Wilderness once again delivered on its high-end, summertime vibes this year. Here were the highlights.
With an entire section devoted to yoga, meditation and spirituality, those in search of more than just music and late night revelry found sanctuary in peace and relaxation all weekend too. Partnering with the festival, Amuse hosted a panel on the Saturday, asking Is the popularity of wellbeing just another ‘healthy addiction’? The result was a lively debate between the audience and the panel about the virtues of clean eating, regular exercise and meditation and the pressures placed upon us by social media.
Wrestling with the topic were yoga teacher Lauren Imparato, chef and nutritionalist Natasha Corrett, mindfulness coach, doctor and neuroscientist Dr Tamara Russell, authentic practitioner Yogi Ashokananda, founder of Ashiyana retreat Chris Nelson, black belt martial arts practitioner Michele Pernetta and founder of the Skinny Bitch Collective Russell Bateman. The outcome was clear: a balance between being healthy and not feeling guilty about indulging is necessary.
For any discerning food fan, there’s no better festival than Wilderness right now. With a slate of London’s most hyped restaurants and bars taking up stalls in the Oxfordshire countryside for the occasion, a dry burger and warm cider certainly weren’t on the menu. And while many music festivals are cottoning onto the draw of good food, you’d be stretched to find a festival that rivals a menu of perfectly poached eggs for breakfast via Yolk, legendary burgers for lunch from Patty & Bun, or Duck and Waffle’s namesake meal (with a side of truffle and parmesan croquettes) for dinner.
At Wilderness, hangovers needn’t be nursed with a lie-in and a Lucozade in your tent. For those who indulged a little too much the day before, Russell Bateman brought his Skinny Bitch Collective to kick things into gear and start the Sunday off with a bang in partnership with Amuse, showing us this is a festival offering all manner of highs – in this case, the adrenaline rush of 45 minutes of intense exercise on a Sunday morning.
Despite the culinary offerings and range of talks and classes, Wilderness is still first and foremost a music festival. This year’s line-up blended much hyped indie-electro acts like Glass Animals and Shura, legendary music icons such as Roy Ayers and Robert Plant, and acclaimed DJs like Andrew Weatherall and Derrick Carter for the sunsets.