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Festival Gallery: Secret Garden Party 2010

Courtesy of the faublous Phil Volkers, click on the image on the right & take a look at the weird and whacky world of this year's Secret Garden Party extravaganza...

Festival Review: The Secret Garden Party

“Moustaches bring you love!” I turn around and am embraced by a trio of muddy girls with voices like blackboard scraping, hay hanging from every nook, and lipstick smudged all over their faces. It is Sunday afternoon at the Secret Garden Party 2010, and despite 2 days and 3 nights of mischief, the spirit of the Garden Party is still being secreted with passion at every juncture. It is impossible not to fall in love: with the legions of beautiful people, with the intimate feel of the festival (despite having doubled in size to over 20,000 people this year), with the perfect range of music, and the endless supply of shenanigans, side-shows, and moments of sheer brilliance.

Bestival Gallery: The Best of 2009

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Bestival announce even more treats... and unveil their environMENTAL mission

The September spectacular has signed up to 10:10 and commits to reduce carbon emissions by 10%

Live Review: Lovebox, Sunday 18th July, Victoria Park

Sadly I was only able to make one day of Lovebox this year, but either I picked the best day by far... or the whole festival must have been phenomenal.

Dr Noki presents Lovebox's first fashion show

The London-based designer, famed for his original approach to sustainable fashion, will be the first fashion to ever show a catwalk collection at the festival

V Festival announces Virgin Media Union acts

V Festival, sponsored by Virgin Media, adds to its world class line-up this year with a host of acts set to play the Virgin Media Union arena over the 21st and 22nd August

Festival Review: Glastonbury 2010

Forty years ago, dairy farmer Michael Eavis put on his first music festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton. Just over a thousand hippies parted with £1 to see T-Rex perform and enjoy a pint or two of free milk from the farm’s Friesians.

Why Glastonbury shouldn't be televised

A Music Magazine reader reminisces on a festival institution

Glastonbury not so middle-aged as teens throng sun-baked festival

"Michael Stipe once said you shouldn't wear sunglasses on stage because it demonstrates disrespect for your audience," said Matt Berninger, lead singer of Brooklyn-based rockers The National. "But the sun is shining into my eyes and is burning my corneas." If anything defined this year's Glastonbury, it was the heat. Dry, uncompromising, and painfully affecting. The same, of course, could be said for Berninger's music.

Glastonbury set for 40th birthday in the sunshine

"Please bring sun protection with you!" announced the Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis yesterday. It will be music to the ears of the 180,000 who will descend on Worthy Farm over the next few days.

Isle of Wight Photo Galllery 2010

Pink's crazy acrobatics, Florence's fantastic performance and phenomenal appearances by Paul McCartney, Jay-Z and Spandau Ballet made this year's Isle of Wight festival one to remember...

Paloma Faith, Yeasayer, Mystery Jets and Tim Westwood confirmed for Lovebox

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The Secret Garden Party announce 2010 line up

Blooming this July, Secret Productions have now released tickets for the main event this summer and are pleased to announce the following artists are now confirmed...

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