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An experience you must not miss whilst at the Soundwave Festival in Croatia is one of the boat parties. Organised by independent providers, be sure to book your boat party when purchasing your festival tickets, as they sell out quickly. This year extra ‘Miss the Boat parties’ were organised for the Tuesday due to high demand. Unfortunately, the Soundwave website fails to highlight the fact that the festival runs from Wednesday to Wednesday resulting in a few disappointed people leaving before the end.

Freeq set sail Friday evening with the Manchester based Hoya:Hoya crew – a collection of DJs including Jonny Dub, Illum Sphere, Jon K, Krystal Klear, and their host on the mic Chunky. Hoya:Hoya’s club night is produced by Jonny Dub and Illum Sphere and began life at the music box Manchester. Hoya:Hoya was then relaunched at Manchester’s Roadhouse and takes place every last Saturday of the month, celebrating its third birthday in Feburary 2011.

Whipping a truly appreciative crowd into a dancing party frenzy, these guys delivered an eclectic set which expertly moved through Deep House, Techno, and Electro to Dubstep, Reggae, Hip Hop and back, dropping in tracks that raised cheers from the revellers, whilst Chunky kept the party vibe high with his skills on the mic and crazy shoulder dancing.

Boat parties take place in the day or evening and last for approximately 5 hours. The only niggling point of this journey is the lack of toilet facilities – 2 toilets for a 200 crowd meant that much time was spent in a queue – wasted party time. Overpriced alcohol is another grievance, but I guess this comes with festival territory. All in all, watching the sunset over the sea whilst dancing to the funky boogie beats of Hoya:Hoya was definitely the highlight of the Summer.