Disco vibes and party times are coming in strong as Australia’s most extravagant forest party Secret Garden
has announced next year’s music and arts lineup. An inimitable 48 hours of fancy dress and vivid fun, 2017 promises the biggest celebration yet, filled to the brim with actors, dancers, musicians, comedians and, for the first time ever, a real life *legal* wedding taking place on the main stage.
Renowned for the playful and extraordinary talent that graces Secret Garden’s stages and dance floors, the 2017 lineup sees Sydney producer Oliver Tank making his long-awaited return with a sunset performance of dreamy, glitchy electronica, Donny Benet and an all-star cast of special guests performing an unmissable Love Song Dedications set, and champions of smooth funk and disco Total Giovanni providing the main stage midnight groove. The Australian Queen Tribute Show will bring the best of theatrical British rock to Friday night’s Royal Rave, plus catch Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of a Tony Hawk Pro Skater Band covering the best hits from the Tony Hawk Pro Skater soundtracks, and a festival closing set from Secret Garden favourite Levins. ARIA Award winning indie-rockers The Jezabels, prodigy and rising beat-maker Japanese Wallpaper, and singer-songwriter Alex Lahey also join the lineup, plus Sydney’s finest party purveyors hitting the decks, including Shantan and Friends at the Late & Loose Lounge and Set Mo performing a classic house set. Feast your eyes on the full lineup below.
Kicking off with a Royal Rave-themed dress-up party on Friday
night, the choose-your-own adventure will take Gardeners through more than 14 forest dance floors and immersive pop-up worlds, such as Fortuna Deluxe
, Carmen Verandah
, Sugar Rush
and festival mainstay CAMPQUEEN
, where Stereogamous
will take the helm for a special Saturday
night takeover. Every corner of the forest maze is bursting with music, and trust that there’ll be tomfoolery and shenanigans aplenty. Without giving everything away, get ready for dance classes, glitter makeovers, a kissing booth, Secret Garden Olympics
and much, much more.
Secret Garden is a festival for mates, by mates, imagined and realised each year by a family of 100+ playful creatives who share the vision of an inclusive, over-the-top and flamboyant celebration. Buckle up for a weekend of unpredictable escapades in fancy dress where you’ll make new mates and dive headfirst into a magical world where drag queens and disco rules.
SECRET GARDEN FESTIVAL 24 & 25 February (SOLD OUT)
Starring, in alphabetical order:
Alex Lahey – Annie Bass (DJ Set) – The Australian Queen Tribute Show – B Wise – Bad Deep DJs – Bec Sandridge – Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of a Tony Hawk Pro Skater Band – Body Type – The Cactus Channel – Captain Franco – Donny Benet – Gretta Ray – Japanese Wallpaper – The Jezabels – Le Fruit – Levins – MOSSY – Mowgli May – Oliver Tank – Party Dozen – Rackett – The Ruminaters – Set Mo (Classic House Set) – SPOD – Total Giovanni – Urthboy – Youngsta CPT (ZA)
Plus Secret Garden love song dedications curated by Donny Benet and Friends, Late & Loose Loungewith Shantan and Friends, and a Saturday night CAMPQUEEN takeover from Stereogamous
AfterHour – Amber Akilla – Amrita – Andy Garvey – Ariane – Bad Ezzy – Boogie Fingers – Bug Bug – Callum Wylie – Estée Louder – FlexMami – G Coo – HABITS (DJ Set) – Keep It Disco – Kimchi Princi x Slim Set – Lauren Hansom – Lewba – Low Ton DJs – Mansion Lane – Matka – MIMI – Nes – Paul Gorrie (DJ Set) – Potassium Nightmare – Ridds, 9toe, Wompa (Dungeon) – Rimbombo – Sezzo Snot – Sveta – Swerve – Tanzer – Yo Grito