Our ethos

"We are the music makers,
    And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams; —
World-losers and world-forsakers,
    On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
    Of the world for ever, it seems.”

- from ‘Ode’ by Arthur O’Shaughnessy

Rockers and roamers. Hedonists and heroes. Drifters and dreamers. Children wise, weird and wild. Welcome. Step in and linger. We invite you on an escapade like no other. 

Thirteen years in the crafting, this place is a gathering of tribes, a meeting of minds, a melting pot of masters and mysteries. A hypnotic and euphoric musical ensemble sits amidst the most majestic of landscapes. You are embarking on a no-holds-barred tour of the arts. We have created a place where you can keep reality at arm's length, where experience is everything: a humming microcosm in the wilderness that dazzles and thrills every single sense. It’s time to let your guard down. Explore far and wide.

Bask in the shade of an ancient oak as the music plays, with a cocktail and your accomplice to keep you warm. Rise early to run or to write. Swim naked. Rap for hundreds on stage. Write a love poem over breakfast, wander the woods foraging for tidbits. Go wild at sunset as your hero blazes before you onstage, lounge under the rafters with the troubadours.  Dine beside a deep freshwater lake, pimp a pineapple, learn to salsa or to swing and hit a drag king show. Throw an axe or two, wrestle a stranger for their socks, roll in the grass, play cricket, limber up to dance yourself sillier and sillier and lose most of your marbles somewhere in a late night labyrinth of laughter and beats… 

Expand your horizons. Raze your walls. Throw open boundaries and allow your buttons to be pushed. Stretch your grin wide and unleash your wildest side. Kick off your shoes and feel the thrill as you relax into your truest incarnation. Allow us to transport you. Leave your stepping stones behind: this is a space for you to be truly free. Take your journey with wide eyes and an open heart; be mindful of coincidences. They make sense. 

The festival has a pulse, a beating heart, and thousands of colourful characters coursing through its veins. Its population is the lifeblood. You are vital here.

Settle in. It’s all for you. 

With love,
Wilderness HQ