I’m suffering with all the usual withdrawal symptoms: wearing wellies to work, camping in my back garden, and buying packet after packet of wet wipes that sit in the corner of the room to go dusty, crusty and dry…
But finally it has arrived! Festival season is BACK. And what better way to celebrate than by *not* checking your bank balance and booking up a weekend of frolicking in the British weather immediately!
Forget Glasto, I’ve been trying to tick off a lot of smaller festivals over the last few years, and 2017 is all about Wilderness.
Happening in Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire 3-6th August, Wilderness is known for its fabulous food, the beautiful swimming lake and the famous chaotic cricket match! It’s a festival for the young, the old, the hippies, the rockers, families, friends, lovers, and loners.
For me, Friday is a Scandinavian takeover. It’s all about Swedish sisters First Aid Kit who produce the purest of vocal harmonies while guitar-playing and hair-swishing (multi-tasking QUEENS). Also on the bill is female singer Aurora known for her cover of ‘Half The World Away’ (featured on the John Lewis Christmas advert in 2015), and Norwegian popstar, Sigrid who came to light earlier this year with single ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’.
Despite already angsting over what to wear for Saturday’s ‘Mirror Ball’ costume theme, I am wetting myself with excitement for Chris Levine’s light spectacle. Combining light and sound, this conceptual installation will see the Oxfordshire sky transformed into a feast for the eyes.
Usually I find the smaller festivals lack one element: the music, the food, or the bits inbetween, but Wilderness seems to have it all. With Two Door Cinema Club, Bonobo and Grace Jones as the headliners, this festival certainly ticks the big artists box. If you’re hungry, don’t worry about the food side of things as Michelin star-winning Tommy Banks (Great British Menu) takes over the Chef’s Table on Friday night. And panic not ye non-foodie, non-muso lovers, as there is many an activity for you.
Fancy a chat with Vince Cable? Or how about a naked afternoon wild swim? A treatment at the lakeside spa perhaps? Or why don’t you plan a sneaky streak at the annual cricket match?
The whole ethos of Wilderness festival is to get involved. Be it signing up for the sock wrestling championships or marrying your friends at the Mass Wedding, Wilderness festival has something for everyone, and you’d be mad not to have a taste of the action.
You can buy tickets for Wilderness here: http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/wilderness?camefrom=CFC_UK_MAMA_Wilderness_WBFLAG