Wilderness Festival have announced the first wave of acts for their tenth event, with a defining collection of frontrunners from across the arts and global music stage.
Wilderness 2020 highlights include Loyle Carner, Foals, Supergrass, Kelis, BICEP live, Elder Island, David Rodigan & The Outlook Orchestra, Jayda G, Letters Live, Chefs Richard Corrigan, Skye Gyngell, Fergus Henderson, Trevor Gulliver plus many more…
An idyllic nature reserve is the backdrop for a headline bill of stunning proportions. Studding the topline on The Main Stage supported by BBC Sounds: Mercury-nominated South London rapper Loyle Carner lays down his earnest poetry bedded on acid jazz, experimental electronic giants, Foals, provide the seismic Saturday night cornerstone and one of the most important bands of the 90s: the legendary Supergrass close the show on Sunday as part of their epic 2020 reunion tour.
The game-changing, multi-platinum doyenne Kelis has always rebuffed the restrictions of pop and brings her career-spanning live show to the Wilderness Main Stage. Underground blog duo turned disco-house megastars BICEP perform their prime-time beats live, while the captivating and hotly tipped Bristol beatmakers Elder Island deliver their shape-shifting songs and mesmerising melodies, peppered with serene and soulful vocal hooks. Original Reggae selector and soundclash champion David Rodigan brings his Outlook Orchestra to douse you in sunshine reggae, the Lauryn Hill-compared neo-soul songwriter Joy Crookes returns and fast-rising Irish rockers, Picture This, make their Main Stage debut.
The Atrium supported by Time Out is the beating art-heart; the flagship canopied stage provides the scene for a renowned spectrum of performance, music, dance and participatory spectaculars, all specially devised by pioneering collectives and artists. Wilderness are thrilled to welcome back Letters Live, the infamous celebration of the written word, who bring their top-secret bill of A-listers year-on-year to perform the finest correspondence ever written. Ben Kingsley, Olivia Colman, Russell Brand and Benedict Cumberbatch have all made surprise appearances in previous years.
Jazz institution Ronnie Scott’s return to deliver their cutting-edge musicians to The Atrium for more existential jazz moments at the hands of the masters. Meanwhile, Too Many T’s inject a hit of Brit brat rap to proceedings with buoyant, playful, tongue-in-cheek lyrics, teaching us not to take life too seriously and dance wannabees can throw their hat in the ring for the Wilderness’ Got Talent tournament hosted by the raucous Dance Off Crew. Our very own 27-piece house band, The Wilderness Orchestra, will also return featuring a stellar cast of guest singers performing new arrangements of audience requested classics.
Wilderness are the pioneers of festival banqueting, and as ever, deliver a mouth-watering line-up comprised of leaders in the global food scene. Thursday’s Long Table Banquet continues the Woodfired and Friends series, with Smokestak’s David Carter joining Cornwall’s Woodfired Canteen to cook up a storm for the opening night family feast. Irish chef Richard Corrigan is lauded as one of the greatest chefs of his generation and has received praise from some of the fiercest food and restaurants critics in the land. He hosts Friday’s prestigious Long Table Banquet. Skye Gyngell, star of the very first Wilderness and founder of Spring, returns to Cornbury Park with an all-star cast of some of the hottest chef talent in the UK. While Sunday is topped by the legendary Fergus Henderson and Trevor Gulliver of St. John fame in the ultimate nose-to-tail celebration to close Season Ten.
The intimate Chef’s Table is perched on a hillside overlooking a lake. Here you’ll find incredible food cooked before your eyes at an intimate restaurant under canvas – a one-of-a-kind tasting menu from the finest chefs of the moment. This year’s line-up includes Brad Carter of the Michelin star Carter’s of Moseley and Damian Clisby of Emile, with more to be announced.
The Wilderness Field Restaurants are in the safe hands of festival-goer favourites: Angela Hartnett’s impeccable Café Murano and the gorgeous purveyors of seasonal delights Petersham Nurseries. Homeslice are back with their wood-fired delights for sit down or take-away feasting and Patty and Bun return with their winning beats and burgers formula.
As the sun sets on Cornbury Park, The Valley flickers to life. The open-air dance floor beneath the trees will be presided over by Canadian born, Berlin-based producer Jayda G on Saturday. Her infectious energy behind the decks has catapulted her to international stardom. Manchester based, Homoelectric, join her to take over the Valley for one night only with their “non-stop exotic disco for homos, heteros, lesbos & don’t knows.” Full After Dark line-up to be announced.
The sprawling music and arts proposition comes with a side of silliness, as games, theatrics and mass participatory escapades ring out across the Village Green. The Club House is the capital of all things silly. Their Sports Day hosts are famed for their off-the-cuff comedy and relentless energy. The Grand Irrational horse race returns for another year of horseplay and human dressage. The Wilderness Cricket Match hosted by Bearded Kitten is the original festival cricket fixture, featuring a swelling line-up of heroes, villains and dubious umpiring decisions.
The programme for families is as colourful and imaginative as ever, with Cornish theatre troop Rogue Theatre delighting all ages with their woodland shows, Storystock, the travelling story circus and The Flying Seagulls all returning to spread light, love and inspiration.
There is a return to a celebration of classic Wilderness traditions. A nod to old school origins. The programme is inspired by the landscape and the natural world and as such is a true celebration of the wild, of adventure and of wilderness itself. Dive in the lakes, roll in the grass, ride a bike through the forests, camp under the stars and then dance like there’s no tomorrow to some of the mightiest sounds on the planet. After all, that is what Wilderness is all about.
THE MAIN STAGE & LATE NIGHT
David Rodigan and the Outlook Orchestra
Royal Albert Hall
Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra
Sunday Papers Live
Too Many Ts
Hip Hop Karaoke
The Wilderness Proms
The Dance Off Present – Wilderness Has Got Talent
The Art Studio
The Greencrafts Village
FEASTING & DINING
David Carter x Woodfired Canteen
Patty & Bun
Catu Diosis (Nyege Nyege)
Beating Heart: Saronde
London Astrobeat Orchestra
Kate Hutchinson (Worldwide FM)
None More Records (Soho Radio)
Dora The Drawer
HOUSE OF SUBLIME
Madame Jojo’s: Manifestation
Gayzpacho with Jonny Woo
Missy Fatale Cabaret
Alternative Miss Wilderness with The Provibers
Live Art Development Agency
The Vagina Museum – Bajingo Bingo
Adam All & Apple Derrieres
Sex Work & the Future
Sam and The Womp
DJ Chris Tofu MBE
The Great Brain Robbery
Brass Rave Unit
BCO – Grime Orchestrated
Hosted by Front Room Songs
Under the Apple Tree, Woodburner
The Wanton String Band
The Boot Band
THE CLUB HOUSE – WITH VILLAGE CIRCUS
Captain Accident & The Disasters
The Burger Van DJs
The Brass Funkeys
Mr Tea & The Minions
DJ Max Galactic
The Bare Souls
OUTDOORS & WELLBEING
The Lakeside Spa
Wellbeing in the Wild
Hunter Gather Cook
Medicine Walks with Wild Gaian Soul
Bike Rides with Bainton Bikes
THE CLUB HOUSE PLAYING FIELDS
The Wilderness Cricket Match hosted by Bearded Kitten
The Grand Irrational
Mass Musical Benches
Tootles & Nibs