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Secret Garden Party to return after five years to mark 20th anniversary

By | Published on Wednesday 1 September 2021

Secret Garden Party

The Secret Garden Party festival has announced that it will return next year to mark its 20th anniversary, five years after announcing that its fifteenth year would be its last.

The event began teasing its return on social media in July. Yesterday, it was confirmed that the returning festival will take place next year on 21-24 Jul, with a website now open to accept registrations to purchase tickets when they go one sale.

Announcing the end of the event in 2017, founder Freddie Fellowes said: “We have never compromised our principles and we never will. SGP has always been a beacon of what you can do within those terms and, as imitation – being the sincerest form of flattery – proves, it has set the bar for everyone else going forward. But it is exactly because of those principles, and the love of those who have made the Garden Party what it is, that we are committing this senseless act of beauty”.

He continued: “What better way to honour the love that has been given to this project and wholly demonstrate this principle than finishing now? This isn’t some principled self-immolation: this is opening it up for the future. So 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. Because after all you can’t be avant-garde from within an institution and lest we forget: the frontier always moves”.

No comment has yet been made on the decision to resurrect the event, aside from a line on the new website noting that “all good things must come to an end, and so, we’re back”.

Those who successfully apply to attend will be notified on 25 Sep and given 24 hours to purchase their ticket. Go to to register your interest.