Venture into the wilderness this weekendBy Willow Colios
August 07, 2012
This summer has been packed full of Jubilees, European Football and the Olympics but for fans of festival favourite Glastonbury it's a fallow year.
So what should you do if you fancy a festival that's got some arts and culture along with music and mud? Wilderness 2012.
Set in in Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire, Wilderness promises a feast for the senses this weekend. And at just over an hour’s drive from Reading it won't break the bank getting there.
Billed as “A celebration of arts and outdoors in the wilds of England”, Wilderness brings together big headline acts - Rodrigo y Gabriela, Wilco and Spiritualized - with cinema, Michelin Star food and even astronomy. It‘s a family friendly weekend with loads of activities for all ages.
Under 12’s can learn how to light fires, catch cray fish, and play woodland games while those wanting to party late into Saturday night can take part in a Midnight Masked Ball curated by The Old Vic Tunnels.
Alternatively film fans wanting to experience a new twist on old favourites can see Asian Dub Foundation play a live soundtrack to critically acclaimed French movie La Haine.
There is also a unique full costume Bugsy Malone event curated by Future Cinema, touted as the “first full cinematic takeover of an entire festival”.
But let’s not forget the array of main stage acts amongst the sprawling tents of food, film and comedy. Spiritualized have been bringing spectacular festival performances to the likes of Glastonbury and Reading Festival for almost two decades. Expect a host of tracks from the rocking new LP Sweet Heart Sweet Light (think The Kinks / Blur with expansive orchestration.)
Grant Lee Buffalo are also playing having reformed last year. They will be playing tracks from their acclaimed 90’s LP’s Fuzzy and Mighty Joe Moon. Frontman Grant Lee Phillips is really excited about the prospect of playing Wilderness.
“The promoters get in touch with our guys, and on this occasion we just thought Grant Lee Buffalo belonged in the Wilderness," he said. "We are really looking forward to playing.”
Having toured the world with REM and played with Crowded House in the 90’s, GLB are no strangers to the big stage and played to a packed house at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall in 2011.
If you fancy a break from the main stage, the London Folk Guild will be bringing the finest in folk, roots and acoustic music from the UK and around the world. Headliners of the Folk Stage, The Knights of Mentis, Franky and The Jacks and Flights of Helios are joined further down the bill by the likes of Deer Chicago and This is The Kit who were a big hit at Reading’s South Street last month.
Food and dining at Wilderness this summer also promises to be a magical experience, with Fergus Henderson & St. John hosting a long table banquet on Sunday. If Michelin Star food isn’t quite to your tastes there is of course an array of delicious food options across the site throughout the weekend.
For the full range of acts and events happening throughout the weekend visit http://www.wildernessfestival.com