Peace, Dub & Harmony
in the Woods by the Sea
The Wilkswood Reggae Festival 2021
Held in the stunning Purbeck countryside in Langton Matravers on the outskirts of Swanage in Dorset, the Wilkswood Reggae Festival presents three days of reggae and camping over three days in the wood by the sea from Friday July 23rd to Sunday July 25th 2021.
This year’s festival (originally scheduled from 2020 due to the coronavirus Covid-19 epedemic) will see reggae legends rub shoulders with upcoming artists and DJs from the UK and abroad with over 60 acts performing across three stages. Headliners on the main stage this year include legendary producer Mad Professor (performing with Sista Aisha, Sista Audrey, Canita and the Ariwa Posse Band), the evergreen Twinkle Brothers and an exclusive joint performance from reggae dignitaries Sandra Cross, Vivian Jones, John Mclean and The Robotiks.
The Jah Spirit Stage will this year feature an exclusive takeover on each day of the festival from three of the UK’s top sound systems, Channel One, Mungo’s HiFi and Sinai Sound, who will all be appearing for the whole day with their own custom-built speaker rigs. It’s exceptional to get to experience these genuine sound systems outside of the carnival environment, so this is a real treat.
To top all this we will have an extremely rare festival appearance from the one-and-only Linton Kwesi Johnson, legendary dub poet and activist. The highly revered reggae raconteur presents an exclusive performance of his hugely influential poetry on the DJ Derek Stage.
Elsewhere a multitude of soundsystems, deejays and producers will perform on the Jah Spirit Stage, an eclectic collection of acoustic and spoken word acts will appear on the DJ Derek Stage and a posse of hot young DJs and selectors will be showcasing the best in drum & bass, dubstep and ragga in the late night Shhhbeen.
Roots Rock Reggae in the Purbeck Countryside
The Wilkswood Roots Reggae Festival is now in its fifth year and previous headliners on the main stage have included Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Mad Professor, General Levy, Brinsley Forde, Tippa Irie, Mikey General, Joe Ariwa, Earl Sixteen, Carroll Thompson, Janet Kay and Festus Coxsone.
Both the Main Stage and the Jah Spirit Soundsystem Stage are under cover so the music carries on whatever the weather. Elsewhere there’s a chillout zone, street food stalls (including a Jamaican jerk barbecue, wood-fired pizza and vegetarian/vegan food), the main bar serving draught beer and ice cold lager and the Rumshak’s infamous rum cocktails; we’re still trying to work out what the ‘magic ingredient’ is but they taste great and get you dancing!
The Wilkswood Roots Reggae Festival is a family-friendly festival and there is plenty to keep your little ragamuffins entertained including a dedicated kid’s field and a wooded clearing featuring storytelling and music. To encourage the whole family to come along, we offer reduced prices for children up to the age of 17 and under-3s are free!
Organised by members of Bournemouth’s Dubheart Collective, the festival takes place over three days at Wilkswood Farm in Langton Matravers and the ticket price includes full admission and camping for three nights. There is a glamping field with pre-pitched tents and campervans and caravans are welcome (for a small additional fee).
Glamp it up at Wilkswood Reggae Festival
Stay in glamping luxury at the Wilkswood Reggae Festival courtesy of New Forest Bell Tents. With two sizes of bell tents for either three or five people, you and your crew can be comfortable, snug and chilled out. Each fully-erected bell tent has a zipped-in ground sheet and has camp beds included (your choice of a mix of singles or doubles). Single beds are supplied with an insulated roll mat and doubles are supplied with a self-inflating mat. also included are rugs and entrance mat, coffee table, a LED lantern, bunting and solar festoon lights on the exterior.
Prices start at £210 for the whole weekend (three nights) and upgrades include bedding, power packs, deck chairs, a fire bowl, giant beanbags and even a tealight chandelier. Click the link to book your tent and configure your extras.