Wilderness 2017 announce:
Grace Jones, Bonobo (live), Two Door Cinema Club, First Aid Kit, Michael Kiwanuka, Ray Blk, Toots & The Maytals, Aurora, Jackmaster, Nightmares On Wax, Artwork and Banquets from Yotam Ottolenghi, Nuno Mendes and Thomasina Miers.
Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire
Tickets from £168.50 + booking fee
Young person: £80 & child: £5
Wilderness Festival returns for its seventh summer with a fantastic array of new offerings. Renowned for their electric live shows, the sparkling Two Door Cinema Club open proceedings as Friday headliners. The shape-shifting divinity Grace Jones heads up Saturday night: her first ever Wilderness appearance. And Bonobo brings the heat on Sunday with a live set of hypnotic favourites and new tracks from his critically acclaimed 2017 album ‘Migration’. The Wilderness Main Stage, this year with BBC Music, will host an international selection of some of the finest musical talents - including the heart-wrenching harmonies of Swedish sibling duo First Aid Kit; BRIT-nominated Londoner Michael Kiwanuka (BRIT nominee for ‘Album of the Year’); BBC Sound of 2017 winner Ray Blk; rocksteady and reggae icons Toots & The Maytals and the effortlessly ethereal Aurora, who joins the Wilderness line-up as a UK exclusive.
After dark at Wilderness, The Valley comes alive. The natural amphitheatre beneath the trees is replete with beats, lasers and dancers in their wildly-themed splendour. Jackmaster brings to The Valley a set to showcase his finely tuned musical instinct with some guaranteed surprises. Warp Records’ Nightmares on Wax, dubstep pioneer Artwork and silky disco outfit Crazy P preside over the dancefloor this year.
Wilderness pioneered the shift in festival dining. The brightest names in the culinary game create feasting for hundreds in the idyllic setting. This year’s stellar selection of chefs for the Long-Table Banquet all bring their flair for the first time at Wilderness: Yotam Ottolenghi, Chiltern Firehouse wunderkind Nuno Mendes and restaurateur and Guardian columnist Thomasina Miers.
Ottolenghi is a firm believer that eating well at a festival makes the whole experience more pleasurable. “Food is the ultimate way of breaking down barriers and getting people talking, so the benefits of eating en-masse are clear” he says. He is “thrilled to be joining Wilderness again for what will be an incredible 7th year”.
Nuno Mendes adds: “Wilderness is my favourite festival and an event I look forward to every year. It’s a perfect mix of foodie, arts and music, with a beautifully scenic backdrop, and all within a family setting. I’m excited to be back and look forward to hosting a banquet this year.”
Wilderness nurtures new talent and is on the frontier of festival dining experiences. The Chef’s Table gives wild ones the chance to experience specially curated menus from world-class chefs in an intimate setting. Wilderness welcomes Tommy Banks, the youngest ever winner of a Michelin Star in the UK and Hamish Brown of London institution Roka for the very first time, alongside fellow esteemed chef Robin Gill of The Dairy and Merlin Labron-Johnson of Portland and Clipstone. Alongside the chefs, London’s favourite restaurants are invited to The Dining Room, with Berber & Q, Breddos, Kricket, Frenchie and Bao all making forays into festival dining for the first time.
The Atrium, supported by Time Out, is the home of world-class music and dance. 2017 Academy Award and BAFTA nominated pianist Hauschka will bring his purist perfection. Ronnie Scotts present an evening with blues legend Lucky Peterson and on Sunday The Wilderness Orchestra will perform a stunning tribute to Nina Simone. The Atrium welcomes the sensational Sadler’s Wells and Company Wayne McGregor as part of the impressive dance line-up which also includes international hip-hop theatre festival Breakin’ Convention.
This year Wilderness invites you to explore a new world at The Night Realm. Stay a while at The Love Hotel, a new stage alive with music for 2017; a secret underworld where conformity is rejected and the extraordinary is embraced. Or shimmy over to the new party camp, The Hustle.
All are invited to talks and roundtables with partners including Tate Britain, talking about their upcoming exhibition Queer British Art, The RSA, Sunday Papers Live. There’ll be night-time Cabaret with Missy Fatale or check out comedy every night at The Forum. Dearly beloveds can join together at the inaugural Shotgun Wedding Show at The Carousel or get mass-married to a friend with Shesus & The Sistas, who will be passing out the party rings & dancing down the aisles.
Each year Cornbury Park becomes a thriving arts community. Wilderness is a treasure trove of hidden realms for lovers of music, dance, theatre and cabaret, with world-class food on offer for friends and families alike.
The First Announcement in full...
Live music & dancing...
THE WILDERNESS MAIN STAGE with BBC MUSIC
TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB
FIRST AID KIT
MICHAEL KIWANUKA ~ TOOTS & THE MAYTALS ~ AURORA UK Exclusive
~ RAY BLK ~ HUDSON TAYLOR ~ LOUIS BERRY
THE CORRESPONDENTS ~ THE TURBANS ~ SIGRID ~ THE SKA VENGERS
BRIAN DEADY ~ TEN FE ~ TENDER CENTRAL ~ CATHERINE MCGRATH
Parties in the forest...
JACKMASTER ~ ARTWORK
NIGHTMARES ON WAX DJ SET
CRAZY P ~ PBR STREETGANG ~ MR DORIS
PEAK & SWIFT ~ WAIFS & STRAYS AND ITCHY RICH
FUTUREBOOGIE ~ HOT BLOOD
Banquets & Feasting...
YOTAM OTTOLENGHI ~ NUNO MENDES ~ THOMASINA MIERS
Angela Hartnett’s CAFE MURANO
PETERSHAM NURSERIES ~ THE PIG ~ PATTY & BUN
THE CHEF’S TABLE
TOMMY BANKS (Black Swan)
ROBIN GILL (The Dairy) ~ HAMISH BROWN (Roka)
MERLIN LABRON-JOHNSON (Portland, Clipstone)
THE DINING ROOM
BERBER & Q ~ BREDDOS ~ KRICKET ~ FRENCHIE ~ BAO ~ BUBBLEDOGS
WORLD-CLASS MUSIC, THEATRE & DANCE
An evening with RONNIE SCOTT’S presenting LUCKY PETERSON
Academy Award and BAFTA 2017 nominee HAUSCHKA
A SUNDAY OF NINA SIMONE with THE WILDERNESS ORCHESTRA
SADLER’S WELLS ~ COMPANY WAYNE MCGREGOR
ALEX MENDHAM AND HIS ORCHESTRA
INTRODUCING LIVE Daft Punk reimagined
HIP HOP KARAOKE ~ FILM SCORE SHOW
AGE OF L.U.N.A ~ HONEYFEET
CAMDEN PEOPLE’S THEATRE presents ‘All the Right Notes’ & ‘The Big Bang’
ROGUE THEATRE presents ‘Rogue Tales from Wild Places’
‘All The Things I Lied About’ by KATIE BONNA
‘UNDERCOVER’ A Stealth Spy Mission
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Daytime in the fields…
THE ATRIUM SUPPORTED BY TIME OUT
THE TRAVELLING FOLK BARN
with Front Room Songs, Woodburner, Two for Joy & The Local
MY BABY ~ THE BREATH ~ LENA LAKI
BLACK PEACHES ~ JOSIENNE CLARK AND BEN WALKER
NINA HARRIES ~ THE MONSTER CEILIDH BAND ~ RICHI JONES
THE ANATOMY OF FRANK ~ RAINBROTHER ~ BAYOU SECO
‘THE BIG BARN DANCE’ WITH CUT A SHINE
WE SINGING COLOURS ~ NADINE KHOURI
HOT ROCK PILGRIMS ~ FAITH I BRANKO ~ MELLAH
JAMES RILEY ~ THE CASH COWS
THE RELATIVES ~ FELL
YOLANDA EYAMA & AFRO WORLD GROOVE
The return of festival favourites…
THE SATURDAY NIGHT SPECTACULAR / THE WILDERNESS CRICKET MATCH
THE SECRET POST OFFICE / THE PLAYHOUSE / THE CLUB HOUSE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Explore the Night Realm…
THE LOVE HOTEL
MOVIMIENTOS’ TROPICAL DANCE PARTY
AT THE CAROUSEL
THE SHOTGUN WEDDING SHOW ~ VOODOO RISING PARTY ~ THE SUNDAY STAMPEDE
TALKS & DEBATES
TATE BRITAIN - THE SCHOOL OF LIFE ~ FRONTLINE CLUB ~ THE RSA
PEN INTERNATIONAL ~ GREENPEACE UK ~ SUNDAY ASSEMBLY
SUNDAY PAPERS LIVE
SALON LONDON: Gigantic Ideas of The Year
Round Table Debates
Wilderness Utopias: The Future of The Democracy ~ State of The Nation
Fake News Quiz ~ Conversations From The Edge
Seek out mass gatherings…
GET MARRIED WITH SHESUS & THE SISTAS
THE BIG SWING CHALLENGE WITH SWING PATROL
DAILY MASS YOGA WITH STRETCH
THE CLUB HOUSE ‘WINNERS PARTY’ ~ COMEDY EVERY NIGHT AT THE FORUM
CABARET with MISSY FATALE ~ FIRESIDE SING-A-LONGS & STORYTELLING
THE LAKESIDE SPA ~ THE SANCTUARY
XTEND BARRE STUDIO ~ FIERCE GRACE
THE LIFE CENTRE ~ SANGYE YOGA SCHOOL~ STRETCH
YOGI ASHOKANANDA ~ G-LOVE ~ PILATES
ACROYOGA ~ HIP HOP YOGA ~ YOGA RAVE
NEAL’S YARD REMEDIES MASSAGES & FACIALS
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
WILD SWIMMING ~ ARCHERY ~ WILD MEDICINE WALKS
FORAGING & BUTCHERY with HUNTER GATHER COOK ~ HORSE RIDING ~ FLY FISHING
BOATING ~ FOREST BIKE ADVENTURES ~ MIDNIGHT RUNNERS
NATURE WALKS WITH WILD CAPITAL ~ COTSWOLD NATURAL MINDFULNESS WALKS
THE ART STUDIO ~ GREEN CRAFTS VILLAGE ~ HAUS OF VICTORINOX
ART MACABRE ~ THE INDYTUTE
TAXIDERMY & BUTTERFLY SETTING with A Curious Invitation
PIMP MY PINEAPPLE with Christabel’s
RELEASE YOUR INNER CARTOONIST with Harry Venning
RUSTIC CARPENTRY / JEWELLERY MAKING / CHALK SCULPTING
LEATHER CRAFTS / METAL WORK / STONE CARVING
STORYSTOCK ~ POLKA THEATRE ~ PACHAMAMA CRAFTS
FLYING SEAGULLS ~ CABRITO ~ SHARKY & GEORGE
GREEN CATERPILLAR OVERNIGHT CAMPS ~
MORTIMER NANNIES ~ CURIOUS COMPANY
Gathering places and cocktail spaces…
VEUVE CLICQUOT CHAMPAGNE BAR ~ THE PEACOCK BAR
ORCHARD PIG CIDER BARN ~ THE SIPSMITH GIN DISTILLERY
THE MEANTIME TANK BAR ~ PIMM’S CROQUET CLUB