Wilderness Festival 2019
Last Updated: 31st October 2018
Some people prefer not to blow their own trumpets.
They just don’t have the brass.
Which is why we’re here: to blow those trumpets for them, and to keep you firmly informed about the best of upcoming events. Like, for example, Wilderness Festival, which for 2019 is promising yet another beautifully raucous, multidisciplinary, glitter-showered, forest-dwelling hullabaloo in the heart of Oxfordshire.
Details are yet to be released on the line-up, so as a taster, behold all that was noteworthy about Wilderness Festival 2018…
We’ll start here, because the fare at Wilderness is more than worthy of top billing. So. There were the Long Table Banquets, where the likes of Yotam Ottolenghi, The Dairy’s Robin Gill and Brat’s Tomos Parry took over the banqueting tent to ply diners with decadent feasts on a huge scale; The Feasts, entire restaurants transplanted into the fields (which this year included Angela Hartnett’s Café Murano, Berber & Q and Petersham Nurseries); The Dining Room, a vast food hall where you can pick and mix from menus cooked up by Breddos Tacos, Bao and The Good Egg, aaand The Chef’s Table, an intimate dining experience perched atop a hill, where some of the country’s finest chefs – including James Lowe from Lyle’s – put together tasting menus for 24 diners around an open kitchen.
With a foodie spread like that, you’d probably expect the music to be playing second fiddle. But Wilderness don’t do things by halves, and in the past they’ve boasted headliners from Two Door Cinema Club to Grace Jones; Bonobo to Chic. And away from the main stage, there’s The Valley, a dancefloor deep in the forest headlined in 2018 by Groove Armada; and The Atrium, home to dance troupes, Hip Hop Karaoke, and a jazz programme curated by Ronnie Scott’s.
For the 0.001% of the population not already enthralled by all this, they also throw in a series of talks, debates, panels, workshops, spoken word, live podcasts, pop-up museums, comedy, and cabaret. Or you can head out into the forest and become a spy, a hunter-gatherer or a taxidermist; a blacksmith, a herbalist, or a sculptor. And if you just want to sit back and watch, there’s dance from Sadler’s Wells; roaming storytellers, riddlers and performance artists; woodland theatre; bonfires; parades and brass bands…
…who actually do blow their own trumpets.
NOTE: Wilderness Festival takes place from the 1st-4th August 2019, in Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire. You can get your festival tickets HERE – we’ll be back with the full scoop once the 2019 line up is confirmed…
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