It’s taken me all this time since sunny July to finally get the glitter out of my hair and be able to put into words the amazing time I had presenting at Secret Garden Party this summer. It’s always one of my UK festival highlights with lovely hot weather and even hotter people that attend it.
This year SGP decided to take over the airwaves and broadcast 24 hours a day from their very own radio station on-site, Secret FM. We ‘rinsed it out’ from our pink and brown shipping container, complete with all the latest studio equipment and even a sound-proof recording studio. It was a tight squeeze but I managed to get all six members of Skinny Lister, their rum jugs and even their Cello inside it.
I had the privilege of presenting two shows a day, that way I made sure everyone within a five mile radius driving to the site, camping and even queuing had a chance to listen to the incredible twaddle I was chatting. We also streamed live through the web, which meant we even picked up fans in Brazil, Ola! As always I was joined by my old friend and presenting partner Katy P from Capital FM and DJ and T.E.E.D dancer Nina Ribena who made sure three was definitely a party.
My team presented the very modestly titled ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’, and yes it was everything it set out to be and more. With live acoustic sets, guest DJs, massive tunes and some very odd but truly insightful interviews, which we mixed up with some top notch banter… all together that lot should really pick me up a Sony Award.
We busted a gut and punctured many an eardrum that week. Everyone involved put in long hours to make sure this first year of Secret FM was a success. IT WAS. We had thousands of listeners worldwide, which is a testament to the love people have for this festival. Audio highlights of my show will soon be available here.
I must thank all my guests that joined me behind the decks for a spin, a sing and a chat. You made some incredible listening and at times some incredibly scary listening. Thanks to Ibiza Space resident DJ Tim Fanucci (who saved my bacon many times that weekend), Sunday Best‘s Fear of Theydon and Leeland Crane, Zara from T.E.E.D, Mojo Filter, Penny Lee Brown from Capital FM, Klaus the King of German House, Tribes, Mark Stevenson, The Lovely Eggs, Skinny Lister, David Rodigan, Alabama 3, Mylo, Ngaio Anyia and the man who invented The Veggie Burger for an interesting chinwag. Also a massive thank you to Ben DeVere, Laura Thorn, Count Sizzle and all the radio station crew. Without you we would have been talking to ourselves. See you next year.
Photos courtesy of Secret Garden Party photographers Danny North and Andrew Whitton.