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Wilderness festival: When is it, where is it and who is headlining this year?

The festival returns to Oxfordshire this week

Thomas Whitaker

Set amid stunning rolling hills and one of the oldest woods in England, the well heeled set of the Cotswolds and a number of famous faces will this week converge to celebrate the fourth Wilderness Festival. The four day event, which starts on Thursday and runs until Sunday, offers something for everyone with a host of top music acts, theatre, comedy and dance from the world famous Sadlers Wells.

Headline acts include Nile Rogers and Chic and British indies pop band Bastille, as well as the crème de la crème of up and coming stars from IAMDDB to Joy Crookes and Mahalia. They join well known DJ’s on the bill, from the legendary Groove Armada, playing the valley alongside Peggy Gou and George Fitzgerald.

Wilderness Festival returns to Oxfordshire on 2 August

Last year famous faces at the event at Cornbury Park near Charlbury, included comedian Russell Brand, presenter Jonathan Ross, Benedict Cumberbatch, and newly married Game of Thrones actor Kit Harrington, as well as former Prime Minister David Cameron.

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As well as music, the event is a must for foodies with a host of top chefs making sure festival goers are well fed. This year’s Wilderness welcomes back Yotam Ottolenghi, who had such a good time last year he is organising a banquet for 400 revellers. "Food is the ultimate way of breaking down barriers and getting people talking, so the benefits of eating en-masse are clear. I’m thrilled to be joining Wilderness again for what will be an incredible year," he said.

Yotam Ottolenghi is organising a banquet for 400 revellers at the festival

With no Glastonbury or Secret Garden Party this year – Wilderness is set to be the most fun, biggest – and best – festival of 2018!

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Wilderness Festival runs from August 2-5th at Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire.

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