Secret Garden Party is celebrating its tenth birthday and has announced the initial line up for 2012. The theme for this year's Secret Garden Party is called 'Standing On Ceremony'. Headlining will be EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS and Orbital -who are also set to play Bestival.
Also making a return to the festival is KT Tunstall, who was last seen at the Secret Garden Party in 2004. She will be performing on one of the festival's fourteen stages, as will Soko; Beth Jeans Houghton and Hyde and Beast. In addition to the music stages, there will also be a large number of workshops; action camps; debates and artwork.
On the theme of the festival, The Secret Garden Party's website gives their readers some inspiration: 'This year, as The Garden celebrates her 10th Birthday, we explore those ceremonies, rituals, initiations, anniversaries and carnivals that bind us together, that emphasise matter over mind, that emphasise our true gifts as humans: social existence. Create gatherings and parties that breakdown the walls of inhibition, shyness, the other, the stranger.'
The Secret Garden Party is annually held at Abbots Ripon in Cambridgeshire, whose grounds hold a lake, a river and landscaped gardens. It was launched in 2004 as an alternative to the more 'mainstream' festivals such as Glastonbury and T in the Park. From just the one stage in 2004, the Secret Garden Party has since expanded hugely.
Also playing this year: Little Roy, The Jim Jones Revue, King Charles, DUKE SPIRIT, Soko, Casiokids , ZULU WINTER, Baxter Dury, Karima Francis, JUAN ZELADA, Scanners, Ellen And The Escapades, The Jessie Rose Trip, BEANS ON TOAST, Jake Bugg and GRASS HOUSE