The Yellow Brick Road to the Secret Garden


Written by James Ratcliffe
04 Wednesday 04th June 2014

Theme: ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’

Fat Freddy’s Drop, Public Enemy, Little Dragon, Clean Bandit, Maya Jane Coles, Hercules & Love Affair, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Morcheeba. Jagwar Mar Foxes…and many more running across 14 music stages with secret big name DJ sets.

This is a Serious Party where everyone participates in parades, forums, immersive theatre, unique happenings - there is a whole array of activities to engage Gardeners. Located in a beautiful setting next to a lake it is a totally unbranded and independent event.

Sickened by commercial gigolos and the false promise of fame and fortune achievable only through wearing the right deodorant? Well then, join us in saying "Goodbye (to the) Yellow Brick Road" and its promise of (social/financial) redemption.  

Within the shelter of the Garden, where the dogs of society's howl is inaudible, we are exploring the more positive visual imagery in our favourite songs - so dust off your old LPs say an oh my and a boo hoo to the 9 to 5… Dance with us beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free; because, in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.

The Pagoda

Over the past few years this fine Pagoda stage overlooking the Lake has played host to a first class array of disc jockeys, acts and artists; from Radio 1's Annie Mac & Toddla T to the mesmerising sounds of Matthew Johnson; from the NY groove of Kim Ann Foxman to the Eats Everything Bristol bounce. Remember the year Disclosure and Sam Smith performed 'Latch' at sunset? Or the time Skream went b2b with Zed Bias, Disclosure, Eats & Artwork?! T.E.E.D. dropping jungle? Jamie Jones & Seth Troxler b2b? Damn! that was the pure house party vibes right there!

This summer the Pagoda pays homage to resident djs from up & down our fair isle and beyond, representing nights such as Tief, Below, Circus, Rooty (RIP), Simple, Fleetmac Wood & Werk:It.  As well as the established Top Secret special guests, The Pagoda also welcomes a sprinkling of headline talent along the course of the weekend for your listening pleasure .

Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome your Pagoda DJs for the weekend: 

Aartekt - Adam Shelton - Aerial - Bill Brewster - Cat Lovers - Citizen - Clancy - Denney - Dia - Dom Chung - Emerson Twin - Em Williams - Fleetmac Wood - Frank Tope - Futureboogie - Head Gardener - Hilit Kolet - Huxley - James Vorres - Jay Karim - Johan Ten Houten - Lewis Boardman - Maribou State - Michael Palmer - Midland - Motty - No Artificial Colours - Richy Ahmed - Robert James - Sancho Panza - Shivas Regal & Mcculo - Sisterhood - Six Axle - Son Of Sun - Sophie Lloyd - Steve Huerta - T. Williams - Tayo - Urulu - Waze & Odyssey - Wild Fantasy - Wolf Music & more

With over 14 stages and 4 days of live music and dj sets 2014 promises to be one of the most music-packed Secret Garden Party’s ever…. add to the mix the renowned secret sets by some of the biggest names around and it is…game on!

Pimp your Garden

Boutique Camping has added some dormitory-style yurts to their range of luxury accomodation. Perfect for a group celebration of up to 10 or 14. And, with bed linen provided you don’t have to carry any extra luggage! Or if you really want to go for the ultimate Garden experience, how about this incredible gypsy caravan?

Lunch and dinner bookings for the renowned Soulfire restaurant are open; now located in a scenic lakeside setting. Communal and friendly Italian-style dining on long benches with a delicious menu offering the best in Italian-style food. Si, grazie!

Finally, to make the most of the weekend experience check out our luxury pampering. For a reboot and a recharge, where better than the pocket of calm that is the Garden’s Sanctuary offering relaxing massages, facials, mediation and yoga classes; all with highly-qualified therapists – or book Bathing Under The Sky, whose ever-popular wood-fired host tubs, dry saunas and grooming facilities provide the perfect downtime before your second wave of partying. 

The Secret Garden Party 2014
Dates: Thursday 24th - Sunday 27th July
Location: Nearr Huntingdon, Cambs

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