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Festival review: Secret Garden Party


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WTF just happened? Secret Garden Party?

Secret Garden PartyA whirlwind experience of heat, rain, sights, sounds...feelings. A step from the Cambridgeshire countryside, through the looking glass into a rave-infused wonderland.

A clash of nostalgic English countryside and Dali-esque Surrealist landscapes – the three days are a blur and collection of bizarre snippets of experience.

Clocks in trees, magical illuminated waterfalls.

Each new door-way is a step into a new world – sleazy, backwater blues bar, futuristic rave pod, the hide-out of some revolutionary fringe group, a seedy S&M club with people being ritually spanked.

One-minute dancing on a pagoda to SL2, the next grooving to old soul tunes atop of a giant floating bug in the middle of a picturesque lake (only later to see the bug ablaze as the night draws in).

Bands were on the line-up – they all seemed good! The Shoes electro-pop made an impact as did the retro-power of Little Barrie – I maybe should have paid more attention to the bands, but this is not what SGP is about – is it? Who knows?

It’s a mash of mud-wrestling in a medieval castle, black and white films in a vintage cinema....a woodland gathering for rave badgers and fancy dress.


Does any of this make sense? Does it have to? SGP is something magical that can’t quite be explained (only experienced)...

Just go!

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