Wilderness 2016 is not your average festival, 30,000 revellers join together for the celebration of art, life, music and food. Taking place on Cornbury Estate in the Cotswolds the site features of forests, valleys, hills, lake and grassy fields are turned into a fire breathing, freewheeling, multi-colour circus where you may actually return home feeling refreshed.
Wilderness Festival main site and high wire setup
We were back for our third Wilderness Festival working with theatrical masters Petersham Rd on the rhythm and blues barrel house – Juke Joint. Overseeing the technical event production at the Juke Joint we supplied full festival sound, backline, DJ equipment, lighting and technical crew. We up’d the ante in anticipation of larger crowds and we were not disappointed.
Crowds gather and relax during the day at the Juke Joint
Music just one of the many features at Wilderness festival and not the only main draw, other attractions included wild swimming in the lakes, outdoor hot tubs, early morning cross-country runs, banquet by celebrity chefs, performance of Shakespeare in the woods, and perfecting one’s taxidermy skills.
Juke was only a small portion of the live music acts, with music from pop and rock legends included sets by Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant, Oxford band Glass Animals, Crystal Castles and Goldie – who performed his seminal album Timeless backed by the Heritage Orchestra and alternative rock band The Flaming Lips, who closed the last night’s action.
Voodoo Priestess and Mardi Gras crowd gather at the Juke Joint and Mama Gris Gris
Wilderness attracts all ages to indulge in fun, food and relaxation. Revellers joined in the festival spirit by donning fancy dress – this year’s theme being gold. The much-anticipated festival spectacular was provided by Cirque Bijou with a display of high wire walking and pyrotechnics.
Juke Joint footprint grew this year to feature an additional small live music stage, the porch of Mama Gris Gris situated next to the bar and chapel. Yes chapel. A quirky hit with late night lingerers seeking salvation after a hedonistic day of enjoyment. It was a superb year once again for Wilderness Festival blessed by glorious weather for the whole weekend.
Room with a view; our technical control booth and Allen & Heath GLD80 mixing desk
The Juke Joint stage front of House sound was a Flare Audio sound reinforcement system comprising of six Flare Audio X5A line array loudspeakers with eight Q18 bass bins powered by Flare ONE 204 digital amplification. This festival system ensured we had sufficient coverage for the largest crowd we have seen at Juke Joint so far.
Our control booth was built to blend in with the Juke Joint theme and housed an Allen & Heath GLD80 digital mixing desk, that made light work of the numerous acts and the iPad control app allowed us to offer stage monitor mixing without a mixing console on stage saving the valuable space as well as our lighting control surfaces and video projector for some trippy night time effects.
Juke Joint in full swing, smoke billowing and fist pumping revellers
Backline hire featured Fender Class A valve combo amp, Ashdown ABM series bass combo amp and a DW drum kit. DJ equipment provided were two Pioneer CDJ2000 Nexus multi-players a DJM900-Nexus DJ mixer on our voodoo flaming DJ Piano booth.
The Juke Joint was a real attraction at the Wilderness Festival and this was evident by the number of people who joined us each and every day, many returning as they had such a good time the day before. Lighting for the Juke Joint area featured multi-coloured festoon lights encompassing the crowds combined with Chauvet LED flood lights, Chauvet Intimidator moving heads, Chauvet Strike 324 strobe lights, 50cm mirror ball and two Chauvet Geyser RGB fog blasters which projected 25ft plumes of dense smoke into the crowds.
Hands up who was at the Juke Joint, Wilderness 2016?
Live acts that graced the Juke Joint stage offered a sublime mix of soul, R&B and rock n’ roll. Son of Dave the one man band has everyone up on the feet doing the conga, Hannah Williams belted our big tunes which had us hooked, Ephemerals, Black Kat Boppers and The Future Shape of Sound were also present and made sure everyone knew it.
Gospel Soul Sanctuary returned for a rapturous start to Sunday morning after the previous heavy night of swing tunes. Kasai Masai was the surprise act that was welcomed by all for a Sunday dance in the sun and as the sun slipped away the stage was brought to a close by the Ephemerals.
A blinding set from Hanna Williams and the Affirmations
Big love to all at Petersham Road for having us back for our third year together working on the jumpin’, jackin’ Juke Joint, keepin’ things poppin’ into them sweet little hours of the night. A huge thank you also goes to our technical crew, David, Dean and JD for your hard work, good humour and dedication. We truly are grateful for the good times and memories.
Y’all take care now and we will see ya soon.
Technical event equipment provided for Wilderness 2016 Juke Joint
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