The secret garden party

If the garden occupies a special place in the English psyche, the secret garden perhaps describes the English soul. Yet as Depeche Mode sang on their debut: “My secret garden’s not so secret anymore…” At least not when 26,000 people are milling about, the estimated attendance at this festival in the Cambridgeshire countryside which has nonetheless managed to retain its convivial intimacy and party atmosphere, showcasing the best music in lush surroundings. From July 19 to 22 at Abbots Ripton, Huntingdown, the eclectic programme features the long-awaited live return of Orbital and includes Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, KT Tunstall, Little Roy, Caravan Palace, Little Dragon, Alabama Shakes, Tim Minchin, Lamb, Derrick Morgan & Dennis Alcapone, Holly Golightly, Charlene Soraia, Mamas Gun, Passenger, Leddra Chapman, Rachel Sermanni, Jacques Lu Cont, Utah Saints, Tricka Technology (Krafty Kuts, A Skillz & Dynamite MC), Adam F, Scroobius Pip, Niki & The Dove, Danny Byrd & MC Risky, Mistabishi, Herve, Adam Freeland, Mixhell, Jon Carter, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Eddy Temple Morris & Majestic, Jamie Catto, Kassidy, Willy Moon, and many more.

Pierfrancesco Pacoda

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