Wilderness Festival 2013 – Preview

A trip to Wilderness festival this summer promises a whole world of festival fantasy, unlike anything else on offer, in what has become a huge and competitive market. Wilderness offers a unique combination of a maddeningly beautiful setting (think wild swimming), fine food, an Eco spa, and a whole wealth of magical zones, pop up performances and giggle inducing activities for everyone. It’s a family friendly festival. But you could just call it a friendly festival, you’ll be sure to find kindred spirits of ages.

The lack of consumer branding and the emphasis on small, independent vendors provides a glorious break from the mundanity of the high street and spaces we usually move in. Including many of the other festivals out there.

Of course, as you’d expect, everything will have a musical accompaniment. There will be an eclectic mixture of genres, with a focus on alternative and up and coming artists with raw talent and plenty of beats to shake your sparkly ass to. However it’s not about dozens of huge name artists or headliners, but an opportunity to discover something new, the pleasure of which is only heightened by the creativity and thought that goes into the environments within which you enjoy it all. That said, Noah and the Whale are performing this year, which feels like a perfect fit for the ethos of the festival. Martha Wainwright and The Correspondents are amongst others not to be missed.

There are a also a selection of spectacular banquets taking place over the course of the weekend, curated and created on site by head chefs from a number of London’s most celebrated restaurants. So culinary treats are guaranteed. You’ll also find croquet, craft and Charles Dickens, should you care to look for them.

I would recommend going with an open mind, a big appetite and some silly fancy dress items (I guarantee it’ll seem like a good idea when you get there, if it doesn’t already!)

Lil Philli B