As the first rays of sun start kissing our cheeks, we know that time of the year has arrived again – festival season! Ok, we a might a good few months short of the actual events, but the time to make plans, get a crew together and shop for new tents and wellies is most certainly here. As our favourite summer festival Wilderness announces its line-up, we get more and more excited about the summer en route (but shhhhs, we don’t want to jinx it!).
The third season of Wilderness’s arts and escapades knitted amidst the landscapes of Cornbury Park will take place between Thursday 8th and Sunday 11th August. Continuing with its program of time-honored arts this year’s line-up includes some of the most respected visionaries in music, food, theatre and the literary arts. The festival has also been extended to four days and will now open on the Thursday. That’s a whole extra day of culture-vulture festival fun!
The music choice so far already boasts an impressive selection of artists, such as Sugarman, legendary Detroit troubadour Rodriquez and Empire of the Sun. Other additions this year include Brit Award winner Tom Odell, Michael Kiwanuka, Matt Corby, Ghostpoet, Tribes, King Krule, Melody’s Echo Chamber, Lucy Rose, Eliza and the Bear and London Folk Guild.
As we know, music is just one part of the festivities at Wilderness – the flagship long-table banquets return with three talismanic chefs at the helm. One of the most influential names on the London food circuit, Russell Norman, will be the grand host of an exquisite banquet with his team from Polpo. Yotam Ottolenghi is returning to Wilderness for another headline sitting and last but by no means least; the third chef to join this mouthwatering line-up is legendary restaurateur Mark Hix. Celebrated for his British style and seasonal dishes, Cornbury park will be the perfect backdrop for Hix’s sumptuous courses.
Back by popular demand, Exmouth Market’s Moro will once again be cooking up a delicious storm in their Souk dining tent. Thyme Cookery School also return to the festival, giving budding chefs the chance to whip up some delights in their on-site kitchen, plus they’ll be hosting a series of talks and tastings across the weekend.
The arts program of the weekend includes performances from some of France’s most prolific circus and theatre collectives. Shakespeare’s Globe, Petersham Playhouse and opera from Vingette Productions, will also be treating festival-goers to some very unique performances against the beautiful back drop of Cornbury Park.
The Lakeside Spa was 2012’s most soughtafter ticket and will be bigger and brighter than ever this year, with wood fired saunas and hot tubs along with the Sanctuary well-being area. You can also expand your mind at the Wilderness Forum supported by The Huffington Post UK, which this year includes a programme of cerebral discussions with The School of Life, The Royal Observatory, Intelligence Squared and The Idler. The much lauded late-night parties are also returning and will see festival heavyweights Secret Garden Party and party purveyors Rumpus, taking over the Secret Valley when the sun goes down.
The family offering will be expanding to include a whole host of workshops and performances, including The House of Fairy Tales, Unicorn Theatre, Charles Dickens Museum, Witchwood School of Rock and Hullabalo Arts.
8-11 August 2013