A crazy festival party where everyone joins in and brimming with ideas and creativity that takes place at Mill Hill Field, at Huntingdon, in Cambridgeshire. This is a festival without sponsorship and offers an eclectic musical mix. The dates for 2011 are confirmed as Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th July, although this date is subject to change.
Set in a 10 acre landscaped garden, bordering a river and lake, The Secret Garden is a garden-party-gone-crazy. As well as music there's loads of activities for kids and adults alike, and it is more of a party experience. The festival has been granted a permanent licence with a capacity of up to 26,000 for each of the four days.
Line-upLeftfield, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, Mystery Jets, Blondie, I Am Kloot, Tribes, Matt & Kim, Smoke Fairies, CW Stoneking, Joana And The Wolf, Skip 'Little Axe' McDonald, Bones, Middleman, The Hall Of Mirrors, Miraculous Mule, and The Shoestrung. DJs confirmed include Nero (DJ Set), Sub Focus (DJ Set), The Whip, Andy C, Mistajam, Guillemots, The Bees, Mylo, The Jim Jones Revue, The Boxer Rebellion, The Phenomenal Handclap Band, The Secret Sisters, King Charles, Chew Lips, Susan Cadogan & Dawn Penn, Kyla La Grange, Foreign Office, Polen, Broken Records, Life In Film, Sparrow and the Workshop, Cosmo Jarvis, Adam Freeland, Rob da Bank, Retro/Grade, Filthy Dukes, Plump DJs, Firas, Tayo, Jay Karim, Pythagoras & The Squares, Rachel Barton, Foy Vance, Megan Henwood, Jake Morley, Angel, Bernhoft, Allie Moss, Special Preserve, Married To The Sea, Jamie Turner, Dave Peers, Jodie May, Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, The Whybirds, and lots more.
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TicketsEarly bird tickets have sold out.Tickets are on sale priced at £155 for an adult for the four days, with free tickets also available for children aged under 12. The price includes parking, and camping. Teen tickets are priced at £115. Under 12's Tickets will be available with an adult tickets and issued with a family pass, giving priority parking and access to the Family Camping field, a brand new zone for 2011. Family camping passes are priced at £20, with a campervan pass priced at £50.
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ThemeThis year's theme is 'Origins And Frontiers' "Where do we come from? What are We? Where are we going?" - Paul Gaugin.
Other activitiesAs well as music there's loads of activities for kids and adults alike, and this event is more of a party experience Parades, Art tents, Walkabout Theatre & Theatre 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.
The festival offers restaurants, food talks, cocktail bars, ale tents, massages, barefoot discos and twilight fire circle tales.
On siteThe festival is spread out over two sides of a lake with a large main stage area, 'The Great Stage' and then smaller tent venues dotted around, like 'Where the Wild Things Are', 'The Living Room', and 'Small World' which all have artistic décor. The happenings on the main stage side are generally more dancey and louder, and the other side has a more acoustic and chilled vibe.
Kids' areaFirst appearing in 2010 the kids area is an entire land for young gardeners, featuring Egg Hunts, Fancy Dress, Discos, Kite Flying, Circus shows & workshops, Jewelry Making and Karaoke.
Action campsThe Action Camps are the life blood of Secret Garden Party. They are created by you, for you. There's a record amount of applications this year; some bold, some understated, but all of them dreamed up and designed by your fellow gardeners. This year, some of the best Action Camps from 2010 have grown into fully-fledged venues, making to make way for new Gardeners and new ideas to grow.
Art and InstallationsThe Burning Man Project has shown organisers the way when it comes to installation art: free it from the gallery and make it as interactive as possible. This year, there's giant floating islands that defy the laws of physics, tunneled labyrinths, flocked trees, a return of the ROBOTS>>>> crew and much much more.. As ever, every corner of the Garden will be alive with interactive art for you to get involved with and be wowed by.
Art boats / vehiclesArt boats and Art Vehicles are mutant locomotives that can both aid you in your journey or be your journey's end. They travel around the lake or the fields, looking for passengers and mischief. Some will play music, some will serve a cheeky beverage or two, but all are guaranteed to entertain.
PerformanceAfter expanding the theatre content in 2010, they grow again this year. There's the Feast of Fools stage, the Supernatural Badger Woodland and Tax Deductable's incredible Never-Ever Land Theatre which all remain in their permanent homes at this year's festival..
Walkabout performersBut new to the garden this year, hidden amongst the trees, dotted amongst the flowers and bursting from the blind spots will be hundreds of walk about performers, making sure The Garden remains as surreal and fantastical as it has always been.
Soul FireAfter its resounding debut in 2009, Soul Fire has grown from strength to strength. It is back in 2011 to provide you with the best fine dining experience in a festival field. Set in sumptuous surroundings, diners will be able to enjoy not only the finest food on site, but also a full service bar. During the day at The Soul Space, practitioners of varying professions will be on hand to share their knowledge with a full programme of talks and workshops, ranging from morning yoga and song to talks on raw food and nutrition. In the evening, The Space will come alive with music and dance, providing fantastic entertainment for you to enjoy as you dine.
Other activitiesBoutique Boutique camping customers have their own direct road onto the festival site, leading to a private car park. Once there, they are greeted by our Boutique Bellboys, who are on hand to take their luggage. More information will be here when available.
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