So, you want to start a revolution? Well, this summer the Secret Garden Party wants to give you the chance to do just that.
The Saturday Spectacle, July 2016 | Photo credit: Nick Caro
It’s the 50th anniversary of the summer of love, and we call on all of you music loving flower children to unite in the meadows and immerse yourself in the sounds of silence. You can even jump on the Almost Famous tour bus and join Penny Land on a journey of musical enlightenment. Remember though, it’s not about the fame, it’s about the music.
“You’re either on the bus or off the bus. If you’re on the bus, and you get left behind, then you’ll find it again. If you’re off the bus in the first place — then it won’t make a damn.” – Ken Kesey
Photo credit: Andrew Whitton
As they say, the only limit is that of the imagination, and this year Secret Garden Party promises to raise the bar more than ever with its abundance of revelries and celebrations. Accept no imitations.
From humble beginnings in 2003, the Secret Garden Party’s appeal has grown organically throughout its tenure. The ethos is that of fun, friendliness, creativity and participation connecting to a new generation of festival-goers seeking that magical immersive experience albeit for a short while.
This vision, commitment and enthusiasm for bringing artistic communities together has been, and continues to be, a labour of love. Located on the banks of a beautiful lake, bordered by open corn fields and woodland glades, the Secret Garden Party is situated in an outstandingly picturesque and magical setting in the heart of the Cambridgeshire countryside.
Waze & Odessy, 22 July 16 | Photo credit: Andrew Whitton
It is the perfect place to lose yourself, make new friends, heal your soul, and laugh out loud. It is, ‘an escape to reality.’
Music is clearly an integral part of Secret Garden Party, and with over 15 music stages covering the 100-acre site. It is not only a venue for well-known artists but is committed to nurturing new and upcoming artists, giving them a break long before they become household names – such as London Grammar, The XX. Lissie, Florence & The Machine and Lily Allen. Secret Parties are a big part of the programme and top name DJs play each year. Uniquely, they feel ownership of SGP and come together for fun not work.
Air, July 2016 | Photo credit: Andrew Whitton
The Secret Garden Party is also a theatre for all the arts and the interaction of genres. As with any big event team work is key and over the years The Head Gardener has facilitated and encouraged the initiation of so many creative collectives as well as music programmers: The Secret Forum debating area, Bearded Kitten, Wonky Races, Little Gay Brother, Secret FM and the world famous Dance Off. All of these partners have gone on to participate in other events or indeed create their own stand-alone happenings and are proving to be very successful. SGP is also renowned for its outstanding spectacles over the lake and its support for upcoming artists and interactive outdoor art installations.
Photo credit: Andrew Whitton
Secret Garden Party remains staunchly 100% independent and is the largest outdoor event in the UK with no above-the-line sponsorship or advertising. So, even though it may not be a secret any more, one thing is certain, the Secret Garden Party is…. a Serious Party!