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5 Acts to Catch at Wilderness 2022

Held in Cornbury Park, Wilderness isn’t your typical festival. As well as sessions in axe throwing, wild swimming and pilates, their music stages see indie-rock come together with jazz, folk, techno and queer cabaret to create a one-of-a-kind weekend in the Oxfordshire countryside.

To help navigate the extensive lineup, we’ve picked out five of the music artists you shouldn’t miss out on.

Opus Kink
The Stargazer Stage // Thursday 8:15pm

This Brighton six-piece morph equal parts jazz and punk to produce a frantic, defiant sound of their own. Known for the extra degree of chaos at their live shows, they’re sure to be a standout slot on The Stargazer Stage.

Prima Queen
The Stargazer Stage // Sunday 6:30pm

Louise Macphail and Kristin McFadden have bridged the Atlantic gap between their hometowns (Bristol and Chicago) to create Prima Queen. The indie-rock pairing fall into the same musical universe as the likes of SOAK, Pip Blom and boygenius, marrying candid lyricism with rich, multi-layered production.

Fèmmme Fraîche
The House of Sublime // Thursday 5:45pm

The queer presence at Wilderness is set to be impressive. As well as panel talks and Q&As, the ‘Fresh and Flamboyant’ lineup boasts performances from the likes of Queer House Party and east London’s Michelle Manetti. Her club night, Fèmmme Fraîche, will also be taking over The House of Sublime on Thursday. With a host of guest DJs (Darren Skene, Linzi Symons, Ms.G, Marie Malarie and Kim Lana alongside Manetti), it’s a marathon party not to be missed.

Learn more about Fèmmme Fraîche here

Luca Manning
The House of Sublime // Saturday 3:00pm

Another face from the London queer scene, jazz singer Luca Manning is the perfect pit stop for anyone wanting to shake up their itinerary, as reimagined pop covers mix with tissues-at-the-ready ballads.

PVA
The Stargazer Stage // Thursday 10:00pm

The London-based trio are perhaps best described as indie-techno, layering restless synths and drum loops behind lethargic vocals. Looking for a boogie and something a bit left of field? Make sure these guys are on your list.

feature image: Andrew Hughes

Wilderness takes place between 4th-7th August tickets available here 

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Caitlin Chatterton

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