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The Secret Garden Party – Music Festival At Its Most Decadent?

BY Boon Koh
Published 18 July 2010

If you haven’t heard of the Secret Garden Party before, don’t worry, you’re not the only one! This small festival taking place in fields at Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire will never rival its bigger rivals in the summer music festival genre, but it tries not to anyways.

In fact, the Secret Garden Party probably wants to stay small, as it tries to infuse a spirit of a temporary community, far from the toil and stress of a big city and even society, where one can roam free and wild for 4 days before returning to the grind of work and reality. It is also a lot less commercial than many of the big festivals are, eschewing banner sponsorship and giving back some of the ticket revenue it earns in the form of grants to noble causes.

While it will have lots of live music from some great bands, there will also be bizarre and interesting activites to do on site, setting it apart from the traditional music and booze-fest seen at Glastonbury and the likes. Last year featured “conspiracy camps”, grass surfing, a ferris wheel, and sock and mud wrestling, and lots of gratuitous borderline nudity and shenanigans.

Music-wise, this year will feature such big artists and bands such as Gorillaz, Marina and the Diamonds, Mercury Rev, and new debut band Skatalites.

All this sounds very hippie and posh fun, and indeed even the price is quite steep for what is essentially a B-list music festival. An adult camping ticket costs £142, but the real eye-opener is the offering of luxury camping sites and tents, featuring their own entrance to the festival site, private carpark, bellboys, luxury toilets and showers, and a Boutique Sanctuary offering massages and facials. The cost? Up to £1,000 for a Kabin, while a Yurt tent only costs £600. Surprisingly, all the luxury tents are sold out, suggesting that there is actually a market for posh musical festival camping!

The Secret Garden Party runs from the 22nd July till the 25th July 2010. For more information in general, visit the official Secret Garden Party 2010 website. Tickets are available to purchase from See Tickets.