Not all festivals are the same. Over just one weekend this August we’ve found three great little events, each with its own unique flavour. If you fancy sampling festival life on the edge, why not explore one? All take place over the weekend of August 8-9 2015.
Wilderness, Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire
This five-year old treat (Best New Festival 2011) has had time to establish itself as reliable destination for those who expect excellent music but also want to exercise their bodies and minds. When you’re not watching Björk, Ben Howard, George Clinton, Roisin Murphy, Nick Mulvey, Nils Frahm or Ibibio Sound Machine, stroll around the beautiful site to find world-class outdoor theatre, talks and debates, challenging practical activities like yurt-building and chances to make the most of the wonderful countryside with horse riding, boating and foraging. There’s a lakeside spa to unwind in afterwards, and they also like to raise the bar for festival food, with long-table banquets from leading chefs including Raymond Blanc. It’s the thinking family’s weekend break.
Thursday-Sunday. Weekend adult camping tickets start at £188
Forgotten Fields, Eridge Park, nr Tunbridge Wells
The Kendal Calling magic moves south to an idyllic Sussex deer park which also happens to be handy for both London and Brighton. This new festival has a capacity of just 4,000, so consider it the northern festival phenomenon’s more intimate alternative. There will be five stages of music, carefully curated to keep the connoisseurs happy while ensuring maximum fun, include Kendall regular Tim Burgess’s Tim Peaks musical diner. Artist for 2015 include Basement Jaxx, Super Furry Animals, The Levellers, De La Soul, Public Service Broadcasting, The Horrors, Augustines and British Sea Power. Also on offer are a Gypsy Disco, cinema, real ale and quirky site art. Laid back hipsters of the South East unite!
Friday – Sunday. Weekend adult camping tickets cost £99, with subsidised transport available
Supernormal, Braziers Park School of Integrative Social Research, Ipsden
Still not far enough out there? How about a tiny experimental DIY Arts and Music festival from Braziers International Artists Workshops, which aims to provide “a critique of entertainment, spectacle and intrigue”? Attractions for the 1,000 ticket holders will include a maze and zine workshops. The music is so cutting edge, they’re still programming it, but expect experimental sounds including doom metal, improvised rock, ambient dubstep, disturbing psychedelia and all points between, plus a musical Church of Chaos and artworks and impromptu al-fresco performances throughout the stunning 17th-century Oxfordshire estate. Among musicians already confirmed are Trembling Bells and AR Kane, and Charles Hayward will present his ‘begin anywhere’ piano sequence. This one will blow your mind.
Friday – Sunday. Weekend adult camping tickets cost £80
Let us know which one you choose, and share your experiences.