It’s back! Wilderness festival returns this summer, once again taking over a pocket of Oxfordshire countryside and filling it with music, food, performance and festival magic. This year’s Wilderness takes place from August 4–7 2016, with music, long-table banquets and street food, woodland parties, theatre, film and dance, a pop-up spa and more escapist activities. Sound good? Here’s the full line-up for Wilderness festival 2016.
Restless rock god Robert Plant takes the headline slot, performing new songs and Led Zeppelin classics (as you’ve never heard them before) with his current band The Sensational Space Shifters in an exclusive UK performance. He’s joined by Wayne Coyne’s psychedelic veterans The Flaming Lips playing their 1999 album ‘The Soft Bulletin’ from start to finish (another exclusive), and Anglo-Basque electro loons Crystal Fighters.
The Wilderness main stage also hosts electro-swinger Parov Stelar, drum ’n’ bass godfather Goldie joining forces with The Heritage Orchestra to play his album ‘Timeless’, and laid-back and on-trend sounds from Shura, Tourist, Glass Animals and Rosie Lowe. And across the rest of the site there’s loads more live music: brass bands, folk singers, jazz, swing and klezmer acts, and The Wilderness Orchestra playing the songs of David Bowie. After dark, things get a bit more hedonistic in Wilderness’s designated party zone The Lost Valley, where Andrew Weatherall and Sean Johnston’s A Love From Outer Space and Derrick Carter (playing a disco set) hit the decks alongside Jackmaster and PBR Streetgang.
After all that dancing you’ll need a slap-up meal, so it’s a good thing that Wilderness is famous for its food. The festival’s regular long-table banquets are hosted this year by Raymond Blanc, Skye Gyngell and Virgilio Martínez, and London dude-food purveyors Patty & Bun and Pitt Cue Co are teaming up for a Patty & Pit Smokehouse.
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Add in theatre, performance, talks and debates, dance workshops, wild costume parties, a croquet tournament and an open-air spa, and there’s way more going on at Wilderness than we can possibly mention here. This definitely isn’t your average weekend in the country. Book Wilderness tickets now for bucolic bliss without the boring.