Ones to Watch at Secret Garden Party 2017

Secret Garden Party 2017Unless you’ve been under a rock for the last year you'll know that this July is the last ever Secret Garden Party (“as we know it”). This is an event that has truly set the bar for what can be achieved by a festival determined to stick to its principles and put the party first. Speak to anyone who’s been to one of the past 15 years' events and their eyes will light up with tales of outrageous hedonism, infectious hilarity and immersive creativity. If you’ve been, you’ve quite literally been part of it: participation and freedom of expression are encouraged in a fun and engaging way, always centred on their famous annual theme for each event.

Started by Freddie Fellowes in 2003 as a party for 500 friends, it has grown into one of the most groundbreaking and experience-rich events in Europe. Last year saw the event become the UK’s first to offer on-site drugs testing with The Loop, aiming to reduce drug-related harm at festivals. Over 10 UK festivals are set to follow in their footsteps this year. Fittingly, it’s this forward-thinking approach that has lead the organisers to decide that Secret Garden Party 2017 would be its conclusion. They felt they could no longer bring novelty or innovation to the Garden in its current format, and a change was needed. This faultless dedication to the vibe is more than commendable, and it’s likely that their loyal reveller army, past and present, will understand and respect this. We’ll still be gutted to see it go though.

Even though the music at Secret Garden Party has always felt something of an added bonus, the headliners still tend to be considered and intriguing. It’s the Garden’s attention to the smaller detail (and acts) that set it apart, and the music curation of this year’s event is no different. Discovery is the order of the weekend, and we’re here to give you a few pointers on who is set to make the last hurrah in the Garden the best yet.


Head Gardener

The party starter himself, Freddie Fellowes, always makes a lively DJ performance and this being the last year, we’re pretty certain he will have something extra special up his wizards sleeve to send his tribe off in style. One not to miss.

Let’s Eat Grandma


Releasing an impressive debut album last year, these two from Norwich have a quirky take on synth-psych pop which holds a lot of promise for years to come. A unique and trippy sound, well at home in the Garden.

Jorja Smith


Hotly tipped soulful songwriter who is taking a classic Fugees-infused sound and blending it with stunning vocals and deep piano backdrops. All at the grand age of 20.



Indie pop act with some significant live show experience, given it is Ed Nash of Bombay Bicycle Club’s new project. It shows in the music, with a depth of musicality not often associated with this sound. Check out his single "Terra" from last year for a taste of what to expect.

Mella Dee


Varied and dynamic producer who is sure to raise the roof during his set. Think of his sound as a modern take on rave – big piano and vocal led tracks, dusted with breaks, laid over a pumping 4-4 techno foundation. This will be fun.

Deap Valley


Big, supremely cool and badass sound full of distorted riffs and epic vocals. This two piece from Los Angeles hadn’t released anything since 2013’s brilliant Sistrionix, and we were a little concerned. The wait is over as last year’s Femejism rocks too.

Plump DJs

Yes you’ve probably seen them before, but that’s exactly the point. They were awesome, right? They’ve been DJ-ing longer than you may have been alive, and these two gods-of-breaks can crank a party like no other. Essential viewing at Secret Garden Party 2017!

The Lightening Year


This 5 piece from South London sound magical. Their driving indie pop sound shows off some fantastic song writing that’s simultaneously uplifting and heart-wrenching. With only a few singles out, this show will be showcase of their full repertoire. We can’t wait.



23-year-old Rita Ekwere has made quite a splash over the last two years, culminating in her recent crown of the BBC’s Sound of 2017. Her neo-soul warmth over trashy hip hop beats sound timeless, and her talent oozes out of the speakers.


German duo who tour relentlessly and who are sure to work the Secret Garden Party 2017 into a frenzy with their progressive house rhythms and melodies. Expect layers of groove and deep melodies to deliver hands-in-the-air moments aplenty.


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