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Garden Festival 2014

Just back from Tisno, another absolutely belting installment of the Garden Festival..  Huge thanks as ever to Nick, Eddie, Charlotte, Gail, Petra, Damo, Dave and all the festival family who made it such a great few days.

Also great music from Greg & Marco, Tom & Bonar & Justin V, plus:  high fives to Rob, Cecilia, Scandinavian/NYC rave squad, Ben UFO, Dan, Matt & R$N steppers, Duncan, Tiago, team Paqua, the sound guys, the dancers and everyone we met, hugged, tripped over along the way!

Garden Festival 2014 – All Aboard

The Garden Festival is back in 2014, with a typically heavyweight line-up.  The Boat party tickets go on sale next Monday (March 17th) at Midday, so if you want to get on board with our voyage, be very prompt!

Lineup this year is: GREG WILSON, YOUNG MARCO & POOL DJ’s 

Thursday 3rd July 2014 


Ticket Link – Garden & RA




Garden Festival 2013

It’s that time again, the initial line-up for this year’s Garden Festival is out there, and we can’t wait to get back to Tisno. A strong Pool contingent for 2013 so get your tickets sorted!

The Pool Boat – Garden Festival 2012

Just in case the sunshine has faded we’ve got a ace selection of mostly unseen photo’s courtesy of the very talented Heather Shuker to take you back to Tisno 2012…

Plenty of familiar faces in here!

The Garden Festival 2012

The dust is finally settling on another Garden Festival, and what a week it was at the fantastic new location Beach, Boat & Club, all spectacular.

Brilliant to see the new site working so well, and really promising for the future. especially arriving at the club via speedboat, which i will now be insisting upon!

The images probably tell the story better than anything I can muster, especially off the back of a ibiza jaunt at the weekend.. but a few thank you’s & shouts are of course a must…

Big thanks to: Nick, Eddie, Charlotte, Gail, Hayley & Damo.  Dave Harvey, Steve Nickols, Mark Broadbent, Leena, Ian Blevins and Mr Doris (We Love) Greg & family, Phat Phil & Ste, Lukas (Alfresco Disco),  Eric & Edda, Justin V, Cut & Shut Disco, the Mighty Quinn, Graeme & Craig, Terry (Where’s the Tea Bags) Farley, Stuart (I love it when you play gay) Patterson, Boggy, Duncan, Mans & Tyedie,  PBR Streetgang, Futureboogie, Prosumer (Aka DJ Satsuma). Tim Sweeney, Ralph Lawson. Crazy P, El Diablos, Darshan, Last Waltz, Bad Passion, Felix, Alex & Dave (Southport), Jose Padilla, & Lou & The Adriatic.

You can check out Greg Wilson’s epic main stage mix below as well..

GARDEN FESTIVAL MAIN STAGE CROATIA 06.07.12 (greg wilson live mix) by gregwilson

Garden Festival tracks that floated our boat:

Barbara Keith – All Along The Watchtower (Rayko Edit)

Raving On The Beach – Eric D (Edit)

Terence Parker  – Emancipation of My Soul

Gregory Porter –  1960 What (Opolopo edit)

Odyssey – Use It Up & Wear It Out (Unknown Edit)

The O’Jays – Backstabbers (Drop Out Orchestra Edit)

Eric Clapton – Forever Woman (Matty J ‘On The Fly’ Edit)

Robert Owens – Mine To Give (David Morales Happy Mix)

Tom Demac – Obstructing the Light

Sly & The Family Stone – Family Affair (Bings Live Version)


Adriatic / Balearic

Just a quick reminder for those that are heading to sunnier climes over the next week or so that you can catch The Pool in Croatia later this week, and then on to Ibiza to kick off the 2012 residency at We Love.. a week on Sunday.

Greg Wilson, Eric Duncan, PBR Streetgang & Matty & Ben will be representing at various beach & boat parties at The Garden Festival this week.

on Sunday 15th July Matty & Ben host Mr Disco Deviance – Dicky Trisco in El Salon at We Love.. Space, while Earl Gateshead drops the roots for Mr Doris’s After Dark Sessions…

Look out for an exclusive mix from Dicky Trisco coming soon.

If you’re going to be on the island hit us up for list. Should be a belter…

See you in the Sunshine!

Dr Dunks Mix

Spanking new mix from Dr Dunks ahead of this years Garden Festival shenanigans…

ERIC DUNCAN – Love of Garden 2012 Mix

Eric will play on our sold out boat party in Tisno with myself, Matty J & of course the legendary Greg Wilson.

The Pool in Croatia 2012

We’re very happy to be back on the Adriatic this summer with our friends at the fantastic Garden Festival, which this year is moving to a stunning all new location, just up the coast at Tisno.

The Pool Boat party will be setting sail on Saturday 7th July with crew of:




with fellow Pool crew PBR STREETGANG doing the business on the We Love.. Boat Party on Friday 6th July.

All The Pool artists will also be playing sets on dry land during the week long festival.

Tickets for the boat party will go on sale at the start of March, and are likely to sell out very quickly, so don’t hang about!

For all the information check The Garden Festival website

The Garden Festival 2012 “A New beginning” from Chris Leete on Vimeo.

The Pool @ The Garden Festival

Just back from Croatia, another absolute beauty on the Adriatic. I’ll let the pictures do the talking, but you can listen to Greg’s set from the boat party below.

And suffice to say a huge thank you to Nick, Charlotte, Eddie, Martina, Damo, Paddy, Eric & Edda, Greg, Cosmo, Lou, Cecilia, Duncan, sound crew massive, Dave & Steve and all the rest!!


The Garden Festival – Croatia 2011

Just giving this a re-wind as we’ll be off to Croatia later this week, the boat sold out ages ago, so try and sell your granny for a ticket when you’re over there if you can!  Also very much looking forward to a 4hr Cosmo special on the main stage next Monday….

In anticipation of slightly warmer weather (hopefully)  approaching, I thought I’d put together a little piece on The Garden Festival in Croatia:  The Pool will again be there this summer, and it is a really special little event in our eyes. This year the Festival runs from the 6th to 13th July 2011.

The Garden has been making waves  in the sleepy village of Petrcane on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia since 2006. Put together by Brits Nick Colgan & Eddie O’Callaghan, the festival has steadily grown over the last few years, but still manages to maintain the intimate feel which is so integral to its success.

Based on a peninsula with an incredible sunset vista across the Adriatic, the festival boasts: an open air main stage, sunset beach terrace, 70’s style nightspot Barbarella’s and, of course the Argonaughty – an old vessel which has seen some seriously hedonistic boat parties in its lifetime!

For me personally its a highlight of the summer calendar, and  a chance to catch familiar faces & meet some new ones as well…. In 2010 some delayed DJ flights resulted in The Pool taking on back-to-back boat parties with support from Foolish Felix & Mans from Rollerboys.  9 hrs at sea, very much a blur! but definitely an enjoyable one.

Also fond memories of playing North End ‘ Kind of Life’ to a busy beach bar at sunset last year, Greg Wilson enthralling a packed main stage, Dr Dunks keeping the boat rocking with only one CDJ after a booze related mishap & James Holroyd playing (another) brilliant set, Crazy P belting out their live show, and many more i can’t really remember!
Rather than me rattle on too much more, I spoke to some of the artists that have been involved in the Festival in recent years to get their take on all things Garden…

DAVE HARVEY (Futureboogie)

“We were lucky enough to get invited out to the first Garden Festival, a small affair with a handful of acts but a huge helping of great team action, from then it’s a been a permanent fixture in the calender.

With it’s incredible setting and just the right mix of music and people it’s become something a little bit special for everyone who’s had the chance to go and experience it. it’s possible to use so many cliche’s with the Garden and hard to avoid them, it really is that good.

Highlights – far too many to mention but a couple of moments that really stand out on a personal tip – dancing down the beach bar at sunset, sea lapping at my feet, listening to Joe Smooth’s Promised Land, thinking to myself, it really isn’t ever gonna get any better than this; and of course, our infamous “Everywhere” boat party – magical stuff, can’t wait for this year!”

DOM CHUNG (Future Disco)

“I was working with Eddie at his Club The Magnet in Liverpool when he found the site that would become The Garden Festival. I clearly remember him coming back and explaining his ideas and instantly believing that this was a concept that could and would happen.

My best memory is the original Boat Party we did with Faith and Basics which was one of those parties. It was supposed to go out for 4 hours, it ended up out there for 8. We had the boat police circling, Pizza’s on decks and a boy called Jerome who was just about to become the star of the weekend”

TERRY FARLEY (Faith / Junior Boys Own)

“So the Faith boat party at the Garden festival has become a thing of legend . The best crowd , the best music and the best drama – there is always drama from speed boats delivering pizza’s that fucked up djs tried to actually play on the decks to full on power cuts leaving a packed crowd singing Harold Melvin’s ‘The Love I Lost ‘ on a loop with on beat clapping until the lights came on and the roar went up . ..

Hand on heart its one of my favourite gigs of the year to play at and one of my favourite parties to dance , clap and holler at”


“Phat Phil Cooper told me about the garden after he’d been the first year it was on. When someone who’s been to the weird and wonderful places Phil has says it’s the best place on earth you have to take him seriously.
We were lucky enough to get involved the following year and we’ve never looked back – it’s a very special musical gathering in the most beautiful of surroundings.

Too many fantastic but increasingly hazy memories to recall, rest assured however you spend your time there, whether it be boat parties, the beach bar, main stage or Barbarella’s nightclub, it’s going to be massive amounts of fun”

I also managed to get a few words from the GF’s Nick Colgan on this years festival and what he’s especially looking forward to:

“We are definitely tingling with excitement about New York city’s disco giants ODYSSEY playing a full live show, hearing Back To My Roots, Native New Yorker and Inside Out under the stars will be mindblowing. Chicago house legend Larry Heard will be joined by his old cohort Robert Owens showcasing tracks that were the soundttrack of a whole generation. For new and grounbreaking acts Electric Wire Hustle from New Zealand are generating a great buzz at the moment and Tensnake has become recognised as one of the disco/house movements most innovative artist and producers.

This year we have decided to go Back To Our Roots with the fesival now running over a full week from the 6th to the 13th of July, part of the reason we extended to two weekends was to encourage people to stay for longer and make a holiday out of it, this has now been achieved as the overwhelming majority now come over for at least a full week and we will be programming every day from weds to weds with Beach stage, boat parties, clubnights and even full live events on the mainstage, and now festival goers will no longer have to agonise over which weekend to book.

As well as the usual preparations its important to keep up the profile of the festival during the grey months to remind people summer is on the way,one of the ways we have developed to do this is the Garden GetTogether tour which spreads the word with carefully chosen parties all across the UK and increasingly in Europe. Put together by the boys from FutureBoogie they provide a sneak preview of what to expect at the festival and a chance to reunite with friends made in festivals past, this years Get Togethers have seen sell out shows in Brighton and Manchester with the likes of Tensnake and Greg Wilson. We also have  upcoming parties in March in Bristol, Birmingham and Cardiff .

The tour also spreads the love across Europe with FutureBoogie’s Joe 90 getting a warm welcome for the first ever Get Together in Budapest and parties lined up for Berlin,Ljubljana,Bologna,Sofia,Belgrade and Zagreb..”

This will be the 5th year at The Garden Festival for us at The Pool, and once more we’re taking over the Argonaughty on Sunday July 10th for a voyage with GREG WILSON, DR DUNKS & MATTY J & BEN TERRY.

Little taster of last year’s Pool voyage:

You can pick up tickets for our boat party (and all the other voyages) at:   THE GARDEN FESTIVAL website….  Come join the family!