Into The Wild At Wilderness Festival
The summer holidays are in full swing, and August lies before us, a perfect time to unwind, explore and enjoy the simple things.
There’s nothing better than a change of scene and a break from routine to refresh and rejuvenate. Anna and I love Oxford, but we also love to get out of town and explore too. It gives us inspiration and awesome ideas to bring to what we’re doing at Independent Oxford, and we love finding quirky and unusual things to inspire us!
So with that in mind, we’re exploring the fields of Wilderness this weekend to discover awesome fresh new music, creatives, indie traders, street food and get lost in the beauty that is Cornbury Park.
Wilderness is back this year for it’s eighth season, packed full of creativity right across the arts. This year showcases a diverse mix of genres, continuing the festivals reputation for quirky and unique programming.
The main stage this year, supported by BBC Music, includes headlining sets from Chic ft Nile Rodgers, Bastille and Justice. Jon Hopkins also joins the bill with his mix of experimental electronic compositions, as well as jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington, with his incredible progressive catalogue.
Emerging artists include IAMDDB, Mahalia and Joy Crookes, who creates beautiful laid back, soulful, modern R&B.
After the main stage headline acts, The Valley comes alive with international DJs and music legends including Groove Armada, and brilliant house and techno DJ Peggy Gou.
Cornbury Park makes the perfect location for Wilderness with sweeping open spaces and hidden forest glades all nestled around a central lake, perfect for cooling off in or taking a leisurely rowing boat trip. The Valley sits within a wood, making a perfect amphitheatre for music and spectacular light shows.
Not only does Wilderness showcase great musical talent, it also pioneered festival feasting, and this year their banquet line up remains unrivaled. Yotam Ottolenghi returns for the Sunday Long Table Banquet, and Angela Hartnett will once again be delighting diners at Cafe Murano.
Plus there are so many brilliant street food traders, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Booja Booja will be serving up delicious dairy free ice cream, Lachmacun bring up mouth watering Turkish street food and Vicky’s Donuts will be making us grin from ear to ear with her beautifully colourful creations.
The Forum at Wilderness explores ideas for positive change with their line up of informative talks, and across the festival, the V&A bring a taster of their season of fashion exhibitions; Fashioned from Nature, which explores the influence of Frida Kahlo on the fashion world.
Inspired by Frida’s striking head pieces you’ll be able to make your own real flower crown. For more Frida fashion, check out local indie trader Smoking Gun Vintage who will be selling amazing applique Frida denim jackets.
Wilderness is true escapism only 18 miles from Oxford city centre. Whether your looking to immerse yourself in music, the arts, inspiring talks or feast your way through the weekend, this is an experiential adventure like no other. Not only is there music, banquets and shows all weekend, you might suddenly find yourself watching the Wilderness Cricket Match, playing along with Mass Musical Benches or joining in with the Pop Song Sing Along Choir.
So if you’re looking for a festival experience with a difference, pop down the road to Charlbury this weekend! There are a few tickets left over on the Wilderness website, but be quick, they sold out last year.
It’s the perfect place to be on a summers day, especially with a refreshing dip in the lake!
If you’re off to Wilderness this weekend from the 2nd to 5th August, tell us what you’re looking forward to seeing and doing in the comments below. We’re looking forward to finding hidden camps and secret bars, as well as discovering awesome music and delicious food, but always love to hear your tips and ideas! You can follow our Wilderness adventures on Twitter and Instagram, just check out our hashtag #indieOxfordexplore
Love, Rosie xxx