Secret Garden Party have announced a whole host of new acts and features across their 14 stages for this year’s 4-day music & arts extravaganza.
Check out below to find out what’s new:
Aartekt – Adam Shelton – Aerial – Bill Brewster – Cat Lovers – Citizen – Clancy – Denney – Dia – Dom Chung – Emerson Twin – Em Williams – Fleetmac Wood – Frank Tope – Futureboogie – Head Gardener – Hilit Kolet – Huxley – James Vorres – Jay Karim – Johan Ten Houten – Lewis Boardman – Maribou State – Michael Palmer – Midland – Motty – No Artificial Colours – Richy Ahmed – Robert James – Sancho Panza – Shivas Regal & Mcculo – Sisterhood – Six Axle – Son Of Sun – Sophie Lloyd – Steve Huerta – T. Williams – Tayo – Urulu – Waze & Odyssey – Wild Fantasy – Wolf Music
Stages and Areas
The Games Arena
From the pure quintessentially English to the damn right absurd, let the Games begin … From the Pig Labowski’s lounge, the shots are called for the return of The Pig Tossing World Cup 2014, followed by an Emu & Ostrich Polo Match, after a bout of HipHop Vs GlitchHop Scotch & some Disco Diva Dodgeball, The Midnight Ultimate Frisbee Match beginith ….. daytime Croquet with cucumber sandwiches and tea.
A short distance away the Fools on the Hill, begin their Wonky Races, down a Slip n Slide, like a rolling stone, around the craziest course and haircuts since Pat Sharpe and the 80’s.
The Great Lake will be home again to an iconic centre piece, art installation, and party venue, lovingly designed and built by the infamous PirateTechnics crew. This year we aim to open the lake up for more mass participative games, more boating & punting opportunities, wild swimming and places of reflection where you’ll be able to sit, eat, drink and relax.
The Jackdaw Pub
This year we celebrate the coming of our new 24-hour pub, hosted by our very own Diamond Dogs. Equipped with an Ace up their sleeves and a pool cue behind their back, these dogs will host a spectrum of classic back bar games, pool tournaments, illicit poker matches … but be warned, they’ve been known to start a bar brawl or two before.
To open, close and lead the Gardeners to the seminal activities of the Party our merry band of performers, musicians, merrymakers, floats and boats will lead you around the Garden. Expect the unexpected, led by our friends Perhaps Contraption, Megatraption Bands a full Orchestra and Choir and more animals (humans dressed as) than you can shake a zoo at.
Close up magicians, night time fires site-wide with ghost storytellers, poetry and live music to keep the cockles warm on those star-kissed nights.
Nestled away, past the magical weeping willow, the Arts Garden will be a place to reflect and get involved in creating our own SGP gallery. You’ll be able to learn a series of techniques from our resident artists, from sculpting a full-size body cast to life drawing, creating a stained glass window installation – where you’re the artist. Or sit with an easel by the lake and paint a water colour impression of the Garden.
The Sonic Pulse Orchestra
We are keeping most of our art installations under wraps this year but rest assured the Head Gardener has something really special in store. One we can mention is The Sonic Pulse Orchestra. This is a travelling sensory experience controlled by you. Taking inspiration from Hoberman – a robotic engineer from the early 90’s, it uses a scissor-like structure to create a geodesic dome around you. Inside this wonderful breathing structure is the interactive Heartbeat Orchestra. A central podium will take 5 peoples’ pulse readings, feed it through a piece of software, then make dynamic musical compositions with projected visuals as Gardeners come and go. Together the two elements make up The Sonic Pulse Orchestra; time to make sweet music.
The Human Zoo: Devolution of Mankind
Gawp in amazement as two wild homosapiens are held in captivity for your shock and delight. Imprisoned in a human-scaled hutch (for the entire weekend) and isolated from their own kind, watch as these well-heeled, career-driven primates lose their petty social norms and descend into primitive squalor before your very eyes. But gardeners beware, for humans are a ruthless breed, hungry for freedom and savage in their devolved form…
Green Crafts Area
No festival is complete without homage to the ways things used to be and quite possibly will be again. Get your creative hands working with a multitude of materials. Our Green Craft facilitators will guide you in the magic of making your own keepsakes. From Woodwork and Whittling, Stone Carving and Forging, to UpCycling everyday trash into a masterpiece to take home. Our Witches of Odd will teach you the ways of the Apothecary and spells, providing a comprehensive magic experience to meet the demands of modern day life. We offer a magical approach to achieving your dreams. Witches of Odd (WoO) is all about a suspension of disbelief and seeing life through a new, magical perspective.