There’s a crystal blue sky hanging over London. The windows of the ALC office are wide open and the smell in the room is of Spring. It’s a refreshing openness that has been missing for a few months, not that this winter has been particularly harsh or even long, just enclosed. So how could the anticipation of summer get even better? Well, at 9am exactly it did. An email arrives from the festival that was by far the highlight of 2014. Inside the news isn’t just good, it’s like the bookers read my mind.
This year Wilderness Festival will see it’s unique setting play host to Bjork. For months forums have speculated where the Icelandic songstress will bring her live show to in the UK, and seemingly the fields of Cornbury Park are the perfect home. Bjork is far from ordinary, and neither is Wilderness, as we discovered last year, and relayed to you through our three week takeover in August with Chet Faker, Denai Moore and Polpo owner Russell Norman. A medley of food, drink, music, discussion and arts, this festival is pure escapism. Unlike many of its counterparts it doesn’t push to fill space with stages upon stages of commercial entertainment, nor does it expect you to spend your weekend running from one act to another. It does however invite you to swim under a water fall, dance in a late night forest rave overlooked by trapeze artists and share your opinions in open forums of debate.
With George Clinton being joined by Parliament and Funkadelic for a performance of Return To The Mothership just before Saturday nights procession and burn, the chance to create memories that remain for years to come does not subside. It may seem like we are gushing a little, but with Nils Frahm, Ibibio Sound Machine and Hercules & Love Affair all announced already, it’s certainly not too early to get excited! I mean whats 6 months between friends. Let’s start counting the days.