Shaped by “nature and the landscape of Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire”, the Wilderness Festival returns for 2014 7-10 August. Along with music the event promises plenty of gastronomy, talks, a Lakeside Spa andand late night parties. To give us a taste, organisers have a made us a Playlist of the top musical picks.
Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass – This Guys In Love With You
“Burt Bacharach has six Grammy Awards and three Oscars. Somehow, he is playing our little celebration in the woods… We couldn’t be more excited and honoured if we tried.”
Disclosure – Help Me Lose My Mind ft London Grammar
“We love London Grammar so much. After missing their slot last year due to traffic, they ended up playing the set of the weekend on a tiny-but–packed Busking Stage under the stars. Goosebumps all round – we picked this track as its their only one on Spotify.”
Jessie Ware – Wildest Moments (pictured)
Such an effortless and soulful voice, Jesse Ware will be playing a unique set with the Wilderness Orchestra at this years festival. We cant wait to hear her with such a timeless set up, bringing Cornbury Park to life
Sam Smith – Latch (acoustic)
“With a Number One record and a Brit under his arm, yopu might say Sam Smith’s year has got off to a pretty good start. This acoustic take on his single Latch strips back the pop layers to reveal some wonderful song writing to go with all his vocal technique.”
Cate le Bon – Are You With Me Know?
“After some posters signed by 2013 headliners went missing, fingers were pointed at the wrong person at Wilderness HQ. On discovering this travesty of justice, said person was allowed to choose one act for the Main Stage. No one can deny they have chosen so very wisely with the majestic Cate le Bon.”
Coco & The Butterfields – Warriors
“The Travelling Folk Barn will once again be the scene of a huge array of acoustic-leaning acts of many types – from Traditional song to foot-stomping Ceilidh, via roots and hillbilly knees up bands and back to heart warming new fold acts. This group can span many of these genres in the blink of an eye and we love them and you will too. Or else.”
John Williams – Jurrassic Park
“Not many festivals have their own orchestra but we are very blessed to be an outlier in this respect. The 47-piece Wilderness Orchestra, founded in 2013, was such a huge success that this year they will be providing the backing for both the Karaorkestra (a world first experiment that allows people to live out Rat Pack fantasies) and also playing sets of film soundtracks as finale on Sunday. Last year the Jurrassic Park Theme won the encore vote hands down.”
Zero 7 – In The Waiting Line
“Some people don’t realise that you can pre-book lots of experience on the Wilderness website bhefore the festival begins – in fact some of the best on site activities must be pounced on quickly to avoid disappointment – long table banquets hosted by world class chefs such as Simon Rogan, lakeside Spa sessions, Theatre performances – It allows you to curate an itinerary way in advance and of course means no queuing. No one likes queuing. Least of all Zero 7 who DJ in the Secret Valley on Sunday night.”
Chet Faker – No Diggity
More than just a lovely beard and a superb Blackstreet cover, Mr Faker will be bringing his trademark sunshine soul to the Main Stage this year.
Withywood Walk – Eats Everything
“We love a good meal followed by a stroll in the woods. Wilderness we will be indulging gastronomic desires at the long-table banquets before walking it off in Wychwood Forest. Or dancing it off to Eats Everything’s set in the Valley.”
For more, including the full line-up and latest ticket news, Wildernessfestival.com.