Ones to Watch at Secret Garden Party 2015

Secret Garden Party 2015The Secret Garden Party, which runs 23rd - 26th July this year, started in 2004 in picturesque grounds at Abbots Ripton near Huntingdon. It's been held there every year since. Now a firm festival favourite, it's no longer a secret, but there are many surprises to discover in the magical world that comes to life for four days each July.

In the past acts including Super Furry Animals, Grace Jones, Lily Allen, Gorillaz and Blondie have played, but music is just one strand of the event that constantly stimulates the eyes and ears with performances and art installations everywhere you go. With a lake at the centre and a plethora of marquees, stages, dance floors and chill-out areas scattered among parks and woodland, the Secret Garden Party is a true wonderland.

The festival fosters a strong sense of community. Those attending are known as gardeners, and interactive artworks and performances mean everyone is part of the show. Respect for the environment is also at the heart of the festival’s philosophy, with initiatives including making everyone do their share of litter picking.

Each year has a theme, which this year is 'Childish Things'. Gardeners will be able to discover their inner child with a 100-acre toy box of a party, complete with jelly, ice cream and sprinkles.

Here are just ten of the acts who will be soundtracking attendees surreal second childhood.

1// Kate Tempest

Kate Tempest is one of the most powerful voices on the contemporary poetry and spoken word scene. Expect her band to whip up a storm, with tracks from Mercury nominated album Everybody Down. Even more powerful are Kate’s solo spoken word performances, which have audiences in the thousands spellbound.

2// Public Service Broadcasting

Public Service Broadcasting reached new heights with 2015 album The Race for Space and single "Gagarin", delivering a perfect blend of funk, rock and cosmic grooves. Perfect music for an open air arena. Get ready for take off!

3// Marika Hackman

The enigmatic Where The Wild Things Are stage nestled among twisted branches and tree trunks is the perfect setting for Marika Hackman’s beguiling vocals. One of the biggest names on this stage for emerging talent.

4// 8:58

Since parting ways with his brother, Orbital’s Paul Hartnoll has continued producing his innovative brand of electronica, which he will be showcasing in a live solo set.

5// Jungle

The soul collective’s uplifting debut album is the perfect soundtrack for the summer. A big group with a massive sound for the festival’s main stage.

6// Roots Manuva

The veteran rapper recently returned with a jazzy dub collaboration with Four Tet and is due to release his first album in four years. He’s sure to have the Great Stage sound system pulsating with an irresistible clash of rough beats and cool dub reggae grooves.

7// The Cat Empire

An explosion of brass, jazz, funk, pop and soul The Cat Empire are an irrepressible carnival of a band guaranteed to get even the most reticent spectator swinging their hips to their unrelenting dance rhythms.

8// Temples

Temples evoke the carefree colourful vibes of summer days from long ago. Their retro psychedelic rock will be truly enchanting in the tranquil setting of the lakeside.

9// Richy Ahmed

The Drop stage promises a hands-in-the-air celebration of all that is great and exciting about British dance music. A promise it delivers with acts like DJ/producer Richy Ahmed who has established himself at the biggest clubs and festivals worldwide.

10// Caravan Palace

The wonderfully wonky French Swing collective blending 20s jazz with modern electro pop play the Great Stage ahead of the release of their third album due out in the autumn.

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