SORRY FOLKS – WILDERNESS IS NOW SOLD
Heads up – it’s looking increasingly likely that tickets to this year’s Wilderness Festival will sell out this week. The boutique bash in Oxfordshire has a solid music line-up alongside arts, theatre and lots of fun, secret stuff. Here are five things you can look forward to at this year’s festival: make sure you book now if you want in.
1. Raindrops fallin’ on your head
Lyrical ones, at least (the weather’s been great the last two years), courtesy of octogenarian headliner Burt Bacharach. Hold the Werther’s Original gags – despite turning 86 in May, the master songwriter is looking and sounding sprightly beyond his years.
2. Twigs in your afro
For the best of the after-dark action, head to the valley forest – a wonderfully wild woodland enclave that this year hosts the Pandaemonium Stage. Saturday night is a disco special (for which fancy dress is encouraged), where DJs including Futureboogie, Horse Meat Disco and Greg Wilson will be funking amid the foliage.
3. Straw in your socks
Not fussed about headliners London Grammar, Metronomy and Jessie Ware? Jangle your bells over to the Travelling Folk Barn and pull up a hay bale for a weekend of morris men, ceilidhs and the festival’s least ironic facial hair. Don’t forget to investigate the local rocket fuel ciders.
4. Food comas
Tickets for the fest’s famous long table banquets (this year overseen by Claridge’s man Simon Rogan, Angela Hartnett and Russell Norman) are mostly sold out, but the alternatives are just as tasty. The presence of Bleecker Street Burger, Rainbo, French & Grace and scores more of London’s favourite street food folk means you won’t even make a dent in that Quavers multipack. For boozier sustenance, try Aromaetum’s £15 multi-sensory cocktail experience,
5. Loads more mad shit
While the fest’s programme is Argos catalogue thick, the coolest bits of Wilderness often happen with little in the way of notice. Among the more hush-hush happenings are a massive burning effigy by fire artists And Now, low-key gigs around bonfires on the fringes of the site and bush-based oddness from party posse The Artful Badger.
By David Clack