Attention festival-lovers! Wilderness is all set to make a glittering return to Cornbury Park, from Thursday 5th August – Sunday 8th August
This year’s homegrown headliners are all genre-smashing: international DJ Jamie xx, Mercury-nominated, heartfelt rapper Loyle Carner and the MOBO and Brit-winning Rudimental. The Valley is your seismic slab of cutting-edge electronic music served over a forested amphitheatre, topped with lasers and pulsing with insane production.
This year it’s The Blessed Madonna, Jayda G and Eats Everything on the ones and twos.Also set to dazzle for lucky ticket-holders are Irish underground bloggers turned house-megastars BICEP, original reggae selector and soundclash champ David Rodigan with his Outlook Orchestra, Holly Humberstone – runner up on BBC Sound Poll 21, Craig Charles with one of his trademark funk and soul-drenched sets and many many more.
It’s not just about the music:
Food is always top of the bill. Wilderness were the first to introduce long table feasting as a festival way of life and have always been untouchable with their food programming. This year is no different, as Wilderness announces its first fully vegetarian and vegan banqueting tent – The Wilderness Kitchen. Helen Graham, Robin Gill, Lee Westcott and wild food restaurant Native will each join forces with Social Pantry to deliver the four mouth-watering vegetarian and vegan feasts.
The Chef’s Table is the intimate, hilltop perched restaurant for 26 diners overlooking the lake. This year celebrates the hottest young chef talent, with sustainable Mayfair restaurant Fallow joining Michelin-starred Mei Mei founder and ex-Masterchef Elizabeth Haigh, returning chef and Osip founder Merlin Labron-Johnson plus Brad Carter of Michelin-starred Carter’s of Moseley.
The Feasting Tents are Wilderness’s answer to bookable restaurants and feature some of the finest chefs from across the country. Continuing the Woodfired and Friends series, Ben Quinn’s Woodfired Canteen deliver their own feasting tent for the whole weekend, cooking over live fire for long table extravaganzas and featuring guest chefs such as Smokestak’s David Carter. Patty and Bun return with their winning beats and burgers formula, with more to be announced.
Letters Live return to headline the Talks programme at The Atrium for a fourth year. Always star-studded, their Wilderness guest list in previous years has included Olivia Coleman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ben Kingsley and Russell Brand.
As usual, this year’s line-up is a tightly kept secret. Its mission has always been the same: to harness the unrivalled power of old-fashioned correspondence with the help of an ever-changing cast of some of the most acclaimed performing talent from around the world.
Tickets were sold out earlier this summer, but you can sign up to the waiting list in case of cancellations and make sure to put your name down for next year!