Wilderness Festival returns to Oxfordshire’s Cornbury Park in 2015, for what is already shaping up to be the festival’s biggest year to date. As a 4-day affair that focuses on a whole host of cultural traditions aside from just the music, it is a celebration like no other, entwining all its activities into one extraordinary multi sensory experience.
Located far away from noisy urban surroundings, Wilderness Festival occupies a large expanse of ancient landscape that will become a home from home for thousands of revellers on the 6th of August for 4 days of involving fun. This marks Wilderness Festival’s 5th year and as such they have constructed an eclectic and varied music programme that has invited the best creative minds in rock, indie, psychedelic funk, house, techno, disco, folk, country, blues and all the rest.
The main stage will play host to the chart topping Icelandic artist Björk (pictured above), whose ninth studio album was released at the back end of January. Joining them will be acoustic hit maker, Ben Howard and the one and only psychedelic funk pioneer George Clinton, who will be joined on stage by the full Parliament Funkadelic line up. Also on the main stage are the likes of Nick Mulvey, Roisin Murphy, Nils Frahm, Hercules And Love Affair and much more. Aside from the main stage the travelling folk barn will bring troubadour vibes and craft beers whilst there will also be events hosted by London jazz venue Ronnie Scott's and the Grammy nominated alternative legends The Tiger Lilies, not to mention an emporium of theatre entertainment from The Grand Spiegel.
After dark there is no need to worry about having nothing to do as late night revelry is brought to you at The Juke Joint, where you can find deep south R&B, the roller disco, the Carousel Stage and The Valley where a rally of dance greats from the underground and above will keep you going through the night. The line-ups for these areas are yet to be announced.
Boutique food and drink stalls, long table feasts from award winning chefs and constructed areas for more culinary delights are the foundations on the many gastronomic treats that are available when the music has given you an appetite. Then when your all fuelled up again you can let off steam at the many talks and debates from Sunday Papers Live and the story lovers in the fiction tent. To round off a truly creative and cultural weekend there will be a further platter of theatre and arts performances, outdoor activities like fly fishing and horse riding, not to mention the lakeside spa that will be offering pampering experiences like no other festival in the world.
This is by far the limit of things to do at Wilderness Festival. We can hardly touch the surface with the amount of goings on you can get involved in, but then again you shouldn’t want us to. All that’s left for you to do now is get a ticket and be ready to start exploring the Wilderness.
Words by Josh Plews
Images courtesy of Bjork, Ben Howard, George Clinton and Wilderness Festival