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11th April 2017

Laura Mvula added to Wilderness Festival

Plus The Saturday Night Spectacle with Chris Levine announced

Wilderness have announced details of their Saturday Night Spectacle, a collaboration with Chris Levine and IY_Project. The Atrium programme including Letters Live; A Sunday of Nina Simone with special guests Laura Mvula, and Will Young; and a host of bands programme across music stages The Love Hotel, The Carousel and The Folk Barn.

This year Wilderness invites Chris Levine to the show’s signature Saturday Night Spectacle with a unique installation in a UK exclusive for 2017. Always a surprise, only those in attendance will be party to the detail, but all are invited to come together to be part of the ceremony... The renowned light and visual artist extraordinaire Chris Levine and IY_Project will showcase his creative vision on a scale never before seen.

"Wilderness is a platform for the latest and most hard hitting and elevating IY_project to date. We will take this experimental work to its next octave level and everyone present will go on a deep innerspace trip that is somehow profoundly cosmic and transcendent. Be light."
Chris Levine

Wilderness also confirms Letters Live for a green field festival first. Letters Live has become known for performing remarkable letters written over the centuries in front of a live audience. Each show is decidedly unique, and details of who will be performing is kept closely guarded until the event itself...

The Atrium is announced in full, and plays host to a host of high arts, with world-renowned musicians, dance and performance. This year Wilderness will host A Sunday of Nina Simone, the show will see special guest appearances from Brit & Mercury prize nominee Laura Mvula, the ever effervescent Will Young, Honeyfeet’s Rioghnach Connolly, The Ronnie Scott’s Club Trio and Paul Robinson, Nina Simone’s drummer for two decades.

Laura Mvula
Laura Mvula

National Theatre Live will present a screening of their 5-star hit ‘Amadeus’, plus Letters Live, the Oscar and BAFTA nominated pianist and composer Hauschka for an intimate performance and welcome back Ronnie Scott’s, who return to Wilderness to present contemporary blues icon Lucky Peterson. The musical bill continues with appearances from jazz and dance band Alex Mendham and His Orchestra, as well as performances from violinist duo Vladimir & Anton and the festival circuit’s only dedicated orchestral outfit: The Wilderness Orchestra who will soundtrack film favourites.

Contemporary dance is also featured on The Atrium with Sadler’s Wells presenting many forms of dance from contemporary, to flamenco, hip hop and more. Sadler’s Wells will also bring Breakin’ Convention, their annual festival of hip hop dance and theatre.  Company Wayne McGregor will be performing excerpts of Entity and Far by multi-award winning choreographer Wayne McGregor CBE.

Participation is encouraged and revellers are invited to join in with Hip Hop Karaoke, rise early for Mass Yoga with London studio Stretch or tie the knot with friends (or strangers) at a Mass Wedding with Shesus & The Sistas.

2017 sees an entirely new concept arrive at Wilderness for the first time: The Love Hotel, from the creators of the Juke Joint. The Love Hotel is a secret late-night underworld where non conformity is encouraged. It will be a showcase new and exciting talent, with eclectic shimmering performances from Anchorsong, Fifi Wrong, Liam Bailey and Blue Lab Beats.

The Carousel returns with big rhythms, electro swing, and free-flow fusion from Mr Chris Tofu, best known for his role at the helm of Glastonbury’s Shangri-La. Performers include India’s favourite ska band The Ska Vengers, the Flamingods, big beats from New York Brass Band and more. Folk offeringsinclude the fiercely independent Alice Phoebe Lou, South London’s Cosima, and soothing vocalist and guitarist Raoul Vignal for starters.

Wilderness Festival will take place from the 3rd to the 6th August 2017 at Cornbury Park, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire.
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