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Super Furry Animals to headline The Secret Garden Party


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 horizon.

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."

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