Devised by the same team that runs Secret Garden Party and Lovebox, Wilderness sets award-winning theatre, opera, debate and fine-dining in the bucolic surrounds of Oxfordshire’s Cornbury Estate. This year’s fifth birthday celebrations kick off on 6th August, with Björk heading-up, what can only be described as, a killer musical line-up. Explore our pick of the bill below, and visit the official website for more information.
Unless you were quick enough to bag tickets to last month’s sell-out Manchester International Festival show, Wilderness is currently looking like your final chance to see Björk play live in the UK this year. At her headline show on Friday night, lucky punters can expect to hear highlights from the Icelandic innovator’s two-decades-long-and-counting solo career, plus tracks from her heartbreakingly-beautiful, strings and beats-driven latest album, Vulnicura. Bring a hanky (or four), and get set to weep hard during ‘Stonemilker’, ‘Lionsong’ and all the rest.
Blending classical piano with influences from contemporary electronic music, Nils Frahm is one of the leading lights of acclaimed independent imprint Erased Tapes, and the driving force behind new international initiative Piano Day. Fresh from his Royal Albert Hall show for the BBC 6Music Prom – and the recent releases of Solo and Music for the Motion Picture Victoria – the Hamburg-born, Berlin-based composer will be bringing his spellbinding compositions to Wilderness on Friday night. Check out Spaces for a preview of the Nils Frahm live experience.
Just when we’d abandoned hope of hearing more from Róisín Murphy, the erstwhile Moloko-frontwoman finally dropped her third solo album back in May. Happily, Hairless Toys was more than worth the eight-year wait, switching the sleek sounds of 2007’s Overpowered for an equally fantastic yet decidedly more off-kilter take on electro, funk and disco. Hear highlights from it during her pre-Parliament/Funkadelic Main Stage show on Saturday, and get set to shimmy along to the likes of ‘Overpowered’ and ‘Dear Miami’ plus, quite possibly, a few Moloko classics.
More from the performers
- Writing Too Bright, I felt a mix of defiance and duty; a duty to write music that would be moving and empowering.
- I’m really self-reflective all the time – a bit of a perfectionist, constantly thinking about what I do.
- My whole solo career is a freakin’ highlight; this is way past anything that I even dreamed of...