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Festival Preview: Secret Garden Party

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25th-28th July

Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

Secret Garden Party is set in a 220 acre landscaped garden bordering a river and a lake. The emphasis here, however, is less on the garden and more on the part-ay.

Aside from the music there are games and activities for old and young (under -12s go free!) and if you’re cash strapped, there is a deposit scheme allowing you to pay for your ticket in instalments. It’s also worth getting your ticket early – tickets get more expensive as more are sold.

If you’re looking for a festival where participation is key, Secret Garden Party is probably a good choice.

This year's theme is 'Superstition' – the festival will be asking visitors to join in with exploring their affinity to the supernatural, the inexplicable and the irrational… to indulge the tussle between the left brain's sober analysis and the right's need to conjure its own reality.

Non-musical activities include parades, art tents, Walkabout Theatre and workshops, big wheel rides, boat rides, swimming, treasure hunts, bands in trees, a festival-wide train service, open mic stages and as always, participatory games of all descriptions. There are also talks from people like the ever-interesting reptile-rulers conspiracy theorist David Icke.

And that’s before we even get onto the bands – Secret Garden is great for seeing bands and DJs you might not have heard of, with a good sprinkling of some bigger names in summery indie.

Line-up: Bastille, Django Django, Lissie, The Correspondents, Modestep, Regina Spektor, Temples, Youth Lagoon, Z-Star

www.secretgardenparty.com




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