New South Wales’ Secret Garden Festival has announced that 2019 will be its final year.
The boutique festival will host its 11th and final event at Brownlow Hill this February, and organisers have said they’ve known “for a long time” that 2019 would be their final year.
“We have been deliberating over announcing this news before we open our garden gates one last time in February 2019. However, we wanted to give our loyal friends a final chance to attend the last ever forest disco,” they said in a statement.
“We have always wanted to go out with a big bang and the stars have aligned for this year to be the perfect time to drop the mic and say, ‘Secret Garden – 11 and out.'”
While organisers said they “may reappear in some other form in the future”, they are proud of what they’ve achieved during the festival’s 11 years.
“We started Secret Garden because we desperately wanted a different kind of festival experience. A festival less about the headliners and irritable crowds, and more about getting together a community of good people, in over-the-top costumes and creating a world where patrons participate rather than just spectate,” they said.
“We have picked up many awards and recognition for being one of Australia’s best and most unique festivals. We have raised nearly $500,000 for charities and most importantly we have been an essential escape and a release for thousands of old and new friends. It has been a privilege to have touched so many lives in this way.”
The final edition of Secret Garden Festival will take place on Friday, 22nd and Saturday, 23rd February. While the music lineup is yet to be announced, extra tickets have just been put up for sale.
Secret Garden Festival 2019
Friday, 22nd — Saturday, 23rd February 2019
Brownlow Hill, NSW
Tickets: Official Website