This week, industry was shocked to discover that Secret Garden Party, the much-loved music festival, declared that 2017 would be its last year. In a statement on the festival’s website, it stated: “We have been on a long journey but I concede to the infamous phrase that ‘All good things must come to an end”.

As one door closes, another opens. SME London, this week announced that it will be partnering with BBC Worldwide to deliver a new live event – Strictly Come Dancing: The Spectacular. The one-day event will take place in The ExCel Centre from June 22-25, 2017, and enables fans to get up close with the show’s participants.

Ascot has also announced new show plans too. The organiser of the racing event revealed that it would be opening a new Village Enclosure in 2017, specifically to emulate a “pop-up” summer event vibe.

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