In case you have been living under a rock, this year will be the last EVER Secret Garden Party. After fifteen years on the festival circuit and establishing itself as one of the best boutique events the UK has to offer, the team are calling it a day and rounding off their tenure with a tantalising show to rival the very best. Amidst a fiery collection of live acts that include everyone from Kate Nash to Metronomy; Crystal Fighters to Akala and some enticing performances from the likes of Cosmo Sheldrake and HoneyFeet, they also sport an electronic showcase that compete with the very best in Europe. We have outlined five unmissable acts to wrap your ears round this year…
The Brooklyn duo and Crew Love veterans always unleash a cosmic showcase of their own hits and rare jams that consistently get a crowd dancing like it’s their last day on earth. They play on the secluded Labyrinth stage this year – don’t get lost and miss out!
Jack Revill is one of the busiest DJs on the planet and in last the few years he has really got the recognition he deserves. You never quite know what to expect in terms of the genres he will spin but one thing is for sure; he knows how to start a party. Having caught him alongside Optimo and Skream in previous years, Hard Life guarantees that he loves to play The Drop stage at SGP and will be bringing along his finest weaponry to ensure dancefloor destruction. THIS SET COMES WITH A PUBLIC HEALTH WARNING – bring your stabilisers for the ground is going to shake with bass!
Felix has been a crucial part of the underground dance scene over the last three decades but with recent performances alongside Bristol’s Futureboogie gang at the likes of Love International and Glastonbury as well as some stunning releases on the label, he has shot to the top of many a music fans list. Acid basslines and wonky vocals often feature in his sets and he has been known to sample horse racing commentary at unholy hours of the morning. Expect the unexpected!
Brighton boy Maxxi is another affiliate of the Futureboogie crew and joins Felix and Soul Clap on the Labyrinth stage this year. Known for his growling, grainy style that often scrapes at the very bottom end of the speaker, he has remixed everyone from The 2 Bears to Retro/Grade and Hercules and Love Affair. He has an extremely tasteful record collection and notes his father as a huge influencer as he listened to his collection of avant garde jazz growing up. A well-known promoter on the south coast with a strong hand in the party scene, Maxxi set’s are always pumping and assisted by meticulously tight mixing, you would be silly to slip over this one.
Warming up and down for the most renowned DJs in the world as Fabric’s resident is no easy task but Craig has now taken himself way beyond the restraints of his Saturday night slot in probably the most famous club in the UK. He used his time off while the venue was closed extremely wisely, playing more sets than ever up and down the country and curating his own brand new festival. Spanning clinical, industrial techno to slutty house and afrobeat, Mr. Richards loves to play an extended set.
As their slogan goes, This Is A Serious Party but the Head Gardener Freddie Fellowes states “all good things must come to an end”. Here is the final love letter from him and you never know, something else might rise from the cinders of the not-so-Secret Garden Party in summers to come.