We have been keeping Cat very busy having fun. On Thursday 22nd July she headed off on a secret mision for us. Her challenge was to track down the Secret Garden Party. Its an independent , not for profit event and has no sponsorship (and little advertising – even the locals don’t know about it!) started in 2004 by four friends. Secret Garden Party has bloomed in size and popularity becoming one of the ‘must attend’ festivals for those in the know.
The event is held in the Cambridgeshire countryside, set in the sublime grounds of a Georgian farmhouse near Huntingdon, in a 10 acre landscaped garden, perfectly placed for maximum beauty bordering a river and lake.
Some of the better prepared attendees had donned gorgeous swimsuits teamed with cut off jeans and boots, making it easy to strip off for a quick dip from the floating dance floor and into the swimming lake. If you didn’t feel like jumping straight in, you could still enjoy the water by heading off in one of the rowing boats.
Themed as ‘Fact or Fiction’ SGP was brimming with eclectic creativity in the sunny Summer weather. Culinary delights matched the visual feast; bands playing suspended in the trees, bales of hay made ad hoc seating areas whilst a 19th century steam powered traction engine served drinks from its carriages and served as a mobile disco. The style of the attendees was just as eclectic and inspiration from every decade were evident in decadent vintage outfits from flowing 70’s floral dresses to kittenish 50’s swimsuits and 1920’s elegance.
Gorillaz Sound System headlined with an impressive visual display, plus Mercury Rev, ska legends the Skatalites, Goldheart Assembly, Darwin Deez, Example, Goldierocks, and many more. The stunning Marina & The Diamonds got the crowd singing early into the first night and I Blame Coco drew a stylish crowd too. Fireworks and Chinese lanterns added extra sparkle and Saturday night was lit up with the ceremonial burning of the floating dance floor.
This is our first of three post from this event, and we decided to start with some looks that embrace the more theatrical and eccentric looks from this festival. Enjoy!
Thanks Cat for the great report and super style shots.
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