I first came to The Garden Festival on holiday, after many friends had been over the years previously, and they all said how amazing it was. I also knew Eddie and Gail from their Magnet and Bulletproof days in Liverpool – I actually remember when Eddie first said he was taking the family over there to live, and we were like – “Really?!” So that was my first ever visit to Croatia, and Petrcane – and it was a brilliant trip! Later that year, I asked Eddie if there was any way I could help with the PR, and luckily they took me onboard.
For me, the pure magic of The Garden Festival is the mixture of the amazing people, the idyllic location and the vibrant range of music, from super chilled soul, funk and Balearic by day to disco, house and techno at night. My favourite moments? Theo Parrish last year, Crazy P every year. Eating a pizza by the waterfront. Watching the sunsets with a cold beer, seeing the sunrises at Barbarella’s. Prosumer’s boat parties. Odyssey in 2011 were amazing. Meeting lots of lovely people from all over the world.
Above all though for me, Nick and Charlotte and Eddie and Gail, and Dave and Tom too, have created all of this with so much integrity and honesty, always focused on quality over quantity. There is a little bit of The Garden’s DNA in all of the other festivals in the region - they are the originators and the catalyst for the burgeoning scene now around the Adriatic. I think it’s going to be an emotional send off for the festival, for everyone who still is involved or has been there previously, in one connected way or another.