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Wilderness is a treasure trove full of hidden gems for lovers of music, dance, theatre, cabaret, politics, fun, with world-class cuisine on offer and this year does not disappoint.

The Wilderness Main Stage, supported by BBC Music, is known for curating an eclectic mix of some of the world’s finest musical talents. Headliners bringing the party this year include Chic Ft Nile Rodgers - arguably the greatest disco band in the world - alongside Brit and Grammy nominated Bastille, the global phenomenon, who have sold over 4 million albums worldwide and will add anthemic, atmospheric pop to the mix. Renowned for his experimental and intelligent electronic compositions, Jon Hopkins joins the bill alongside JUSTICE cementing Wilderness’ position at the forefront of not-to-be missed festival experiences. Joining these headliners are the crème de la crème of up-and-coming stars, from IAMDDB, Mahalia, Joy Crookes, Dan Owen and Confidence Man – all with critically acclaimed new material.

After dark at Wilderness, The Valley comes alive. And this year Wilderness blends the legendary Groove Armada, with one of the Berlin scene’s newest stars Peggy Gou. Korean DJ Peggy Gou will rouse the crowds with her own mix of kinetic, dark pulsing house and techno. Whilst Groove Armada will drop their finest mix of sophisticated house that never disappoints. This is the ultimate party in the forest, with The Valley a natural amphitheatre beneath the trees.

There are 3 new music and arts venues, as Wilderness reveals its wild side, with raucous music programmed and hidden corners concealed. Brand new is ‘The Be All and End Hall’ the perfect pit stop for all manner of variety, vaudeville comedy and outlandish cabaret. Joining the show are Edinburgh Fringe favourite’s, Bourgeois and Maurice as well as performances from Pecs Drag Kings, Hackney Showroom and Missy Fatale’s Kabarett Verboten. Drop in and join the Wilderness Chorus Line with The Bee’s Knees or learn to tap dance with Sole Rebel Tap. Prepare to be bewitched.

Another brand-new venue for 2018 is ‘The Hereafter’, the ultimate rock and roll stage, curated by The Great Brain Robbery. The Hereafter is welcomes you to a world of whiskey and wild nights. Here you can catch sight of Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind, the latest sonic assault from Jim Jones, formerly of the acclaimed Revue outfit who will no doubt deliver a blistering show. Other acts joining the madness will be Henri Herbert & The Fury, Tom Mansi & The Icebreakers plus many more.

This year there will be lots of opportunities to follow your curious nose and explore, seek out hidden camps and secret bars, discover piano lock ins at The Skilamalink and other after parties.

Wilderness has never been so secretive.

For more info head to www.wildernessfestival.com

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