Brownlow Hill’s Secret Garden festival set to shine for last time in 2019

The Secret Garden has been a popular event on the music festival calendar for more than a decade.

However the eclectic music extravaganza held in Brownlow Hill at the Downes family farm will host its last hurrah this year.

Secret Garden festival organisers posted to the event’s Facebook page to make the announcement.

“We have known for a long time that Secret Garden 2019 would be our last year,” the post said.

“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.

“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.

“[Eleven] years on and what we set out to do has far outreached our expectations of what we thought Secret Garden could ever be. 

“Each year hundreds of musicians, dancers, performance artists and visual artists have descended on our forest and turned it into an explosion of creativity and adventure.

“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.

“We may reappear in some other form in the future. But as a wise person once said, always leave a party when you’re still having fun.”

The February 2019 event has already been sold out for many months.

The theme for this year’s event is ‘One Last Night in Paradise’.