A Celebration shaped by Nature, a Landscape Transformed by the Arts

AUGUST 6 – 9TH 2015


Wilderness THUMB

For 2015, Wilderness is already shaping up to be one of the most exciting events of the festival season, with such gloriously legendary and eclectic performers such as Bjork, George Clinton and Ben Howard headlining, globally acclaimed and Michelin-starred chefs like Angela Hartnett, Nuno Mendes and James Knappett whipping up a culinary storm. The likes of Intelligence Squared, V&A Museum and the Sunday Assembly are offering activities of a more intellectual pursuit, and leading London theatre from the groundbreaking Foolish People, Opera Holland Park, Battersea Arts Centre and Old Vic New Voices.

First up, the roster of chefs is now even more superlative with the addition of Raymond Blanc OBE and Sweden’s Niklas Ekstedt alongside Angela Hartnett. Raymond Blanc, he needs little introduction. As one of the world’s finest chefs, his banquet will be highly anticipated indeed! From Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, to presenting TV series such as Kew On a Plate and The Restaurant and nurturing a whole generation of Michelin-starred talent, Blanc’s influence on the culinary landscape is wide and far-ranging and it is an honour indeed to welcome him to the Wilderness family in 2015. Hailing from Stockholm, Ekstedt has perfected his own culinary style, cooking totally without electricity or gas over open flames, with perfect smoke skills and hot coals as his tools of the trade. His Stockholm restaurant EKSTEDT was voted an impressive second in Zagat’s list of the best restaurants in the world in 2013 too, so this is a rare opportunity to taste Ekstedt’s food in the UK.


Music-wise, 2015 is proving to be damn near unbeatable, with some of the hottest up and coming artists all coming on board. 21 year old Icelandic sensation Asgeir will enchant crowds with his beautifully melancholic songs and unusual poetry, while, on the other end of the geographic spectrum, Sahara Desert native Bombino will dazzle with his particular brand of world music meets rock and roll soul. XL Recordings will also deliver an exhilarating one-two punch, with two of their hottest new artists in the form of Southport electronic virtuoso Lapsley and disco funk princeling Shamir, hailing from Las Vegas. Legendary dance pioneer Damien Lazarus & The Ancient Moons will be also be appearing at Cornbury Park this year. Rounding up the main stage are CC Smugglers, self-made showmen who worked their way up from young street performers to playing some of the biggest venues and festivals in Europe.

Meanwhile, in the Hidden Valley, a roll call of the finest DJ talent are bursting forth, with Hercules and Love Affair vocalist cum underground house producer Kim Ann Foxman leading the charge with her raw electronic music, along with a very rare set from the elusive and mythical DJ Harvey and the world renowned Tom Middleton, who has been redefining the musical landscape for about 25 years now. Also along for the ride are Amsterdam’s Rush Hour founder Antal, weaving house and techno spells with Afro and disco magic, Felix Dickinson, one of the champions of the burgeoning dance underground and partystarting Leeds duo PBR Streetgang, Also appearing are Mojo Filter, the production and remix incarnation of Ben Zaven Crane, championed by the likes of Todd Terje and Chemical Brothers for his relentless quest for new and unheard cosmic frequencies, funk/ soul/ disco enthusiast and LWR programme controller YOMS, and Ollie Keens, who has shared stages with everyone from Grandmaster Flash to Jackmaster.

For those who want a more relaxed vibe, there is an absolutely staggering and deliciously varied buffet of gorgeous folk bands on offer at the Travelling Folk Barn, from the Eastern European vibes of The Turbans, to the beat pop melodies of The Buffalo Skinners; the West Coast Americana of Goodnight Lenin to Canadian wunderkind Zachary Lucky. Every stripe and flavour of folk is catered for here, so dive in and enjoy the smorgasbord.

Elsewhere, on the Carousel Stage, Shangri-La’s Chris Tofu has curated a weird and wonderful roster of diverse musical marvels, including The Brass Funkeys, who draw from New Orleans’ rich musical history to create a hypnotic blend of gypsy, swing and Latin funk, Bristol’s six piece theatrical showband Carny Villains, Duffy Moonshine Big Band, who meld big band with modern basslines and chunky beats to stunning effect, astonishing 13 piece Balkan brass monolith Trans Siberian March Band, and the 60s indebted, pan-Atlantic musical stylings of Voodoo Love Orchestra, among others. 

The Juke Joint, presented by Petersham Road, is set to transform Cornbury Park to a blues shaking paradise with a line-up stuffed to the gills with marquee acts from the UK blues scene. Big Joe Louis, whose collaborative history spans from Muddy Waters to Van Morrison, are sure to enthrall with their take on down-home Chicago blues. From Chicago to New Orleans, Piano auteur Diz and The Doormen evoke a potent gumbo of Barrel House, Rhythm and Blues and boogie-woogie, whilst Errol Linton’s raw Brixton inspired blues offers an invigorated guise on a defining genre.

Always bringing new venues, performances and formats to reinvent and reimagine the festival, Wilderness 2015 also sees an array of festival firsts, including the Saturday Night Spectacular still to come, a new collaboration with Village Productions The Clubhouse, the brand new fine arts venue - The Wilderness Art Studio, A new musical project to join the festival’s own orchestra - the Wilderness Choir and a fire walking ceremony.

Music and food aside, another thing Wilderness has always done well is tapping into a more intellectual vein as well, with the Talks and Debates on offer always a standout. To that end, apart from previously announced participants such as Sunday Papers Live, The Sunday Assembly, Guerrilla Archaeology, The V&A Talks and more, this year will also see participants such as GQ’s award winning editor Dylan Jones, Matthew Taylor, the Chief Executive of the RSA, historian and television presenter Dan Snow, comedian Dom Joly speaking on the ups and downs of celebrity life and Marigold Hotel author Deborah Moggach and famed philosopher John Lanchester. This is just a taster of the myriad speakers and thinkers to be announced in the coming weeks…

Equally essential at this multi-arts festival is the Theatre and Arts program, with one of the centerpieces being the V&A: From Woodstock to Wilderness. Curated by V&A Theatre and Performance curators Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh, who put together the singular David Bowie smash hit exhibition, this explores the cultural and political upheavals of the late 60s and the explosive sense of freedom of the era expressed in festivals, music, art, fashion, design, TV, film, photography, performance and literature. Then there’s also the Wilderness Orchestra, who, on their return engagement will be playing live orchestra of film scores, and Shlomo’s Vocal Orchestra will also be present and correct to blow festivalgoers’ minds. Additionally, The Artful Badger will be back with more animal antics in the forest, and concert guitarist Richard Durrant will also be on hand with his richly romantic, truly virtuosic guitar playing which breaks all musical boundaries.

Throw in a whole host of family activities including Rhubarb Theatre and Cardboard Kingdom, and workshops focusing on costumes and wild creatures, as well as Wellbeing goings-on like Meditation with Headspace, Massage and Facials with Neal’s Yard Remedies products, Paddle Board Yoga, Hot Pod Yoga, workshops and more, and you have a glorious festival getaway from it all that will truly feel like an entirely unique experience like no other.

Wilderness is the proud winner of: Best New Festival 2011 – UK Festival Awards, Best Small Festival 2012 – Live Music Awards and Best Extra Activity for 2013 – UK Festival Awards

Wilderness Festival August 6 – 9th 2015

Cornbury Park,


Weekend Tickets: £175

Children aged 10 and under: £5

All tickets available via: www.wildernessfestival.com


Notes to editors

About MAMA & Company

MAMA & Company was founded in 2005 and is the parent company of a number of UK-based music and media businesses.

The group was the first to establish itself as an integrated live music company, combining the ownership of venues and festivals with the management of artists, supported by brand partnership and a strong tech platform.

The live music venue estate comprises of; The Forum, The Jazz Café, The Garage, The Borderline and The Barfly and Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen - London; The Institute, Birmingham, and The Ritz - Manchester and East Village Arts Club - Liverpool.

Its festival business operates large scale, outdoor events including Somersault, Wilderness Festival, Lovebox, Citadel and The Great Escape.

The live music business is supported by a brand partnership business, positioned to design and deliver a variety of brand objectives across MAMA’s live assets.


About Secret Productions

Secret Productions, co –founders of the award-winning Secret Garden Party (2007 – 2013), is a bespoke production company that have been producing full content, high quality events for over a decade, excelling in creating imaginative, interactive environments for all types of events.