The first Wilderness festival took place just five years ago, but it’s already an institution of the British summer thanks to its killer combination of great music, a beautiful site, arts and culture and amazing food. Nevertheless, we’ve got to ask: could this year’s Wilderness be the best so far?
We reckon it could, and our main reason for that is… Björk! Yep, the queen of Iceland (that’s what she is, right?) headlines Wilderness 2015, and she’s got a well-earned rep for a spectacular live show. We have no idea what she’ll do to bring her new album ‘Vulnicura’ to life, but we bet she’ll be wearing something amazing.
Björk’s possible rivals in the costume department include George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic, as the cosmic funk legends perform a show called ‘Return to the Mothership’, and Andy Butler’s New York disco troupe Hercules And Love Affair. There’s more than enough heartfelt crooning on the bill, too, with Ben Howard triggering mass singalongs and Benjamin Clementine bringing his unique voice and knotty songs to Oxfordshire. Further exciting noises come from Mercury-nominated singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey, piano innovator Nils Frahm and arse-kicking multilingual dance crew Ibibio Sound Machine.
Wilderness is about a lot more than music, though. Away from the main stage you’ll find decadent parties, theatre, opera, arts and crafts, talks and workshops, cinema, fire-walking, flamenco classes, world-beating food, an erotic literature salon and yurt-building. And let’s not forget the lakeside spa. The festival sells out every year, so book now to get out of London (and out of this world) this August.
By James Manning