* Fans of Icelandic avant-garde pop diva Bjork have been licking their lips in anticipation of what promises to be one of the shows of the year.

The former Sugarcubes star was this week revealed as the headliner for the Friday night of this year’s Wilderness festival (August 6-9). As reported in this week’s The Oxford Times, she will be showcasing her new album Vulnicura.

Talking exclusively to this newspaper, the festival’s creative director Tim Harvey revealed that the Venus as a Boy singer had approached Wilderness, rather than the other way round, hailing the booking as an “amazing accolade” for a festival which is still only in its fifth year.

Other acts include jazz-funk act George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, singer-songwriter Ben Howard, former Portico Quartet member Nick Mulvey, and Moloko star Roisin Murphy.

Mr Harvey also revealed that the festival was branching out, with other Wilderness-themed activities on the cards away from its home at Cornbury Park, Charlbury. They start with a new Wilderness-style one-day event in London called Citadel. It will take place in Victoria Park, next to trendy Bethnal Green and Hackney, on July 19, and will feature Wilderness star Ben Howard and Bombay Bicycle Club.

For Wilderness tickets go to wildernessfestival.com

For more on Citadel, go to citadelfestival.com

* Also having a busy month are brothers Robin and Joe Bennett. The boys and their team of able supporters have revealed the line-up to their own festival, Wood, in Ipsden, near Wallingford (May 15-17).

Gracing the ‘living’ turf-roofed stage at the eco-friendly gathering are Tunng, Songhoy Blues, Treetop Flyers, Knights of Mentis, Tamara Parsons-Baker, Spiro, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, Duotone, John Joseph Brill, Natureboy, Todd Dorigo, Hans Chew, Nick Cope, Cooling Pearls, Oxford Ukeleles, Brickwork Lizards and the brothers’ own band The Dreaming Spires.

Tomorrow, the lads give a taste of what’s in store by launching new album Searching For The Supertruth at The Bulling-don (see Highlights, left). Expect divine harmonies and groove-laden, sun-dappled West Coast feel-good melodies from two of the finest musicians our county has produced.

Tickets £7 from wegottickets.com

Tickets wood from woodfestival.com