’s something for everyone on both days.
As well as being such a great Festival! This years line up will be sure to win you over! As you can see- the line up this year is incredible, from Lily Alan bringing her classic tunes to Chase and Status Bringing the Bass to the fields(see full lineup on the website). The tickets to this festival always sell out so make you secure yours today. We hope to see you in the field, Wildthing x
Bestival is getting closer then ever! and what a way to celebrate by a wildthing Bestival lookbook to help you pick your colourful sparkles. If you haven’t got your ticket secured for this years ‘the most colourful show on earth’ Bestival extravaganza then click here
Here is our favorite three looks for this years Bestival … You’re Welcome
Love Saves the Day is a energetic festival based in Bristol, UK on the 26th – 27th of May. This Festival is very special to wild thing, not only does it kick start festival season with a bang, it’s a festival we have seen grown throughout the years, being based in Bristol ourselves, it makes us proud to be from this eccentric, vibrant city.
For those of you have not been before, LSTD is a two day festival set in a beautiful park within Bristol city center which normally has one day for house/ techno and one for dub-step/ grime, however this year the days have been brilliantly mixed to bring different music genres throughout the day, so there is everything for everyone. As you can see- the line up this year is incredible, from Fat Boy Slim bringing his classic tunes to Andy C Bringing the Bass to the fields.
Here is what the organisers say themselves:
“From it’s humble beginnings as a one-day event we are now leafing open the seventh chapter of love that the eclectic weekend festival Love Saves the Day has expanded into.
Brand new stages in 2018 will be showcasing a diverse range of genres and music styles as Love Saves the Day continues with its aims to combine the best of Bristol’s thriving underground scene with pioneering artists across the globe in one buzzing, unified space.
With an emphasis on great music but a following from all of the creativity and live entertainment that occurs throughout the festival, expect the spectacular and we’ll see you in the field” – lstd
Love Saves the Day is always a sell out so make sure you grab your tickets today HERE
This week in Wildthing HQ we’re getting super excited for Bestival, which is taking place on the 7th- 10th of September in it’s new location, Lulworth estate, Dorset. Not only are we so excited to see what new areas they have introduced to the festival, but we’re so ecstatic to see that this years theme isCOLOUR. I’ve been to Bestival before times and I’m really happy to see the return of some of the famous Bestival landmarks such as Love Bot and HMS Bestival, but what’s got me the most excited is the WORLDS LARGEST CONFETTI CANNON!
As soon as the theme was announced we started to get really inspired, pulling everything off the rails at our office and talking about what items would go great together. For me, the theme colour makes me think of loud block colours pulled together to create a bold and exciting, stand out piece. Mixed with lots of glitter and accessories of course.
Being the babes we are we’re here to help! We have selected THE best pieces from Wildthing.com to suit the theme to save you time… and give you a little splash of our Wildthing style. We have also put a small video together to show some looks, so make sure you check it out!
After spending an awful night at Gatwick airport (yes for some reason we decided to sleep in the airport!) we were off on our way to Phuket. I’d been to Thailand once before but couldn’t wait to get back there and see how it had changed and to explore new places. The heat hits you the second you step off the plane! The hot Thai air felt like a warm shower, especially after coming from the cold English winter. We had decided to explore Thailand by driving from place to place ourselves so the first thing we needed to do was to pick up our car rental. If you are contemplating renting a car in Thailand I could not recommend it more. We rented the car from a well-established company to give us peace of mind but still found that it was very cheap. The driving itself was pretty straightforward, the cars drive on the same side of the road as us here in the UK, the roads are pretty good and I wouldn’t say driving around Thailand is unsafe unless you’re driving around the main cities and you have to watch out for the hundreds of tuk-tuks! Our first trip was to Ao Nang in Krabi, this is somewhere I had not been before and was very excited to visit. Driving along the highway with brilliant rock formations exploding into the sky either side of the roads I couldn’t help but think how much I wished my usual commute to work could be this beautiful.
When we arrived in Krabi we stayed at the AONANG CLIFF BEACH RESORT, a fantastic resort situated on the Cliffside in Aonang. When we first arrived at Aonang cliff beach we were whisked away in an electric buggy to the back of the resort to an open-air reception where we were checked in by friendly, welcoming staff. Next we were shown to our room, wow, it was bright, luxurious and spacious with all the mod cons, the highlight though had to be the bath on the balcony (yes you heard me, the balcony). You can gaze out over Aonang and the Andaman Sea whilst soaking in the tub. Once we’d unpacked we wandered down to the pool area. The pool was my favourite part of Aonang cliff beach resort, it’s a stunning infinity pool high up on the cliff side with views out to the coast. There are even sun loungers in the pool so there is no need to ever get out! When you step outside of the resort you are amongst everything that Aonang has to offer, a great range of Bars, Restaurants and shops and just a short walk to the beach, yet when you’re relaxing by the pool it feels like you’re a million miles away from civilisation on your own tropical island. On one of the nights we were staying at the cliff beach resort we had dinner at the huge buffet that the hotel restaurant puts on every night. The buffet has a wide selection of barbecued meats, seafood and some Asian dishes. The food was good but I would have liked to have seen a few more vegetarian options available for us non-meat eaters. To see more on this great Hotel or to book a reservation click here .
We thought that the area of Ao nang itself was nice but maybe a little bit too touristy for our tastes, there’s plenty of bars and restaurants to visit in the evening and there are a lot of great day trips to go on, the beach is ok but you can easily get to some really beautiful ones (such as Railay and Tonsai). All in all we really enjoyed our stay in at the Ao nang Cliff Beach Resort, if you are in the Krabi area I would definitely recommend a stop there. After spending around a week in Krabi we decided to set out and explore some more of Thailand. We drove along the coast and then hopped on a tiny car ferry over to our next destination; the island of Koh Lanta (which is actually two islands). Koh Lanta is known for its coral-fringed beaches, mangroves and limestone outcrops, our first stop was Khlong Khong beach on the West coast. We had planned on staying in Koh Lanta for 3 or 4 days but ended up staying for 2 weeks, we loved it that much. The vibe on Koh Lanta is very chilled out and un-touristy, it was a nice place to relax after the hustle and bustle of Krabi.
During our time at Koh Lanta we stayed at the fantastic Eco Lanta Resort, located on Long Beach at the north of the island. The resort had a very charming, family run, natural, friendly feeling to it. The accommodation at Eco Lanta is made up of a series of bungalows set just back from the beach. The bungalows were spectacular, they were made almost entirely from bamboo (with the obvious exceptions of the toilet, mattress etc.) and decorated beautifully. Each bungalow has a porch area with seating and hammocks to relax in. Whilst we were staying at the Eco Lanta we had the unique experience of stepping outside our bungalow to see an elephant wandering around on the beach. SAMUI KATI After 5 weeks of travelling around Thailand we then hopped on a short flight over to Singapore. I had previously visited Singapore and can’t get enough of this diverse, clean and cosmopolitan city.
The first hotel we stayed at in Singapore was the Parkroyal on Pickering. The hotel is located on the edge of China town in close proximity to many of Singapore’s most famous sites such as Raffles, Marina Bay and Clarke Quay. In a city filled with skyscrapers the Parkroyal really sticks out in the Singapore skyline with its unique design that highlights its commitment to being green and eco-friendly. From the moment you step inside you are taken aback by the spectacular interior design that brings to mind images of Asian countryside and rice paddies. It’s really nice to know that the architectural design is matched by real environmentalism; the hotel collects rainwater, uses solar power where it can and uses light, motion and rain sensors to try and be as self-sustainable as possible. When we arrived at the Parkroyal we were greeted by very friendly staff waiting to check is in whilst we sipped on a refreshing complimentary lemon grass drink.
We stayed in one of the Orchid Club rooms, the room was simply stunning, decorated in tasteful greens and natural woods and large enough to contain the most comfortable king sized bed in the world, a work area and a sofa. In the large modern bathroom there was a bath tub big enough to go scuba diving in. Staying in an Orchid Club room also comes with some great privileges; champagne breakfast, all-day soft drinks, afternoon tea, evening cocktails at the roof top terrace and a whole host of other benefits. We really were looked after very well! When we wanted to relax we headed to the fifth floor and the infinity pool where the bird-cage like cabanas offer a unique place to soak up some sunshine.
After PARKROYAL we spent the remainder of our time in Singapore staying in the Marina Bay Sands Hotel which was a spectacular experience, it wasn’t great for the bank account but this place is on the bucket list. The reception was something I was not expecting, it was very much like being in an airport with huge groups of people running around with suitcases, however the staff were very helpful and even gave us a free upgrade. Once we had checked in it was actually very easy to find our room (surprisingly). The rooms were HUGE and very modern; I guess I was expecting something a lot smaller as we were staying in such a well-known hotel, and the view from the balcony was a spectacular view of the Gardens by the Bay. Part of the Maria Bay experience is going up to the Sky Park where you can bathe in the infinity pool (which was soooooooooooo amazing) and you can chill on the pool side with great cocktails.
After Singapore it was a hop on the plane and back to rainy UK. Below are more photos of our trip and an aftermovie.