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Secret Garden Party 2012 in photos

  • The Secret Garden Party opened its doors once more from July 19 - 22, giving punters a chance to see some top bands such as Orbital and Beth Jeans Houhgton, as well as enjoying the other delights of the festival grounds. There's a lot of love for the bash which takes place in Abbots Ripton - just check out that soppy heart, for starters.

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    Added: 26 Jul 2012

  • Unsurprisingly, Alabama Shakes were one of the weekend's highlights, drawing a massive crowd to their set. Here's singer Brittany Howard entertaining the adoring masses.

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  • The Shakes onstage. It'll be interesting to see what kind of stages they'll be plonked on next year - judging by the success of their debut LP 'Boys & Girls', they'd be a dab hand at shifting oodles of tickets.

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  • Pah, what security rail? Brittany Howard sacking off those pesky health and safety regulations to get up close and personal with the crowd.

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  • Check out that idyllic, rural view: folk songstress Lianne La Havas enjoying the Secret Garden's Party nifty wood-like environs during her set.

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  • La Havas was nominated for the BBC's Sound Of 2012 poll, although she lost out to Michael Kiwanuka. She released her debut LP, 'Is Your Love Big Enough?', earlier this month (July 9).

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  • To us, this looks like a right old mess - but these intrepid punters seem to be loving it, so who are we to argue?

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  • Pixie Geldof brings her band, Violet, to the Secret Garden Party.

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  • As night draws in, Edwin Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes deliver a belter of a performance.

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  • We've been raving about hotly-tipped London three-piece Daughter - with singer Elena Tonra pictured here - for a while, now. And predictably, they were brilliant at last weekend's shindig. You can check out our review of their track 'Home' here.

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  • KT Tunstall pulling her best rock goddess pose during her performance. The Scottish singer's still got a load of fans out there, for sure.

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  • One fan's desperate to get a better view.

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  • Palma Violets are always being pegged by a load of people - including us - as one of the most exciting new bands in the UK. Here they are onstage, showing everyone exactly why there's been so much hype surrounding them.

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  • It's not possible to look at this picture and not feel a smidgen of jealousy that you weren't there too, is it? Ah well - there's always next year.

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  • Little Dragon's 'Ritual Union' was one of last summer's most brilliantly breezy albums - nobody better, then, than the Damon Albarn-approved troupe to take to the stage during the evening at this year's Secret Garden Party.

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  • Best costume of the weekend, hands-downed: Beth Jeans Houghton and the Hooves Of Destiny gets glammed-up for her set. (And check out the natty fur coat on her keyboardist, too. Top sartorial effort here, guys.)

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    Added: 26 Jul 2012

  • Beth's album 'Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose' was released in February of this year, with our review describing it as having an an "intimate, unusual charm that’s all its own."

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  • If you get bored of the bands - and if you have a sturdy pair of wellies, too - there's always a load of other stuff to do at the Secret Garden Party. We're not sure what these folks do before 'The Late Night Shop' actually opens, though...

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  • Lera Lynn showcasing her wares at the Secret Garden Party.

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  • Ah, you thought this was just a bunch of smartly-dressed fans, didn't you? Wrong: it's Alabama's The Pine Hill Haints, and they appear to be a little lost as they try to find out what stage they're supposed to be playing at.

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    Added: 26 Jul 2012

  • Comedian Tim Minchin dusts off his singing pipes and gives the crowd a bit of alternative light entertainment.

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  • It all looks a bit The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe here, doesn't it? Regardless, here's Jesse Rose onstage, with some impressive colour coordinating of her trousers and her hairdo.

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  • Electronic duo Lamb, with some appropriately moody lighting (and odd headgear), in full-flight at this year's Secret Garden Party.

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  • One punter soaks up the energy at the Secret Garden Party.

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  • Here's Clean Bandit onstage - they're an odd spectacle of hip-hop, electronica and a classical string quartet, that's as captivatingly a strange combination as it sounds...

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  • Don't be fooled by the rappers - Clean Bandit love a good ol' orchestra, too. If you saw them in action last weekend, let us know what you made of it!

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  • New York folk-pop trio Pearl And The Beard mid-set. Their last full-length album, 'Killing The Darlings', was written in 2011.

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  • And here are this year's mighty headliners: Orbital, who released their latest album 'Wonky' in 2012 this year, serve up a fantastic set for the crowd.

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  • Fans squeeze together to watch Orbital deliver a blinding performance.

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  • Cult South American trio Las Kellies bring some catchy, furious riffs to this year's festival.

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  • Sophisticated French sorts Caravan Palace bring their suave, electro-swing stylings to this year's Secret Garden Party.

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  • Who's more eye-catching in Will And The People, do you reckon? The chap with the Magic Eye-aping shirt, or the bare-chested fellow behind him?

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  • Dylan La Blanc enjoying some respite backstage, away from the hordes of fans roaming the grounds.

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    Added: 26 Jul 2012