February 18, 2015


A Celebration shaped by Nature, a Landscape Transformed by the Arts
AUGUST 6 – 9TH 2015

Live Music & Dancing
Ben Howard
George Clinton, Parliament & Funkadelic Perform Return to the Mothership
Roisin Murphy, Nick Mulvey, Nils Frahm, Caravan Palace, Hercules & Love Affair,
Brandt Bauer Frick Ensemble, Benjamin Clementine
Ibibio Sound Machine, Will & The People,

The Travelling Folk Barn with Front Room Songs, Woodburner Music, Two for Joy, The Local & The English Folk Dance & Song Society
The Wilderness Orchestra, Karaorchestra, The Wilderness Choir

Long-table Banquets
‘The Return of Angela Hartnett’

Feasting in Field Restaurants
Petersham Nurseries

The Chef’s Table
With Nuno Mendes
Scott Hallsworth
James Knappett
Neil Borthwick

The Wilderness Cookery School with Daylesford Organic

Across the festival as nighttime descends evenings in the Grand Spiegel will be headlined by The Tiger Lillies, Camille O ‘Sullivan and Ronnie Scott’s
The Juke Joint by Petersham Road
The Carousel Stage from Shangri la Superstar & Global Local
The Candlelight Club in The Orangery
Aerial Spectaculars From Gorilla Circus

The Revellers Village
Side shows, performers, circus, theatre, camps and trickery
Shotgun Carousel Processions & Performance
Artful Badger
Performance by Rumpus
Tarot readers
Bonfire Stages
Late Night Bars
A Curious Invitation Natural History Tent
Insect Circus Travelling Museum
Prangsta Costumiers
Violet’s Box
Masque The Rage
Divine Company
Travelling Gazebo Rave

Theatre, Arts & Performance
Foolish People, Old Vic New Voices, Oxford Shakespeare Company, Acrojou, Son & Sons,
The RSPLB (Royal Society of Pursuit of Love Birds), Friends of the Earth Camp,
Prince Charles Cinema, The Wilderness Orchestra, Diana Yukawa, Avi Avital,
The Return of Champagne Laurent Perrier Orangery
Battersea Arts Centre – “The Archivists”
Opera Holland Park – “Alice in Wonderland”
Opera North – “The Devil’s Jukebox”

Wilderness introduces…
The Saturday Night Spectacular

The Wilderness Studio
The Wilderness Choir
The Fire Walking Ceremony

The Grand Spiegel
Camille O’Sullivan
The Tiger Lillies
BitterSuite – “A Sensory Concert”
40 Winks Bedtime Stories for Grown Ups
Perfume Making Workshops
Robin Collective Tastings
Cocktail Making Masterclasses
Tango and Flamenco Classes
Synesthesia Seminars
Erotic Literature Salon

Talks, Debates and Literary Arts curated by Secret Forum
Sunday Papers Live, The Sunday Assembly, Secret Forum Fiction, Frontline Club, Explorer Camp, Spark Storytelling, The Wilderness School of Thought, New Economic Foundation, Guerrilla Archaeology, V&A, Embercombe, NOW Live Events, The Odditorium

Outdoor Pursuits and Wellbeing
Horse Riding, Wild Swimming, Fly Fishing, Low Bow Archery, Secret Adventures, Philosophy Walks, Croquet East, Hunter Gather Cook Foraging and Butchery, Boating, Wild Medicine Walks, Greencrafts Arts & Crafts
Family Magic and Games
Bearded Kitten’s Cricket Match, The Hollow, Storystock, Flying Seagulls, Pachamamma Crafts, Hunter Gather Cook Overnight Camps, Badaboom Dress Up, Princesses and Pirates Children’s Parade, Mortimer Nannies Babysitting Services.

Emerging from a triumphant 2014 installment that saw the festival completely sell out and draw its biggest crowds to date, Wilderness returns to the glorious environs of the Cornbury Park for the fifth time, boasting a lineup that is bigger, better and more ambitious than anything attempted previously.

If you thought the 2014 edition of Wilderness was ambitious – complete with live sets from Burt Bacharach, Jessie Ware and Metronomy, feasts from Simon Rogan, Angela Hartnett and Russell Norman, Lakeside Spas, the Oxford Shakespeare Company and much, much more – you are going to be floored by the sheer scale and scope of what’s in store for 2015.

Continuing in the esteemed Wilderness tradition of exciting and varied musical programming, Friday kicks off with a bang, with legendary, groundbreaking musical icon Bjork taking to the stage. Never mind that she has spent over two decades building a breathtaking archive of idiosyncratic and iconoclastic work, but with this performance she will be showcasing music from her latest and most emotive work to date, “Vulnicura”. With a MoMA retrospective on its way this year, there has never been a more thrilling time to experience this musical heroine in all her glory at Wilderness. Joining her to kick off the festival in high style are London born musician/ poet/ pianist Benjamin Clementine, offbeat electro experimentalists Brandt Bauer Frick Ensemble and Nils Frahm, who seamlessly mixes classical and electronic genres.

Saturday meanwhile, sees more heroes on the main stage, albeit of a different kind altogether. Headlining is none other than that grandfather of funk, George Clinton himself, and even more amazingly, he’s bringing Parliament and Funkadelic with him, playing a mix of classic hits and brand new material from his forthcoming album “First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate”, in what already looks set to be a dazzling show. Disco diva Roisin Murphy also joins them, displaying the gloriously eclectic and off-kilter stylings which rocketed singles like “Overpowered” and “Let Me Know” to the top of the charts, as does Hercules & Love Affair, who will no doubt slay the dancefloor with their brand of glamorous, infectious house music. French electro-swing septet Caravan Palace, English reggae group Will and the People and Ibibio Sound Machine, fronted by the astonishing British/ Nigerian vocalist Eno Williams, will round off what is sure to be a phenomenal second day.

In a change of pace, Sunday will see chart topping, world conquering, BRIT Award winning troubadour Ben Howard headlining, and he is sure to cast a spell with his gorgeous, moving ballads. And also playing on the weekend is the magical Nick Mulvey performing tracks from his critically lauded debut LP “The Trellis”,

In other musical delights, also present will be The Traveling Folk Barn , a camp of roving performers and musical storytellers hosted by musical troupes such as Front Room Songs, Woodburner Music, Two for Joy and The Local & EFDSS, and there’s more fun to be had at the Bandstand with the Karaorchestra and The Wilderness Choir there to ply their eclectic musical wares.

Utterly enthralling as all that may well be however, music is but one facet of this multi-pronged festival. Food has always been as integral to the Wilderness experience, and 2015 sees the strongest rollcall yet. First off, fabled, Michelin starred chef Angela Hartnett, whose restaurant Murano is one of the must-eat spots in London, leads off the beloved Long Table Banquets, a culinary experience quite unlike any other. Then, for the Feasting in Field Restaurants, Wilderness have gathered a holy trinity of British dining, with HIX, Moro and, for the first time at Wilderness, Petersham Nurseries, all setting up shop on the grounds. Meanwhile, for those into ultra bespoke dining experiences, there is The Chef’s Table, headed up this year by the enviable quartet of Kurobuta’s Scott Hallsworth, James Knappett (who used to work at Noma and Per Se, among many others) and, in more dazzling Wilderness firsts, Nuno Mendes, who is currently wowing the A-listers with his Iberian via Latin America cuisine at Chiltern Firehouse, and Neil Borthwick, head chef at the celebrated Shoreditch eatery Merchants Tavern.

And not to forget, the Wilderness Cookery School with Daylesford Organic returns once more, with a stellar lineup that is yet to be unveiled, but is sure to be brilliant regardless.

For the night owls among us, Wilderness has more than enough on offer as well, as Late Night Revelry returns for another year of fun and hijinks after dark, with different, vibrant themes every night for revelers to dress up for as they head into The Valley. Other late night entertainment includes an evening with Ronnie Scott’s in The Grand Spiegel, deep south Americana at The Juke Joint, gypsy swing & big brass bands at The Carousel Stage and the decadent The Candlelight Club offering their own glorious twist on nighttime debauchery. Along with aerial spectaculars from Gorilla Circus and a whole feast of delights in the Revellers Village, including side shows, performers, circus, theatre, camps and trickery, with Artful Badger, performance curated by the acclaimed Rumpus, Shotgun Carousel processions and performance, tarot readers, bonfire stages, late night bars, experiences such as the Travelling Gazebo Rave and glorious performances by Insect Circus Travelling Museum and the critically acclaimed Foolish People. Don’t forget to stop by Prangsta Costumiers and Masque the Rage for some dazzling attire before heading out into the night…

For those with a more artistic bent, Wilderness once again has an arts program which will prove as varied and compelling as ever. For a start, there will be a pulse quickening array of theatre performances, from the Old Vic New Voices, Oxford Shakespeare Company, Son & Sons, Acrojou, and many more, as well as Opera North bringing “The Devil’s Jukebox”, Battersea Arts Centre presenting “The Archivists” and Opera Holland Park’s “Alice in Wonderland”, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s classic.

Also, the Champagne Laurent Perrier Orangery returns for another decadent but all new go-round this year, along with the Princes Charles Cinema and Wilderness Orchestra, and there will also be an eye strobing Saturday Night Spectacular and a Sunday Night Fire Walking Ceremony. New additions for 2015 includes The Wilderness Studio – a new dedicated space for fine arts & craft workshops, as well as The Wilderness Choir to join the much loved Wilderness Orchestra for epic shows and unique collaborations.

Elsewhere, there’s the Grand Spiegel, a Spiegel tent packed with performance and workshops to delight all the senses, complete with booths, seats and even a cocktail bar, all contained within an utterly beautiful tent. Through the weekend it will play host to a glorious slew of multi sensory delights including a sensory classical concert by BitterSuite, Perfume Making Workshops, Robin Collective Tastings, Cocktail Making Masterclasses, Synesthesia Seminars, and evening with The Tiger Lillies and even an Erotic Literature Salon, for the most sturdy of heart.

Alternatively, those with a penchant for more cerebral activities will find these cravings sated by the many Talks and Debates on offer at Wilderness, with a roster of participants including Guerrilla Archaeology, Sunday Papers Live, The Sunday Assembly, The V&A Talks and Workshops and lots more besides. As ever, too, there will be a staggering array of family activities so the little ones can be just as entertained as the adults, with the likes of Bearded Kitten’s Cricket Match,, Friends of the Earth Camp, The Hollow and Hunter Gather Cook Overnight Camps to make sure the whole family are well taken care of.

There are also those revelers who need to take a time out every now and then; Wilderness has them covered in this respect also. The gorgeous Lakeside Spa is already gaining world renown, but the Wild Wellbeing Sanctuary is also proving the ultimate place to escape to and just relax or indulge, with festivalgoers able to partake in Yoga, Meditation, Expert Massage, Luxurious Therapies and Facials and so much more.  Jolt back into the present with a visit the Now Live Events Tent for Mindfulness workshops, artistic activities & talks from the likes of pioneering mindfulness expert Dr Tamara Russell, Action for Happiness and Belinda Freeman (Mindfulmind). For those of a more active disposition however, there are outdoor pursuits aplenty – hardly surprising when considering the heart-stoppingly scenic surrounds in Oxfordshire in which it is situated. To that end, there’s Wild Swimming, Fly Fishing, Long Bow Archery, Philosophy Walks, Boating, Wild Medicine Walks and more. It’s a freewheeling, all-inclusive festival experience quite unto itself, a multidimensional three-day bonanza which offers manifold pleasures and hidden treasures for festivalgoers and their families. Make sure you get your tickets now.

Wilderness is the proud winner of: Best New Festival 2011 – UK Festival Awards, Best Small Festival 2012 – Live Music Awards and Best Extra Activity for 2013 – UK Festival Awards

Wilderness Festival
August 6 – 9th 2015
Cornbury Park,

Weekend Tickets: £165.99 + BF
Young Person – £80+BF
Children aged 10 and under – £5 no BF

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