Review: Magic Door Boat Party – Love International 2017

With Croatia’s Love International Festival’s second year in full swing, and more and more revellers arriving at The Garden, the perfect way to kick off the weekend was to set sail on a voyage to party heaven.

The setting for this – The Garden’s Argonaughty ship, hosted by one of Birmingham’s premier parties Magic Door.

A repeat fixture in the Love International calendar, Magic Door is a highlight of the week. Whether you are a first timer on this trip, or a seasoned veteran, there isn’t a party that encapsulates the spirit of Love International more than this.

The brief is simple: embrace the chaos, glitter and fun, or you may as well walk the plank. Stag Do’s donning African Dashiki’s, colourful characters in cross-dress and face-painted party-goers were all left with one option: “let go and enjoy yourself”.

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With the Argonaughty waiting at the bay’s jetty and the sun setting over Tisno’s Garden Resort, there was a distinct buzz in the air as the time came to board.

Greeted by Pom Pom bearing members of the Magic Door team, we were handed sparkling headbands and “Magic” Beans – yes, “MAGIC” Beans – as we stepped on deck. Once aboard, we found a spot, sipped our drinks and sat tight waiting for the chaos to ensue.

As the night progressed we chatted to likeminded individuals in the long toilet queues, danced on the top deck and accepted the advances of the ship’s eager glitter artists, all with the stunning Adriatic ocean surrounding us.

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Meanwhile, stepping up to the decks were Magic Door’s formidable residents Deano Farrino and the Jukes of Hazard, turning up the heat as day turned into night. Added to this was the presence of house heavyweight Maxxi Soundsystem, often dropping his own tunes in amongst other house and disco grooves.

Throughout the night we danced away to the likes of Claptone, Tom Trago and classics such as Liquid’s Sweet Harmony. Earth Wind and Fire’s September was also thrown in for good measure, sending the crowd in to fever pitch. It was definitely a case of “if isn’t broke then why fix it” as the same line-up of DJ’s had treated the Magic Door’s guests to equally sublime sets the previous year.


By the time the Argonaughty arrived back at dry land and with the sound of Talking Heads Naïve Melody (This Must Be The Place) ringing out across the bay, it was time to join the rest of the festival goers on The Beach and Olive Grove stages to share tales of the journey. As we disembarked it was clear to see that even the Argonaughty crew hadn’t been able to avoid getting involved, with glitter etched across their faces.

As always, nothing but love and good vibes were provided by the Magic Door team – we would expect nothing less.

Our only complaint? Our magic beans haven’t turned in to a beanstalk yet…we’ll keep you posted.


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