Last weekend saw the seventh edition of Wilderness Festival, held in Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire.
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With a Pimm’s croquet lawn, Veuve Cliquot bar, and luxury hot tub spa area, Wilderness is generally considered to be the UK’s most middle class festival. Visitors come as much for poetry readings and political debates as they do for the headliners, Bonobo and Grace Jones. NME was there to fully immerse itself in the rah atmosphere, finding the #PeakWilderness moments at Britain’s poshest festival. Hey, if it’s good enough for David Cameron…
This field of ponies wearing flowers and body paint
— Helen Meriel Thomas (@IAmHelenThomas) August 6, 2017
These posh ponies were giving horsey rides – and serving the biggest festival style trends better than you whilst doing it. I’d travel no other way.
Benedict Cumberbatch reading out a Roger Taylor letter with a local amateur dramatics society
— Tony Robinson (@Tony_Robinson) August 7, 2017
The actor was performing as part of the Letters Live show, reading a letter sent by the drummer of Queen to Rolling Stone magazine where the artist complained about a negative review. So meta.
This Ottolenghi long table banquet
Tickets were £80 and it sold out months ago. Think of all the avocados you could buy for £80.
The champagne tent where everyone wore Veuve Cliquot branded wellies
You won’t find these in the random festival section in Aldi.
This anti-drugs Mac ‘n’ Cheese advert
— Dr Paula Byrne (@paulajaynebyrne) August 7, 2017
This Rioja wine terrace with a light up sign and ham in shot glasses
— Rioja Wine UK (@RiojaWine_UK) August 4, 2017
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These luxury outdoor hot tubs featuring champagne and glitter balls
Step up from a babywipe.
This ridiculously small Bao burger, which cost £6
This incredibly posh programme, which cost £10
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Wonderful Wild Weekend at @Wildernessfestival filled with fun, sun, (rain), friends new & old, hedonism, music, masterclasses, fence jumping, raving, wild river swimming, sparkly costumes, glitter, so much glitter, crazy cricket, laughter and SO MUCH MORE. Crash back to reality with sad news from NZ but also a timely reminder to live every day to the fullest 💕💕💕#onelife #festival #festivalchasing #festivalseason #wildernessfestival #glitterfordays with @belleswhisky
This was also the *only* to see the festival schedule.
This willow weave basket making workshop
This naked cricket game, which drew a huge crowd
— Tents and Festivals (@TentSniffer) August 7, 2017
And of course, David Cameron having a cheeky fag and hugging a Corbyn supporter.
What was your #PeakWilderness moment?