The Libertines, Underworld and Fat Freddy’s Drop have been announced as headliners for Secret Garden Party 2023.
The festival, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, will take place from 20 to 23 July next summer, and its theme for 2023 has also been announced: “Episode XV11 – A New Hope.”
Speaking about the 2023 event, the head gardener said: “As we return to our roots for next summer’s party, we are also daring to go where no party has gone before.
“The Dance-Off” is back, as are “Chai Wallahs”, “Feast of Fools”, “The Village Circus”, “The Dog House” and new heroes like “The Provibers” with “The Vibrary”. The old Collosillyum is reimagined and reborn as Circus Maximus.
“We’ve enlisted celestial sonic innovators and tech pioneers Underworld to headline this caper, featuring romantic British punk royalty The Libertines, and one of the most famous international live outfits, Fat Freddy’s Drop.”
Tickets for Secret Garden Party 2023 are available here.
One of the UK’s first ’boutique festivals’, Secret Garden Party has been on the summer music calendar for the past 15 years, with performances by Gorillaz, Florence + The Machine, Faithless, Lily Allen, Blondie and many more. However, in 2017 its founder, Freddie Fellowes, said that “all good things come to an end” and said that they were working on another festival to launch in the next few years.
Reviewing the last Secret Garden Party event in 2017, NME said: “The Secret Garden is a place that doesn’t fit the norm.
“Secret Garden Party” brings out all that is inside its final curtain. The spectacular paint fight is accompanied by paint fireworks on Sunday evening, and the Dance Off even has a champagne fight on Friday. A plane lighting fireworks flies over the Lake Stage during Jagwar Ma’s performance on Saturday, and at the legendary image burning in the middle of the lake, the entire fake mansion goes up in smoke, revealing a huge heart of fire in among his ruins.”
Tickets for the 2022 edition of the festival sold out in record time, with 70,000 fans snapping up the 15,000 tickets available for this year’s edition, marking the return of the Cambridgeshire pageant for the first time in half a century.