Secret Garden Party festival will stop for good in 2017

Louise McCreesh

From Digital Spy

The organisers behind the Secret Garden Party have revealed that the festival will come to an end this year.

Having started in 2003 and attracted big names such as Florence and The Machine, Lily Allen, Public Enemy and Jarvis Cocker, it will host its 15th and final festival this summer, to make way for a new project.

The news was broken by the festival's Head Gardener on the Secret Garden Party's website earlier today.

"Whilst I have always known I was going to have to write this, it still feels strange," said the post.

"We have been on a long journey but I concede to the infamous phrase that 'All good things must come to an end', and so it is, I announce today that this summer will host the last Secret Garden Party as we all know it.

"I know some of you will be questioning, why now? And more importantly , why tell us now? I hope you don't find the timing Machiavellian, however there is never the perfect time to drop this bombshell, too early or too late and people are going to miss out and be disappointed. Hopefully we have struck the middle ground here.

"Secondly I'm sure you will have, by now, spotted that this is the punchline to this year's theme as it is ultimately going to be a huge celebration of the people who make the garden party: you."

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The Secret Garden Party takes place in Mill Hill Field, Cambridgeshire.

This year's line-up features the Crystal Fighters, Peaches and Ray BLK, and the theme will be Sweet Dreams, in honour of the 'reality TV age'.

In its post, the organiser also hinted that the festival will play its last in order to make way for an exciting new event coming up.

Photo credit: PYMCA / Getty Images

"This summer will be the almighty send-off that The Garden Party deserves and whilst that is going to cause some tears to be shed, think of it more as 'Dylan goes electric' than our Altamont," they added.

"Because after all you can't be avant-garde from within an institution and lest we forget: the frontier always moves.

"So watch this space for the phoenix rising from the ashes..."

We'll be watching, alright.

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