Festivals: Wilderness 2019 Lineup Revealed, Including Bombay Bicycle Club

Wilderness 2019 have today announce Bombay Bicycle Club as UK festival exclusive headliners, alongside Robyn, Groove Armada, George Fitzgerald, Tom Odell, Ólafur Arnalds, Tom Grennan, Freya Ridings, Honey Dijon, Erol Alkan, Letters Live, a host of Arts institutions including The Royal Academy of Arts, Southbank Centre and The Roundhouse and much, much more

The glorious Main Stage is an eclectic beast and the setting for some of the world’s greatest artists. Home to the legendary and the leftfield – and supported by BBC Sounds – headliners this year include: the Brit and Grammy nominated Swedish starlet Robyn (UK festival exclusive), Bombay Bicycle Club (UK festival exclusive) who return to performing after a four-year hiatus, and the mighty dance duo Groove Armada who bring their legendary and spectacular live show to the Main Stage after their monumental performance in The Valley last year

Bringing disco-house and electronica to this diverse range of headliners is the singular and soulful George Fitzgerald. After a year in which he headlined The Valley and released his third album, the crossover smash All That Must Be, he returns to play the Main Stage before Robyn. Next up is English singer-songwriter Tom Odell – who returns after a surprise appearance at last year’s Letters Live. The French-electro swing band Caravan Palace also make a comeback, alongside Icelandic composer and multi-instrumentalist Ólafur Arnalds, bold vocalist Tom Grennan and the super-soulful singer Freya Ridings

The pioneering likes of Ronnie Scott’s, Sadler’s Wells and Rambert2 join Hip Hop Karaoke, Mass Yoga and The Dance Off Crew at The Atrium. On Thursday night, Jazz re:freshed host a jazz takeover, celebrating the newly confident and abundant UK jazz scene. They bring key figures – such as the Tenderlonious led quartet Ruby Rushton and production duo Project Karnak – alongside the aforementioned Steam Down. Jazz re:freshed were the musicians who popped up for a surprise jam with Kamasi Washington after his Wilderness show last year

Wilderness also welcomes back Letters Live to headline the Talks and Debates programme. Their formula of A-list speakers last year, reading the finest correspondence ever written included Benedict Cumberbatch, Ben Kingsley and Olivia Colman to name a few. This year promises to be every bit as special. Expect another top-secret line-up, guaranteed to wow

The beating heart of Wilderness comes alive after sundown. This year, Chicago impresario Honey Dijon brings her dexterous manoeuvres straight from the city of underground house music to headline The Valley. She is joined by dance music titan: the incomparable Erol Alkan who has many guises; DJ, remixer, label founder, club promoter, radio host, long-standing Bugged Out resident and founder of the iconic London party, ‘Trash’. Sunday is presided over by Bristol’s bass-happy party-starter – the genre-blending Eats Everything – who plays all night long, with risqué promoters Little Gay Brother hosting the party. Also billed is reigning Queen supreme and London DJ icon Jodie Harsh

Wilderness presents four brand new music stages this year – The High Ground, The Level, The Jumpyard and The Troubadour

The High Ground is a new after-dark dance space dedicated to cutting-edge electronic music and the art of the DJ. Welcoming the excellent crowdfunded Tottenham club The Cause at the helm on Friday and Saturday, the independent venue and secret party crew team up with progressive London promoters, Adonis & Tribes, across two nights of dancefloor antics featuring Hannah Holland, Grace, Shay, Voigtmann, Cromby and Dom Chung amongst others. The full late night line-up is to be announced

The Level is a brand new venue devoted to artistic excellence, innovation and new directions in music from around the globe. The programme at The Level showcases artists who are defining the current trends rather than following them. Headliners are Ata Kak from the cult label Awesome Tapes from Africa & Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra. He played in Fela Kuti’s band Egypt 80, and is said to possess “the most fluent Afrobeat you’re going to hear today” (Max Reinhardt). Other highlights include the unstoppable Steam Down: the artist collective, weekly event and music community based in Deptford, Beating Heart – the ensemble who invited musicians, artists and producers to remix the world’s largest single collection of vintage African recordings, a special takeover from On The Corner – Winner of the Worldwide Awards label of the year 2018 – and Otim Alpha & Kampire from Ugandan label Nyege Nyege Tapes

The Jumpyard comes direct from Shangri-La (Glastonbury’s infamous after-hours area) creator, Chris Tofu and Continental Drifts. Think jump-up, heavy brass ‘n’ bass, funk and reggae, an explosive stomping ground headed up by the rinsing Dutty Moonshine Big Band. Jalapeno Records present Smoove & Turrell and Izo FitzRoy, Badcore Horns bring the noise, 6-piece funk-breaks Daytoner return and more. From the creators of The Carousel, this is the ultimate feel-good dancefloor with sunshine reggae, swing, bass and brass wildness

The Troubadour is the place to be blown away by up-and-coming artists and established greats performing acoustic works. Take your shoes off, cosy up and find the next Nick Mulvey. Music and dance workshops by day. Shindigs, hoedowns and new music discovery by night courtesy of four promoters with big credentials: Woodburner, Fire In The Mountain, Under The Apple Tree and Front Room Songs

For more details, head to www.wildernessfestival.com

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