Wild Paths is a new breed of festival, presenting the best in live music from indie, hip-hop and neo-soul, to post-punk and new-wave jazz and pairing it with themed after-parties, conferences, supper clubs, art fairs and a whole lot more.
The festival descends on Norwich for four days in October, taking over 20 of the city’s best-loved venues, and a host of other DIY spaces, including a Shoe Factory and a TV Studio. Featuring over 200 live acts, 60 conference speakers, artists, drag-queens, tattooists and DJ’s, it’s a celebration of music, food, art and culture… and the beautiful city of Norwich.
Founded by a collective of young creatives this pioneering new multi-venue festival – and the team behind it – has quickly gained a reputation for presenting events that harbour a sense of community, innovation and inclusivity.
The Wild Paths ethos is projected through its efforts to tackle climate issues and challenge outdated attitudes surrounding gender and minority group representation. In 2019 it achieved its goal of going single-use plastic free across the whole festival site and in 2021 the team are looking to make Wild Paths carbon neutral by working in conjunction with Ecolibrium and other like-minded climate organisations. In September 2020 amidst a global pandemic the team managed to safely deliver a two-day, socially-distanced, greenfield festival; Wild Fields. The festival, which featured 320 boutique ‘pods’, presented a line-up of 47% female acts, 19% mixed and 35% male acts and was championed by the Keychange 50/50 group as ‘a beacon of change in an industry that drastically needs it’.
This year’s festival is set to be the most adventurous and impressive yet, featuring some of the most exciting new artists and bands from across the UK and beyond (head to the website for the latest line-up news and tickets).