The Infamous Paint Fight

Secret Garden Party: The Line Up

In July, Secret Garden Party will return again to its mysterious home in Abbots Ripton, Cambridgeshire, hosting another eclectic line up. For 2015 the theme is ‘childish things’; expect a throwback to the times when toys and teddies were all you needed as childhood is brought back out of the box and reconstructed, complete with ‘jelly, ice cream and sprinkles’ according to SGP’s Head Gardener.

A great mix of music has been scheduled for the weekend. When it’s not playing host to the festival’s famous paint fight, Jungle and The Cat Empire will headline The Great Stage, alongside others such as Kate Tempest, Caravan Palace and Public Service Broadcasting. More off-kilter offerings are available on the second stage, where Bernhoft, Marika Hackman and Menace Beach – amongst others – will perform. Angus and Julia Stone, Temples and Palma Violets will play this year too.

Music will also be found in many hidden corners of the festival. The Crossroads will be the place to go for fans of R&B, rock and roll or soul music and The Rhumba Rum Bar will be hosting artists late into the night; Kiko Bun is so far the only act to be announced. Acoustic music will be located in The Living Room (gloriously complete with sofas and cushions) where big names will also be playing some secret sets to the lucky few who find them. Amongst the trees, Chai Walla will be running a 24-hour Woodland Party, featuring genre nights with performances from The Mouse Outfit, Gypsies of Bohemia and Broken Brass Band, whilst The Drop will host British dance music from the likes of Ben UFO, Joy Orbison and Richy Ahmed.

Away from the music, the garden’s lake island will once again be open to festival goers and the lake itself will be ready for punting, boating and wild swimming opportunities, as being the centre point of the firework display. Bearded Kitten will be building a “Colosillyum” that will be just the place for all your competitive hot-dog eating, mud wrestling, or dance-off needs during the weekend. Tantalisingly named events such as Guerilla Science, The Forum and The Games Arena have also been announced, though details for these are currently slim on the ground.

This year’s Secret Garden Party looks set to be just as outlandish as it ever has been. If you have tickets get ready for music, colour and craziness on a newly hedonistic level.

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