Story: Jack Foley
THE Secret Garden Party enters its third year
with the Super Furry Animals confirmed as one of the headline
acts for the three-day event from August 19-21, 2005.
In a wonderful, magical setting in the Cambridgeshire countryside,
the Secret Garden Party is one of the summer’s most sought
after tickets, with tickets ranging from £75 - or, for early
birds, a very reasonable £55.
Headlining the main stage this year will be the Super Furry Animals,
as well as legendary Jamaican ska band, Desmond Dekker and The
Aces, new Top 20 band, Hard Fi, the influential System 7, and
the rapidly-emerging Mystery Jets and The Noisettes.
The Up All Night Stage features an eclectic mix; from the Japanese
art-thrash of Electric Eel Shock to the oompha of Misty’s
Big Adventure, to the quirkily catchy Guillemots and the ‘60’s
inspired harmonies of The Loose Salute.
This stage promises a tasty smorgasbord of fascinating styles.
Heading up the DJ roster is Adam
Freeland, the always-brilliant Eddy Temple Morris, from XFM, Andy
Smith, from Portishead, plus Go Home Productions, Neon Heights,
Crazy Penis, amillionsons and many more.
Confirmations so far are:
Super Furry Animals, Desmond Dekker and The Aces, Hard Fi, The
Frank Popp Ensemble, Eddy Temple Morris, Adam Freeland, System
7, Mystery Jets, Neon Heights, Amphetameanies, Baby Head, Speed
Circus, The Eyes & Shuffle.
Tucked away snugly in the ‘lower field’ of a Cambridgeshire
farmstead, The Secret Garden is without question one of the most
beautiful festival sites ever seen.
A small brook gurgles through the willows that run the length
of the site, and, beyond, a huge lake stretches away into the
All over the site, lights, paintings, rope bridges, flags and
streamers blend with the environment.
The Secret Garden Party aims to make the festivalgoer feel part
of the lunacy and the source of it.
Everyone is included and you are as likely to meet a local tractor
driver as your mates from London.
Side amusements include: giant hammocks, tree houses, the movie
tea tent, massage, pub quizzes, children’s treasure hunts,
space hopper races, strange competitions, japery and snail racing!
Eddy Temple Morris commented: "An unspoilt gem of a festival.
By far my favourite event of the summer. Try keeping me away."