Hearts on Fire: The Final Secret Garden Party

It’s a moody evening in late July. An ominous grey storm cloud looks fit to burst above the already waterlogged landscape of Abbots Ripton. Tents – both those belonging to campers and ones housing DJs, bands and bars – are laden with the intermittent downpour of the past three days. But, among some 30,000 revellers stretched across every corner of the Secret Garden Party – damp with rain, covered in paint and cast with mud – there isn’t a single downcast spirit in sight, despite the glistening, beglittered eyes everywhere.

Because, as the Secret Garden Party swung open its gates for one final, triumphant get-together, a kindling of intimacy and energy, kinship and community caught blaze in the hearts of its revellers. It was beautiful and bittersweet; a heartfelt, hedonistic reverie brimming with pain and gratitude, like embracing a close friend about to set off for a long time.

It was an ending – and we all came together to make sure it would be remembered forever, weather be-damned.

Since its inception in 2004, SGP (as it’s fondly known by its devotees) has grown from a one stage, 1,000 person festival to a 15 stage, 30,000-person extravaganza. Thinking back, its genesis came at a time that seems alien now: before smartphones, before social media and before anyone had ever paired the words ‘boutique’ and ‘camping’ together. Along the way, it hasn’t lost a jot of the frontier spirit and independent ethos that set it sharp against the grain of mainstream UK festivals.

From its burn-the-house-down traditions, to its eclectic-yet-understated lineup, every element has been carefully considered to create a chaotic, exuberant festival overflowing with energy and joie de vivre. Except, in the organiser’s eyes, this isn’t a festival at all; it’s a party. With that firmly in mind, we chose to forgo pulling out the highlighters and painfully scheduling our days. In fact, we didn’t look at a programme once the whole weekend, choosing instead to follow our eyes and ears and let the flow of the crowd and word on the grapevine carry us from stage to stage.

 

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As party plans go it was second to none; as review strategies go, it left something to be desired. Our memories are fuzzy at best. We can’t tell you everything we watched. We can’t tell you how incredible Metronomy were. We think Crystal Fighters were pretty great, but we can’t be sure. We were AWOL for Toots & the Maytals, and our editor lost three hours of party time when he passed out in a portaloo.

But, just like the sun breaking through, there are moments no amount of alcohol could cloud. At the Lost Woods, Maribou State lit up the crowd with an extended mix of Jungle’s time that could have carried on forever, and Sam Goku dropped a Greg Wilson remix of Grandbrother’s ‘Ezra Was Right’ – a groove so powerful the trees started shaking their leaves. The Palais De Boob provided a perfect setting for ecstatic singalongs to ‘Like a Prayer’ and ‘Unwritten’, and Craig Richards made 5am at The Drop feel like the start of the night when he revived tired legs with thick, boisterous cuts of techno like Helena Hauff’s ‘C45p’ and Luca Lozano’s ‘End of Line’. We’ll remember there’s no better cure for a hangover than diving into a lake, no better comic relief than drag race at The Lido and no better feeling than 30,000 people cheering in unison as fireworks light up the night sky. And yes, we’ll remember falling flat on our faces down The Drop, and waking up in a tent better described as a puddle of mud.

On Saturday night, everyone gathered together by the main stage to watch the mansion go up in flames. After being set alight, it burned away to reveal a heart on fire hiding within: just like this heart – which burned defiantly for the rest of the weekend – the final edition of the Secret Garden Party will shine brightly in the hearts and memories of everyone who attended, for a very long time.

There’s no festival quite like the Secret Garden Party. We won’t forget you any time soon.

 

FAULT Magazine Summer 2017 Festival Guide

Who

Frank Ocean , Jamie Xx , Mac Miller , Solange , Sampha , Kaytranada , Ray Blk , Mick Jenkins , Rex Orange County , The Fedz , Raheem Bakaré , Noisey Djs, Rag’n’bone Man , Rüfüs , Sälen Chase & Status (Live) , Jess Glynne , Annie Mac , Dj Ez , Kano , Anne-marie , Raye , Club Drive

What

Lovebox have now announced Solange and Frank Ocean as headliners for 2017 and we are more than excited. Both performers released critically acclaimed albums respectively in 2016 and fans will sure to be excited for the release of these details. Being the eclectic festival that they are, there’s truly something for everyone this year. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Jamie XX, Mac Miller, Chase & Status and many more FAULT Favourites will be there.

As they enter their fifteenth year, Lovebox has made a name for itself with lineups featuring taste making-headliners and need-to-know acts from Britain and around the world.

Where

London – Victoria Park

When

14-15th July

Tickets

www.loveboxfestival.com

Who

Metronomy, Crystal Fighters, Toots & The Maytals, Wild Beasts , Peaches , Ray Blk , Honne ,,jagwar Ma , Jeremy Loops , Rejjie Snow ,tom Misch , Kate Nash , Akala , Jorja Smith , Fickle Friends , Bonzai , The Moonlandingz , Deap Vally , All Them Witches , Jain , Pumarosa , Zak Abel , Will Joseph Cook , Tom Grennan , Mabel , Etta Bond , Be Charlotte , Toothless , North Downs ,?Let’s Eat Grandma , Seramic , Charlotte Oc , Laurel , Anteros , Aine Cahill , Cosmo Sheldrake , Mont Jake

What

This year, our FAULT Favourite Festival ‘Secret Garden Party’ is back with a clear message to the fame worshipping and excluding masses, “bore off, we all run this town!” This summer the Secret Garden Party invites all into the most inclusive VIP-LOL-OFF for their 15th SGP ever themed – “Sweet Dreams. Are made of these? And who are we to disagree…” It’s no surprise that we LOVE attending SGP each year and would likely still attend even if the lineup wasn’t to our taste but time and time again they have filled their lineup with FAULT Favourite bands and this year is no exception.

Where

Cambridgeshire – Mill Hill Field

When

20-23 July

Tickets

http:,,www.secretgardenparty.com,

Who

Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran, The xx, The National, Biffy Clyro, Katy Perry, Barry Gibb, Royal Blood, Stormzy
Chic, Major Lazer, Alt-J, Boy Better Know, Lorde, Solange, Run the Jewels, Laura Marling, Kris Kristofferson, The Jacksons, Emeli Sandé, Phoenix

What

Come on, you know about Glastonbury by now! Not to mention the lineup is batshit crazy but we love it. Whether you have a an eclectic music taste or just a large group of mates with diverse music tastes; you’re bound to have fun at Glasto 2017. Skank out to Stormzy, jive with The Jacksons and sing your lungs out to Solange all in the same week – chances are you won’t get many chances to see so many great performers under the proverbial roof that is Glastonbury.

Where

Glastonbury – Worthy Farm

When

21st – 25th June

Tickets

www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

Who

Chance The Rapper Skepta The Weeknd Abra Cadabra AJ X DENO Big Narstie Big Tobz Bryson Tiller (UK Festival Exclusive) Bugzy Malone Cadet Dave Desiigner DJ Charlsey Fetty Wap (UK Festival Exclusive) Flatbush Zombies G-Eazy (UK Festival Exclusive) Geko Hilltop Hoods Jez Dior Kojo Funds Lil Dicky Lil Uzi Vert Lil Yachty (UK Festival Exclusive) Mike Skinner and Murkage Present TONGA MoStack Nas (UK Festival Exclusive) Nef The Pharaoh Noname Post Malone Rae Sremmurd (UK Festival Exclusive) Sean Paul Section Boyz Stefflon Don The Age of L.U.N.A Tim Westwood Topaz Jones Tory Lanez Travis Scott (UK Festival Exclusive) Ty Dolla $ign Tyga Wiley WizKid Young T and Bugsey Young Thug (UK Festival Exclusive) Yuna Yungen Zara Larsson

What

Wireless Festival today adds five further artists to its 2017 line up, including some of the biggest names in home-grown talent Bugzy Malone, Geko and Kojo Funds, as well as international stars Fetty Wap and Travis Scott for two UK festival exclusive performances.

Where

London – Finsbury Park

When

7-9th July

Tickets

http:,,www.wirelessfestival.co.uk,tickets

What

Now in it’s 11th year, Field Day has consistently proved itself to be one of the leading festivals in the UK. Exceptional programming over the years have seen the best in upcoming and legendary acts and this year Field Day is set to surpass expectations once again with Aphex Twin playing in a brand new stage plus Flying Lotus, Slow Dive and many more confirmed to grace the festival’s many other stages in

Who

Aphex Twin, Fatima Yamaha – live, Flying Lotus, Marcel Dettmann, Midland, Moderat, Nicolas, Forest Swords ,Forth Wanderers, Gaika, Haelos

Where

London – Victoria Park

When

3 June

Tickets

fielddayfestivals.com,tickets

Who

Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Frank Ocean, the xx, Aphex Twin, Grace Jones, Slayer, Solange, and Van Morrison,Run The Jewels, Mac DeMarco, Miguel, Flying Lotus, the Magnetic Fields, Angel Olsen, Grandaddy, Sampha, Swans, Broken Social Scene, Mitski, the Afghan Whigs, Against Me!, the Damned, the Descendents, Priests, King Krule, Gordi, Pinegrove, Mannequin Pussy, Cymbals Eat Guitars,

What

Year after year, Primavera have paired contemporary and culturally relevant artists alongside living legends who paved the way for originality within the music industry and 2017 is looking to be no exception to that rule. Classic festival favourites Arcade Fire, Aphex Twin and Bon Iver tear the stage up at every appearance and we’re sure Primavera Sound 2017 will be no different. Solange, Frank Ocean and The XX arguably released three of the best albums of 2016 and on their merit alone will bring music lovers from across Europe and beyond to Barcelona next May.  That’s all before we even mention that Run The Jewel, Skepta, Flying Lotus and FAULT #23 Alumni Miguel will also be performing. Alongside these contemporaries, festival goers can also bask in the presence of legends Van Morrison and  Grace Jones who have made undeniable contributions to music throughout their respective careers.

Where

Spain – Barcelona

When

31 May – 4 Jun

Tickets

www.primaverasound.com

Who

Aphex Twin, Fatima Yamaha – live, Flying Lotus, Marcel Dettmann, Midland, Moderat, Nicolas Jaar, Nina Kraviz

What

Hideout is firmly cemented as the leading electronic music festival in Europe, the six open air stages will once again play host to the best in electronic music. With Croatia now a globally recognised destination for dance music, Hideout Festival is at the forefront of the scene. Six incredible years of stand out line-ups spanning the whole spectrum of electronic music, Hideout has become one of the definitive european dance music events in the calendar.

Where

Croatia – Pag

When

26th – 30th June

Tickets

http:,,www.hideoutfestival.com,

Who

Rae Sremmurd, French Montana, Sean Paul, Lady Leshurr, Krept & Konan, DJ Jazzy Jeff

What

Fresh Island is Europe’s leading hip-hop and urban music festival, set against the backdrop of the stunning island of Pag in Croatia. The festival has become renowned for welcoming the finest international talent to the shores of Zrce Beach to play across its three open-air superclubs and in the last five years has hosted performances by Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Eve, Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, Stormzy, JME and many more.

Where

Croatia – Pag

When

11th – 13th July

Tickets

Fresh-island.org

Secret Garden Party second wave lineup announced

This year, our FAULT Favourite Festival ‘Secret Garden Party’ is back with a clear message to the fame worshipping and excluding masses, “bore off, we all run this town!”

This summer the Secret Garden Party invites all into the most inclusive VIP-LOL-OFF for their 15th SGP ever themed – “Sweet Dreams. Are made of these? And who are we to disagree…”

It’s no surprise that we LOVE attending SCP each year and would likely still attend even if the lineup wasn’t to our taste but time and time again they have filled their lineup with FAULT Favourite bands and this year is no exception.

FAULT Favourites Crystal Fighters, Metronomy Toots & The Maytals Wild Beasts, Peaches, Ray Blk, Honne and Jagwar Ma are just a few names from the perfect line up to get the secret party started right!

See the full lineup below alongside booking info and we look forward to seeing you all down there 20th-23rd July 2017.

Rystal Fighters / Metronomytoots & the Maytals/wild Beasts / Peaches / Ray Blk / Honne / Jagwar Ma

Rejjie Snow / Jeremy Loops / Tom Misch / Akala / Jorja Smith /  Fickle Friends / Bonzai /the Moonlandingz / Deap Vally / All Them Witches /  Kate Nash / Jain / Pumarosa / Zak Abel  / Will Joseph Cook / Tom Grennan / Mabel / Etta Bond / Be Charlotte / Toothless / North Downs / Let’s Eat Grandma / Seramic / Charlotte Oc / Laurel / Aine Cahill / Cosmo Sheldrake / Mont Jake

Tickets for Secret Garden Party 2017 are now on sale at: tkt.to/sgp2017