Festivals in Oxford aren’t all about big wheeled transport vehicles you know. There’s Cornbury, who take the first syllable of their name and use that as a guide to booking bands (Will Young, Jools Holland, Jame Morrsion). Harvest Festival trundled into Oxfordshire last year courtesy of Blur bassist Alex James, only to bring with him David Cameron and Jeremy Clarkson chomping on organic fresh fruit and veg. I’d rather go to KFC myself. But there is also Wilderness Festival, and of all the festivals in Oxford in 2012, it’s Wilderness who win the award for “Best Band In Show”. For Chicago’s alt.country legends Wilco are headlining this year. The festival takes place between the 10th and 12th August.
The line-up also boasts Spanish jazz instrumentalists Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Oxford folk-pop stars Stornoway, Howe Gelb’s Americana trailblazers Giant Sand, Mackem art-indie band Field Music and space-rockers Spiritualized. Other bands include Cloud Control, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Crystal Fighters, Grant Lee Buffalo, Jenny O, Milagres, London Folk Guild, Fatoumata Diawara, Lianne La Havas and many more.
The festival also presents talks, theatre, family “fun” and a plethora of good food (stay back Alex James, keep your cheese to yourself).
Tickets currently coast £119 (+ booking fee) and kids aged 10 and under go for free.
For more info please visit the offical website for details: http://www.wildernessfestival.com/