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On the Mount at Wasing festival kicks off today on West Berks country estate

IT’S Wasing’s week!

Solstice on the Mount
Solstice on the Mount

The On the Mount at Wasing festival kicks off today (Monday) with Australian rock icons Crowded House followed by Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini tomorrow (Tuesday).

Set on the Wasing Estate, The Mount is a stunning enclave in the heart of the countryside. From the woodland trail arrival into a unique and mindful space, to the wildflowers awaiting concertgoers within the amphitheatre, it’s a transportive venue to see defining live acts, fully immersed in nature.

There’s a big celebration of the Solstice on Thursday (June 20) with world music and culture featuring headliners Nick Mulvey and Rodrigo y Gabriela. The show will also feature The Fireside Sessions, which will spark the Solstice celebration’s shift from day into night and offer a magical and powerful music experience around the Sacred Glade fire on the Estate. Previously a member of the critically acclaimed group Portico Quartet, Nick Mulvey frames themes of nature, spirituality and personal growth as a focal point embellished with his distinct blend of folk, pop and intricate guitar work alongside poetic and introspective lyrics. 2024 sees the10th anniversary of his Mercury Prize nominated debut solo album First Mind featuring the hit singles Fever To The Form and Cucurucu.

In the Newbury News office there’s a bit of a buzz of excitement as we will be onsite at the Wasing Estate next Thursday (June 27) for London electronic duo Jungle with their explosive full live band. Jungle are one of the hottest names to emerge in British electronic music for the past decade. The duo of Josh Lloyd-Watson and Tom McFarland were shortlisted for the 2014 Mercury Prize with their debut self-titled album. Their fourth album VOLCANO was released to critical acclaim earlier this year alongside a feature-length film of the same name. The single ‘Back on 74 became a huge hit, going viral with over a billion views across TikTok and Instagram inspired by its dynamic music video that millions are recreating.

Dance icons Underworld will headline on Saturday. A true one-off, they are just as at home headlining the world’s biggest festivals and events, playing underground techno clubs and warehouses, sound-tracking theatre productions or taking over art galleries.

Having cemented their place in the 90s underground techno scene, the group’s definitive breakthrough came in 1995 with the release of timeless anthem Born Slippy (Nuxx), which became the soundtrack of a generation when it was featured in the film Trainspotting. The success of that single catapulted the band from the underground into the heart of the mainstream. The following three decades saw them build on that success while never compromising; selling millions of albums, performing countless sold-out shows, providing scores to productions by Academy Award winning directors Anthony Minghella and Danny Boyle, exhibiting in galleries and sound-tracking the Opening Ceremony to the London 2012 Olympic Games.

They will be joined at Wasing by Ross From Friends (DJ Set) and Hodge ( DJ Set).

Tickets available from Ticketmaster.co.uk

Wasing Estate itself is heralded for the way it breaks the mould for country estates and this ethos is reflected in the concerts; Wasing hosts healing retreats enriched with nature immersion, wellbeing festivals, and restorative events with a focus on the connection between the planet and its people.

Ollie Rosenblatt and John Empson of Senbla, promoters of On The Mount At Wasing, said: “Last year was a huge success, and we feel that we have a real gem in the UK’s summer live music calendar.

“When you’re watching an act surrounded by the amazing treescape that appears after you’ve walked the trail through the spectacular woodland into the venue, you get a truly soul-nourishing experience – all of the artists commented how beautiful and unique it was performing at Wasing.”

As one of the most diverse rural estates in England, Wasing is home to many extraordinary spaces, and where exceptional events are hosted. The Estate has its roots firmly planted at the cutting edge of the wellbeing space, offering revitalising & healing experiences for sustainable health and wellness along with invigorating wild swimming, ice baths & sauna sessions.

Wasing previously hosted the Glade dance music festival in the mid-late 2000s and currently hosts the Medicine Festival, a unique remedial festival experience which invites people to come together and envision a more enlightened, peaceful and sustainable world.

Wasing places great importance on managing land sustainably, preserving biodiversity and the real pressing need for carbon sequestration.

The Mount was born as a fresh and pioneering space for people and planet to connect, unplugged from everyday reality. This spectacular, open-air setting with panoramic treescape vistas amplifies the senses, providing immersive and inspirational experiences in the heart of nature. Coupled with its forest floor Food Glade providing vibrant drinks & dining menus, this unrivalled space will offer exquisite hospitality and celebrate contemporary and world music

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