This year's Secret Garden Party to be the last

This year’s Secret Garden Party is to be the last, ending 15 years of the highly regarded festival.

SGP received multiple awards throughout its life and will sorely be missed.

The finalé will include; Jagwar Ma, Metronomy, Deap Vally, Wild Beasts and Crystal Fighters.

Founder Freddie Fellowes said in a statement:

“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.”

The last Secret Garden Party takes place 20-23 July at Mill Hill Field, Cambridgeshire. Tickets are available now.


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