Sad news on the festival front today as Secret Garden Party has announced that this year’s edition will be their last.
This year’s event, which takes place in the idyllic gardens of a Georgian farm in Abbots Ripton in Huntingdon will be the festival’s 15th year. Previous acts to play the festival include a mixture of acts on their way up, international stars, a wide variety of dance music as well as a strong line up of local acts.
“Fifteen years ago I started out with a set of ideas as to what makes a good party and the most perfect venue for it,” said founder Freddie Fellowes. “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.”
He continued: “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.”
The final Secret Garden Party runs from July 20-23 with Crystal Fighters, Metronomy and Toots & The Maytals.