SECRET SESSIONS FESTIVAL IS ABOUT BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER THROUGH MUSIC, MOVEMENT AND WELLNESS
Going above and beyond your run of the mill festival, the Secret Sessions Festival is the vibrant embodiment of wellbeing, combining the best emerging musical talent with an array of fitness and sporting activities, mindfulness sessions, and artisanal food and drink to boot.
Reconnect with yourself and loved ones through 4 days of family-friendly entertainment, relaxation and wellbeing.
MUSIC & CONFESSION
We know music brings people together and we believe music has the power to heal. Over the years we’ve delivered events that make audiences feel connected to themselves and their communities. For the festival main-stage, we have booked some outstanding Secret Sessions artists who, in true Secret Sessions style, will be kept secret until arrival. Yes, you read that right – none of the artists will be publicly announced until the festival begins! Trust the process. Whilst we won’t give you names, we can promise you this: we hand-select the very best emerging talent and every single one of our artists will be delivering jaw-dropping, emotional performances that create a unique sense of vulnerability and intimacy. We believe it’s the best way to experience new music and connect with other music-lovers.
We are inviting scores of new artists to take to the festival stage for the first time, creating an opportunity of a lifetime – a chance to entertain an audience who have been starved of live-performance for over a year. We’ve watched closely as the industry has ignored the voices of women and protesters despairing as festivals announce male-dominated line ups once again, so our female-first line up, programmed by GIRLS TO THE FRONT, means 60% women and non-binary artists at a MINIMUM will grace our stages this September.
Staying true to another Secret Sessions tradition, we will of course be asking every member of our audience for a confession. Just like at our regular shows, confessions will be read out by our host and as always, confessors who choose to reveal themselves will be rewarded for their bravery. These moments of confession might be heartfelt, hilarious and occasionally outrageous, but they are always entertaining.
Set in 15-acres of gently undulating, green fields in the middle of the countryside, Secret Sessions Festival provides an amazing opportunity to escape the limits of lockdown life with some outdoor exercise. For many of us, exercise starts with walking and this is a big space, free of cars or buses, with acres of untouched land to navigate on foot. Access routes have been carefully planned and support is available, if required, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Early risers can enjoy relaxation classes, mindfulness and meditation. For those with an abundance of energy there’s high-intensity, interval training, courtesy of our friends at GYMBOX. Over the course of the festival there will be hundreds of different ways to engage in movement, exercise, sport or dance, including sessions that have been carefully put together for your children.
We will be working with the brilliant charity MIND.org to find ways we can create an environment that supports positive mental health. From noon until 2pm daily, the main arena will be a music-free zone. During this midday-break, wellness leaders will deliver workshops to encourage us to reflect, listen to our bodies or simply breathe more deeply and connect better with ourselves and our family and friends. The wellness workshops are designed to engage, educate, inspire and motivate you.
Secret Sessions Festival is a family festival and we believe if the children have a good time, the adults have a good time too. We’ve got active, imaginary and creative play to suit the mind of every child, every day. Whatever the weather, we’re creating a programme of great family entertainment in a safe environment.
We’re bringing together a carefully curated selection of street food operators with a wide range of mouth-wateringly, delicious food and drink. From vegan junk food, stone-baked vegetarian pizza, plant based one-pots to traditional smoked and slow roasted organic meats. The choice will be great and the quality even better.
We will go big on the “low & no” drink selection, of course, but we are also offering a wide range of old-school beers and real ales from local artisans as well as from big brands. There will be wine and cocktails a plenty, from award winning mixologists. We hope to bring you some new drinks, with and without alcohol and maybe a little something you’ve never tried before.
After a year of physical, social and mental hardship, Secret Sessions Festival is the perfect antidote to 2020. Be sure to pack your dancing shoes – oh, and don’t forget your yoga mat!