The Darkness unveiled as Devon festival headliners

Three members of a rock band in leather jackets.

The Nature Valley Gone Wild Festival will be headlined by The Darkness. - Credit: Gone Wild Festival

Families can let down their hair, don their shiniest trousers and rock out to The Darkness in Devon this summer at Nature Valley Gone Wild Festival

The epic rock legends have been announced as headliners in the icon packed line-up for the festival, alongside British singer songwriter Ella Eyre.  

Nature Valley Gone Wild Festival, created in collaboration with Bear Grylls, is set to take place at Powderham Castle this August with other headline music acts including The Script, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Reef and returning crowd favourites The Ministry of Sound Orchestra.  

Pop singer Ella Eyre looking to the right of the camera wearing an orange ripped top.

Ella Eyre is known for her powerful vocals and chart-topping hits. - Credit: Gone Wild Festival

The Darkness will take the atmosphere all the way to 11 with awesome riffs, soul shaking guitars and all the silliness you’d expect from the UK’s glammest rockers. Frontman Justin Hawkins and the band will be playing tracks from new album MotorHeart as well as putting on a sensational show playing hits such as I Believe In A Thing Called Love and One Way Ticket.  

Also joining the line-up is Ella Eyre, known for her powerful vocals and chart-topping hits such as Came Here For Love and Waiting All Night. With over 4.6million monthly listens on Spotify, three platinum selling singles, a BRIT award and two MOBO awards, Ella is an unmissable artist who will fill the grounds of Powderham Castle with driving beats as the sun goes down.   

Bear Grylls said: "It was amazing to see so many families having fun all together at our Nature Valley Gone Wild Festival last year. I saw so many smiles on kids' faces as they tried many of the epic adventure activities, and loved being part of the crowd as so many awesome bands rocked the festival.  

Adventurer Bear Grylls crouching and leaning on a tree with mud on his face.

Bear Grylls is looking forward to hosting Nature Valley Gone Wild Festival. - Credit: Gone Wild Festival

“I’m very proud that we are doing it all again, and I’m honoured that explorers and adventurers that inspire so many have agreed to join us - I can’t wait to share who else we’ve also got lined up!”  

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The bank holiday weekend festival combines family adventure during the day with world class music at night. More details have now been released about the premium activities that will be available for festivalgoers to book during the weekend, including coasteering, climbing, zombie paintball, UV mini golf, stand up paddleboarding and a commando course.  

Walk-up activities will run throughout the weekend, including kayaking, tree-climbing, yoga, science workshops, skateboarding and a junior jungle family rave, plus lots more! There will be something to entertain all ages, making this the most memorable weekend of the summer. 

Three members of pop band The Script looking up at the camera from down below.

The Script are among the line-up at Nature Valley Gone Wild Festival 2022. - Credit: Gone Wild Festival

As well as creating a fantastic experience for guests, the organisers of Nature Valley Gone Wild Festival are making sure the event does good behind the scenes too. The festival has been officially accredited as carbon neutral for 2022, achieving its sustainability aims.  

The RMA – Royal Marines Charity is the exclusive charitable partner of Nature Valley Gone Wild Festival with Bear Grylls. 10% of all proceeds from general admission tickets go directly to the charity to support serving and former Royal Marines and their families. As a former Royal Marine, Lympstone-based festival organiser Oliver Mason is proud to support such a cause alongside Honorary Lt Colonel Bear Grylls.  

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The pop singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor posing with old fashioned microphone.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor will be on stage at Powderham Castle as part of the festival. - Credit: Gone Wild Festival