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Ou Est Le Swimming Pool


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Camden, London, England (2008 – 2010)

Ou Est Le Swimming Pool were an band based in Camden, London, England. They are most known for their track ‘Dance the Way I Feel’ and the Armand van Helden remix included on several mixes over the summer of 2009.

The band first formed as a three piece in 2008 when late founding member Charles Haddon met up with other members Joe Hutchinson and Caan Capan. Alex Starling joined the band soon afterwards.

After a concert at Pukkelpop festival (Kiewit, Belgium), on Friday August 20th, 2010, the band’s frontman, Charles Haddon, committed suicide. Haddon was reportedly “deeply upset” that he’d landed on a female fan during the band’s show after he dived off the stage. His manager, Sam Farr, stated the fan’s father had suggested he might take legal action after claiming that his daughter had suffered three damaged vertebrae due to his crowd surfing.

The singer had spoken to her father on the phone after the show, and then drank beer and vodka before hanging himself with a belt in a car park backstage. He was found to have 197mg of alcohol in his blood, which is more than twice the legal drink-drive limit.

The London three-piece were in Europe playing a number of festivals and were due to perform as part of Australia’s touring Parklife festival the next month. They were also set to embark on a headline tour of the UK in October.


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