The multi award-winning Secret Garden Party, the event that set the creative benchmark for festivals in the UK and around the world, announced today that this year’s event, July 20-23, will be the final instalment in its illustrious 15-year tenure as one of the most celebrated events on the summer festival calendar.
From humble beginnings as a gathering with a few hundred friends the passionately independent Secret Garden Party has grown organically over the years. Its fun-loving friendly outlook, its much-loved eccentricity, and its meticulous attention to detail has inspired and enabled a generation of creative artists, musicians and performers to develop and thrive, whilst embracing the core values of friendship, participation and ownership with its audience. It has also been a major hub for leftfield, like-minded people who were eager to ‘escape to reality’ through the counter-culture. It can be proud of a legacy that inspired so much (and so many) as well as having been the setting for such a collection of wonderful memories and lifelong friendships.
There is never a perfect time to announce this as either too early or too late would have consequences for the loyal gardeners.
Founder and Head Gardener Freddie Fellowes says:
“15 years ago I started out with a set of ideas as to what makes a good party and the most perfect venue for it. But with no set idea of what the destination was for this venture the ‘festival’ was, at that time, the perfect medium through which to explore these ideas. But rather than getting too excited and telling you about the phoenix we are going to raise from all of this, it bears explaining why we are lighting the fire.
Much has changed since our first Garden Party, when there was nothing else like it in the UK: Facebook, YouTube and Twitter had yet to be invented and no one knew what a boutique festival was, let alone Glamping.
Since then the Garden Party has defined and redefined outdoor events in the UK; we have done so as a collective of truly independent outsiders.
We have never compromised our principles and we never will. SGP has always been a beacon of what you can do within those terms and, as imitation (being the sincerest form of flattery) proves, it has set the bar for everyone else going forward.
But it is exactly because of those principles, and the love of those who have made the Garden Party what it is, that we are committing this senseless act of beauty.
What better way to honour the love that has been given to this project and wholly demonstrate this principle than finishing now? This isn’t some principled self-immolation: this is opening up it for the future. So this summer will be the almighty send-off that the Garden Party deserves and whilst that is going to cause some tears to be shed, think of it more as ‘Dylan goes electric’ than our Altamont.
Because after all you can’t be avant-garde from within an institution and lest we forget: the frontier always moves.”
Come join us for the grande finale!
The Secret Garden Party is very pleased to announce new additions to its live music line up for 2017. They are as follows:
WILD BEASTS / PEACHES
JORJA SMITH / FICKLE FRIENDS / BONZAI
THE MOONLANDINGZ / ALL THEM WITCHES / KATE NASH / JAIN/ PUMAROSA
WILL JOSEPH COOK / TOM GRENNAN / MABEL / BE CHARLOTTE / TOOTHLESS
NORTH DOWNS / SERAMIC / CHARLOTTE OC / LAUREL
AINE CAHILL / COSMO SHELDRAKE
Combining Basque folk instruments and melodies with modern dance beats, Crystal Fighters bring a joyous mix of sunshine sounds, psychedelia and rave to the Party. Their new and third album, ‘Everything is My Family,’ continues to win plaudits across the board for its uplifting celebration of life, love and family. Live they guarantee an all-out energetic, pulsating assault on the senses. The perfect third headliner for this year’s Secret Garden Party.
Line up announced so far is:
CRYSTAL FIGHTERS / METRONOMY
TOOTS & THE MAYTALS
WILD BEASTS / PEACHES / RAY BLK / HONNE / JAGWAR MA
REJJIE SNOW / JEREMY LOOPS / TOM MISCH / AKALA / JORJA SMITH / FICKLE FRIENDS / BONZAI /THE MOONLANDINGZ / DEAP VALLY / ALL THEM WITCHES / KATE NASH / JAIN / PUMAROSA / ZAK ABEL / WILL JOSEPH COOK / TOM GRENNAN / MABEL / ETTA BOND / BE CHARLOTTE / TOOTHLESS / NORTH DOWNS / LET’S EAT GRANDMA / SERAMIC / CHARLOTTE OC / LAUREL / AINE CAHILL / COSMO SHELDRAKE / MONT JAKE
…with many more artists, djs and parties still to be announced
FAME GAMES & WONKY RACES
This year’s theme ‘Sweet Dreams…are made of this?’ takes a wry and humorous look at the fame game. . Is being a celebrity it all it’s cracked up to be? Or, do we want to change the world…together? Secret Garden Party takes you on the ride of your life.
The Summer Festival Guide is excited to bring you one of the first official lineup for this years massive summer event Glastonbury.
Headliners announced so far include Arcade Fire and joining them on the 5 day extravaganza are some of the biggest artists on the planet including Paolo Nutini, Jurrassic 5, James Blake, The 1975, Kasabian, Jack White, Dolly PArton, Elbow, The Black Keys, Robert Plant, Lily Allen, Lana Del Rey, Skillex, Pixies, Massive Attack, Disclosure, Ed Sheeran, Jake Bugg, Crystal Fighters, De La Soul and many many more!
New names were added to the always colorful line-up of Sziget Festival. All genres will be covered this year as well, so Deadmau5, Axwell, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Kooks, Crystal Fighters, Anti-Flag will be great add-ins to the previously announced acts like Queens of the Stone Age, The Prodigy, Placebo, Imagine Dragons and many more. The Island of Freedom is held between 11-18 August in Budapest. Tickets for discounted ‘Advance round 1’ prices are available till 30 April.
Sziget is known for its diverse musical world and 2014 will also be dedicated to this open-minded tradition. To the already announced names, organizers added many exciting new performers, who will definitely keep the audience moving both in front of the stages and also wandering from one venue to the other.
This year Day 0, 12th August, is also very special as not only Queens of the Stone Age will perform, but fans can check out the opening show of Deadmau5 as well. The Canadian EDM superstar, a groundbreaking electronic artist, is an emblematic figure of the biggest festivals. He makes music that changed pop culture as we know it. Up to this point, his career stands earmarked by a series of firsts and shattered records. Also playing on Day 0, Anti-Flag, an ultra provocative punk rock band from Pittsburgh, are known for their tight paced music and sharp lyrics. Their music and message is a call to action for people of all backgrounds and beliefs to focus on making tomorrow a better place for all.
The global dance icon, five-time Grammy nominated Axwell has had little time to rest upon his laurels over the past decade. In a career that has taken him from the Swedish underground to the top of the charts, he has risen as an idol of modern house music. He will also make a frenetic gig at Sziget this year.
In addition, The Kooks will also play their characteristic and stylish British post-punk music, reminding us a little bit of the 60s. The band of Luke Pritchard comes all the way from Brighton to Sziget with their new album, so old fans will also have some surprises.
Bombay Bicycle Club will also bring their guitar-driven music to the Sziget audience this year. Their newest album is innovative, a beautiful collection of songs that will stand the test of time from a band at the top of its game. The songs are built around ethereal loops that owe more to experimental electronica than to the kind of indie-rock the band was initially known for.
The music of Crystal Fighters merges traditional-acoustic Basque music elements with slushy bass and euphoric electronic sounds mixing altogether an atmosphere of loose chillwave and speedy dubstep-electro. The London-based band makes such a complex music and merges so many genres that currently there is no one else in the alternative dance universe like them.
With a successful music career spanning over the course of two decades, Macedonian born Kiril Dzajkovski is without a doubt one of the most respected and critically acclaimed electronic artists from the Balkans. He is regarded as one of the pioneer producers to introduce Balkan sounds to the modern dance production – globally known as the "Balkan Beat phenomenon". At Sziget we can see Djaikovski ft. TK Wonder & MC Wasp.
Tasteful, stylish, mostly moderate tempo, essentially melancholic, but uplifting music is what Girls in Hawaiido. They create some kind of magical atmosphere with their indie pop. They come to Sziget from Belgium and they will present their unique miracles, showing us their most recent album, Everest.
Mount Kimbie have played a central role in forging a new form for electronic music. Their influence stretches far beyond the tiny corner of the dance music underground that birthed them and, with the duo now signed to the legendary Warp label, it looks set to stretch further still in the coming years.
Wild Beasts play a sophisticated and elegant guitar-music in which we can barely hear a little folk rock sound. Their music is lacking any kind of monumental character rather their trade-mark is the beautiful voice of singer-guitarist Hayden Thorpe. They were nominated for the Mercury Prize two years ago for their album 'Two Dancers' and now they are arriving to Sziget with their recent album 'Present Tense' released this February and navigating us to the maze of synthpop.
Full Line Up so far: Queens of the Stone Age, The Prodigy, Placebo, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Skrillex, Calvin Harris, Lily Allen, Deadmau5, Bastille, Imagine Dragons The Kooks, Jake Bugg, Stromae, Axwell, Die Fantastischen Vier, London Grammar, La Roux, Ska P, Bombay Bicycle Club, Tom Odell, Miles Kane,, Crystal Fighters, Klaxons, Michael Kiwanuka, Laidback Luke, Darkside, Bonobo, Anti Flag, Palma Violets, Wild Beasts, The Big Pink, Kavinsky, Outrun Live, Fink, Borgore, Mount Kimbie, Jagwar Ma, Djaikovski ft. TK, Wonder, Brody Dalle, Girls in Hawai, Starlight Girls.
The Summer Festival Guide can reveal that the final headliner announced for this years Latitude Festival will be the American rock duo The Black Keys. They join the previously announced headliners Damon Albarn and Two Door Cinema Club at this years summer festival.
Also added to the Obelisk Arena lineup are The Editors, James, Crystal Fighters and more. Joining the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage is Mogwai, Lykke Li, Clean Bandit and more.
For the Comedy Arena, Irish comedian and TV presenter Dara O'Briain will head up proceedings and is joined by a massive cast including Milton Jones, Josh Widdicombe, Al Murray's Saloon Show.
See the full addtions here:
THE BLACK KEYS
EDITORS | JAMES |CRYSTAL FIGHTERS |KELIS | THE AFGHAN WHIGS | TINARIWEN
BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC STAGE
MOGWAI | LYKKE LI
JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW | CLEAN BANDIT | THE WAR ON DRUGS
SOHN | TEMPLES | HOZIER | PARQUET COURTS | GEORGE EZRA | CONOR OBERST
THE i ARENA
TOM VEK| TEEN | HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER | RY X | JOHN WIZARDS | DAWES
THE ACID | MIGHTY OAKS
COMEDY AT LATITUDE
MILTON JONES | AL MURRAY’S SALOON SHOW | JOSH WIDDICOMBE
MARCUS BRIGSTOCKE & ANDREW MAXWELL | TIM KEY | JOSIE LONG | KATHERINE RYAN
TREVOR NOAH | SEANN WALSH | TOMMY TIERNAN | HENNING WEHN | JEREMY HARDY
MILES JUPP | DOC BROWN | CARDINAL BURNS | THE PAJAMA MEN | SARA PASCOE | NICK HELM
FELICITY WARD | ARTHUR SMITH | GLENN WOOL | KERRY GODLIMAN | JAMES ACASTER
HANNAH GADSBY | TIFFANY STEVENSON | JARED CHRISTMAS |ROB BECKETT
ROMESH RANGANATHAN| ROISIN CONATY | JOE LYCETT | MIKE WOZNIAK
JOHN KEARNS | LIAM WILLIAMS| TOM ROSENTHAL |AISLING BEA|JOHN ROBINS |NISH KUMAR ERIC LAMPAERT | CELIA PACQUOLA | SUZI RUFFELL | JAMIE DEMETRIOU | ALFIE BROWN
BOBBY MAIR | PAT CAHILL | ANGELA BARNES| PHIL WANG |IVO GRAHAM | TANIA EDWARDS KWAME ASANTE | JOSEPH MORPURGO | HARRIET KEMSLEY| DAVID MORGAN | JONNY PELHAM DANE BAPTISTE | GABBY BEST | SARAH CALLAGHAN|CHORTLE STUDENT COMEDY AWARDS
THE SUNDAY ASSEMBLY | WITTANK | MCNEIL & PAMPHILON |CLUB SOL | MAX AND IVAN
THE NOISE NEXT DOOR | THE ONLY WAY IS DOWNTON| PAPPY'S
CARIAD LLOYD & LOUISE FORD & HOLLY BURN CHARACTER COMEDY SHOW
PLUS FURTHER HEADLINERS TO BE ANNOUNCED
SALON LONDON PRESENTS KERRY DAYNES, JO HEMMINGS, TRISTAN GOOLEY, LLOYD BRADLEY, PROFESSOR B SAHAKIAN, DAVID SPIEGELHALTER, DAVID TONG, ART MACABRE, JULIET RUSSELL
JON RONSON | LAUREN BEUKES | PATRICK BARKHAM | ALEXANDRA HEMINSLEY | DANIEL DAVIS
RACHEL COOKE | NAOMI WOOD | VIV GROSKOP | MARK ELLEN | JP BEAN | ROYAL SECRETS
ROB EVANS | JAMES BANNON | LAURA BATES | ZOE PILGER | JOHN OSBORNE
FESTIVAL OF THE SPOKEN NERD | THE READER ORGANISATION | DYLAN’S BOOKBUS
MALCOLM GLUCK WINETASTING
THEATRE AND DANCE
FORCED ENTERTAINMENT | RSC | ROYAL EXCHANGE MANCHESTER
SADLER’S WELLS PRESENT NATIONAL YOUTH DANCE COMPANY, JAMES COUSINS COMPANY, ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET
DIRTY DANCING (HIGHLIGHTS)
BATTERSEA ARTS CENTRE PRESENTS JOHN BERKAVITCH ANDWILL DICKIE
LYRIC HAMMERSMITH, GREENWICH+DOCKLANDS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL, WATFORD PALACE THEATRE ANDLATITUDE PRESENT BUCKET CLUB, LIGHT THE FUSE, FLIPPING THE BIRDAND PAGE ONE THEATRE
MARK THOMAS | LUKE JERMAY | DRYWRITE | CLEAN BREAK
FOREST FRINGE PRESENT GREG WOHEAD, LOUISE ORWIN, BRIAN LOBEL, CHRISTOPHER BRETT BAILEY, CHRIS THORPE, ABIGAIL CONWAY, SARAH JANE NORMAN, VERITY STANDEN, JAMES STENHOUSE & SAM HALMARACK, TALES OF WHATEVER
GAGGLEBABBLE | THE LETTER ROOM | FLANAGAN COLLECTIVE | AWRC | DASH ARTS
PLUS MANY MORE COMPANIES TO BE ANNOUNCED
BOB AND ROBERTA SMITH |FILM PREVIEW: THE ART PARTY!
THE WRONG CROWD | DAVID SHILLINGLAW
FILM AND MUSIC
ESBEN & THE WITCH SCORE LA ANTENA
PLUS MANY MORE ARTISTS TO BE ANNOUNCED
LUKE WRIGHT | LEMN SISSAY | DIZRAELI | TIM CLARE
SABRINA MAHFOUZ | HANNAH JANE WALKER | SALENA GODDEN | KATIE BONNA
REBECCA GOSS | MOLLY NAYLOR | ROSY CARRICK | JOHN OSBORNE
HELEN MORT | ALEXIS DUBUS | THE PRAM IN THE HALL
DUCKIE | MISS BEHAVE’S GAMESHOW | QUEENS OF POP
MARGARET THATCHER QUEEN OF SOHO | EASTEND CABARET | OPHELIA BITZ | THE GOLDEN BOYS
PLUS MORE NAMES TO BE ANNOUNCED
LATE NIGHT DJ’S
GUILTY PLEASURES | BUTTONED DOWN DISCO | DISCO SHED |JESS INDEEDY
ACROSS THE FESTIVAL
THE LAVISH BIG SCREEN | LATE JUNCTION | THE KIDS AREA | THE INBETWEENERS TEEN AREA
Rock Werchter add to the already impressive lineup for 2014 annoucing that Ellie Goulding, Babyshambles, MGMT, Birdy & Crystal Fighters will be performing.
List of names confirmed so far for Rock Werchter 2014:
Thursday 3 July: Metallica, Placebo, Skrillex
Friday 4 July: Arctic Monkeys, Ellie Goulding, Major Lazer, Jack Johnson, Crystal Fighters
Saturday 5 July: Pearl Jam, The Black Keys, Pixies, Triggerfinger
Sunday 6 July: Kings of Leon, Stromae, Franz Ferdinand, Babyshambles, MGMT, Birdy
Keep an eye on the Summer Festival Guide for more Rock Werchter lineup news!
With the recent news that Bestival's Friday headliner will be party starter extraordinaire Fatboy Slim playing a very special Bestival Birthday Bash set, the triumvirate of amazing must-see headliners is complete as he joins the previously announced Elton John and Snoop Dogg. And now, Bestival HQ’s attention turn to adding yet more incredible new live music and DJs to the mammoth line-up. Scooping the Best Major Festival award last year yet retaining our boutique sensibilities, Bestival’s spectacular 10th birthday this September 5th-8th is going to be the greatest show on earth with more fun per square metre than you’ll find anywhere else; it’s absolutely unmissable!
Rob da Bank says: “HMS Bestival is well and truly under way, steaming across the high seas picking up even more musical passengers. Crystal fighters are Bestival stalwarts and about to go stratospheric, Jon Hopkins has made one of the electronic albums of the year and no party is a Bestival party without Hudson Mohawke and The Correspondents…all aboard you crazy landlubbers!
Crystal Fighters are among the latest litany of vital new acts that are getting us all hot under the collar. With one of the most incredible and visceral live shows around they’re a truly mind-blowing experience that you'd be mad to miss. With their second album Cave Rave out this week, the band are fully charged and ready to rain down their unique brand of mayhem on the Bestival crowd, making our 10th birthday bash that bit more special.
But that’s not all as we’ll also have live sets from sometime King Creosote cohort and purveyor of epic, widescreen bliss Jon Hopkins, everybody’s favourite raconteur, Howard Marks, bass driven swingers The Correspondents, Memphis soulstress Valerie June (whose debut album, ‘Pushin’ Against a Stone’ is out now on our sister label Sunday Best), much fancied aural architect East India Youth, Sunday Best’s secret weapon Tythe, Phil Kieran showcasing his psychedelic song-craft with new project Le Carousel, new voice of the people Sean McGowan, driving post-harcore force Signals, spectral acoustic electronic types Golden Fable, the Isle of Wight's own Cherishport, acoustic soloist Sarah Close, Essex songsmiths New City Kings, alt-folk Mancunians The Slow Show, hotly tipped B-Towners Troumaca, alt-pop rockers Velvet Stream, Bestival’s Island choral competition winners Wight Harmony and indie-banger-pop from Mr Tom.
Keeping your feet moving long into the night will be an array of on-point selectors including Hudson Mohawke whose production prowess is so in demand he’s currently rubbing shoulders with the likes of Kayne West. An undoubted wonky genius who channels a seemingly endless array of goodtime grooves from hip-hop, dub, future RnB, downright dirty funk and beyond into a seamless dancefloor decimating spectacle, Hudson is working on the follow up to his acclaimed Butter long-player and we can't wait to see what wild new alloy of sounds he has in store for us.
We’ll also have sets from Hacienda legend Greg Wilson, Jungle don Micky Finn, glitchy eletrofunk wunderkind Bobby Tank and the incredible JFB Scratch who recently mixed up a decade of Bestival goodness for us which you can watch here. Plus we’ll have Continental Drifts’ Chris Tofu, party destroyer Handsome Dave Rocker, beatbox champion Reeps One, Heavenly records' sublime Heavenly Jukebox, the previously mentioned Tythe rocking his Intros/Outros look, rave historian Jerome Hill, deep and warm techno fiend Ben Hoo, Bestival Island DJ competition winner Long Jack, old skool electro disco chameleon Mojo Filter, Portsmouth’s Pete Callard, the genre-defying Rev Milo Speedwagon, house maestro Tom Williams, London DJ collective Warm, radio supremo Olli Dutton and eclectic mix warriors The Dudes.
Finally, we’re very sorry to say that The Child Of Lov has cancelled all of his summer dates, so he won’t be joining us at Bestival as previously announced. Never fear, however, there’s still a truckload of ace stuff happening across the weekend, so hopefully no one will be too put out!
BESTIVAL TICKET LINKS & INFORMATION:
www.ticketline.co.uk/bestival-tickets / 0844 888 4410
Ticketmaster / 0844 844 0444
See Tickets / 0871 220 0260
Adult Ticket with entry from Thursday 5th September – £190
Adult Ticket with entry from Friday 6th September – £180
Adult Premium ‘Wild Copse’ Camping Ticket – £316 (more info)
Student Ticket with entry from Thursday 5th September – £180
(For full-time students only. Valid NUS or ISIC ID required at the box office. No other student ID accepted)