Secret Garden Party


By Priscilla Eyles

This small festival in Cambridgeshire is quietly building up a word-of-mouth reputation for itself to rival the bigger festivals out there, selling out for the first time this year. So it was with great expectation that I landed on the site (albeit after an agonisingly long queue).

The site itself is one of it’s  key selling points, set as it is on an estate featuring  a stunning  lake (not so nice to swim in though) with ducks and swans; and lots of trees which were lit really beautifully at night, as well as a pagoda with a floating dance-floor.

The site also has an air-ship/island dance area on the lake which you can only reach by getting on a punt. And which they ritually burnt on Saturday night, releasing lots of paper lanterns and setting off fireworks. It was a very pretty sight.

One of the things I loved most about this festival was chancing upon things whether that be penguins made out of origami, people break dancing, a cockney sing-a-long (covering Kylie’s ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’)  or some  amazing music from a band or musician you’ve never heard of. 

Highlights musically included some awe-inspiring beat-boxing in the Remix Bubble, some bewitching acoustic music from Brooke Sharkey and Urusen in the Lizard Stage. While on the Great Stage David Rodigan gave a mighty demonstration of why he’s such a legendary reggae DJ. Trip-hop band Belleruche also had the crowd going and are definitely ones to watch. And if you want to get your rave on SGP is the place to be. It’s a wonderful escape.