It's the first day of our first-ever (& possibly last, who knows?!) UK festival. After our "British mom" a.k.a. our Airbnb host's kind wife sent us off with full stomachs and an apple juice box + chocolate bars for snacks, Michelle and I boarded a bus from Worthing to Brighton. Omg, there were such rowdy boys on that bus ride and also a Harry Styles look-alike! Once we arrived at the Brighton Airport (and they closed it down this whole weekend just for this festival, which, dare I say, is WILD!), we scoped the place out and were delighted to find that it was like a mini, more lowkey Outside Lands. There were carnival rides, food trucks, and different tents set up for the acts. Yung festivals are where it's at!
We wandered towards this small venue called the Urban Forest where we found Leo Stannard, a singer-songwriter whom I've been following for ages. I was so happy that we were able to catch his performance because we didn't have a schedule with all the acts at that point. I was really nervous to go up to him after his set was done, but I'm glad Michelle convinced me to just do it. He was so nice to talk to in person!
While just meandering around the festival grounds, Michelle and I were so floored by how well-dressed every one was! English people have a very distinct style. I'm such a fan! In high school, I used to stalk the ASOS website for fashion inspo and being here at Wild Life felt like a live, walking lookbook. People really know how to layer their brands. From guys in Billionaire Boys Club shirts to girls in Tims with Tommy Hilfiger socks, there was such an array of impeccable fits. There was even a dad in a Stussy shirt! :O It's honestly such a shock to see so many boys with aesthetic. There was one person wearing a Supreme hat on top of a Nutella long sleeve and I think I stared so long that I might have emitted heart eye emojis telepathically. They get the Adidas hype (thank God!) and they rock short shorts with such confidence. So many pretty boys everywhere, but those are the ones I am most wary about! They know too well that they're hot shit. Gotta keep a lookout for the 'Humble Handsome' ones, which might sound like an oxymoron but I hope they're out there somewhere.
After seeing Busta Rhymes perform (who is hilarious and has outstanding stage presence btw!), Michelle and I got to watch Skepta on the main stage and we got a better view after following this hip couple's lead to go closer to the center of the crowd. This couple was too cute! They had matching white Nike Airmaxes! How much cuter can you get? When the boyfriend saw other guys nearby moshing, he drew his girlfriend closer to him for her protection and said to her, "Be careful, love." Then, he was rapping along to every other song enthusiastically with another fanboy. Get you a man who can do both!
*Observations about England:
1. People say "Cheers" instead of "You're welcome" and I love it because it feels like a celebration for politeness!
2. "Geezer" is used a lot to describe old people.
3. No one we talked to knows where Berkeley is, let alone how big of a deal UC Berkeley is! :( Sorry, fellow Bears!
4. There aren't a lot of Asian people here. Michelle and I feel like a double minority (Asian + American) tbh. I'm super self-conscious every time I open my mouth to speak because I feel like my American accent sounds garishly out of place, but people have been really friendly thus far. They seem to think "the States" is a much cooler place to be. Well, the grass is always greener on the other side.*