Preview: The Secret Garden Party 2013


If you are mourning the passing of Glastonbury and seek a weekend to fill that festival shaped hole in your soul, perhaps Secret Garden Party is the solution to your woes. This year the organisers are inviting ‘gardeners’ (That’s you, the attendees) to embrace the theme of Superstition, and to “Leave reason at the Garden gates, search for the four-leaf clover along the path and see where lady luck takes you.”

Launched in 2004, this year’s Secret Garden Party will be the tenth time the annual festival has taken place. Growing from just one stage and 1000 visitors, the festival now attracts in excess of 26,000 people to the sleepy village of Abbots Ripton in Cambridgeshire.

Make no mistakes, this is no half-hearted festival. You are invited to enter the garden and embrace the magical creatures and wondrous performance within. Capitalising on the beautiful surroundings of the 220 acre site, art installations are erected throughout, and sprinkled through the garden is enough music, theatre, circus and craziness to quench your cultural thirst (…and probably your thirst for pretty much anything else you can think of, too).

This year will see iconic electronic band Faithless and singer-songwriter Regina Spektor take to the stage as the main headliners. Mercury Music Prize nominees Django Django will also be playing a psychadelic set at the four day event alongside 2013’s breakthrough indie-pop heart-throb band, Bastille. Incredible performances are also expected from London Grammar, young rock band The Strypes, genre-less Hadouken, electronic collective Clean Bandit and lots more.

Billed as “a four-day party like no other” this is not something you’re going to want to miss. Aside from live music, the organisers have promised that this year’s festival will include various oddities including pig racing, flash mobs, tug of wars and a dog show, so why not go and see what mysteries await you in the garden?

The Secret Garden Party runs from 25th-28th July 2013. A small number of tickets are still available here.


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