Wilderness Announces A Second Wave Of Artists, Bands and DJs 3rd- 6th August

June 7, 2023

Thursday 3rd – Sunday 6th August 2023
Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire

Wilderness returns to Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire from 3 – 6 August 2023. Season Twelve blazes in with a raft of new artists, venues and a plethora of glittering late night antics. Already announced headliners include The Chemical Brothers, Christine and the Queens and Fatboy Slim on The Wilderness Stage with Arlo Parks, Sugababes and many more. Presiding over the epic forest dancefloor The Valley are house music aficionados Kerri Chandler, Honey Dijon, Todd Terry and Eats Everything.

New additions to The Wilderness Stage include psychedelic pop icons The Zombies as they celebrate their five-decade long career and new album. The band were inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of fame in 2019 after receiving their fourth nomination in five years. Viral hitmaker Mae Stephens is rocketing through the top 40 with her alt-pop smash ‘If We Ever Broke Up.’ The self-taught singer-songwriter completes The Wilderness Stage bill.

As the sun sinks behind the hills of Cornbury Park and the stars begin to twinkle over the great lakes and ancient oaks, Wilderness shows her wild side. Fantastical and fabulous performers, artists, musicians and muses stretch their sequinned wings and come to life in hidden dens and on jumping dancefloors. 

The Valley is the tree-lined amphitheatre which crackles to life as the sun sets, pulsating with intelligent dance music from titans of the scene. Joining the bill this year is one of deep house music’s originators: Kerri ‘Kaoz’ Chandler has been bringing soul onto dancefloors and uniting clubs since the mid-90s. The DJ and producer has unquestionably helped shape the house landscape, from the booth and his studio but also as an A&R via his Kaoz Theory label. Gabrielle Kwarteng is an award-winning DJ and radio host from NYC who’s global tour schedule has included Worldwide Festival, Glastonbury, Melt, Dekmantel and Panorama Bar. She weaves her house, techno and disco stories for the dancefloor with an unmistakable undercurrent of acid.

Winner of the DJ Mag Top 100 Lifetime Achievement Award, Manchester-based DJ Paulette is an artist with a 30-year career. One of two female residents at the Hacienda, she has scaled the heights of dance music fame and hedonism playing disco, house and techno to huge crowds. Other additions to The Valley line up include DJ duo and founders of the Apetite brand Elliot Schooling and Liam Palmer and eclectic Florida-raised DJ Storm Mollison.

The Atrium, Wilderness’ canopied multi-arts hub, is home to a menagerie of amazing musicians. This year, Groove Armada mastermind and international DJ Andy Cato spins a rare back-to-back set with his DJ son Spooky Cash-Cash. Classically trained and dynamic solo violinist Diana Yukawa returns to send tingles down the spines of all with another impeccable performance on her electric violin. Icelandic pianist Eydís Evensen performs her post-classical compositions and debonair duo The Cash Cows return to rework songs from the last century with their trademark flair. 

The Ronnie Scott’s takeover on The Atrium has become a Wilderness tradition. The jazz institution returns to celebrate undisputed soul queen Aretha Franklin with epic soul singer in her own right Vanessa Haynes (whose CV includes backing for Chaka Khan and Van Morrison) plus two additional shows at The Forum: Ronnie Scotts presents…Yolanda Charles’ Project PH – Project PH is a group of musicians brought together by former session bassist Yolanda Charles – and Ronnie Scott’s presents…Patterns led by guitarist Dani Diodato and pianist Nicola Guida.

The House of Sublime – flamboyant capital of vogueing and vibes – welcomes a performance from young up-and-coming leftfield pop artist Kai Bosch courtesy of The Roundhouse

Late-night party haven The Hustle returns with a headline set from Krafty Kuts: an artist renowned worldwide for his highly technical turntablism, meticulously crafted DJ sets, and party-punching productions. Disco imprint Midnight Riot take over on Friday night, featuring DJs Yam Who? and Jaegerossa plus live disco outfit Alive By NightReach Up Disco Wonderland is DJ Andy Smith (Portishead) and XL Records founder Nick Halkes. The duo drop 80s boogie, disco and disco house, evoking the spirit and dipping into the soundtrack of legendary NYC clubs such as ‘Paradise Garage’ and ‘Studio 54’. 

The Smudge is a reimagining of The Folk Barn, which has long been a well loved venue at Wilderness and has evolved to celebrate a huge spectrum of musical flavours. The stunning timber framed structure will house works from the alternative singer-songwriter stable: foot-stomping virtuosos and bright and brilliant balladeers. Find established greats and up-and-comers – including old school cult icon Beans on Toast – the artist made his name singing simple songs that tackle big issues. Anglo/Irish singer and spine-tingling songwriter Rosie Carney, jazz-infused R&B singer Bel Cobain, Romain Axisa – the founding member of Brighton busking sensation The Big Push, Scottish singer Hamish Hawk – who has lately been compared to Morrissey and Jarvis Cocker – and Sans Soucis: classic songwriting meets Congolese rumba.

Continental Drifts and Global Local return with their explosive stomping ground The Jumpyard, teaming with big bands and big beats, bursting with love, sunshine tunes and late night wildness. Jalapeno Records Head Honcho brings his party bag of heavy hitters, The Allergies throw down live funk and soul for the 21st century, Los Bitchos deliver their tripped out, tequila-fuelled cumbia, plus Acid Klaus – solo outfit from Adrain Flanagan of The Moonlandingz, UK Skiffle-Pop rascals straight outta Cheltenham Thrill Collins, goth-glam Scottish six piece Walt Disco, pop and funk brass covers band Das Brass, Mini Da Minx – breaks, house, electro DJ with a passion for a dirty bassline – and many more. Sunday sees a takeover from Gus Roberston’s iconic London institution The Great Brain Robbery. Expect guerilla performances from established artists and cutting edge new music with retro rockers CVC headlining. 

Brand new gastronomic destination Pop-Up Market boasts a late night space with an energetic evening programme curated by Beating Heart Records. Highlights from the bill include Beauty and the BeatAfriquoi DJ set and Dom Servini (Wah Wah 45s).

As always, Wilderness delivers world-class musical experiences across its shimmering range of venues and dancefloors, from the cheeky and intimate to the grandly epic; with talented artists from around the globe gathering to inspire the dancers and ignite the floors. Truly eclectic and rich in scope, from stadium headliners to the back room virtuosos, touring megastar DJs to leftfield producers to spine-tingling singer-songwriters; belting big bands to old school jazz musicians: there is something to move absolutely everyone.

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