FEATURE: The Spring/Summer Festival Guide

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The Spring/Summer Festival Guide

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ONE of this year’s festival highlights will be…

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IN THIS PHOTO: Reading Festival

Radiohead taking to the stage at Glastonbury. They have been there since their much-fabled 1997 appearance. The twentieth anniversary of the performance will see the boys equipped with more material and, if possible, a bigger spotlight put on them. If you, like me, are not in possession of a Glastonbury golden ticket, you’ll want to know what other festivals are going on around the country. I give you a run-down of the ten best festivals happening in the coming months – and the acts you can expect to find there.

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Glastonbury21st-25th June

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Website: http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/

Location: Worthy Far, Somerset

Latest News: 

5th May:

The Glade area is back at the heart of Glastonbury Festival again this year, with some top artists playing across its five different areas during the course of the long weekend.

Renowned DJs Sasha & John Digweed will be doing an exclusive back-to-back set on the Glade Stage on Saturday night, a real treat for music fans as this is only one of a handful of UK shows this year. On Thursday night, The Orb take over the Glade Stage for a rendition of their seminal debut album Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld, plus assorted other Orb favourites, with lynchpins Alex Paterson and Thomas Fehlmann joined by various Orb affiliates like YouthGaudi and Steve Hillage for a cosmic spectacular. This all with the sonic experience of the Funktion One Experimental Soundfield.

Goldie has a new album out in June, The Journey Man, his magnum opus. To celebrate, he’ll be dropping tracks from the LP, Metalheadz label cuts and other drum & bass sizzlers to nice up the dance on the Friday.

And Seth Troxler and Jamie Jones will be bringing the disco-tech vibes at newly-located area Lovebullets, a tent that will also be playing host to extravagant Spanish party-starters Elrow on a couple of nights, as well as other quality underground DJs such as Jackmaster.

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2nd May:

“Corinne Bailey Rae is to make a sensational return to the Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza, as the support act for this year’s event on Saturday, August 5.

The Grammy Award-winning singer, who first appeared at the Extravaganza in 2007, has been described as the “Bewitching queen of British soul”. Bailey Rae’s most recent album. The Heart Speaks in Whispers, was released last year to worldwide acclaim.

She said: “I am so thrilled to be able to support Brian Wilson at Glastonbury Abbey. The venue is a dream, I played there a few years ago with Van Morrison. I’ve always wanted to see Brian Wilson and it will be amazing to hear the whole of ‘Pet Sounds’ performed live.”

She will be joining Beach Boys Co-Founder Brian Wilson who will be playing The Beach Boys’ seminal album, Pet Sounds in full at the event on August 5.

Performing alongside a celebrated band which includes his former bandmates Al Jardine and Blondie Chapman, Wilson will also treat the Abbey crowd to greatest hits and rare cuts from their vast back catalogue.

Michael Eavis said: “Corinne first performed at the Abbey just a year after she released her solo debut album and as soon as I first heard her music, I knew she was going somewhere. She will be competing with some of the best musicians in the world on the night, and I have no doubt she will hold her own. The line-up this year is so good for our 21st birthday and I’m really looking forward to the show.

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Headliners: Radiohead/Foo Fighters/Ed Sheeran

Acts to Watch: Radiohead/Laura Marling/Kate Tempest/Sleaford Mods

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Bestival7th-10th September

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Website: http://www.bestival.net/

Location: Lulworth Estate, Dorset

Information:

Bestival takes place between Thursday 7th and Sunday 10th September at The Lulworth Estate – an enchanting, wooded country estate on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.

Campsites open at midday on Thursday 7th September and close at 4pm on Monday 11th September with music generally running from around 11am to 4am each day.

Use the menu to find further information about the festival so you can make the most of it – how to get there, when to get there, when to leave, how to book yourself into our Boutique Campsite (Tipi, Yurt, Squrt, Cloudhouse, PodPad, Bell Tent & more), a reserved Camping Plus pitch our Backstage CampingHospitality Camping or a ready pitched tent with Pitch Village or Camplight. Plus there’s useful information about the campsites, campervan areas and accessibility. You’ll also find our very handy FAQs which should answer every question you have about Bestival

News:

27th April:

If blistering bands, raucous rock and dreamy folk music is what you want at Bestival, then the Invaders of the Future are what you need. A glimpse of our musical destiny these are the most exciting up-and-coming acts around. So, if you’re seeking an earful of discovery be sure to head to the Lulworth Estate in Dorset this 7-10 September.

Arbiter of aural adventuring Rob da Bank says: “This is one of my favourite things about Bestival. I spend ages thinking about who the most exciting new bands are and what underground sounds will blow everyone away. From Honeyblood and Black Foxxes to TRAAMS and Dead!, there’s a ton of acts who will be on the bigger stages next year. I promise you, this lot will be blasting from your headphones for years to come, so try not to miss them before they start playing enormo-domes!”

Acts to Watch: The xx/Dizzee Rascal/Loyle Carner/Jamie T/Nadia Rose

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Camping:

Most people who come to Bestival camp on-site over the weekend, and camping in the main campsites is included in the regular ticket price. You simply turn up, find a spot and pitch your own tent. Then go and party.

There are also some additional camping options available – our Boutique campsite, Camping Plus reserved pitches, Backstage CampingHospitality CampingPitch VillageCamplightThe Pop-Up Hotel, and Campervan and Caravan/Trailer Tent areas.

The main campsites are divided into colours and each campsite has its own unique identity.

The Festival Welfare tent is in the main campsites. Here you’ll find a large site plan, up to date programme information and dedicated staff to make sure you are all looked after and know where you are camped!

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The Great Escape, 18th-20th May

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Location: Brighton, East Sussex

Info:

“The Great Escape is the festival for new music, showcasing 450 emerging artists from all over the world in 30+ walkable venues across the city. It’s the first place to discover your new favourite artist and see them in an intimate setting before they go on to headline major festival stages.

TGE is also attended by the music industry who are on the hunt for the next big thing. We run a convention alongside the gigs featuring insightful panels, topical debates, keynote speeches and networking opportunities in abundance.

The Alternative Escape, our Spotlight Shows, secret gigs, club nights and spontaneous collaborations all add to the festivities and make this weekend in Brighton one not to miss“.

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Latest News:

In just under 2 weeks GRM LIVE will be joining forces with The Great Escape to showcase some of the best new urban talent with stand-out live performances at Shooshh on Friday 19th May.

The Great Escape is the renowned go-to festival for presenting upcoming artists and GRM are, as ever, coming through with a selection of the freshest acts at their stage takeover. Major emerging star KOJO FUNDS will be setting the stage alight with his distinct afro-swing sound that is causing ripples throughout the music world. Joining him is YXNG BANE, an upcoming rapper who has stormed on to the scene with a smooth flow twinned with a silky singing style that has sidelined him as an artist to expect big things from.

Also performing on the night is NOT3S a fresh young artist whose breakout release Addison Lee has propelled him into the forefront of the scene right now. Not stopping there, GRM also presents KNUCKS to the showcase, with lyrics packed with smart wordplay and a chillingly distinctive flow Knucks is set for big things in 2017 and beyond.

Finally, GRM are proud to present BRANDZ & TIZZY who are causing a stir right now with their impactful collaborations, they will be sure to bring their infectious energy to the stage on Friday 19th May

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Headliners: Slaves/Rag ‘n’ Bone Man

Acts to Watch: Bess Atwell/Blood Red Shoes/George Maple/Girl Ray/Julie Byrne

Ticket Information:

Tickets for TGE 2017 are now on sale

3 DAY FESTIVAL TICKET 2017: – LIMITED NUMBER AVAILABLE

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This ticket allows access to all core TGE gigs over the three days of the festival, subject to each venues capacity. Register your interest to attend the Spotlight Shows for free with a festival ticket here. Line up subject to change

3 DAY YOUNG PERSONS TICKET 2017: – EARLY BIRD

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This ticket allows access for those aged 16 and 17 to specified core TGE festival venues (due to licensing restrictions) over the three days of the festival, subject to each venues capacity.  Register your interest to attend the Spotlight Shows for free with a festival ticket here. Line up subject to change.
Venues open for Young Adult ticket holders until 10:30pm each day include; Brighthelm Centre, Brighton Dome, Brighton Museum, Coalition, Horatios, Latest Music Bar Downstairs, Latest Music Bar Upstairs, One Church, Paganini Ballroom, Patterns Downstairs, , Patterns Upstairs, Sallis Benney Theatre, The Haunt, The Hub, The Old Market, The East Wing, Volks, Wagner Hall.

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IN THIS PHOTO: Carys Selvey @ Zigfrid Von Underbelly
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3 DAY DELEGATE PASS 2017: LIMITED NUMBER AVAILABLE

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This ticket allows access to TGE convention, networking events and priority entry to all core venue gigs over the three days of the festival subject to each venue’s capacity. Register your interest to attend the Spotlight Shows for free with a festival ticket here. Line up subject to change.

SINGLE DAY TICKETS

This ticket allows access to all core TGE gigs over the selected day of the festival, subject to each venues capacity. Does not include access to the Spotlight Shows. Line up subject to change.
Thursday 18th May only – SOLD OUT

Friday 19th May only – SOLD OUT

Saturday 20th May only – SOLD OUT

Friday and Saturday only – CLICK HERE

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Isle of Wight Festival8th-11th June

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Website: http://isleofwightfestival.com/default.aspx

Acts to Watch: Arcade Fire/Run-D.M.C.

Information:

The Isle of Wight Festival was reincarnated in 2002 by John Giddings of Solo Promoters after it first began in 1968. Since this time we have produced line ups that showcase new and emerging talent as well as some of the biggest and most credible names in the music world which create a diverse and eclectic musical experience for our audience. The Festival has a special, magical atmosphere which we believe starts from the moment the Festival goer reaches the ferry to cross the Solent. Our aim is that all our artists and their entourage have an enjoyable and smooth running experience and hopefully get the chance to soak up the Festival vibe.
2016’s line up maintained the Festival’s tradition of providing something for everyone. The Who delivered their classic 60’s rock with as much attitude as ever whilst Faithless provided a powerfully atmospheric dance set. Every festival now has to provide an eclectic mix of talent as the boundaries of genres become further blurred, however the Isle of Wight Festival takes particular pride in offering performances which you might not see elsewhere“.

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This year Queen + Adam Lambert played their first ever UK festival and brought the Festival to a phenomenal crescendo which will be hard ever to forget. The excitement began as soon as they were announced and it was easy to predict the sing-along moments which would result. However, the Festival crowd and crew alike were stunned by both the poignancy and joy which descended over Seaclose Park.

Alongside the incredible line-up on the Main Stage and Big Top, there are over 14 stages spread over the Festival site creating different areas to discover throughout the weekend. The Hard Rock Stage & Garden showcased artists such as Laurence Fox while Jack Rocks with This Feeling hosted breakthrough acts and DJs into the early hours. The Festival is dedicated to supporting new talent as well as established artists and Blossoms played a stand out set which helped them to become one of the biggest new bands last year“.

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The Festival also provides other ways to keep Festival goers entertained and happy throughout the weekend – from the Jolly Green Sherpas who are there to carry bags and tents into the campsite, to a BA Airport Lounge with free holidays to be won. Backstage the team also go above and beyond to ensure that everyone involved has an experience to remember. Each year the artist’s village has continued to grow and provide an area where artists are able to relax and enjoy some of the benefits from the Festival – whether this be gifting from Eye Respect sunglasses or playing on one of the Fender guitars. Media are also well looked after with daily deliveries from Domino’s, crates of Bulmers and lockers for valuables”.

Where to Stay:

“The Isle of Wight Festival Weekend ticket allows you to camp all weekend in our 180 acre campsite that runs alongside the River Medina. When you arrive, follow the arches through the campsite, pick a field and pitch your tent. All the fields are named after colours so it’s easy to find your way back to your tent at the end of the night.

The Campsite opens at 12 noon on Thursday 8 June 2017 and closes at 2pm on Monday 12 June 2017.

There will be Stewards and Security to help you if you have any questions. Alternatively, drop in to see our Welfare team on the Campsite if you need them.

There are loos, drinking water and showers in the Campsite. There are also a number of food outlets and bars to enjoy before you head in for the main entertainment”.

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Sound City, 25th-28th May

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Location: Liverpool Waters, Clarence Docks

Website: https://www.liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk/

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Korea’s premier music showcase festival, Zandari Festa, takes place in the heart of Hongdae, Seoul. Since starting out in 2012 Zandari has established itself as one of the most important independent music events in Asia and attracts artists, fans and music business-related delegates from all over the world. This year, as part of our on goinpartnership with Liverpool Sound City Zandari is sending four of the best underground bands from the Korean scene to play on the banks of the Mersey”.

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SSING SSING is a band that mixes authentic Korean traditional vocals with rock music and brings it all together with an extravagant visual style. Ssing Ssing have an incredibly unique sound that has to be heard live to be fully appreciated. 

SWIIMERS make music which would appeal to shoe-gazing and dream pop lovers. For fans of Cocteau Twins & Slowdive.

WASTED JONNYS a four piece Korean garage / blues rock band. They pride themselves on the grooviness of their sound and are well known for their high energy performances and electrifying stage presence. Come on! Let’s get WASTED!!! 

DIEALRIGHT is a three piece post-punk rock band. Listeners can tell immediately that the band was directly inspired by the post-punk garage revival of the early 2000s. Lead singer Chae Song-Hwa’s biting and almost spiteful vocals are underpinned by dark, dirty guitars and keyboard riffs. At the core of their sound is solid bass and drums that cut through like a gunshot”

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Tickets: http://liverpoolsoundcity.seetickets.com/tour/liverpool-sound-city

Travel Package: https://www.liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk/packages

Acts to Watch: Metronomy/Cabbage/The Japanese House

 

Latitude, 13th-16th  July

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Location: Henham Park, Suffolk

Acts to Watch: Goldfrapp/Leon Bridges/Glass Animals/Lucy Rose/Fleet Foxes

News:

27th April

Saturday sees Two Door Cinema Club join Gentlemen of the Road’s specially curated line up.

Following on from yesterday’s announcement which saw a whole array of talent including Katherine Jenkins OBELeon BridgesThe CoralMystery Jets and more join the line up. We’re thrilled to announce the inimitable Two Door Cinema Club as very special Saturday night guests.

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Speaking about their upcoming Latitude performance the band said, “We are so excited to be coming to Latitude as Special Guests in July. The festival has such a beautiful vibe and is a great celebration of art which we can’t wait to be a part of this summer.”

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Reading & Leeds25th-27th August

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Location: Little John’s Farm & Bramham Park

Headliners: Muse/Eminem/Kasabian

Acts to Watch: Eminem/Two Door Cinema Club/RAY BLK

Story:

The infamous Reading & Leeds Festival is heralded as the best music show on the planet. With the most revered artists from across the globe playing each year across the August Bank Holiday weekend, it is a genuine rite of passage for discerning music lovers everywhere“.

Accommodation (Leeds):

WHERE TO STAY

You can choose to stay in a number of different sites at Leeds 2017.

Whether you set up camp in one of our dedicated weekend campsites or fancy treating yourself to a luxury pre-pitched package, we’ve got something to suit everyone.

CAMPSITE OPENING TIMES

Go get your tent set up! Our campsite opening hours are as follows:

  • Early Bird Ticket holders: 14:00 Wednesday 23rd August
  • Weekend ticket holders: 03:00 Thursday 24th August

Campsite closes at midday Monday 28th August

Please note: Opening times and running orders are subject to change without warning, all changes will be shown at the Information Tents, published in locations onsite and posted online.

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PINK MOON LUXURY CAMPING

For those who prefer to have their accommodation ready and waiting for them, Pink Moon Camping have a range of luxury camping packages on offer. Read up on luxury camping for more information on what Pink Moon offers here.

New for 2017, Pink Moon have launched a guest camping package, for those who want to camp right next to the action. Read more here.

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News:

Want to join us at this year’s festival but feeling strapped for cash? Sign up to volunteer with Hotbox Events and join us for the best weekend of your summer

When you volunteer at Leeds, as well as gaining free entry to the festival, you’ll get loads of free time to enjoy the epic music. You’ll also meet like-minded people along the way, get access to staff camping, cafe, toilets and showers and have the the best time of your lives, obviously. 

Volunteers assist with a number of tasks, from working in the campsites, arenas and wristband exchanges to helping festival-goers pitch their tents. After your shift, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in our unmissable line up including PVRISYou Me At SixCirca Waves and more, 

For more information about volunteering visit Hotbox Events, or hit the sign up button below“.

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Camden Rocks, 3rd June

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Website: http://camdenrocksfestival.com/

Acts to Watch: The Coral/Reverend and the Makers/Jasmine Rodgers

Tickets: http://camdenrocksfestival.com/tickets/

Information:

WHY CAMDEN ROCKS

Camden Town has long been the hub of the UK’s rock ‘n’ roll scene. The British music business might largely be run out of plush West London offices, but it’s in the bars and clubs of Camden where the raw talent which fuels the industry is incubated and developed, where the buzz on the world’s hottest new bands is amplified from a whisper to a scream.

Music has played a central role in the Camden community for more than a century. When the Camden Theatre opened at 1A Camden High Street on December 26, 1900, affluent Londoners flocked through its doors to see opera, musical theatre and classical music performances. But it was the opening of The Buffalo Club (now better known as the Electric Ballroom) as a venue for Irish folk music in the 1930s which truly kickstarted the area’s concert scene.

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Rock ‘n’ roll took a foothold in the district with the opening of the Roundhouse – a former train shed – in the mid 1960s: in the space of a single week in November 1968 Led Zepplin, The Who, the Small Faces, Joe Cocker and John Lee Hooker could all be found treading its boards. On 4th July 1976, the Ramones made their UK debut at the venue, their speed, energy and raw aggression leaving the watching Joe Strummer and Mick Jones (The Clash), Sex Pistols Johnny Rotten and members of The Dammed, The Stranglers and The Adverts – then still all unsigned bands – slack-jawed in admiration. The following month, at Rehearsals Rehearsals (now part of The Stables complex) a few hundred meters away on Chalk Farm Road, The Clash played their first ever gig. The cover of their incendiary self-titled 1977 debut album was shot in an alleyway alongside the building. Soon enough, Camden was ablaze with a new generation of guitar bands packing out venues such as Dingwalls, the Dublin Castle, the Electric Ballroom and The Music Machine, as the grand old Camden Theatre was now known. Local boys madness paid homage to their Camden roots by posing outside Chalk Farm tube station for the cover of their second album Absolutely in 1980, while The Pogues celebrated the borough’s raucous nightlife in the storming ‘Transmetropolitan’, the opening track on their fabulous Red Roses For Me debut in 1984.

But it was the arrival of Britpop in the mid 1990s which truly cemented Camden’s reputation as a hotbed of musical talent. Bands such as Oasis, Blur, Elastica, Sleeper and Menswear adopted the borough as their home-from-home, taking over pubs such as The Spread Eagle, The Good Mixer and The Dublin Castle with their colourful retinues of record company pals, music journalists, drug dealers and assorted ne’er-do-wells. Camden seemed like the centre of the musical universe. International record companies identified it as the place to break new bands, and in the coming years young acts such as The Strokes, The Libertines, At The Drive-in and My Chemical Romance served notice of their future stardom with thrilling performances at the Barfly.

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Now, festival organiser Chris McCormack – formerly the driving force behind Creation Records ‘Britrock’ quartet 3 Colours Red and promoter behind Camden’s finest gig and club nights – salutes Camden’s illustrious past and glowing future with a showcase of some of the country’s finest young musical talent, continuing the borough’s well-earned reputation as London’s most vibrant live scene.

2009 saw The Libertines Pete Doherty and Carl Barat headline, alongside then up and coming talents Nine Black Alps, Young Guns, The Paddingtons, Black Spiders and Sonic Boom Six.

This year, Camden Rocks is BACK. Back to shine a light on the next generation of emerging stars and provide a much needed day of essential rock ‘n’ roll action.

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Travel:

Meeting Places
Camden Town Underground Station can be extremely busy on a weekend, with crowds forming outside the station, so we strongly recommend you do not arrange to meet your friends by the station!

Getting There
Best to make arrangements to meet at a bar (as if you needed an excuse) or a spot round the corner.

Located in central London, Camden is super accessible by public transport from both in and outside of London.

By Underground
There are three tube stations along the Camden Rocks Festival circuit, all within a mile of each other, and all on the Northern Line:

Chalk Farm Underground
Camden Town Underground
Mornington Crescent Underground

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By Train
‘Camden Road’ is the overground rail station for Camden and is a 5 minute walk to Camden Highstreet on which the majority of venues are located. Here’s a map of all the stations that connect with Camden Road all over London:
http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/london-overground-network-map.pdf

By Bus
Use the journey planner above to plan your bus route. Camden Town is served by numerous bus routes and night buses – good for getting home after the tube’s closed!

On your bike, mate!
There’s several docking stations for the Boris Bike Hire scheme in Camden.
Check out safe routes and where to collect / dock bikes on the official website.

By Car
We would not recommend coming to the festival by car. Parking in Camden is largely residents parking and the pay and display spaces that are available are often few and far between on a weekend when the market is on!

If you do decide to drive, you can search the locations of ‘Pay and Display’ bays here: http://maps.camden.gov.uk/parkingbays/

There is a car park in Camden, located just off Camden High Street, but the car park closes at 8pm on Saturdays. You can leave your car there overnight for a maximum charge of £14.50 (correct at March 2014). Again, spaces are limited and not guaranteed. Details and location here: http://www.lomaxcarpark.co.uk/curnock_estate_b.html

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Eurostar Connections

The Eurostar Terminal gets in to St Pancras Station in Kings Cross.

This is 5-10 minutes ride in a taxi from Camden
Or, one stop on the underground from Kings Cross Station to Camden Town Station
Or, a 10 minute ride on the 214 bus from outside Kings Cross / St Pancras Station to Camden Town.

Airport Connections
Easy connections to all London airports.

London Luton Airport is a 45 minute train journey from the Luton Airport Parkway Station to Kentish Town Station or Kings Cross Station, both one tube stop away from Camden Town.

 

The Secret Garden Party20th-23rd  July

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Website: http://www.secretgardenparty.com/

Location: Mill Hill Field, Cambridgeshire.

Acts to Watch: Crystal Fighters/Wild Beasts/Kate Nash/Toothless

Ethos:

Whilst I have always known I was going to have to write this, it still feels strange. We have been on a long journey but I concede to the infamous phrase that ‘All good things must come to an end’, and so it is, I announce today that this summer will host the last Secret Garden Party as we all know it.

I know some of you will be questioning, why now? And more importantly , why tell us now? I hope you don’t find the timing Machiavellian, however there is never the perfect time to drop this bombshell, too early or too late and people are going to miss out and be disappointed. Hopefully we have struck the middle ground here. Secondly I’m sure you will have, by now, spotted that this is the punchline to this year’s theme as it is ultimately going to be a huge celebration of the people who make the garden party: you.

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15 years ago I started out with a set of ideas as to what makes a good party and the most perfect venue for it. But with no set idea of what the destination was for this venture the ‘festival’ was, at that time, the perfect medium through which to explore these ideas.

Much has changed since that first Garden Party, when there was nothing else like it in the UK: Facebook, YouTube and Twitter had yet to be invented and no one knew what a boutique festival was, let alone Glamping. 

Since then, with you always at the heart of it, The Garden Party has defined and redefined outdoor events in the UK; we have all done this together as a collective of truly independent outsiders. 

I have never compromised our principles and I never will. SGP has always been a beacon of what you can do within those terms and, as imitation (being the sincerest form of flattery) proves, it has set the bar for everyone else going forward.

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But it is exactly because of those principles, and the love for all of you who have made The Garden Party what it is, that I am committing this senseless act of beauty.

What better way to honour the love that has been given to this project and wholly demonstrate this principle, than going out with a bang

This isn’t some principled self-immolation: this is opening it up for new forms in the future. So this summer will be the almighty send-off that The Garden Party deserves and whilst that is going to cause some tears to be shed, think of it more as ‘Dylan goes electric’ than our Altamont. 

So watch this space for the phoenix rising from the ashes…

Because after all you can’t be avant-garde from within an institution and lest we forget: the frontier always moves.

 Come join us for the finale!  Tickets are on sale HERE

As ever with Peace, Love and Tree Hugging Hippy Shit”

Your Head Gardener

Travel:

The Secret Garden Party is 70 miles out of central London in the East Anglia countryside near Huntingdon. Please make sure not to drive through local villages to minimise disruption to them. The directions below avoid all local villages…

Please follow these directions and not your trickster satnavs

Directions to Site by Road:

From the A1/A14 Junction (aka Brampton Hut)

Take the A14 towards Huntingdon Industrial Estate (ignore signs to Huntingdon)

At next roundabout go straight over (signposted A141 March & Ely)

Continue straight over the next three roundabouts.

The last roundabout will have a huge Tesco’s on it.

Follow the signs to Secret Garden Party

The Festival is about a mile on your right – very hard to miss…

Out of everything we do at the party, travel has by far the biggest environmental impact. The travel choices you make could help us to drastically reduce our carbon footprint and minimise disruption to our neighbours. There are loads of alternative ways to travel. Here are some of our favourites…

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Big Green Coach

We’ve teamed up with Big Green Coach again so you don’t need to worry about the driving, parking or taking it easy on the last night! All coaches drop off/pick up at the official SGP coach park near the entrance.

Customers who travel to the festival with Big Green Coach will be awarded with an exclusive Green Traveller Card. Presenting your card in and around the festival will give you access to amazing deals and discounts on food, drink and clothing.

You can party hard all weekend, and revel in the fact you can sleep all the way home when you’re done. Many locations sell out fast so book ASAP to secure your seat and avoid disappointment.

Find Out More Here

Go Car Share

Keep it green and help a gardener out by adding your journey on the SGP GoCarShare here.

Train

The nearest train station to site is Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. Huntingdon takes one hour on the train from London Kings Cross, and it costs around £23 normal return, £40 anytime return. Trains leave around every half hour.

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The Big Red Bus

Travelling every 30 mins from the train station to site. Single fares cost £5

Taxis

Taxis are available from Huntingdon station to site (around £15), On Thursday, Friday and Monday, when the taxis would otherwise be overwhelmed, The Big Red Bus will augment their service with as many buses as are needed. Some of the local tried and tested taxi firm numbers are:

A Star Cars 01480 455595

Phoenix (Only cab firm with wheelchair suitable cabs) 01480 457576

Festicket International Packages

This year Secret Garden Party have partnered with Festicket to provide a wide range of hotel accommodation and boutique camping for international travellers. Click here to see more.

Theme:

SWEET DREAMS.

ARE MADE OF THESE?

AND WHO ARE WE TO DISAGREE…

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Fame, celebrity, and a media that obsesses over both.  And least we mention the huge business that sells us access to, and relics of, it all.  

The one thing that’s clear is we have ourselves a New Religion… of sorts.

But this is a doctrine that offers us a troubling vision of Heaven on Earth; a room, full of our idols, guarded behind closed doors, with a strict entry criteria…

So, in this Strictly X Factor Love Island I’m a Kardashian #get-me-out-of-here social, instant, online world; what should we do?  

How much do we embrace this idea of the universal right to fame?  And, if we do, should we all immediately start baking, blogging,

dancing, cooking, singing and redecorating our little hearts out, in order to get ‘there’?  

You know, that place down the red carpet and behind the velvet rope

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PHOTO CREDIT: Rachael Wright

Well this summer, the Secret Garden Party invites you to join us ‘there’ and finally find out if it’s anywhere we want to be.

In the tradition of the bacchanals, we will satiate these worldly distractions to the point where we can finally break free from them.  And in doing so, gain a true perspective…

SO, we’re donning our finest threads and polishing up like never before; for the biggest VIP LOL-off you’ve ever seen.

Where everyone likes / follows / adores you, the bouncers all know your name and the Sweet Dreams are made by You…

Festicket Guide / Tickets & Packages

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