Secret Garden Party

It’s a heady mix – international music experienced in the heart of the English countryside. More than just a field – bucolic landscapes merge with transcendent sound on dance floors where you can commune with nature, as well as with each other.  The Secret Garden Party, July 25 to 28 in Huntingdon Mill Hill Field, Cambridgeshire, has become very special indeed – a kind of showcase of new and old. The chance to glimpse rising new acts and the masters from whom they take their inspiration.  And as the name implies, Secret Garden is more of a party than a festival with an exceptionally friendly ambience that goes on until dawn. Combining not only music but art, exhibitions, and participatory workshops there’s something for everyone.

The space is shaped to fit the mood of the music, with big acts hosted out in the open while sensitive acoustic types are sheltered under canvas.  There’s a great line up this year including masters of dance Faithless and relative newcomers Django Django, one of the revelations of the last year and nominated for the for Mercury Prize. Then there’s Bastille, with their addictive pop and DJs like Dave Rodigan with his remixes of reggae, dub and dancehall. Plus James Lavelle and Soulwax.

 

Pierfrancesco Pacoda

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