Wilderness is consistently one of the UK’s best festivals, and the Oxfordshire weekender has announced a tasty line-up for its tenth anniversary year. Loyle Carner, Foals and Supergrass will be headlining at Cornbury Park this summer, joined by genre-hopping ‘Milkshake’ purveyor Kelis, neo-soul queen Joy Crookes, mesmerising electro trio Elder Island and fast-rising Irish pop-rock band Picture This. Divine dance duo Bicep will deliver a live set and those champions of soundsystem culture, David Rodigan & The Outlook Orchestra, will be bringing the grooves.
But as ever, Wilderness isn’t just about spot-on sounds. Letters Live, the cult performance strand where unanounced actors like Olivia Colman and Benedict Cumberbatch read out epistles by distinguished cultural and political figures, will be returning to Wilderness, as will the festival’s famous long-table banquets. Fergus Henderson and Trevor Gulliver of St John, Richard Corrigan and Skye Gyngell will be hosting those this year, so you won’t leave the three-dayer hungry.
Let’s hope the chefs don’t use up all the veg, though. Gayzpacho with Jonny Woo is a completely unique slab of alt-cabaret mayhem where half-naked blokes getting covered in tomato sauce. Don’t feel too sorry for them – they can clean themselves off afterwards with a spot of wild swimming in Wilderness’s Lake Majestic.
Wilderness at Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire on Jul 30-Aug 2. Read more about the best UK festivals here. And marvel at what Wilderness looked like last year below!