Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Orlando Weeks perform at the Wilderness Festival

The Wilderness Festival has announced its spectacular main stage openings for the 2022 event, with Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Orlando Weeks and the House Gospel Choir joining the line-up.

The 2022 Wilderness Festival takes place from 4th to 7th August at Cornbury Park, near Charlbury, Oxfordshire. Sophie Ellis-Bextor will open the main stage on Friday, August 5, while former Maccabees frontman Orlando Weeks will perform in the same venue on Saturday and Sunday, with the House Gospel Choir on Sunday.

The event will be headlined by Underworld, Years & Years and Jungle.

Elsewhere throughout the weekend there will be performances from Roisin Murphy, Willie J. Healey, Billie Marten, Pip Blom, Craig Charles, Peggy Gou, Jordan Rakei, Gabriels and more.

In addition, Wilderness has confirmed a schedule of gourmet and dining experiences and a program of talks, ideas and spoken word events from the likes of Russell Kane and actress/comedian Michelle De Swarte.

Tickets are available now and can be purchased here.

Weeks released his second solo album earlier this year. Hop Up picks up on 2020’s A Quickening and aimed to fill in the gaps left by its predecessor. Both recordings detail Weeks’ experience of becoming a father, with “A Quickening” documenting the anticipation, anticipation and uncertainty he felt prior to his son’s arrival. “Hop Up”, on the other hand, revels in happiness, lightness and all-encompassing love after the birth of the baby.

Speak with NME Speaking of the album, Weeks said, “I wanted that cloud nine feeling on every song – that’s the challenge I set myself and Nathan (Jenkins, aka Bullion, the album’s producer). It should achieve a lightness or lift. It’s less document and more atmosphere (this time).”

Later this month, Theaudience will return with a deluxe vinyl reissue of their only 1998 album of the same name.

The group around Sophie Ellis-Bextor was active for three years between 1996 and 1999. They broke up after a series of demos recorded for their second album – which was never officially released – were rejected by Mercury Records.

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Caroline Bleakley

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