Wilderness 2016

Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th August 2016
Cornbury Park, Charlbury, Oxfordshire, OX7 3EH, England MAP
£164 adult weekend camping + booking fee
daily capacity: 10000
last updated: Thu 9th Jun 2016

around the festival site (at night)

The festival of musicianship, theatre, talks, panel debates, late-night parties, outdoor pursuits and food experiences returns for a fourth year to Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire.

The 10,000 capacity festival will take place from Thursday 4th until Sunday 7th August 2016 and will offer an inclusive and wide range of entertainments and activities that make the most of the unique natural setting.


Two UK exclusive performances from headliners Sensational Space Shifters ft Robert Plant, and The Flaming Lips performing The Soft Bulletin lead the line-up including Crystal Fighters, Parov Stelar, Lianne La Havas, Goldie & The Heritage Orchestra performing Timeless, Glass Animals, Matt Corby, Shura, Tourist, Georgia, Rosie Lowe, Elias, Hackney Colliery Band, Holy Moly & the Crackers, The Buffalo Skinners, Gentle Mystics, Batch Gueye, Screamin' Miss Jackson & The Slap Ya' Mama Big Band, Tantz, Theo Bard, Apple Of My Eye, Martha Tilston, Garance and the Mitochondries, Cut a Shine, The Dovetail Trio, Cardboard Fox, and Stompin Dave Allen.

Plus The Valley will host, late night parties with A Love from Outer Space: Andrew Weatherall & Sean Johnston, Derrick Carter (Disco Set), Tom Middleton, Goldie Influences set, Jackmaster, and PBR Streetgang.

Latest additions Roy Ayers, Wilderness Orchestra, James Rhodes, London Contemporary Voices, Yijia Zhang, Mojo Filter, Nubiyan Twist, Divine Company, The Comet Is Coming, The Nomad Collective, DJ Chris Tofu, Hackney Colliery Band, Cut Capers, The Jenova Collective, Katy Carr, Thrill Collins, The Baghdaddies, Mad Apple Circus, Forest of Fools, Daytoner, 47soul, Polly & The Billets Doux, Mad Dog Mcrea, Jaz Delorian, Curtis Eller's American Circus, RSVP, Gideon Conn, Hattie Whitehead, Snufkin & The Devil's Doorbell, Jimmy Grayburn & The Medlars, Bamako Overground, Son Of Dave, Henri Herbert, Hannah Williams & The Tastemakers, Ephemerals, Kansas Smitty's, Little Victor, John Joseph Brill, Miraculous Mule, Black Cat Boppers, The Future Shape Of Sound, Bare Hunter, Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir, Kasai Masai, Jerimiah Marques & The Blue Aces, and George Eliot.


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Early bird tickets have sold out. An adult weekend camping ticket is currently priced at £164.
Young person (aged 11-17 years) tickets are priced at £80, with tickets for children aged 10 years and younger priced at £5, A campervan ticket is priced at £65, and a car park ticket is priced at £10. A live in vehicle pass is £100.

Other entertainment

The festival of musicianship, theatre, talks, panel debates, late-night parties, outdoor pursuits and food experiences returns for its fourth year to Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire. Wilderness will host grand ceremonies & spectaculars including the Saturday Night Spectacular, The Wilderness Cricket Match hosted by Bearded Kitten, The Fire Walking Ceremony & Fire Show, Bonfire Lighting Ceremonies, and Oxford vs Cambridge Bearded Kitten Boat Race. Stages & encampments on site include Introducing The Atrium supported by Time Out, The Juke Joint hosted by Petersham Road, The Carousel Stage hosted by Continental Drifts, Shangri-La & Global Local, The Travelling Folk Barn hosted by Woodburner Music, Two For Joy, The Local & EFDSS, Front Room Songs, and The Champagne Laurent-Perrier Orangery.

The line-up in the Kitchen Tales, a talking and debating venue entirely devoted to the pleasures and practices of cooking, eating and drinking are Grace Dent, Angela Hartnett, Virgilio Martinez, Mark Hix, Skye Gyngell, Jack Adair Bevan, Kathy Slack, Luca Dusi, Noble Rot, Berry Bros, Wine Car Boot, Ollie Hutson, Oliver Rowe, Jane Scotter, Tristram Stuart, Damian Clisby, Jeremy Lee, Stephen Harris, and Bee Wilson.

Wilderness will also offer a full program of theatre & performance, nature walks and talks, a Well Being Area, Spa, Boutique Babysitting, banquets under canopies, tented talks, midnight masked balls, barefoot dancing, parkland processions and ritualistic revelry.

The Atrium will be "a compendium of high arts and participation, an assembly of sensational music and dance from the UK and around the world." As well as The Wilderness Orchestra performing a tribute to David Bowie, alongside secret guests, the contemporary dance programme will include Sadler's Wells, who join Rambert Choreographic Platform, presenting new work by choreographer Ben Duke (Lost Dog) and composer and drummer Tommy Evans (Submotion Orchestra), 'There We Have Been' by James Cousins Company, 'Ruffle' by Carlos Pons Guerra, 'Without End' by Anthony Middleton, Itzik Galili's 'A Linha Curva' and Rambert Dancers. The Place presents Avant Garde Dance with excerpts from their new work 'Fagin’s Twist', and Just Us Dance Theatre, among others, and Divine Company return. The participation element at The Atrium includes The Sunday Assembly, Karaorkestra and Hip Hop Karaoke, Mass Yoga with Nadia Narain, dancing lessons with Swing Patrol, The Non-Applicable Dance Company, and giant drumming workshops.

The festival offers musicianship, theatre, talks, panel debates, late-night parties, outdoor pursuits and food experiences including long-table banquets and field restaurants. Plus late night entertainment, side shows, performers, circus, theatre, camps, trickery, arts & performance, cinema, multi sensory delights, talks, debates and literary arts .

Guests at this year's talks & debates The RSA, Pen International, The School Of Life, Sunday Papers Live, Sunday Assembly, The V&A 'Revolutions, Records & Rebels', Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, Anthony Beevor, Charlotte Church With Zoe Williams, Salish Kumar And Resurgence, Live Podcasts From Little, Atoms, Philosophy Bites & Level Up Human, The Odditorium, and Friends Of The Earth.

Wilderness’ talks & debates programme will include Charlotte Church, AC Grayling, George Galloway, James Rhodes, Antony Beevor, Simon Reeve, Martin Rees, Larry Sanders and Zoe Williams.

Theatre & Arts at Wilderness will include The Wilderness Playhouse - a brand new project supported using funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England offers a celebration of new work, devised performance, comedy and cabaret. The line-up includes Arcola Theatre 'Playwrought', Oxford Playhouse 'Evolve', Workshops With Old Vic New Voices, Superbolt Theatre 'Dinosaur Park (The Jurassic Parody)', The Wardrobe Ensemble '1972: The Future Of Sex', Premiering A New Piece Of Work By C-12 Dance Theatre, Oxford Shakespeare Company 'Four Pepys', Pop Up Opera 'Emmanuel Chabrier's Une Education Manquée', The Salon Collective 'Shakespeare: Direct', Sara Pascoe, London artist Scottee, Shesus & The Sistas 'Self Service - A Resurrection Story', Friday Night Comedy With… Robin & Partridge, Alfie Moore, Athena Kegblenu, and Ronnie Rigsby & Fred Ferenczi.

World Class Music, Dance & Performance... Ronnie Scott's, James Rhodes - Rambert, The Place The Wilderness Orchestra Presents … The Songs Of David Bowie (A Tribute) With Very Special Guests The Wilderness Revue, The Wilderness Choir, Wormfood Presents Nubiyan Twist, The Comet Is Coming, The Nomad Collective, Yijia Zhang, Divine Company, Non-Applicables Dance Collective, and Flamenco.

The long-table banquets return, with a feast provided by Raymond Blanc, Skye Gyngell, and Virgilio Martinez, and The Chef's Table supplied by Christian Puglisi (Relae, Copenhagen), Robin Gill (The Dairy), Tomos Parry (Kitty Fisher's), and Lee Westcott (Typing Room), plus feasting with Hix, Moro, and Petersham Nurseries. The Dining Room will hold Shotgun, Raw Duck, Quality Chop House, Maze Sushi, Duck & Waffle, with brand new food projects for this year including Patty & Pit Smokehouse With Pitt Cue Co. Sunday Feast, and Kitchen Tales curated by Angela Hartnett.

Outdoor Pursuits & Wellbeing

Outdoor Theatre on show this year deep in the heart of the forest includes Rogue Theatre, Oxford Shakespeare Company, and under the old oak trees will be Les Enfants Terrible's 'Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie'.

The great outdoor activities will include archery, secret adventures, wild swimming hunter gather cook foraging & butchery, entering the spirit forest and wild medicine walks with gateways to Eden, boating, fly fishing, and wild runs. Whilst encampments include The Green Crafts Village, The Secret Post Office A Curious Invitation’s Natural History Tent, and Guerilla Archaeology Presents The Big Dig. The wellbeing part of the site offers relaxation with the lakeside spa, expert massage & treatments in the sanctuary, meditation with headspace, yoga, ecstatic dance, and mindfulness sessions. Whilst in The Twilight Zone will be Shotgun Carousel’s Oubliette, Badger Bedlam, and fire & circus performers. Workshops & participation on offer includes sports, games & races at the club house, mass dance challenge hosted by non applicable dance company, academia de capoeira mundo, ukulele lessons, croquet east, bittersuite: sensory moments Marawa’s majorettes hula hooping, hip hop karaoke, mass dance, swing patrol, perfume making, drumming workshops, and even a sound bath.

More information will be here when available.

Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th August 2016
Cornbury Park, Charlbury, Oxfordshire, OX7 3EH, England MAP
£164 adult weekend camping + booking fee
daily capacity: 10000
last updated: Thu 9th Jun 2016

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