We keep banging on about being independent - so you know how much it means to us… but why should it matter to you?
𝗜𝗡𝗗𝗘𝗣𝗘𝗡𝗗𝗘𝗡𝗖𝗘 = 𝗙𝗥𝗘𝗘𝗗𝗢𝗠
The freedom to do what we want, any old time!
We are large and unhomogenised. Full Fat. Believe it or not this is UNIQUE in today's landscape.
Examples on the ground of what this means to you are:
1. Cheaper Drinks
We don't have to take on large portfolio deals from major drinks brands, so we can offer you the best and cheapest drinks you’ll find at any festival this summer.
2. A Force for Good
Not having shareholders means we aren’t trying to squeeze the business for profits, and what we do make goes to help the social enterprise and charities we support.
3. Artist Engagement
Our independent values mean that some of the best artists are willing to play for well under their going rate as they also believe in what we’re doing. That’s why we have the best lineup of any event of this size at this price.
4. Our Farm
This is our home and our land, so everything is done to look after the environment we live in; from composting everything you produce or consume, to making sure the land and watercourses are held sacred.
Yes we burn a sculpture each year, yes we have amazing local pilots doing stunts for you…. But senseless acts of beauty like this are more than balanced out by the solar and bio-fuels that run our event.
...For us to say... if you don't like all this then please jog on to another event, where you can enjoy your £40 yoga sessions to burn off all those £8 pints you necked the night before. We also try to respond to your feedback directly rather than just sending you to a feedback form for yet another MASSIVE festival entertainment Company.
Secret Garden Party, a pioneer of what became known as ‘boutique’ festivals, is now set to evolve into a Social Enterprise based music festival. SGP, inspired by an emerging trend towards a more socially committed business model, has decided to go further, and commit 65% of profits to being a force for good.
Our mission is to help in the 'rehabilitation of at risk and disenfranchised individuals via the arts' with a focus on mental health awareness.
In accordance with the rules of being a Social Enterprise, at least 65% of profit will go to front line organisations in these sectors. The charities will be chosen by the artists playing and the people coming, and the remainder will go toward in-house partnerships and apprenticeship schemes (such as Bridges For Music).
Launched way back in 2004, Secret Garden Party won several awards over the years for spearheading new ideas: the ground-breaking introduction of MAST drug-testing, no branding policy, and immersive audience participation to name a few. A party where everyone could be a participant.