Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Secret Garden Party

I'm back!Secret Garden Party was wonderful, if a little overcrowded; the four hour queue to get in was a bit much, and I was disappointed by the attendees total failure to stick to the 'leave no trace' policy. One artist I was very keen to see was Kirsty Almeida who performed a great set in the Crossroads tent. She was also filming a music video on site on the Friday evening which I imagine would have made a great backdrop. I really love the video for her debut single 'Spider'

The Hendrick's Gin Carriage of Curiosities was also on site, displaying its eclectic contents to intrigued festival goers. Rachel Rose Reid told some enchanting bedtime stories ; a lesser known and as yet unDisneyfied Hans Christian Anderson tale 'The Shadow' as well as a wonderful Scottish tale about the mermaid like Selkie people. I was lucky enough to be invited to dine on the carriage on the Saturday evening, where I was treated to exquisite food courtesy of Bompass and Parr, as well as wonderful literary company; more on this in a separate post coming soon!

Another highlight was Marina of 'Marina and the Diamonds'. I've been a fan of hers for a while now, she has a really unique voice; but I hadn't realised quite how stunning she is. This lady goes in and out in ALL the right places; total girl crush.

Rosa Bloom's boudoir was selling bustles, nipple tassles, feather headdresses and such like as Rosa herself modelled her collection to perfection.

After playing a festival in Holland followed by WOMAD, Gabby Young played a set at Secret Garden on Sunday evening. After all the travelling and gigs, she had almost lost her voice, but still put on a smashing show with the help of the 'other animals', especially Stephen Ellis who did a ruddy great Gabby impression. Gabby was wearing a really showstopping outfit by a designer I recently discovered, Kumiko Tani, who upcycles newspaper into stunning designs. Amelia's Magazine have featured Gabby in their review of the festival; including some really beautiful illustrations, have a look here.

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