Gig of the week: Secret Garden Party – July 26-29

From tomorrow (Thursday) through to late on Sunday night, the ever popular Secret Garden Party takes in Huntingdonshire. The exact location is revealed when tickets are purchased). The festival, now in it s third year, is firmly establishing itself nat

From tomorrow (Thursday) through to late on Sunday night, the ever popular Secret Garden Party takes in Huntingdonshire.

The exact location is revealed when tickets are purchased). The festival, now in it's third year, is firmly establishing itself nationwide as being a major event.

This year's line-up includes Alabama 3, Echo and the Bunnymen, Noisettes, Sunshine Underground and Isobel Campbell.

But it's the Living Room tent, run by Cambridge promoters Hope Street Music, where things look very interesting. This year, their stage features artists such as Kate Nash (who recently found herself in the top five of the UK charts), Newton Faulkner, Earl Okin, Kate Walsh, Sam Isaac, Jamie Woon and Foy Vance. Themed on the 1930s with the emphasis on quality and entertainment, The Living Room tent is designed to be more than just a marquee in a field.

Promoter Phil Pethybridge says: "Most of the artists are not signed to labels and we choose these because of their stunning quality and to give them the chance to build new audiences.

"The tent has been the most intimate and friendly place in the festival and we are working very hard to do the same this year."

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Local artists confirmed to appear in the Living Room tent include: Hamfatter, Fugazirum, The Shivers, Pale Marble Movie, Ecki and Ross Martyn. Tickets from www.secretgardenparty.com are £110 for the four days.

RICHARD PAUL

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