While for a lot of us festivals are synonymous with shameful behaviour, laced with filth and an over-indulgent loss of brain cells, Wilderness offers a delightfully different approach with ‘a celebration shaped by nature, a landscape transformed by the arts’ – hosted by the Secret Forum, with support from the Huffington Post.
Wilderness aims to invigorate the mind and enhance the senses. Could it be possible to come back from a festival feeling better about ourselves? We think it might…
Intelligence Squared (the world’s premier forum for debate and intelligent discussion) will be back with a live discussion – “Monogamy Equals Monotony” – with bestselling author, journalist and broadcaster Helen Croydon, and journalist and broadcaster Andrew Pierce arguing their corners. One thing can be sure; this quick-fire and provocative discussion will be anything but monotonous.
HuffPost Conversation Starters series will include a myriad of talks and workshops with broad topics covering politics, feminism and blogging, hosted by the high rollers at HuffPost.
A potential festival favourite – the Front Line club, has brought together the world’s best journalists, photographers, filmmakers and thinkers since 2003; its highlights will include a panel of journalists that were present at the fall of the Berlin Wall and renowned artist Anthony Gormley. This, with the help of poets, musicians, actors, writers and many more, will bring your Sunday paper to life!
London’s finest night of words and music – Book Slam, will feature an all-star line-up, including Scottish literary icon Irvine Welsh. The Lost Lectures will bring forth a series of enchanting talks that reimagine the whole lecture concept with an impressive cast speaking in previously inaccessible and secret locations. Radio Gaga come to Wilderness with three brand new radio plays, brought to vivid life with Alex Barclay and a superb company of the hottest acting talent around.
Music this year includes a smashing line up, such as headliners Metronomy, Burt Bacharach, London Grammar plus many more. For the foodies, culinary heavyweights Simon Rogan, Angela Hartnett and Russell Norman have prepared delicious banqueting feasts, and once suitably stuffed you can dance the daytime’s delights off with exceptional DJ sets from the likes of Eats Everything, Horse Meat Disco and Zero 7.
Is your mutli-sensory appetite sufficiently wet? Then let’s go into the Wilderness!
Best New Festival 2011 – UK Festival Awards, Best Small Festival 2012 – Live Music Awards, Best Extra Activity 2013 – UK Festival Awards
Weekend Tickets: £143.50 + BF Children aged 10: £5
Cornbury Park Estate