Reliving Holy Ship! – Dancing Astronaut’s favorite moments from weekend 12.0

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Holy Ship! 12.0 was truly one for the books. With an even mixture of new and old faces across DJs and attendees, the vibe felt particularly special this time around, with talent from Mikey Lion to The Black Madonna all gushing about the magic that transpired over the weekend. The programming was as on point as the open, jubilant crowd, with a myriad of hidden stages, activity areas, and well-planned DJ sets happening all across the ship’s decks to create an even, enduring flow for all four days. Ultimately, the vibrant energy output by all involved—from the #shipfam, to the crew—made for yet another unforgettable voyage to the Bahamas.

While picking top moments of the festival feels akin to being forced to pick a favorite child, we masochistically put ourselves to the task and selected five highlights of 12.0. Without further ado…

 


JAUZ, Slander, and more at Bite This for an epic B2B

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JAUZ went all out for his set at Bite This stage, playing more-or-less a producer’s set with mostly his own productions. While he’d already gotten off to a great start, onlookers got to witnessed something magical. Slander joined the bass house don on stage, followed by Holy Goof and Skepsis for what wound up being one of the most epic B2Bs of the weekend. We’re pretty sure people’s necks and feet still hurt from the chaos.


Claude VonStroke doing what he does best

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Claude VonStroke played multiple times throughout Holy Ship! 12.0. Two moments were especially memorable, however. At the DIRTYBIRD private beach party, the label boss worked some serious wizardry behind the decks. This same atmosphere was present, and even more amplified, as the voyage came to a close and he took over the Theater stage with boisterous ease.  The energy in the crowd almost created a full-on second wind.


 NGHTMRE doing some damage on the Pool Deck

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Ironically, NGHTMRE’s sailaway set was actually something out of a dream. Each tune he selected was an absolute knocker, be it his own original works, or numbers like Slander’s “Zombie,” which made the crowd completely lose it. Even more cerebral was that we got the chance to watch it from the 17th floor outside deck, which made the visuals completely surreal.


 JOYRYDE brings out the hidden gems

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Those in attendance of JOYRYDE’s two Holy Ship! performances were lucky enough to catch a special preview of his upcoming album, Brave. The swiftly-rising producer pulled out a ton of IDs in each, treating his onlookers to a fresh, unheard of aural feast. Pairing with the tunes was both of his crowds’ energies. There was no stopping of the wild dancing that night, and snatching snippets of the night to look back on afterward.


Heroic substitution by Habstrakt

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Sadness could be felt across the Shipfam when news arose of Audien missing the cruise due to sickness. That being said, the Holy Ship! crew had an excellent substitute up its sleeve: Habstrakt. The classically-trained Frenchman read his crowd with ease, throwing down some three of the weekend’s most noteworthy sets that, while wildly varied stylistically and through track selection, remained connected in their wildness. One might even say him coming on board was a blessing in disguise.

 

Claude VonStroke announces Double Dip mini tour

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Claude VonStroke is heading into 2019 at full speed, announcing a new tour concept he’s calling Double Dip. Starting February 1, the DIRTYBIRD Records boss will head out on a three city trip that promises to deliver more than a standard mini tour. Each stop in Chicago, Detroit and San Francisco will include two back-to-back dates where club goers have a chance to get double the dose of his notoriously upbeat style.

VonStroke’s first stop in Chicago will also be a monumental one as he brings his show to the iconic venue The Mid as its last two shows before it closes for good. The good vibes from DIRTYBIRD house, techno, and bass sounds will see the venue out with a bang.

Tickets for the Double Dip tour will go on sale January 7 at 10 AM local time.

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Dog Blood, A$AP Rocky, Lana Del Ray slated for Buku Music + Art Project 2019

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Dog Blood will return to the stage next year with the delivery of New Orleans mainstay music and art festival Buku‘s 2019 lineup.

The festival dropped off one of the most diverse lineups of 2019 so far, topped by Lana Del Ray who is amid the release of her highly anticipated Norman Fucking Rockwell LP, A$AP Rocky, GRiZ, and Excision — along with an ultra rare appearance from Skrillex and Boys Noize‘s acid-laden side project, signaling the pair are likely ready to deliver long awaited new music next year. Louis The Child, RL Grime, and Kevin Gates round out the headlining block, with Claude VonStroke, Playboi Carti, Ekali, The Black Madonna, and a b2b performance from SLANDER and NGHTMRE featured on the undercard.

The festival is famous for its impeccably curated blend of hip-hop, rock, and dance music, and in 2019 they couldn’t have hit the mark more perfectly, pairing the likes of J.I.D. Denzel Curry, and a DJ set with members of From First To Last with performances by 1788-L, Getter, TOKiMONSTA and more. Buku Music + Art Project takes place March 22 – 23, and tickets go on sale December 11.

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ODESZA, Bassnectar, Zeds Dead, and Kygo top impeccably curated Electric Forest 2019 lineup

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Electric Forest is pulling out all the stops for their single 2019 edition. The festival recently scaled back their two weekend offering back to their original one weekend format, though organizers were quick to even it out with the delivery of 2019’s lineup. To say next year’s billing is stacked would be an understatement — ODESZA, Kygo, Bassnectar, and Zeds Dead are holding down headlining duties, with festival favorites The String Cheese Incident returning for a three-night run. The under card features a mile-long list of talent headed to Rothbury, Michigan including Claude VonStroke, Alison Wonderland, Bob Moses, Lettuce, Ekali, Whethan, Gramatik and many more across June 27 – 30.

SLANDER and NGHTMRE are billed for a GUD VIBRATIONS label showcase, with Snails, TOKiMONSTA, The Knocks, and Bloodpop all slated for Electric Forest 2019 as well. Live sets from Gorgon City, Pnuma, and Ookay are expected, along with jam band flavors and a healthy serving of hip-hop from T-Pain. See Electric Forest 2019’s full lineup below.

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Claude VonStroke unleashes fierce new remix of Elderbrook’s ‘Capricorn’ [Stream]

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After last year’s breakout hit “Cola” with CamelphatElderbrook has been treated to a variety of remixes. After edits from AmtracZHU, and Jamie Jones, Claude VonStroke is the most recent beat maker to take on an Elderbrook original, stepping up for a new take on 2018’s “Capricorn.”

Putting an entrancing touch on Elderbrook’s light-hearted original, Claude VonStroke adds his signature funky energy, enhancing the original groundwork with scattered vocal chops and full, swelling synths. While Claude’s catalog of original works speaks for itself, the “Make a Cake” producer has a lengthy track record of aced remix efforts, ranging from Rihanna to The Chemical Brothers. Sure to receive heavy live rotations amid the Dirtybird boss’ ongoing world tour, this new remix of “Capricorn” stands as another tasty addition to Vonstroke’s diverse and dynamic catalog.

Claude VonStroke announces new Birdhouse Festival in Chicago this fall

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While Claude VonStroke‘s skill for DJing and producing is a given, the Dirtybird boss has also become known for his knack for throwing some truly unique parties and festival experiences. With Dirtybird Campouts now on both coasts and Detroit’s Dirtybird BBQ still running strong, VonStroke and the label have now announced their newest event, the inaugural Birdhouse Festival.

Taking place on September 8 in Chicago, the show is headlined by VonStroke himself, who will be bringing along a legion of Dirtybird’s top talent. Will Clarke, Christian Martin b2b Ardalan, and J. Phlip b2b Gene Farris are just a few of the hotly anticipated sets to come at this event. In addition to the music, the event will be hosting a street fair, with carnival games, prizes, and food. Lineup support comes from London’s Zombie Disco Squad, Fancy Fux, and new Dirtybird artist and Chicago native Teknicoz, bringing music, food, and fun together for a comprehensive festival experience.

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Claude VonStroke releases surreal ‘Maharaja’ video

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Claude VonStroke has just unveiled the official video to accompany his new release, “Mahraja,” a track equally unorthodox as its visual counterpart.

Initially debuted on his live album, recorded at VonStroke’s headlining set at Movement festival in May, the intergalactic-styled track draws from Detroit’s own classic electro breakbeat fervor, with VonStroke’s offbeat jive rippling throughout.

The hypnagogic video is equal parts inspired by the surreal absurdism of Salvador Dali, the New York B-boy dance stylings and fashion of the ’80s film Beat Street, and the quixotic luminescence of Tron. Set, of course, in a desolate warehouse, a group of hip-hop dancers’ limbs melt and contort as they move about the space. Futuristic, Tron-like beams of light swirl and form grids along the dilapidated walls, while a series of outlandish objects, including giant golden eggs (a Dirtybird nod) and elephant statues allow the video the oddity and nonsensicalness of a bizarre dream.

Dirtybird Campout releases massive lineup ahead of flagship West Coast edition

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After hosting the inaugural iteration of Dirtybird Campout East back in February 2018, Claude VonStroke’s Dirtybird collective will return to California for the West Coast edition of its now bi-coastal Dirtybird Campout experience. Expectedly, it’s all fun, games, and booty shakin’ bass this year — the upcoming Campout event will see the return of its Games HQ, complete with color teams led by Dirtybird signees. Games will range from sack races to archery to costumed boat races.

With a myriad of games and outdoor activities, Dirtybird Campout’s recreational offerings are so varied that the event’s lineup seems more like an added bonus. Campout will occupy the Modesto Reservoir Campgrounds in Central California, where attendees can expect sets from veteran Dirtybirds and friends including Walker & Royce, Green Velvet, FISHER, Barclay Crenshaw, EPROM, and many more. The picturesque views of Yosemite National Park — just miles away from Dirtybird campgrounds — will provide a lush natural landscape for Campout West’s 2018 edition, slated for October 5-7. Tickets to Dirtybird Campout West are now available, and can be purchased, here.

Claude VonStroke delivers his Movement set turned album, ‘Live In Detroit’

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Dirtybird don and Detroit native Claude VonStroke announced that he would release his headlining set as a live album after playing Movement Music Festival over Memorial Day weekend. Originally released on Apple Music, the set is now active on all streaming services and titled, Live In Detroit.

Jam-packed with VIP edits and deep cuts, VonStroke went all out, bringing the fans in his hometown some of the weekend’s most dynamic house and techno. From originals like “Grenade,” his industrial collaboration with EPROM and his previously unreleased, “Maharaja” to Wyatt Marshall’s techno remix of the classic “Who’s Afraid of Detroit,” Claude VonStroke has put together 85 minutes of the grooviest dance-floor tunes. With the album consisting of the DJs continuous mix along with 13 individual, unmixed tracks, the Dirtybird boss has blessed us all with this massive offering of house and techno bliss.

Holy Ship! releases stacked 2019 lineup including REZZ, Claude VonStroke, NGHTMRE, Zeds Dead & More

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Holy Ship! is notorious for selling out in a matter of minutes, and the Norwegian Cruise Lines’ ship turned floating EDM festival is set to do the same with the unveiling of the 2019 lineup.

The two-weekend festival is set to take place with a four night sailing January 5-9, 2019 for the festival’s 12th sailing. It is immediately followed by the three night trip January 9-12, 2019 for its 13th rendition.

Each of the Holy Ship! 2019 sailings will depart from Port Canaveral and chart a course to the Bahamas, with official pre-parties to be scheduled. The itinerary for 12.0 includes two days at Great Stirrup Cay, giving attendees two chances to experience the famed private island parties, followed by a day at sea, before heading home. 13.0 will feature a full day of sailing upon the open seas and a day long party stop at Great Stirrup Cay before heading home.

This year’s lineup is diverse with diverse acts ranging including heavy hitters like REZZBob MosesClaude VonStrokeZeds Dead and NGHTMRE. Fans who want to experience the action live can find more information and secure their cabin at www.holyship.com.

Photo Credit: Holy Ship!/Joseph Llanes