OneTaste at Secret Garden Party 2012!


19 Jul 2012


FAR TOO MANY - read on for all artist info :)


Secret Garden Party Festival Fields, Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28 2PH

We’re returning to the beautiful fields of Secret Garden Party for another amazing OneTaste Village special!

This year, we are upping the stakes and increasing the OneTaste family by bringing in collaborators such as the Roundhouse, Eden Project, Moringa Tree, RUSS and many more.

We will be making our home around the oldest French lime tree on site and will offer incredible live music and poetry performances from around the world.  Parties, ceremonies, interactive workshops, vegetarian cafe, garden, outdoor stage, OneTaste Cabaret, morning yoga, camp fire stories and more!

We are so looking forward to celebrating with The Secret Garden Party crew for their 10th birthday celebrations!




Franky & The Jacks

Set within the walls of the wailing harmonica and the screeching fiddle the sometimes dark and often caustic lyrics belie the foot stomping swing of the double bass and guitar. Here is where comedy and tragedy meet head on to deliver a full spirited testament to Franky & The Jacks’ one and only mantra: “Make ’em dance”

Link to Franky & The Jacks

Z The People

Hailing from the land of America, Z the People grew up singing Soul and shouting at men in suits in Washington D.C. As a kid he fell in love with the saxophone because he could squeak and wail at neighbors. At age 15, Z the People found his true weapon when he learned piano by listening to Ray Charles records. He joined the nearest funk band and began touring the east coast as an out of control front-man.

Following his nomadic heart, Z the People left the U.S. to study and share music with folks of different cultures. His travels took him deep inside music scenes in places like Cuba, Mali, Greece, and finally, back to his roots in Palestine.

Fresh off a five-month teaching/performance residency in the Gaza Strip, Z the People is bringing his soul to a UK festival for the first time. He will be rocking synthesizers, sufi whirling, and wailing his message of union and communion alongside UK beats and groove legend KWAKE.

Link to Z The People

Gideon Conn

The lyrically brilliant sophomore album from Gideon Conn instantly captivates; the opening track and lead single Fall Under Tokyo is probably the most accessible and inviting on the record with its sweeping synths adding layer-upon-layer of detail to back up Conn’s vocals. The singer effortlessly traverses a landscape of melody and rap, often switching from one to the other many times over the space of a few minutes.

Take It All is a clearly personal endeavour, the triumphant Colours is as close to a masterpiece as any artist can get and the wonderfully dark Eveline, with its gothic undertones, is a delightful detour. Conn has clear influences, including the likes of Scroobius Pip, Outkast and Badly Drawn Boy, and these inspire and permeate his work, but he never runs the risk of emulating any of his contemporaries: “Take It All is as unique a record as we’ve heard this year.” (Colin Polonowski for Digital Fix)

Link to Gideon Conn

Soundspecies & Simo Lagnawi

Eclectic groove adventurers Soundspecies team up with Moroccan Gnawa Master musician Simo Lagnawi for some deep Psychedelic Gnawa Funk. Traditional Gnawa songs twisted with untraditional rhythms, effects and atmospheres.

Ancient songs from the Gnawa tradition about mysterious women, men that divide oceans and armies of soul conquerers weave themselves among enormous infectious grooves, analogue effects and warped guitars. The sound of the camel skin Guembri and Lagnawi‘s impressive vocals will transport you to another world as the band boil relentlessly through a range of beautifully unearthly grooves. Expect inexhaustible energy, moments of soulful calm and pinnacles of ecstatic mayhem, plus some dance moves, you’ve definitely never seen before.

DJ My Therapist

A short while back DJ My Therapist, admittedly, visited DJ Yoda in the DJ booth to find out about what track he was playing a few too many times. Only to be welcomed with: “Why don’t you go and get your own f**king tunes!”

So, My Therapist started building a deep vault of funk, soul, hip-hop, reggae, breaks and drum ‘n’ bass to provide all the best people with all the best music that he could find and the collection keeps on growing. He’s played at Glastonbury, Bestival, Lovebox, Shambala, Secret Garden Party, Standon Calling and is a regular fixture keeping the crowd rocking before and after every OneTaste and Beatroot Rendez-Vous gig. Come up and ask him what he’s playing any time; he’ll be proud to tell you!

Link to DJ My Therapist


Jont is a singer-songwriter newly arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia from the United Kingdom with a loyal following in the UK and the United States. His music has been featured on various US shows including Grey’s Anatomy and the hit film Wedding Crashers. He has also built a significant global community through the success of his travelling house concert series Unlit, the webisodes of which in 2008 became a: “viral internet phenomenon” (The Times).

He keeps in touch with his growing global fanbase via his blog – “The Troubadour” – which records candidly the ups and downs of this peripatetic musician’s life.

However, what is most exciting Jont at the moment, is the new album he is working on. Working title is LUCKY LEAF FALLS. “The Troubadour” adventure enters its second more grounded phase and no-one could be more excited than Jont himself.

Link to Jont

Melodica, Melody & Me

Melodica, Melody & Me (MM&M), have already achieved a great deal for what is still the bands very early days and their individual early years. Their first two singles Piece Me Back Together and Come Outside were play-listed by XFM and enjoyed repeated outings on Radio1, Radio2 and 6Music. While the early internet buzz soon bubbled into the print sphere, with glowing coverage in – to name only a few – NME, Sunday Times Culture Magazine, Songlines and Guardian.

Having toured with Laura Marling, Mumford & Sons, Bombay Bicycle Club and Johnny Flynn, MM&M have, in the past, been filed under nu-folk. However, as their new single Imperfect Time – and the forthcoming debut album from which the track is taken – will prove, the sound of MM&M is something far bigger, wider reaching and adventurous.

Link to Melodica, Melody & Me

Milly Blue

Having first sung professionally with Basement Jaxx, Milly Blue‘s musical journey has taken her worldwide, from New York to Paris, Southport to Hull. Armed with a ukulele, loop pedal and a voice to tempt ships to the rocks, she weaves stories of love and loss, horrifying monsters, museum curators and the most deathly revenge. Soulfully jazzy with a folky lilt, let her sound surround you.

Link to Milly Blue

Holly Walker

The only way to begin describing an artist as fiercely intelligent, talented, and thoroughly sick of explaining her sound as Holly Walker, is to quote her lyrics.  Recent BBC Radio 1 airplay, appearances on BBC London radio and various UK summer festivals have steadily spread the noise that this lady is a class act. Her new EP Bedroom Bangers, out on her own label Hungry Bird Records, shows she’s mistress of her own destiny and set for big things in 2012.

Walker’s star has risen under the promotion of the music and spoken word collective OneTaste; a quality London stable with a shared passion for authentic music and experimental sounds who include Jamie Woon, Michael Kiwanuka, and Little Dragon.  She started out on their bills at hometown venues The Bedford, Favela Chic, and The Hospital Club, playing piano and singing comedy-laced, rage-filled ditties called things like My Heart Is A Scrunchy, Bunny Boiling, and Gashface – “It would be professionally gash if every one of you died, in a big plane crash” – to the horrified delight of the audience.

Link to Holly Walker

Conrad The Scoundral

Lyricist and producer with influences from Wiley to Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi, Conrad The Scoundral‘s music is a cocktail where Grime is the spirit. As a lyricist he combines all types of concepts, with a punch, from political issues to Facebook.

Over the years he has performed a long list of shows including I Luv Live and the Big Chill. A natural showman, the Scoundral is one of the most energetic performers you’ll ever see, captivating the crowd with banter to rival a stand-up comedian.

Link to Conrad The Scoundral

Lyrically Challenged


MC Angel

MC Angel presents a unique vision of what it means to be angelic – less lingerie-clad honied eroticism, more passionate riotous energy.  MC Angel grew up in North London as a tough Irish-London girl, battling against the grit of working class inner-city living. Now an MC, performance poet, promoter, and writer, Angel‘s conscious rhymes and unique rhythmic flow have left a permanent stamp on London’s hip-hop scene.


Sonny Green – aka SGB

Sonny Green aka SGB is fast becoming one of the most influential voices in youth culture today. This 17-year-old poet and rapper possesses talent and a worldly perspective way beyond his years, which has already lead him to collaborations with the likes of Asian Dub Foundation, Secret Cinema and to have viral video hits with SBTV and OneTaste.

“I wish to be the change I want to see in the world. I want to address the fundamental issues in society and how we can solve them with positive solutions.  I focus on the lack of communication between individuals in communities and how we can draw everyone on the planet in with the universal language of music and spread pure love and light to all sentient beings.”

Link to SGB

Kate Tempest

Kate Tempest writes rhymes, lyrics, poems, prose and plays. She’s performed on stages all over the world as well as playing all the major UK and European music festivals, including Glastonbury, where her poetry was included in the televised highlights. She has written poems for Barnado’s children’s charity, the BBC, Amnesty International, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Turner Prize winning artist Chris Offili.

She is 2 x poetry slam winner at the prestigious Nu-Yorican poetry cafe in New York. She has supported legendary punk poet John Cooper Clarke and supported Billy Bragg on his Leftfield in Motion UK tour with her band Sound of Rum, whose debut album ‘Balance’ came out in 2011 on Rob Da Bank’s label, Sunday Best Recordings.

Her first play Wasted was commissioned by theatre company Paines. Her first full length poetry book Everything Speaks in its Own Way was released in April 2012, with a CD and DVD of live performance and interviews.

Link to Kate Tempest

Caxton Press

“Polemical London based outfit with an array of intellectual MCs who give a shit about what they’re saying, including a female that offers what we almost forgot women in Hip-Hop are capable of delivering. Beats produced with the London-esque bouncing sound that’s getting people excited about the genre again, DO NOT sleep on this majestic, energetic and game changing group.” Quoted from: Wax’N’Lyrical.

“Love the vibe, intelligence, passion and the way the name links to the very origins of the written word.” Steve Chandra Savale [Asian Dub Foundation]

“Proper tings. Big up Caxton Press, this is what Hip Hop is supposed to sound like, fire!!!!” Life MC [Phi Life Cypher]

Shame The Devil LP out now, essential listening for all fans of true school rap & soul music. Bringing Hip-Hop back to the pavement in its purist form.

Link to Caxton Press

DJ John Hendicott 

OneTaste veteran, DJ John Hendicott is known as much for his DJ sets as he is for music production, working with artists such as Chipmunk, Lady Lykez, The Drop and Bristol heavyweights, Smerins Anti-Social Club.

This variety of style is reflected in a record collection that spans afrobeat and cumbia, to dancehall and hip hop, all mixed together in a distinctive blend of sampling and scratching.

Link to DJ John Hendicott

Brooke Sharkey

“The perfect balance between fiery female singer and delicate, angelic songstress.”

Brooke Sharkey’s songs grow ever more diverse, jumping from French ballads to English Folk and even gypsy frenzy with her fresh line-up of violin, double bass, and French horn.  Regulars in East London’s music clubs, where streams of working musicians mix folk, jazz and Latin blues, Sharkey and her band exhibit an eclectic mix of styles with an exceptionally high level of musicianship.

Link to Brooke Sharkey

Nick Mulvey

At 26 years of age, Nick Mulvey has accomplished more than most musicians will achieve in a lifetime. A key founding member of Portico Quartet, Mulvey has toured the world picking up a wealth of international acclaim, including a Mercury Music Prize nomination for their debut album Knee-deep in the North Sea.

Mulvey is essentially a self-taught musician who has been fortunate enough to have worked with some amazing people that have influenced his work greatly. He is a musical innovator, who is looking to combine and sit between genres. All of his music is about the groove and with his new material, there is no holding him back. Over the next couple of years, Mulvey will prove to become a staple of innovative music and is hoping to emulate the passion and success of predecessors such as Steve Reich, Paul Simon and Ali Farka Toure.

Link to Nick Mulvey


Their charismatic, idiosyncratic brand of modern  folk music – which incorporates elements of prog-rock, gypsy,  Classical and swing – also enthralled crowds at festivals up and down the country, including Larmer Tree, Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party and Latitude.

Members of the Moulettes have recently performed and/or recorded with Seasick Steve, Bonobo, and Paul Heaton of The Beautiful South. While ex-Moulette Ted Dwane, now of Mumford & Sons, is returning to the fold this summer to help record the band’s second album.

Moulettes’ entrancing combination of strings and the celestial; wind and weirdness; rhythm and murder has lead to comparisons with the the Unthanks, Tom Waits, and Shostakovitch. But, they have a sound and presence all of their own. Unmissable and destined for the heights.

“This delicious music is played with acoustic virtuosity…Complex and beautiful…Intriguing and unique.”  **** MOJO

“Divine  harmonies…Orchestral folk at its very finest.” Time Out

Link to the Moulettes

Smokey Taps

Powerful vocals, dynamite rhythm and heavenly horns with a Gypsy-Jazz, & Big-Band Blues style which is guaranteed to get you swinging the night away!

Link to the Smokey Taps

The Moringa Tree

The Moringa Tree is an international arts organisation creating bespoke festivals in far reaching locations. Bringing together over 25 years experience in the arts, events and charity sectors, they promote international arts and culture to create unique opportunities for cultural exchange.

Their special approach to running events ensures they engage different audiences, reach out to new ones and create a positive impact. They aim to showcase cutting edge new music, art and ideas from across the globe, in turn supporting communities and reinvesting into local arts scenes.

Link to The Moringa Tree

Jally Kebba Susso & The Manding Sabu

Gambian Kora Master & Griot Musician Jally Kebba Susso expands on West African Griot musical tradition with his band Manding Sabu – exploring AfroFunk, Jazz, Rock & Blues styles.

In West Africa, a griot combines the roles of musician, storyteller, historian, archivist, diplomat and flatterer. You can only be born a griot, never became one. Jally Kebba Susso comes from a very long line of Manding griots from The Gambia. He started playing the kora, the emblematic instrument of the griots at the age of seven, learning it’s delicate flowing intricacies from his father and older brothers.

By the age of 13, Susso was touring Europe.  Over recent years Susso has been experimenting with blends of traditional griot music mixing hip hop, jazz, blues and now funk.

Link to Jally Kebba Susso & The Manding Sabu

DJ Cal Jader



Wara have concocted an epic new musical genre of their own with strong Cuban roots. A hot melting pot of identities, living in London with backgrounds from all over the world: Cuba, Argentina, Venezuela, Chile, Ghana, Congo, Spain and the UK. With contagious, in-your-face vocals from Congolese-Argentinean lead Juanita Euka (niece of legendary Congolese musician Franco), inspired keyboard flourishes from MD Eliane Correa, MC Murmur quick on the rhymes and a super tight Latin/UK mix on the rhythm section, their musical energy is palpable. Lyrically conscious approach with exceptional musicianship, this is a band with an urgent voice that demands to be heard.

Link to Wara


Afro electronics!

Zimbabwean Marimba, Congolese guitar , djembe and congas merge with heavy basslines and crisp snares , blending African styles with house, soca, electro and dancehall.

Featuring legendary exiled musicians Kudaushe Matimba (Zimbabwe: Bhundu Boys, Harare) and Fiston Lusambo (Congo: Zong Zing), alongside live Ableton from super-producer Nico Bentley and djembe and congas from André Marmot, this is African music for the facebook generation….

Link to Afriquoi

A.J. Holmes & The Hackney Empire




Palm City Social DJs

After 4 years of ground breaking tropical club madness at London’s infamous Secousse night, the dj collective of A.J. Holmes, Vamanos & Moroka and their Congolese MC Kastro have turned their energies to a new venture.

Following on from Secousse’s mixture of carefully programmed live acts and riot inducing DJ sets centred around the cream of contemporary electronic African, Caribbean, Latin American & Arabic music and beyond. They blend a unique carnival mash up of some of the most explosive bass-bin thumping international dance music in the world from Angola to Colombia, introducing dancefloors to the very best in worldwide ghetto street music.

The Palm City Social DJ team have taken their tropical adventures to party in Paris, New York, Geneva, Amsterdam, Berlin, Stockholm… and appeared at various festivals including Lovebox, Bestival, Secret Garden Party, SXSW (Texas), Big Chill and more…

Link to Palm City Social DJs


One third of Park Bench Poet and also one of the masterminds behind Natty’s music for the past few years. Bear is currently branching out into his own solo material. Influenced by sounds from across the globe, from English folk to African grooves, via Motown and Reggae.  Feel good vibes all night long whenever Bear is on stage.

Link to Bear

James Riley

With one hand scribbling lyrics onto the back of a roadmap, and the other held aloft to thumb down a ride, London born singer-songwriter James Riley is a troubadour of the kind many thought no longer exist.

A “fiendishly proficient” guitarist, singer, Riley chronicles the story of his experiences through clamorous, jubilant bluegrass ‘n’ soul and exquisitely spun yarns.

Riley has turned heads the world over, earning him spots on the same bill as blues legend Buddy Guy in Chicago, and folk giant Martin Simpson in the UK. After recently returning from busking and hitchhiking his way from Amsterdam to Istanbul, Riley has been pedalling his unique class of pulsing, brazenly catchy acoustica throughout London and the South East, steadily gathering a word-of-mouth buzz in his wake. Catch him on tour this summer with his ‘8-piece Bluegrass and Soul Explosion’.


Magic Number


Jenny Lindfors

A lot has happened since the Irish-Swedish singer-songwriter Jenny Lindfors recorded her first album, When the night time comes, a collection of 1970s nostalgic harmony-heavy stories about infatuation and hedonism. Having worked the Irish music scene to its limits, Lindfors decided to move to London.

“I saw Jenny perform with her guitar one candle-lit evening at the Gladstone and was mesmerised by her performance,” says Rumer, who invited Lindfors along to open for her on her UK tour.

It was during this tour that Lindfors got a life-changing phone call, with news of a sudden tragedy involving someone very close to her.

The result was a collection of songs that have since moved audiences all across the UK to tears, still with that 1970s vibe very much present and unmistakable hints to influences like Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac and Joni Mitchell.

Link to Jenny Lindfors

Fiona Bevan

“Absolutely brilliant!” Tom Robinson, BBC6Music
“Spine-tingling. Fiona Bevan completely transported me.” Alex James, Blur
“Soulful and eccentric!” Guardian

Fresh from supporting Ed Sheeran on tour, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Fiona Bevan has an unexpected afro and a sweet, fiery voice bigger than her hair. Her distinctive hooky songs pry into the dark, obsessive corners of love via folk, jazz and pop.

Likened to Erykah Badu, Joni Mitchell and Doris Day, Suffolk singer-songwriter Fiona Bevan has been steadily rising up the London gig circuit, as well as playing Big Chill festival, Secret Garden Party, LoveBox, Late at Tate, and World Book Night at the Southbank Centre.

Last year Bevan worked with Adam Ant and supported Ed Sheeran, Jesca Hoop and John Smith on their UK tours. She was also commissioned by Tate to create and perform a new piece as part of the Tate Modern Visual Dialogues project.

Link to Fiona Bevan

Jono McCleery

Jono McCleery, a London based solo artist signed to Ninja Tune, completed his first album Darkest Light independently in 2008 which was self-produced and funded by fans, including folk-star Vashti Bunyan and BBC radio DJs Tom Robinson and Fiona Talkington, and is now available worldwide on iTunes.

His new album There Is is out now, and has been described as: “Miles Davis, Massive Attack, John Martyn, Fink, and Radiohead wrapped up in one exquisitely produced album.”

McCleery’s music is timeless. Music that is unperishable, that reflects past, present and future in an instant. Likened to having the melodies and rich vocals of John Martyn, the darkness of Nick Drake, the soul of Marvin Gaye and the romantic indulgence of Jeff Buckley; McCleery is defining a new folk/soul sound of our time.” Dannii Evans

Link to Jono McCleery

Brilliant Corners

Brilliant Corners are a tight 3 piece unit mixing memorable melodies whilst moving through musical continents on a drum-man-machine. Songwriting from the heart and head, with grooves from the gut.

Link to Brilliant Corners

Joe Driscoll & Sekou

In the port city of Marseilles, home to many a nomadic soul, Joe Driscoll first met Sekou Kouyate. The two were paired up to collaborate at the French festival ‘Nuit Metis’ (Nights of Mixed Race), and though they shared no common spoken language, they encountered no obstacles communicating through their music. After a few weeks of improvising and jamming, they had found a spiritual and musical bond of kindred spirits. The resulting album is a mad fusion of afrobeat, hip-hop, folk, and reggae, that defies any simple tags or description.

Link to Joe Driscoll

The Local Posse

The lovechild of Joe Driscoll‘s festival wandering minstrel shennanigans. For years Driscoll has been stirring up jam sessions with musicians

of all genres, cross pollinating musicians varying in style from folk to folk, afrobeat to hip-hop, jazz to pop. Come see collabs with some of the UK festival scenes fines, mixed with a healthy dose of improvisation.

Tina in the Green Dress

A glitterdoom duo telling the story of dead Tina. Tina loved and lost in the Vietnam War and left her letters in a suitcase found by Aquila and Graham in Coney Island which span a journey from Mississippi to New York in the 50’s.

Link to Tina in the Green Dress 

Natasha Moskovici

We just can’t get enough of this scrumptious wonder. She has a warmth and sincerity to her poetry that just seems to leave you wanting more and more. Moskovici is captivating whilst making you chuckle and sometimes gasp!

Natasha is currently living and working on a tropical beach in Thailand, where she drinks far too much coffee and just can’t get enough of the Pad Thai. She is looking forward to swapping the beach for a muddy field in a corner of England, for a few magical days…

Ray Antrobus

Raymond Antrobus is a spoken word poet, photography enthusiast, performer, writer and educator, born and bred in Hackney, London.

He is currently working as the co-curator of popular London based spoken word showcase – Chill Pill which is associated with Soho Theatre, The Albany & The Arcola Theatre. Antrobus is also working as the co-creative director of Keats House Forum, which works with emerging and developing voices in the London poetry scene.

Antrobus’ performances play on ranges of emotions, tones and rhythms. His writing is often perceived to be provocative, delicate and thoughtful. He has performed along side authors and poets such as Margret Atwood, Michael Horovitz, Lemm Sissay, Benjamin Zephaniah, Polarbear & Inua Ellams.

Link to Raymond Antrobus

Emma Jones

By day, Emma Jones is a drama teacher in the wilds of South London. By night, she is a performance poet.  So far she has been a featured act at Bang Said the Gun and The Word House, worn a spandex unitard to take the title in the Word Wrestling Federation’s Page Match at Camden Roundhouse, been filmed by Channel 4, created bespoke poems for people at the Poetry Takeaway on the South Bank, and represented London in the inaugural National Team Poetry Slam.

She is an “outstanding character poet” with a “seriously funny, surgically sharp, drop dead delicious delivery” (Dan Cockrill, Bang Said The Gun.) Her poems will take you on nights out in Hull, to inner London classrooms, make you laugh, make you gasp. And if nothing else, she gives good gurn.

Link to Emma Jones

Dougie Hastings

Dougie Hastings has been gigging stand up and spoken word since 2009, last year performing at Secret Garden, Wilderness, Aeon and other expensive places.  With a mix of attempted humour and displaying a clear chip on his shoulder, Hastings makes things rhyme because that’s the one thing he can remember from school.

Simple, back to basics poetry that tries to leave out all that stagnant boring rubbish and focuses on the fact that people have actually paid to watch this.  Laughs, cries and things to remember; that’s what he’s going for.

Link to Dougie Hastings

Pete The Temp


Roundhouse Poetry Collective

We are delighted to announce that the Roundhouse Poetry Collective will be performing in the OneTaste Village at Secret Garden Party this year, for the first time!

The Roundouse Poetry Collective is made up of 10 gifted poets from across London, aged 18-25. They get together once a week to develop original material under the guidance of celebrated beat poet Polarbear, as well performing at festivals and events across London and the UK. The collective will be performing alongside their mentor on Saturday and Sunday- make sure you dont miss the poetry stars of tomorrow!

Link to the Roundhouse Poetry Collective



Sufi Dance

Abstract Disco and Prisms of Isis Present: Live performance of whirling and music fusing original recordings of Sufi musicians, the ancient power of ritual and the deep driving

force of techno. With live musicians, DJ’s and dancers. Come spin. Out of the sounds.

Link to Sufi Dance

Autumn Shift presents: The Adventures of Prinz Achmed Orchestra

Link to Autumn Shift presents: The Adventures of Prinz Achmed Orchestra 

Follow the Faun


OneTaste Cabaret

It’s intimate.  A dark red cellar coloured by people that embody the meaning of cheekiness, expressive faces, costumes and bodies that move together and sing with strength, warm intelligence and sensitivity to nuance which virtually transfixes you!

Infused with good food and wine – the audience are taken into any portal the artists wish to proceed.

The power of the word! The power of the movement of the hip! The power of been driven eyes shut by a Master of sexual ambiguity – Master of Ceremonies!

The OneTaste Cabaret is a place where the audience dare to participate in direct with artists because it simply dazzles them and without noticing, makes them weep.

Cartoon De Salvo

Celebrating their fifteenth birthday in 2012, Cartoon de Salvo is one of the country’s best loved touring theatre companies. Their cocktail of script-defying improvisation, live music and exceptional storytelling has won critical acclaim and a devoted following. On their quest to mess with the live theatre experience, the Salvos make theatre that wears its heart on its sleeve, that likes an adventure, and that never forgets that the audience is the number one reason for putting on the show.

The company has played everywhere from tiny village halls to cliff tops in Cornwall, from major producing houses to allotments, from the Edinburgh, Glastonbury and Hong Kong International Festivals to the Kennedy Center.

Link to Cartoon De Salvo

Comedy Heat

Quint Fontana – A showbiz legend of 30 years, Quint is on the comeback trail once again celebrating his legendary career full of tears, laughter and delusions of grandeur. He’s got one hell of a story to tell, all he needs is an audience

He’s back, and this time, nobody’s going to stop him!

Tony Tinman – If Tony Tinman were any more bitter he’d be a lemon. The absurdities of the world serve only to annoy him, to which there seems little, if any, antidote.

Embittered by the futility of life he meanders from day to day growing ever more weary with the heavy burden of under achievement.

With a diploma in acrimonious cynicism no topic is safe from his savage condemnation. His fearless brand of astringent comedy is not for the faint hearted.

His absurd ranting has established Tony Tinman as one of the funniest and most in-demand comedians on the circuit.

Winner of the 2011 “One To Watch” competition at the illustrious Up The Creek comedy club, and finalist in the 2011 Leicester Square New Comedian Of The Year competition, Tony performs regularly at comedy clubs across the UK for Mirth Control, Throgmorton Comedy, Covent Garden Comedy Club, Monkey Business and many others. Tony has also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and music festivals such as Offset and Endorse It.

Ryan Cull – Ryan Cull is a professional comedian from Canada who moved to the UK permanently in 2010. In Canada, Ryan has performed in numerous comedy clubs including Yuk Yuk’s, Absolute Comedy and The Second City and continues to go back each year to perform throughout Canada.

“On walked Ryan Cull. The show stealer hands down for this evening. He made the crowd laugh what seemed to be endless amount of time. No down time, no lags just laughs and more laughs. From joke to joke he just keep shooting them out. It was fantastic to have seen him perform. The crowd adored him. Look out for Cull, he’s got something.”

Darius Davies – Darius is an exciting rising comic with five years experience. Darius began his comedy career in New York where he soon gained recognition from MTV after gigging in the all the top New York comedy clubs. After returning to London, Darius hit the London comedy scene and slowly began to build his reputation on this (the right side) of the ocean. In 2011 Darius placed 3rd in the highly prestigious Hackney Empire New Act of the Year competition, the same competition that would herald the careers of Russell Brand and Stewart Lee amongst other household names. Darius also got to the final of most of the other New Act competitions as well. A high-energetic act, renowned for his quick-wit, slick writing, and explosive performances Darius is certainly one to watch.

Liam C. McKay – Furiously funny, this bitter Scotsman will have you in creases before the show has truly begun.  As, Comedy Heat’s resident MC, this is the man in charge, improvising brilliantly with his audiences, especially through the use of fruit, shouting and finger pointing.  One thing’s for sure, you always remember a Liam McKay show.  Absolutely not to be missed and a fine host for comedy on a Sunday at Secret Garden.

The People Pile

The Fermented Pickers Come down from the trees, snatching your eyes and jigging your joy into a land of of dandy dances and obscure circumstances.  A characterful and delicious fleeting moment.

Jo Below & Alice Cade

Percussive dance from that there those Appalachian mountains yee haw. Treats from the flattest feet of them all, Alice Cade and Jo Below. Bring yer boots and ‘av a go!

Katherine Codongo & Rae Spungles Aerial Performers

Rae specialises in quirky and original performances on rope, hoop and sometimes even on the ground.  She is one of the founding members of The Rubbish Side Show and London Digital Circus and has been lucky enough to work with some of the best up and coming circus and performance artists in the UK.  She’s performed in Ecuador, Nigeria and Dagenham (amongst others) and regularly curates, produces and directs the circus performances for Rumpus Parties and other like-minded events.  At OneTaste she’ll be performing hoop in the air and puppetry (with Abalino) on the ground.  You might also catch her out and about or around a fire with some walkabout characters.

Link to Katherine Codongo & Rae Spungles Aerial Performers


CYouNextThursday – A monthly night of comedy in Hackney is joining OneTaste for story telling walkabouts! CYouNextThursday is all about kicking back with mates and relishing in London’s raw comedy talent in support of new material.

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The Drawabout

Drawabout is a not for profit arts organisation founded by award winning theatre director, Cressida Brown, and Creative Arts Producer, Adam Taffler.

Cressida Brown is the Artistic Director of site-specific theatre company Offstage Theatre. She has worked on productions for the RSC, National Theatre Studio, Young Vic, Royal Opera House and Tricyle.

Adam Oliver trained at the Nomadic Academy of Fools. He is the founder of Clownfish Arts and Sketch Burlesque, producing interactive events combining art and improvisation. He appears regularly on stage and at festivals as a compere and performer.

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Perhaps Contraption

Perhaps Contraption is an astonishing, twisted brass, art punk marching band. Anywhere and everywhere they have bellowed massive choral harmonies, their jubilant, soaring horns. They have led spontaneous processions upon boats, beaches, fields and subterranean venues; all for the thrill of the dance and letting their beloved instruments sing.

Since its inception in April 2011, this truly unique, lung and percussion-powered device has paraded all over prestigious events such as Glastonbury, Bestival, Lovebox, The Last Tuesday Society, Burning Man, Wilderness and The Secret Garden Party.

An incredible acoustic and theatrical tour de force; the show touches upon the joyous and irreverent, the dark and piquant, the oom-pah and the sublime. With a relentlessly pulsing, mutant-pram-kit at the core, a surreal and subversive knees-up will undoubtedly ensue…

Link to Perhaps Contraption

Jessica Jones & Bella Fable

Tantalising and titillating, educational and arousing, Bella Fable,  competing in the latest round of Burlesque Idol. This beautiful teller of tales weaved together greek myth and physical theatre with a mischievous magic that took away both our breath and her bra.

Margherita Franceschi

Originally from Italy and currently based in England, Margherita Franceschi is a trained actress and contemporary dancer. She studied Drama at the Scuola Internazionale di Teatro in Rome, graduating in 2008. After the school she continues her studies around Europe : Odin theatre, Nouveau Clown Institute, European School for the art of the actor. Her repertoire includes burlesque, clowning, dancing, walkabout, improvisation and children enertainer.

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Dry Bones

Emilyne Mondo and Rebekah Walker joined forces in 2012 to create the Company Dry Bones the unique and powerful company combines contemporary dance with lyrical street and explores movement with spoken word and industrial sounds. Dry Bones is a daring, bold and dedicated to producing work inspired by heart felt truths.

Nick Hayes

Nick Hayes is a writer and illustrator who lives in East London. His graphic novel The Rime of the Modern Mariner was published in 2011 by Jonathan Cape and he is working on his second, the Parable of Parayiah Raj.

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Leo Kay

Leo Kay makes theatre. He directs, facilitates and performs. The roles vary depending on the project and collaborators. He runs the performance company: unfinished business which makes intimate, site responsive, participatory performance experience.

Link to Leo Kay

Lotan Sapir

International dancer, actress and corporeal mime artist, Lotan Sapir, within her work, explores identity, belonging and physical borders that keep us from unity as a planet. In London Sapir performs, choreographs and ‘Performance Directs’ shows for Site Specific and immersve shows such as Secret Cinema and Punchdrunk. In the OneTaste VillageSapir, with her magical troupe of performers, such as puppeteers, story tellers, Burlesque, dancers, and mimes, will be running the OneTaste Cabaret and Workshop Stage with immersive theatrical experiences throughout the gardens of the OneTaste Village.



A Journey of Love & Surrender (Stefan Gauphausen)

In this workshop, Stefan takes us deep inside ourselves to a place of surrender, unfolding the blockages that stop us from being. He leads us on a journey which allows us to open to the abundance of love in the universe. After the workshop ends you will experience the physical sensation of relief and bliss.

Stefan is the foremost practitioner of his kind in the world and has guided thousands across 5 continents to evolve and surrender to themselves with his profound teachings.

Happiness & Lucid Dreaming (Charlie Morley)

Charlie has been a self taught lucid dreamer since the age of 17 and a practicing Buddhist for the past 10 years, after taking refuge with Akong Tulku Rinpoche. In 2008 at the age of 25 Charlie started teaching lucid dreaming within the context of Tibetan Buddhism at the personal request of his mentor and well known meditation instructor Rob Nairn.

In late 2010 Charlie began to create and pioneer a new holistic approach to lucid dreaming and conscious sleeping called Mindfulness of Dream & Sleep. Since then Charlie he has run lucid dreaming workshops and Mindfulness of Dream & Sleep retreats around the UK, Europe, Africa and America. He has lectured at Goldsmiths University, Cape Town Medical School and in 2011 gave the ever first talk on lucid dreaming at one of the well known TEDxconferences in San Diego.

In Me Already: Accessing the Senses for Creative Writing & Storytelling (Rachel Rose Reid)

Dubbed: “Queen of the New Wave of storytellers” by BBC Radio 3, Rachel Rose Reid (RRR) is a regular at OneTaste, blending spokenword, storytelling and song, oral tradition and urban influence.

She’s collaborated with The Roundhouse Experimental Choir and the Royal Shakespeare Company, and toured her own solo shows in the UK, USA and Australia. She’s a Writer in Residence for the Dickens 2012 Bicentenary and the Saison Poetry Library, and is writing a piece for Billy Bragg’s tribute to Woody Guthrie later this year.

“Immense skill and breathless conviction…there’s no faulting Reid’s comannd of her craft” (The Times)

What About You? (Jamie Catto)

We want to put our own selves into the work.

We want to create a movement of introspection and self inquiry where the viewer becomes the subject of the piece. It’s about you.

If we dare to show ourselves in all our raw glory, really express what’s going on in the chaos and the shadows then we have a chance to connect to something real in our audience.

Because when I talk about me, you’ll hear about you.

“…a polite warning; prolonged exposure to Jamie Catto could blow your mind…” (The Daily Telegraph)

Jamie Catto is a human icebreaker with a prow of determination and a motor of love, slicing through the frozen seas around us.” (Tom Robbins)

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Verses Climate Change (Pete The Temp)


BANE 2 & 3

Unfortunately there just don’t seem to be enough adjectives in the English dictionary to describe how bloody great we think Bane is.  Captivating, enthralling, fascinating and hilarious just don’t seem to do it.

Join hired hand Bruce Bane and 79 other characters as he shoots from the hip and ask questions later in the outstanding 3rd part of this movie pastiche that is Bane. Fusing the physical genius of Joe Bone and musical talent of Ben Roe, this one man film noir parody is a: “pitch perfect satire of the highest order.” (The National Arts Service).

Morning YOGA (Laila)


Singing Workshop (Sophia Efthimiou)

Sophia is community musician and music teacher based in London. She specialises in teaching songs from around the world, in harmony, with people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to bring out the natural voice and reinforce our innate human ability to make music. Her singing workshops are soul inspiring, heart warming and empowering, creating a sense of euphoria and connection for everyone involved. She teaches music to primary aged children, runs two community choirs and leads voice workshops with marginalised groups. Through voice work Sophia brings you back into your body and shows you that you, and everyone else, is a natural born singer and able to create beautiful music. “If you can talk you can sing, if you can walk you can dance” Zimbabwean proverb.

Clown-in with Dr. Browning (Dr. Brown)


Waking Up With the Stand-up Philosopher (Tim Freke)

Based on his groundbreaking new book The Mystery Experience, ‘standup philosopher’ Tim Freke will explore

How YOU can taste the deep awake state, which is an experience of wonderful oneness and all-embracing love.

How to think ‘paralogically’ so you can embrace both science and spirituality … rationality and intuition … passionate enlivenment and serene enlightenment.

How you can become conscious of the ‘deep self’ and care compassionately for your tender, vulnerable, wounded humanity.

Tim Freke is a ‘standup philosopher’ who specialized in making profound ideas fun and easily accessible. He is an internationally respected authority on world spirituality and is often featured in the global media. He is the bestselling author of many groundbreaking books translated into 15 languages, including The Jesus Mysteries, which was a Daily Telegraph ‘Book of the Year’. He runs ‘mystery experience retreats’ internationally, in which he guides others directly to a spiritually awakened state.

The Big Talk (Yap & Paradox)


Clowning Workshop (Dan Hernandez)

Hernandez kidnaps your imagination and bundles it into a dream like world of sensations, discoveries, surreal acts, and sounds: Each act is a moment of epiphany, strangeness and hilarity.

Teetering on a tightrope stretched between the ridiculous and the divine, Hernandez stumbles into your world and leaves you feeling puzzled and refreshed. An itinerant, free spirited performer exploring the ritual, ceremonial, shamanic roots of the theatre, Hernandez has studied Clown, Butoh, Authentic Movement, Tarot, Tantra, Contact Dance, 5 Rhythms, Lucid Dreaming, various Body Work Techniques, Yoga, and Martial Arts.  All of these practices inform his own unique style of teaching and performance.

Using elements of Laughing Yoga, Clown, Mime, Physical Theatre, Authentic Movement, Butoh, Bodywork, and Dance, we will make friends with our inner idiot and discover the power hidden within our own absurdity.

The Story Dreaming (Giles Abbott)

Is it that we dream in sleep, & then awake to life? Or is our life the dream, from which we will awaken.

In Irish myth, the world ripples and, quite by accident, we step into another world. A story starts & the world ripples. Join storyteller Giles Abbott on a wild journey through myth, through story & through dreaming. Because a story can enter your dreams, & through your dreams, you can enter story.

Giles Abbott has been performing all over England and in Europe for over a decade.  His style is lyrical and poetic, with “dazzling use of language”.  His telling has been further described as: “wit, wisdom and a voice like melted chocolate!”.  For the Secret Garden Party 2012 Giles will weave a web of stories, suitable for a family audience, drawn from his wide repertoire and woven into a mesmeric, magical whole.  These stories are waking dreams and will carry you, awake, to the land of your dreams.


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