Wilderness Festival 2014 lineup announced!

We are pretty excited to let you know that the lineup for this years Wilderness Festival has been announced.  This idyllic, eclectic and gloriously paradisiacal music and arts festival returns for its forth installment to the lovely surroundings of Cornbuy Park in Oxfordshire from 7th – 10th August 2014. 

Live Music & Dancing

Metronomy, Burt Bacharach, London Grammar, Jessie Ware with the Wilderness Orchestra, Sam Smith, Connan Mockasin, Gregory Porter, Submotion Orchestra, Mount Kimbie, Soak, Friends of the Earth Busking Stage

“BitterSuite” – A Sensory Concert

Travelling Folk Barn with Two for Joy , The Local and The English Folk Dance & Song Society

Feasts & Gastronomy

Long Table Banquets with Simon Rogan, Angela Hartnett, Russell Norman

The return of Sam & Sam Clark’s Moro Souk Tent, St. John Dining Room & Bakery, Wilderness Cookery School

Late Night Revelry from

Greg Wilson, Futureboogie, Horse Meat Disco, Zero 7 (DJ), The Quarry hosted by Rumpus, Artful Badger, Shangri La Superstar & Continental Drifts, The Astronomers Ball, Aircraft Circus’s Midnight Circus.

Spectacular Processions and Fire Shows inspired by the infamous Wychwood Forest Fayres created by Macnas And Now:

Tented Theatre, Art & Promenade Performances

Victoria and Albert Museum, Shakespeare’s Globe, Slung Low, Oxford Shakespeare Company presents “As You Like It”,

Bohemian Artists Studio, Son and Sons Productions, Petersham Playhouse

Talks, Debates and Literary Arts curated by Secret Forum, with support from The Huffington Post UK

Intelligence Squared, School of Life, the British Humanist Association, How To Academy, Project Wild Thing, Letters of Note, Royal Observatory Greenwich, the Odditorium, George Monbiot, HuffPost UK’s Mehdi Hasan, Tongue Fu, Guerilla Science, Book Slam, Guerilla Archaeology, Spark London, Chill Pill, Ugly Animal Preservation Society, Liars League,

Letters of Note, Sunday Papers Live

Outdoor Pursuits & Wellbeing

Lakeside Spa, The Sanctuary, Sunset Yoga Classes, Pilates, Massages and Facials, Hunter Gather Cook, Fly Fishing, Horse Riding, Long Bow Archery, Wild Swimming, Woodland Foraging Walks, Boating, Greencrafts, Forest Runs, Philosophy Walks, Tai Chi, Morning Meditation, Capoeira

Family Magic & Games

Storystock, Charles Dickens Museum, Roald Dahl Museum, Angel Gardens, Discover Children’s Story Centre, Hullabaloo Arts, Mortimer Nannies, Croquet, Bearded Kitten’s Cricket Match, Chap Olympics, Village Hall


Summercamp announces free access to Street Food Market and Outdoor Stages

For their debut year, Summercamp will be opening up part of the festival to the public for free from 11:00am until 11:00pm on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle Area. Two stages of music and a bountiful street food market will be open for all to enjoy over what is set to be the city’s best bank holiday yet.
The Summercamp Street Food market will satiate every appetite this bank holiday whilst also acting as a showcase for the North West’s best street food talents. Feeding the masses will be Dirty Dogs, Fire & Salt BBQ, Streatza, The Moocher, Ginger’s Comfort Emporium, Tio's Snack Shack, Las Paelleras, Pancake Corner, Honest Crust and Can Cook. Thirst will be quenched thanks sponsors Thwaites, serving their best Wartiener and Kaltenberg brews.
The Johnny Sands and The Kazimier Krunk stages provide Summercamp’s alfresco music, so when guests are not eating they should certainly be dancing. The stages include Harlequin Dynamite Marching Band, Silent Cities and Hey Carrianne amongst many more.
A limited number of tickets for the full Summercamp experience will be available on the door starting at just £20. With a ticket guests can enjoy not only the outdoor activities but also a whole host of premium music, food, art, film and family fun inside host venue, Camp and Furnace.
Now added to the feasts on offer inside Summercamp is a menu from Michelin-starred chef Glynn Purrnell. A winner of ‘The Great British Menu’, Purrnell’s feast is the opportunity to add fine food to quality music and more for only £75 (including Summercamp day pass). Diners can expect Cured organic salmon, wasabi crumble, slow cooked Ox cheek and more.
Musically, Summercamp boasts Martha Wainwright, Ghostpoet, Mount Kimbie and many more including the latest addition of Artic Monkey-endorsed duo Royal Blood. Add to that an art programme from Liverpool Biennial and film as chosen by FACT and Summercamp shapes up as the best choice for August Bank Holiday weekend.
The Line-up so far
The Joy Formidable, Delphic, Mount Kimbie, Steve Mason, Martha Wainwright, Dutch Uncles, Ghostpoet, Ed Harcourt, Merchandise, Wave Machines, The Staves, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Eagulls, Jack Savoretti, We Were Evergreen, Fair Ohs, Marika Hackman, Josef Salvat, Poltergeist, Spectrals, Lunar Modular, Le Carousel, Roscius, Royal Blood
Plus DJ sets from: 2 Bears, Ewan Pearson, Nathan Fake, Optimo, and more.
The Experimental Music School, curated by Liverpool Biennial featuring: Yuri Landman, Ex Easter Island Head, Juneau Projects, Yuri Suzuki , LINE-OUT, Vicki Bennett/People Like Us, Leo Chadburn, a.k.a. Simon Bookish


Ho Tzu Nyen's 'Earth' – soundtrack by Mugstar, Viktor Turin's 'Turksib' – soundtrack by Bronnt Industries Kapital
Ticketed dinners from two-time Great British Menu winner and Michelin starred chef Glynn Purnell: Tree Huggers Banquet, No Knives or Forks, Fridgeraiders, Midnight Feast. Plus the Street Food market featuring Dirty Dogs, Fire & Salt BBQ, Streatza, The Moocher, Ginger’s Comfort Emporium, Tio's Snack Shack, Las Paelleras, Pancake Corner, Honest Crust and Can Cook.
Just So/Wild Rumpus present feather headdress and lantern making workshops, performances from FinkSoup, Woodland Creatures Disco, Storytelling and the Lantern Parade – plus the Teddy Bears Picnic

Open’er Festival confirms Everything Everything, Mount Kimbie and more!

The line-up for this year's Open’er Festival is ever expanding as more outstanding major acts confirm for 2013’s edition.
Some amazing worldwide reowned acts join the Open'er bill today alongside a shining array of some of Poland's freshest and biggest selling music talent. Here they are…
Everything Everything

Can pop queen Beyoncé meet the avant-garde Arvo Part and twisted Mr Bungle on one record? Yes, if we're talking Everything Everything. Their second release "Arc" only confirmed that the Manchester band is among the most interesting ones on current UK scene. Combining an intelligent approach to art-rock with seeking their own interpretation of music, based on beat and the pulse

Everything Everything

Mount Kimbie
Mount Kimbie are two producers – Dominic Maker and Kai Campos – who discovered their style in late dubstep, a hushed sound famous from the albums by The xx and James Blake. Their music is minimalist, with many omissions, yet also danceable beats and pulsating bass. They debuted in 2010 with a well-received LP "Crooks & Lover”, which featured their most popular song to date: "Carbonated"
The National

You really thought Open’er 2013 could happen without The National? Only a few European dates (often headlining), and among them one at our festival, makes us proud and happy to welcome Matt Berninger's band to Open'er Main Stage again. The timing is perfect – for a few weeks, we've been enjoying the brand new, 6th studio album from the American band. "Trouble Will Find Me" is a full-on follow-up to "High Violet", both in terms in chronology and music and lyrics
 The all-female post-punk quartet Savages formed in early 2012, and released their debut single "Flying To Berlin" exactly a year ago. This was enough for the girls to surface the blogosphere and join trend-setting parties like New York's CMJ Maraton. Savages didn't take long to get signed (to Matador Records) or to record a debut album – "Silence Yourself" was released early in May  
Palma Violets
Often compared to The Libertines, Palma Violets rose to fame thanks to the path set out by Arctic Monkeys. Their internet popularity is the fruit of videos, depicting their chaotic, ultra-energetic concerts and social media. The grassroots success was soon backed up with big musical media – Palma Violets were listed in BBC Sound of 2013
Rykarda Parasol
A singer who swapped opera singing for rock music ten years ago, playing it in a dark manner, not unlike Nick Cave and PJ Harvey. She recorded her new, third album in her native San Francisco
Pianohooligan is the wild spirit of Polish jazz. A regular to international festivals. Real name Piotr Orzechowski, he experiments with his looks, but most of all with his music. Last year saw the release of his album "Experiment: Penderecki”, featuring works inspired by the distinguished Polish maestro
Stroon is a Slovakian electronic music producer, who feels most comfortable in post-dubstep. He usually collaborates with different groups and projects
Two weeks ago, Plum played a great show at Barcelona's Primavera Sound. We could see with our own eyes how the crowd grew and grew with each minute, quickly turning from concentration to wild dancing
Fuka Lata
 Fuka Lata were another Polish highlight of Primavera Sound. The Warsaw duo performs psychedelic synth pop, easy to love for all retro music fans
Kim Nowak
Kim Nowak seemed to be a one-off side project for Waglewski brothers, usually working with their hip-hop projects. Lucklilly, they became a full-time group, who followed their great debut with an even better, darker release "Wilk"
Vienio (Profil Pokoleń)
Kapitan Nemo, Tomek Lipiński, Dezerter and Kodym (Apteka) are all guests invited by Vienio, the co-founder member of Molesta, rapper and journalist, to collaborate on his new solo album"Profil Pokoleń”. The release is a result of Vienio's meetings with musicians that shook the Polish scene in the 1980s
Łąki Łan
As this year's Open'er key visual is a grass ball, we absolutely had to inscribe Łąki Łan into it, especially when the gents have proven more than once that the Gdynia airport is their natural habitat
Ballady i Romanse/Igor Boxx
The Open'er audience had a chance to see both Ballady i Romanse and Igor Boxx of Skalpel on Open'er stages. This year, the musicians will meet in the same time and place, although with a very different repertoire
Sorry Boys
"The Sun", the first premiere song from Sorry Boys in two years, shows a new direction in their sound. You can hear hints of Bat For Lashes, Niki & The Dove, or even Kate Bus
A new project on the Polish scene, yet very successful both locally and abroad (they toured the UK with Hawkwind). hipiersoniK are inspired by cyber-punk culture, both in their music and lyrics
Semantik Punk
Semantik punk is a new name of Moja Adrenalina. The change of name came with the breakthrough album "abcdefghijklmnoprstuwxyz". It was produced by Rick Robinson, who was behind the decks while recording legendary albums by Sepultura and Slipknot
L.U.C & Motion Trio
L.U.C and Motion Trio will be Open’er's live premiere. What put the world-famous accordion trio with the musically hyperactive L.U.C? First, they met by chance at a hotel, and then took a step-by-step artistic path to find unusual musical solutions, finally releasing the album "Nic Się nie Stało”.
Please The Trees
Please The Trees are an alternative highlight of Czech alternative, who plant a new tree in every town they play. Awarded in their home country, often compared to The National and regular live acts abroad, they recently released their third album "A Forest Affair"
Hot Casandra
Hot Casandra – a Romanian electronic duo with a strong electropop drive. Currently residing in London, they've been venturing further and further onto the European scene, which is proven by their invitation to Open’er


Summercamp, a festival of music, art, food & more

The inaugural Summercamp, part of Liverpool International Music Festival, is set to take place over August bank holiday 2013. Set within Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle early Bird and kids tickets start from as little as £20 and are available from www.summercampfestival.co.uk. Summercamp is a small festival with big talent up close, boasting top acts such as Mount Kimbie, Martha Wainwright and Ghostpoet, world-class art courtesy of Liverpool Biennial and mouth-watering flavours curated by Sunday Brunch’s Simon Rimmer, plus much more. A village fete meets a bloc party, the event will feature both outdoor and indoor stages woven throughout and around the unique host warehouse venue, Camp and Furnace. Family-friendly and catering for every type of culture-vulture Summercamp is a new jewel in the North West summer calendar. Full line-up and further information are available on the website.


Summercamp is offering a feast of proportions suitable for a bank holiday, curated by Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch co-host and restaurateur Simon Rimmer alongside host venue Camp and Furnace’s own head chef Steven Burgess. The pair have enlisted Michelin Starred chef and Great British Menu finalist Glynn Purnell, who will create two gourmet menus that will be served during Summercamp as part of a programme of bespoke banquets. Tickets to sittings of these menus will be very limited and are due to go on sale to Summercamp wristband holders in the next month. Can Cook, in partnership with Guerilla Eats, are assembling the best of the North West’s street food. 15 traders will be cooking up an array of international cuisine in the street food style, the UK’s hottest dining trend of the moment.


Ghostpoet is amongst the first artists confirmed for Summercamp’s music strand. His addition follows the release of ‘Some Say I So I Say Light’, the follow-up to a Mercury-nominated debut album, which was has received glowing reviews. The singer and producer, aka Obaro Ejimiwe, will bring charmingly downbeat electronic sounds to Summercamp’s stage this summer. Warp records’ electronic duo, Mount Kimbie will also take to the stage for a set of their much-loved post-dubstep sounds. In addition, Summercamp will welcome Canadian-American singer songwriter Martha Wainwright, sure to deliver a vocally standout set adorned with her legendary turn of phrase. Last but by no means least heading to Liverpool will be folk trio The Staves and the gritty sounds of US rock outfit, Merchandise.


Liverpool Biennial lend their art expertise to Summercamp via The Experimental Music School, a mind-expanding, family programme for all ages taking the form of workshops, games, experiments and performances. The first artist to be revealed is the Dutch luthier and musician Yuri Landman. His workshop will involve the building of bespoke instruments, Landman’s previous creations have been used by Sonic Youth amongst many others meaning the audience are in truly expert hands. Following the workshop there will be a performance of a new work using these newly created instruments with critically acclaimed Liverpool trio Ex-Easter Island Head. Summercamp will soon be announcing the details of its film programme in collaboration with the award-winning media arts centre FACT.


From urban fox hunts to teddy bear’s picnics and cardboard tree houses, the family programme, delivered jointly by Summercamp, Liverpool Biennial and Just So Festival (the boutique festival of creativity aimed at children, young people and their families), will include food, film, music, making and dressing up running from 11am to 7pm.

Summercamp Director Miles Falkingham comments: “We are thrilled to be bringing an event encompassing such a breadth of art and entertainment to the Baltic Triangle. The area is home to Liverpool’s brightest creativity and the city’s best, up and coming, homegrown entrepreneurial talent. Summercamp is all about reflecting and celebrating that brilliance, with something for everyone we’re hoping to make the August bank holiday a weekend to remember”.

Bastille joins Sound City lineup

Last year saw Mercury Music Prize winners Alt-JJake Bugg and Django Django perform before the bands released critically and commercially acclaimed albums later in the year and previous performances have included early shows from Florence and the Machine, The Maccabees and Ed Sheeran.

BastilleThe most exciting prospect in indie for a long time, Bastille, recently entered the UK album chart at number 1 with their debut album, ‘Bad Blood’ and have been confirmed to appear at Sound City.  Bad Blood is full of triumphantly melancholic anthems, epic sounding instrumentation and lyrics that combine intimate stories and conversation and their clever pop has cast Bastille as leading lights in the current resurgence of guitar music in the UK.
Sound City is committed to providing a platform for emerging musical talent and new confirmations include the fuzzy guitars and chunky synth riffs of On an On, the psychedelic sounds of Temples, the dance floor friendly beats of local boys Tea Street Band, the effortless marriage of rock and electronica that is Duologue and hotly tipped Liverpool band Loved Ones.  By The Sea, All We Are, Broken Men, Bird, Nadine Carina, Ady Suleiman, Concrete Knives, Sun Glitters, Mutiny On The Bounty, Afternaut and Silent Sleep also join the bill.
The line-up for this year’s Sound City is hugely impressive and will feature very special shows from Noah and the WhaleDexys and The Walkmen, all of whom will be performing in Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral.  Other acts not to be missed at Sound City include Everything EverythingAlunaGeorgeMelody’s Echo ChamberUnknown Mortal OrchestraKing KruleMount Kimbie, Thee Oh Sees, Drenge and Oneohtrix Point Never as the globes most pioneering musical adventurers descend on Liverpool for the first festival of the year.
Sound City is a snapshot of everything that is vital in music right now.
Noah and the Whale / The Walkmen / Dexys / Bastille / Everything Everything / Enter Shikari / Thee Oh Sees / Darwin Deez / Delphic / Mount Kimbie / Reverend and the Makers / AlunaGeorge / Dutch Uncles / King Krule / Oneohtrix Point Never / Future Of The Left / Toy / Wave Machines / Egyptian Hip Hop / Stealing Sheep / Drenge / Savages / Melody’s Echo Chamber / Unknown Mortal Orchestra / Ian Prowse & Amsterdam / Darkstar / Outfit / Swim Deep / Alessi’s Ark / The 1975 / PINS / Wolf People / Theme Park / Jetta / Hawk Eyes / Bipolar Sunshine / Loom / Deep Sea / Arcade / The Family Rain / Blackeye / Skaters / Splashh / Charlie Boyer & The Voyeurs / Dan Croll / Soley / Lulu James / Arcane Roots / Still Corners / Luls / Hands / Wild Smiles / Mikill Pane / Bebe Black / Jacob Banks / Murkage / Bo Ningen / Big Deal / Amateur Best / Night Engine / Fossil Collective / Marmozets / Hacktivist / Brolin / Mind Enterprises / Golden Fable / Neck Deep / Likely Lads / On An On / Temples / The Tea Street Band / Duologue / Loved Ones / By The Sea / All We Are / Broken Men / Bird / Nadine Carina / Ady Suleiman / Concrete Knives / Sun Glitters / Mutiny On The Bounty / Afternaut / Silent Sleep

Hercules & Love Affair and more for Golden Down Festival

Today’s announcement comes on the back of the news that early bird tickets have sold out. Festival organisers are thrilled with the reaction to date. “We set out to create an intimate festival that would deliver great music throughout the weekend, whilst providing our audience with a festival organised and produced to the highest standards. The reaction from the media and revellers alike has been fantastic and we want to ensure we give them a festival that they’ll all want to come back to for years to come.”  And being only 1 hour from London and 45 minutes from Brighton, the festival gives people the chance to get out of town and really have fun.

Golden Down will take place from the 15th to the 17th June in Black Bush Valley on the Matterley Estate near Winchester in Hampshire. Complemented by beautiful hills and plush woodland the festival will be an incredible artistic playground, and promises party-goers a feel-good three days. 

Black Bush valley has never been used to stage a festival and the organisers chose it exactly because of the magical areas within it. The chill out area will be housed within a stunning beach wood overlooking the valley, whilst the dance tent will be in a magical woodland setting on the opposite side. The main stage will be found at the head of the valley offering superb views for the audience. And all this with a campsite within easy reach of the action with lots of cool bars, great food, toilets and showers.

Organised by likeminded festival-lovers with a simple mantra to put on a brilliant festival with a capacity of only 5,000 Golden Down will certainly be a magical, musical Mecca that is a must… provided you are over 18!

Taking the festival back to its glorious roots, the event has a prominent musical narrative, with guests being entertained throughout. Artists will play from noon onwards and continue into the festival’s late night celebrations. However, the entertainment doesn’t stop there as revellers can enjoy Golden Down’s delights well into the early hours of the morning.

A handpicked selection of brilliant musicians will warm up the festival site during the afternoons; Submotion Orchestra, Floating Points, Lucy Rose, Stealing Sheep, Slow Club, Portico Quartet, DJ Ease (from Nightmares on Wax), Time & Space Machine, Adrian Sherwood (DJ Set), Clean Bandit, Lorca and The Frown are all confirmed. 

As evening dawns the next wave of enviable artists take to the stage, with Friday welcoming Ghostpoet, The Herbaliser, and ethereal headliner Four Tet. Saturday evening will see MOBO award winner Roots Manuva headline, with critically acclaimed Hercules & Love Affair and Mount Kimbie. Occupying the evening slot on the final day of the festival is America’s rising star Thundercat, Berlin’s Apparat and the UK’s own Dub Pistols all headed up Jamaica’s legendary Lee Scratch Perry.

Late night at Golden Down will showcase some of the best DJs in the Dance Tent, including house legend Kerri Chandler, tech/house aficionado Portable, and the forward thinking Pearson Sound; along with ‘footsteppin’ Julio Bashmore, self-confessed ‘Galactic Funk’ DJ Space Dimension Controller, Leeds supremo Midland, and the genre-bending Ben UFO.

As well as crafting the perfect party atmosphere, chill out time at Golden Down will be unparalleled. There will also be a broad selection of fantastic bars on offer supplemented with award-winning fresh food at fair prices, plus big welcoming camp sites, plenty of toilets and washing facilities.

For tickets visit: http://www.goldendownfestival.co.uk/