Wilderness Festival organisers have announced the first wave of acts set to appear this summer, as the annual event returns to Oxfordshire’s Cornbury Park for its ninth year running.
Set to feature UK festival exclusives from Bombay Bicycle Club and Robyn, additional notable names on the Wilderness lineup also include the likes of Tom Odell, George Fitzgerald, Caravan Palace, Tom Grennan, Eats Everything and Honey Dijon. Groove Armada will join Robyn and Bombay Bicycle Club as the third headline act, returning after their monumental performance in The Valley last year.
Alongside the line-up, Wilderness have also revealed four new music stages for 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.
Tickets for Wilderness 2019 are available now – check the lineup below:
Wilderness 2019 lineup:
The Mainstage (Supported by BBC Sounds)
Bombay Bicycle Club
Durand Jones & The Indications
Oh my God! It’s the Church
The Atrium (Supported by Time Out)
Ronnie Scott’s presents: Incognito
Jurassic 5’s Soup presents: The Fullee Love Collective
Sadler’s Wells: Birdgang
Rambert2: Killer Pig by Sharon Eyal
God’s Jukebox with The Wilderness Orchestra
Jazz re:freshed presents Ruby Rushton & Project Karnak
Ex-Easter Island Head
‘Strictly Come Wilderness’ with The Dance Off Crew
Hip Hop Karaoke
Just Breathe Meditation
Yoga with Stretch
Bollywood Dance Workshop
World’s Largest Spooning Cuddle
The Valley & The High Ground
The Cause Present Adonis & Tribes
Ata Kak (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra
Otim Alpha + Kampire (Nyege Nyege)
Danalogue Plays Charanjit Singh
On The Corner Takeover
Tom Ravenscroft (6 Music) + Pete Buckenham (Worldwide FM / OTC)
Tim Garcia (Música Macondo / Jazz FM)
Poly-Ritmo (Sounds of The Universe)
Long Table Banquets & Feasting
Angela Hartnett’s Cafe Murano
Josh Katz x Woodfired Canteen
Royal Geographical Society
Sunday Papers Live
Extinction Rebellion’s Action Camp
House of Sublime
Live Art Bistro
Alternative Miss Wilderness with The Provibers
Chisenhale Dance: Androgyny! Workshop
Queer Migrants ‘How To Be An Ally’ Workshop
Anti Diet Riot Club: ‘F**k Size’ Modelling
Naked Balloon Party
Art Macabre’s Queer Life Drawing
Presented by Continental Drifts and Global Local
Dutty Moonshine Big Band
Smoove & Turrell
Kioko – The After Hours
Jalapeno Sound System
Ghetto Funk All Stars
DJ Chris Tofu MBE