Wilderness 2017 talks and debates line up revealed Posted on Thu 11th May 2017

Wilderness 2017 announces 250 speakers across 5 dedicated venues discussing 3 themes: Identity, The World Now, and The World As It Could Be

250 speakers announced for Wilderness Festival 2017

Wilderness Festival 2017 will play host to over 250 Speakers across 5 dedicated venues, including: Vince Cable, Bruce Parry, Paris Lees, Will Young with Zoe Williams, Elif Shafak, John Lloyd, Reni Eddo-Lodge with Lolly Adefope.

This year Wilderness will present a rich and enlightening line up of talks, with debate centred around three distinct themes: Identity, The World Now, and The World As It Could Be.

After a year of shocks in global politics and movements in social action like no other, each of the themes will explore various urgent points of view from relevant, fresh and knowledgeable voices.

Bold discussions around Identity will be led by Tate Britain who bring the curator Clare Barlow for their latest exhibition, Queer British Art in an exclusive Sunday Papers Live panel. She’s joined by performer Tim Redfern, artist Nick Hornby and activist Paris Lees to discuss the diverse connections between sexuality, gender identity and art to uncover a past which is richer and stranger than you might think. The panel runs concurrently with Tate Britain’s latest exhibition ‘Queer British Art, 1861-1967’ (until 1 October 2017).

Award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge will be in conversation with actress and comedian Lolly Adefope, to present her powerful and provocative argument on the role that race and racism play in modern Britain - based on her viral blog post and book Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race. 

What Makes A Real Woman? will be under debate with Paris Lees, Times journalist Katie Glass, NUS Trans Officer elect Jess Bradley, high-street campaigner Mary Portas, and former New Statesman Editor Serena Kutchinsky. The Frontline Club returns to Wilderness for the Sunday Papers Live world news section to present Generation M: Being a Muslim Now. How Affluent Young Muslims Are Changing The World. Also on the theme of Identity - in the Books Tent award-winning novelist Edward Docx will be in conversation with writer Howard Cunnell to discuss Making A Man: Fatherhood & Masculinity.

The last year has been monumental for global world politics, from surprise victories to shock general elections Wilderness have seen to it that we receive a peek behind the curtain with a series of panels discussing The World Now. Wilderness present their flagship debate State of The Nation, where Question Time meets cage-fighting in a frantic tag-team debate featuring all the best speakers from across the festival.

Whilst we might not know what the post-election landscape will look like now, Wilderness aren’t shying away from the General Election. The RSA are set to host an Election Debrief. The Wilderness Utopias series will welcome Sir Vince Cable, economists Vicky Pryce, George Magnus, and shadow chief secretary to the Treasury Peter Doyd to discuss economics; and Newsweek take square aim at the brewing Trump-Russia scandals to ask Are We Heading Towards A Second Cold War?, Index on Censorship will make sure we know alternative facts from breaking news with their Fake News Quiz.

With one eye on the future, Wilderness will also explore the theme The World As It Could Be. Hear about Tribal Utopias with Bruce Parry, and peak into a world unlike ours as the The Economist present The World IF... Borders Are completely open, The Internet Goes Down, Energy Is free. Talks will also explore The Science of DeExtinction: Bringing Extinct Species Back To Life, and whether music is what’s missing from seismic global change with Daniel Rachel’s Can Music Change The World? In the Wilderness Books Tent.

Wilderness has also become a destination for the UK’s best loved podcasts. The elves behind beloved TV show QI will be bringing their weekly show No Such Thing As A Fish, Jolyon Rubinstein & Heydon Prowse’s News Roast will welcome special guests to their comedy podcast, Scrummy Mummies are be joined by TV host Cherry Healey for their comedy chat show for “less than perfect parents”. Wilderness favourites Little Atoms return to talk transhumanism with Mark O’Connell. The Odditorium Podcast are joined by John Higgs to share the incredible story of Operation Mindfuck. Queer’Say present performances by three acclaimed LGBT poets followed by onstage interviews about their life and inspirations, hosted by award-winning broadcaster and comedian Rosie Wilby, the critically acclaimed show will be recorded for Resonance FM’s LGBT magazine Out In South London.

Balancing out the serious side are the witty and irreverent. As well as economists, scientists and curators Wilderness will be home to explorers & adventurers, the Philosophy Puppet Show, the daily Today at Wilderness talk show with Radio 4 favourite Matthew Taylor, and a Sunday Papers Live special edition all day on the Sunday to clear out the cobwebs from Saturday night.

About Wilderness Festival 2017

When: Thursday 3rd - Sunday 6th Aug 2017
Where: Cornbury Park, Charlbury, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX7 3EH

Wilderness Festival is set amongst the lakes, forests and parkland of Oxfordshire’s exquisite Cornbury Estate, the festival offers an award winning festival of music, food, learning, literature and rejuvenation. Wilderness provides an inspirational weekend for all the ages.

There is a wealth of music and non-music related activities and entertainment at Wilderness – including Live Music & Dancing Banquets, Feasts & Gastronomy Spectaculars & Processions, Late Night Revelry, Debating Halls & Literary Arts, Tented Theatre & Promenade, Wellbeing & Outdoor Pursuits, Family Magic, & Games.

Wilderness Festival 2017 Music Line Up

The Main Stage With BBC Music

Two Door Cinema Club, Grace Jones, Bonobo Live, First Aid Kit, Michael Kiwanuka, Toots & The Maytals, Aurora, Ray BLK, Hudson Taylor, Louis Berry, The Correspondents, The Turbans, Sigrid, The Ska Vengers, Brian Deady, Ten Fe, Tender Central, Catherine McGrath, Isaac Gracie, Cosmic Strip, and Lisa Marini

The Valley

Jackmaster, Artwork, Nightmares On Wax DJ Set, Crazy P, Pbr Streetgang, Mr Doris, Peak & Swift, Waifs & Strays And Itchy Rich, Dave Harvey Futureboogie, and Hot Blood

The Travelling Folk Barn

Alice Phoebe Lou, My Baby, The Breath, The Langan Band, Lena Laki, Black Peaches, Josienne Clark And Ben Walker, Nina Harries, Monster Ceilidh Band, Richi Jones, The Anatomy Of Frank, Rainbrother, Bayou Seco, ‘The Big Barn Dance’ With Cut A Shine, We Singing Colors, Nadine Khouri, Cosima, Raoul Vignal, Hot Rock Pilgrims, Faith I Branko, Mellah, Stillhouse, James Riley, Oliver Hoare & The Late Great,, The Cash Cows, The Relatives, Fell, Assembly Lane, Craig Judelman, and Yolanda Eyama & Afro World Groove

The Love Hotel

Anchorsong, Fifi Rong, Liam Bailey, Lakuta, Cosmo Pyke, Blue Lab Beats, Kasai Masai, Jimi Needles, Joseph Reuben, Babeheaven, Longy, Penya, Sweat, Sisika, and Jerkcurb

The Carousel

Voodoo Rising Party, The Shotgun Wedding Show, The Sunday Stampede, The Ska Vengers, Flamingods, Cut Capers, The Langan Band, New York Brass Band, Oh My God! It's The Church, Bison, Camo Clave, and Thrill Collins

Wilderness 2017 Ticket Information

General Camping - £175
Family Camping - £178
Quiet Camping - £178
Meadow Camping (up to 4 people sharing) - £399 + general admission ticket
Live in camping - £178

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