The countdown to Wilderness 2015 has officially begun! With the distinctly boutique vibe, gourmet grub and Björk’s only UK performance of the year, Wilderness is one of the country’s coolest festivals.
Created just five years ago, Wilderness is the brainchild of the people behind Secret Garden Party and Lovebox, but it’s already an institution of the British summer thanks to its killer combination of great music, a beautiful site, arts and culture and amazing food.
Beats, good eats, wellbeing, arts and crafts? Sounds dreamy! ✨ Read on for outfit inspiration
and your chance to WIN a pair of tickets to the festival! Competition now CLOSED.
Away from the main stage you’ll find decadent parties, theatre, opera, arts and crafts, cinema, fire-walking, dancing, yoga, literature, talks, debates, yurt-building and who knows what else is in store? Not forgetting, of course, the lush lakeside spa that sits at the heart of the sprawling Oxfordshire estate.
Aside from all these things, there’s also the chance to get creative with your costumery with the daily flamboyant fancy dress themes, which you can find below – along with some UK Etsy inspiration, of course:
Friday costumes – Ancient Mariners & Merfolk
Friday night and all rivers lead to the ancient sea which is flooded with Mariners and Merfolk. Mermaids bask on rocks and slip under the waves. Ships and boats captained by wild men of the sea dock at the port of chaos. Sirens and seafarers are guided in by the music and the lighthouse. Listen for the songs of the sirens, dock your vessels and join the Mariners.
70s Laura Ashley dress, SartorialMatters
Vintage sailor collar and cuffs, £24.99, EmmaAtLHV
Silver disco catsuit, £60, Tirade13
Handmade nautical trousers, £99.64, CheriseDesign
Mermaid tie-dye crop top, £14, RetroSpectiveApparel
Custom mermaid shell top, £29.99, GiftsFromMermaids
Saturday costumes – Vintage Aviators
Saturday night, look to the sky and you will see an armada of flying machines. A conflation of ancient balloons, gliders, planes and blimps, all flooding in, dropping anchor. Their destination? Where you stand. Your soul is in the sky.
“My soul is in the sky.” William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Steampunk Victorian top hat, £49.99, Mad4Hats
70s suede aviator jacket, £27.99, oldbutgoldvintagee
Handmade aviator shrug, £51.97, blackmirrordesign
Sunday costumes – Sovereigns
Sunday is for the Sovereigns. Stand proud, crown yourself a king of your own empire. A high queen of your own realm. Come to the valley, bejewelled. Carriages and gowns, mink and ermine, silks and luxury. Pearly kings and queens, princes and princesses, monarchs, dignitaries, leaders of the free world. Come, your grace, your subjects await you. Order of course will be manifestly unmaintained.
Faux fur couture crown, £80, livfreecreations
Handmade velvet dress, £65, ArjanB
Glitter crown headband, £12, JanineBasil
Wilderness festival will be held at Cornbury Park from Friday-Sunday, August 6th-8th. For last minute tickets, visit wildernessfestival.com.
✨ COMPETITION NOW CLOSED ✨
OR for your chance to WIN a pair of weekend camping tickets, simply leave a comment below this blog post, telling us what fancy dress costume you’d wear to Wilderness, based on the themes above.
UK residents only; T&Cs apply. Travel, tent, food and expenses not included. Winner announced first thing on Tuesday morning.
WINNER: Congrats to Gemma from Nottingham!