SGP Festival Update

Summer means the Secret Garden Party; the smartiest, artiest festival of the season. Abigail Parkin updates the line-up. (3 Jun’14)

This summer the lakeside Pagoda pays homage to resident djs from all over from nights such as Tief, Below, Circus, Rooty (RIP), Simple, Fleetmac Wood & Werk:It.

Secret Garden Party (SGP) promises ‘Top Secret special guests’ and The Pagoda also welcomes a sprinkling of headline talent during the weekend.

Your Pagoda DJs for the weekend are:

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

 Other stages additions include:

 Artwork – Cherub - Danny Mathews & The Rustle - Geddes  - Harry Wolfman - Jasper James – Mark Wells – Pardon My French - Real Connoisseur - Sarah Frenchy -  Slim Howl - Tom Grainger –Zero 7 (dj)

 With over 14 stages and four days of live music and DJ sets 2014 organisers promise us one of the most music-packed SGPs ever.


The Games Arena

From the pure quintessentially English to the 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 MidnightUltimate 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 Lake

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 SGP opens the lake up for more mass participative games, more boating & punting opportunities, wild swimming and places of reflection.

 The Jackdaw Pub

A new 24-hour pub, hosted by SGP’s very own Diamond Dogs, hits the site. The Dogs will host a spectrum of classic back bar games, pool tournaments, illicit poker matches . A cautionary note: they’ve been known to start a bar brawl or two before.

The Pub will home a full line-up: from South London and now globally acclaimed bingo enthusiasts, Rebel Bingo, to a sultry blues opera, a live band jukebox and to finish each night, 2 battling Grand Pianos for the sing-a-long of the summer.


To open, close and lead the Gardeners to the seminal activities of the Party its merry band of performers, musicians, merrymakers, floats and boats will lead revellers around the Garden. Expect the unexpected, led by SGP friends Perhaps Contraption, Megatraption Bands a full Orchestra and Choir and more animals (humans dressed as) than you can shake a zoo at.

 Campfire Tales

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.


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