How Gary Richards’ FriendShip cruise is sailing ahead of the pack

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Gary Richards (widely known as Destructo) has proven time and time again he can curate a festival with uncontested competence and flair. Though he’s remained humble enough to know even he can outdo himself. From his decisive efforts in erecting the first iteration of Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) to forging the most formidable dance music brand on the West Coast, HARD Events (HARD Summer/HOLY SHIP!), by now, Richards’ emblem is synonymous with success in the national festival circuit.

His latest and most personal entrepreneurial endeavor yet, his All My Friends label/event series, truly comes alive through its sea-bound fixture: the FriendShip cruise. With the unsullied success of HOLY SHIP!—which bred the feverishly familial “Ship Fam,” the festival’s subsequent seafaring sense of community—under his belt, Richards has sought to bring the intimacy of his previous endeavors to newfangled heights aboard FriendShip. And the Navigator of the Seas, touching off in Miami and coursing through the Caribbean, is the vessel fit for the venture.

With fun firing on all fronts, the Navigator of the Seas is a festival-goer’s utopia. From glow-in-the-dark laser tag, to surf simulation, to its sprawling 17 on-deck bars, the ship is stocked to satiate virtually any itch that may arise aboard its four-night (January 6-10, 2020) charter. But aside from the full-scale waterparks and fully loaded culinary accommodations, music is paramount—of course.

Richards requires that each artist enlisted for the maritime mission embrace the experience as the ticket-holders do. Immersion is key. This mindset comes alive in his newly incepted “Dial a DJ” attraction, in which attendees can quite literally order a DJ to their rooms like On Demand. Plus, with two private island anchor drops at Coco Cay on the 2020 FriendShip agenda, more music and more AMF-approved nonsense aren’t just expected, they’re guaranteed.

The last installment of FriendShip saw an unorthodox, genre-traversing musical makeup, ranging from Boys Noize to Busy P, RÜFÜS DU SOL to Rico Nasty. His towering tenure both behind the decks and in the studio has equipped him with the aural awareness of an entrepreneur, an attendee, and a musician alike. Though Richards has yet to officially announce the 2020 cruise’s lineup, it’s safe to assume an all-bases-covered unveil.

With a 90% return rate for FriendShip alone, and over two decades of experience in the exceedingly competitive event arena, Richards sat down with Dancing Astronaut to expound on his vision for FriendShip, what to expect, and paramount updates he and his team secured for the affair’s upcoming voyage.

Tickets to FriendShip are still available here.

In what ways does FriendShip eclipse other festival cruises? 

The fact the we are able to use so many unique spaces on the boat to have shows really makes it special. We have a service called ‘Dial a DJ’ that was a massive hit with the fans where people can order a DJ to the room like room service. For 2020, shippers can expect a more enlarged menu to choose from. The community that we all have all built over the years with Shipfam is incredible. The bonds are strong and always continue to thrive and live on well past the events.

What do you think Navigator of the Seas and Coco Cay offers that prospective attendees should keep in mind? 

Navigator of the Seas and Coco Cay have received a combined 365 million dollars in upgrades this year. Royal Caribbean delivered something so over the top.

The improvements for FriendShip are going to be felt throughout the entire experience from better venues on board to longer hours spent at Coco Cay (private island) complete with massive water slide parks, wave pools, and swim-up bars. The Sunrise Sermon will take place on Coco Cay this year so we can all watch the sunrise together from the private island. I could not even have dreamed of something this amazing to present to the family. We get to stay at Coco Cay two days in a row and have the island all to ourselves with with longer hours and so many so many fun things to do.  I cannot wait for everyone to experience it.

What goes into curating an atmosphere for a festival cruise?

The key ingredient on the ship is amazing music and most important the people who attend the event. FriendShip family are the ones who make the party so special and are always on the same page. Last year we had zero damage to the ship. I appreciate so much that our group is so respectful. We have a plus 90% return rate so we are doing something right.

What’s your vision for the lineup?

The main key is booking artists who are going to immerse themselves in the event. People who I know are going to get involved with Shipfam and be part of the party. We want artists who are excited to DJ in peoples cabins just as much as the main stage. If they just want to hide in their room then they should just stay at home. I am also looking for a variety of styles music. Obviously the main style is always electronic, house, and, bass but this year we are going to add a little more hip-hop and even some reggae. I have been really getting into the reggae vibes lately. We are also going to expand with other types of entertainment with burlesque, comedy, and maybe even a little magic.

Would you consider FriendShip the cornerstone AMF event? How is it emblematic of your brand as a whole?

Yes it really embodies the essence of All My Friends. People meeting new & old friends through music and events. There is no better way to do that then on FriendShip.

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How Gary Richards’ FriendShip cruise is sailing ahead of the pack

This post was originally published on this site

How Gary Richards’ FriendShip cruise is sailing ahead of the packFriendship1

Gary Richards (widely known as Destructo) has proven time and time again he can curate a festival with uncontested competence and flair. Though he’s remained humble enough to know even he can outdo himself. From his decisive efforts in erecting the first iteration of Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) to forging the most formidable dance music brand on the West Coast, HARD Events (HARD Summer/HOLY SHIP!), by now, Richards’ emblem is synonymous with success in the national festival circuit.

His latest and most personal entrepreneurial endeavor yet, his All My Friends label/event series, truly comes alive through its sea-bound fixture: the FriendShip cruise. With the unsullied success of HOLY SHIP!—which bred the feverishly familial “Ship Fam,” the festival’s subsequent seafaring sense of community—under his belt, Richards has sought to bring the intimacy of his previous endeavors to newfangled heights aboard FriendShip. And the Navigator of the Seas, touching off in Miami and coursing through the Caribbean, is the vessel fit for the venture.

With fun firing on all fronts, the Navigator of the Seas is a festival-goer’s utopia. From glow-in-the-dark laser tag, to surf simulation, to its sprawling 17 on-deck bars, the ship is stocked to satiate virtually any itch that may arise aboard its four-night (January 6-10, 2020) charter. But aside from the full-scale waterparks and fully loaded culinary accommodations, music is paramount—of course.

Richards requires that each artist enlisted for the maritime mission embrace the experience as the ticket-holders do. Immersion is key. This mindset comes alive in his newly incepted “Dial a DJ” attraction, in which attendees can quite literally order a DJ to their rooms like On Demand. Plus, with two private island anchor drops at Coco Cay on the 2020 FriendShip agenda, more music and more AMF-approved nonsense aren’t just expected, they’re guaranteed.

The last installment of FriendShip saw an unorthodox, genre-traversing musical makeup, ranging from Boys Noize to Busy P, RÜFÜS DU SOL to Rico Nasty. His towering tenure both behind the decks and in the studio has equipped him with the aural awareness of an entrepreneur, an attendee, and a musician alike. Though Richards has yet to officially announce the 2020 cruise’s lineup, it’s safe to assume an all-bases-covered unveil.

With a 90% return rate for FriendShip alone, and over two decades of experience in the exceedingly competitive event arena, Richards sat down with Dancing Astronaut to expound on his vision for FriendShip, what to expect, and paramount updates he and his team secured for the affair’s upcoming voyage.

Tickets to FriendShip are still available here.

In what ways does FriendShip eclipse other festival cruises? 

The fact the we are able to use so many unique spaces on the boat to have shows really makes it special. We have a service called ‘Dial a DJ’ that was a massive hit with the fans where people can order a DJ to the room like room service. For 2020, shippers can expect a more enlarged menu to choose from. The community that we all have all built over the years with Shipfam is incredible. The bonds are strong and always continue to thrive and live on well past the events.

What do you think Navigator of the Seas and Coco Cay offers that prospective attendees should keep in mind? 

Navigator of the Seas and Coco Cay have received a combined 365 million dollars in upgrades this year. Royal Caribbean delivered something so over the top.

The improvements for FriendShip are going to be felt throughout the entire experience from better venues on board to longer hours spent at Coco Cay (private island) complete with massive water slide parks, wave pools, and swim-up bars. The Sunrise Sermon will take place on Coco Cay this year so we can all watch the sunrise together from the private island. I could not even have dreamed of something this amazing to present to the family. We get to stay at Coco Cay two days in a row and have the island all to ourselves with with longer hours and so many so many fun things to do.  I cannot wait for everyone to experience it.

What goes into curating an atmosphere for a festival cruise?

The key ingredient on the ship is amazing music and most important the people who attend the event. FriendShip family are the ones who make the party so special and are always on the same page. Last year we had zero damage to the ship. I appreciate so much that our group is so respectful. We have a plus 90% return rate so we are doing something right.

What’s your vision for the lineup?

The main key is booking artists who are going to immerse themselves in the event. People who I know are going to get involved with Shipfam and be part of the party. We want artists who are excited to DJ in peoples cabins just as much as the main stage. If they just want to hide in their room then they should just stay at home. I am also looking for a variety of styles music. Obviously the main style is always electronic, house, and, bass but this year we are going to add a little more hip-hop and even some reggae. I have been really getting into the reggae vibes lately. We are also going to expand with other types of entertainment with burlesque, comedy, and maybe even a little magic.

Would you consider FriendShip the cornerstone AMF event? How is it emblematic of your brand as a whole?

Yes it really embodies the essence of All My Friends. People meeting new & old friends through music and events. There is no better way to do that then on FriendShip.

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Ultra could be headed to South Beach in 2020

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Ultra could be headed to South Beach in 2020Ultra Music Festival 2018 Photo By ALIVE Coverage

In the months following Ultra‘s logistically discombobulated 21st installment, there’s been a wealth of uncertainty surrounding the maven dance music destination’s future. Amid a slew of backlash pertaining to Ultra’s reverberative effects on its surroundings, including local researchers’ discovering droves of distressed fish directly impacted by the festival’s decibel level, Ultra abandoned its one-off Virginia Key location amid a likely imminent ousting from the key’s advisory board. Soon after, Ultra organizers gave an official statement indicating a permanent new home in South Florida. A city manager for the Homestead-Miami Speedway (south of Miami) told The Miami Herald about unofficial exchanges between the two entities.

Though Homestead seems like a viable option (considering EDC Vegas & HARD Summer established permanent and successful homes at their respective speedways), Local 10 News reports that now, a Miami Beach commissioner wants to move the festivities to Lummus Park in South Beach come 2020. An official discussion to address the move is set for May 22.

City Commissioner Ricky Arriola commented on Ultra’s prospective relocation:

“An adequate public safety, transportation and noice mitigation plan [will] be provided…Inviting an established, well-organized event like Ultra for spring break 2020 will put heads in beds and serves as the counter-programming mechanism against the unorganized chaos that was spring break 2019 on Miami Beach.”

H/T: Local 10

Ultra Music Festival’s new home may have just been revealed

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Ultra Music Festival’s new home may have just been revealedRukes For Ultra Music Festival 1

On May 8, Ultra announced their decision to voluntarily leave Miami, ahead of a May 9 vote that would have likely kicked the festival out of its second home in two years. Ultra’s statement included a primer on a new permanent host venue to be announced soon, though the cat might be out of the bag now.

Sources close to the situation believe Ultra’s new home will be about an hour south of Miami, in Homestead, likely at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Miami Herald, which described May 8 as “the day electronic dance music died in Miami,” spoke with Homestead City Manager George Gretsas who confirmed that he and the Homestead City Council are aware of the talks between the festival and the NASCAR venue. At this point, the deal seems imminent, though nothing has been confirmed as final yet.

Currently though, its hard who will come out on top of all of this. Ultra lost its home at Bayfront Park and as a result, was forced into a new venue at Virginia Key Beach, which proved to be a logistic disaster this year. But after two tumultuous blows, the festival has seemingly gotten its just desserts, beating the City of Miami to the punch with its voluntary withdrawal and undoubtedly taking millions away from the city’s bottom line. But with EDC Las Vegas and HARD Summer both being previously forced out of major metropolitan venues in Los Angeles, the speedway venues they’ve both adopted have proven to work in those events’ favor, so maybe the Homestead-Miami Speedway will be Ultra’s saving grace in 2020. We’ll have to wait and see.

Via: The Miami Herald

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Marine life surrounding Ultra’s new venue subject to extreme levels of stress—festival future in jeopardy

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Marine life surrounding Ultra’s new venue subject to extreme levels of stress—festival future in jeopardyVirginia Key Ultra

University of Miami researchers have determined that the fish living in waters surrounding Ultra Music Festival’s new venue on Virginia Key were subject to extreme levels of stress from the festival’s volume levels—perhaps greater than that of being chased by a predator.

Researchers performed blood tests of fish at the Virginia Key hatchery, and with data collected from sound monitors, presented their findings to the Virginia Key Advisory Board. Ultimately, as a result, the advisory board suggested a resolution urging Miami revoke Ultra’s permit for a 2020 installment on Virginia Key, largely citing the noise issues. Ultra representatives have yet to comment, though the festival’s future seems tenuous at best after its first year in a new host venue.

Techyes is on its way to Miami – Anthony Attalla, Anime Edge & Dance, Lubelski, + surpise guests

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Techyes is on its way to Miami – Anthony Attalla, Anime Edge & Dance, Lubelski, + surpise guestsTechyes Miami Flyer

Techyes is here to set Miami ablaze. The beloved brand, now an East Coast institution for all things tech house, is coming back for its usual Miami Music Week jaunt. Ever the serious curators, Techyes dug under the surface to reveal a heavy slate of up-and-coming talent for its March 31 takeover at Dream South Beach. Lucati, Tim Baresko, Lubelski, RYBO, and OMNOM are a few of the next generation stalwarts featured on the billing—all of whom have been marked as ones to watch by the likes of DIRTYBIRD, Desert Hearts, Gruuv, and more. On the headlining end, Anthony Attalla will be making an appearance, as well as Anime Edge & Dance and Prok & Fitch. A special guest will be revealed as the show grows closer.

 

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RVDIOVCTIVE announces Miami Takeover on March 28 – Chris Lake, Justin Martin, and more

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RVDIOVCTIVE announces Miami Takeover on March 28 – Chris Lake, Justin Martin, and moreRVDIOVCTIVE MIAMI EVENT

RVDIOVCTIVE will be making its return to Miami to provide another nuclear night of music for house aficionados. Since its foundation in New York, the brand and artist collective has prided itself on its unwavering commitment to showcasing hidden underground gems and booking high caliber talent. Their Miami Music Week takeover on March 28 continues this trend: Chris Lake and Justin Martin will be headlining, joined by Wax Motif b2b Codes, Dillon Nathaniel, and Golf Clap. A healthy slate of rising artists are coming along for the ride as well, like Mona Black, Evan Rich, and Brox. Hosted at an edgy space, the party is set to be an unforgettable one for those in attendance, and one not for proper house fans to miss.

 

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Dog Blood locked in for Brownies & Lemonade’s Miami Music Week warehouse takeover

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Dog Blood locked in for Brownies & Lemonade’s Miami Music Week warehouse takeoverDog Blood Pj

Dog Blood is gearing up for a momentous return to Ultra Music Festival, the event largely considered to be their major festival debut back in 2013. Six years later, Skrillex and Boys Noize have Ultra in their sights once again, though this time fans in Miami will be treated to more than just their festival performance. LA-based events imprint Brownies & Lemonade is headed to Florida for Miami Music Week festivities, hosting a warehouse takeover at Mana Wynwood Warehouse on March 28, topped by none other than Dog Blood.  Along with the “Middle Finger” duo, Anna Lunoe, A-Trak, Whethan, What So Not, 1788-L, and more are lined up for the event. Brownies & Lemonade is promising a night stocked with back-to-back performances, and surprise guests dropping in on the fly.

Beyond their Ultra booking, so far Skrillex and Boys Noize are slated to bring the acid to Buku Music + Arts Project and Sunset Music Festival. Performances from the duo are few and far between, and a warehouse set certainly doesn’t come around often. Brownies & Lemonade is preparing to throw one for the books, if you’re in Miami this spring, this one should not be missed.

 

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Damian Lazarus’ Get Lost boasts 60+ artist billing with Diplo, Claude VonStroke, DJ Tennis, Tiga, Felix Da Housecat, & many more

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Damian Lazarus’ Get Lost boasts 60+ artist billing with Diplo, Claude VonStroke, DJ Tennis, Tiga, Felix Da Housecat, & many moreHNKC 180323 GETLOST Miami2018 0478

Get Lost Miami has become a flagship stop of Damian Lazarus‘ legendary party series of the same name. Having made its first foray in the Florida hotspot fourteen years ago, the now-24-hour party has become one of the most anticipated of Miami Music Week. Guests lose themselves amid specially curated zones throughout the affair, and immersive décor that further amplifies the psychedelic atmosphere.

This year the event has really pulled out all the stops, with over 60 performers slated for this week’s show including the bossman himself Damian Lazarus, Claude VonStroke, the Desert Hearts crew, Tiga, Felix Da Housecat, and multitudes of other house greats. A few techno powerplayers will also be making appearances this year, like Chris Liebing and Ae:ther.

Perhaps the most standout name of the bunch, however, is none other than Diplo—a rather unexpected addition to what’s generally considered an underground event. He’s reportedly cooking up an especially deep set for the occasion, and will be playing entirely house and techno during his time slot. A far cry from his usual antics, but as we’ve learned from his Burning Man surprises, it seems he has a soft spot for these sounds deep down.

Opening honors will be held by Wizardry, a collaborative act made of Damian, DJ Tennis, and DJ Three. Purchase ticket to the gathering, held on March 30, here.

 

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Orbit Playlist: Eli & Fur share swelling selects before hitting the high seas for Groove Cruise Miami

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Orbit Playlist: Eli & Fur share swelling selects before hitting the high seas for Groove Cruise MiamiEli Fur 1

Anjunadeep‘s favorite new two brooding Brits, Eli & Fur, have taken a moment to parse their favorite tracks (including a few of their own design, of course) from the last year, before they kick-start 2019 aboard Groove Cruise Miami.

The cinematic house duo spent 2018 eclipsing mundane DJ/producer expectation, with their visceral, reflective aesthetic rendering their productions deliriously dance-worthy, but also ideal for a relaxed listen outside the club setting. Their most recent EP, Night Blooming Jasmine serves as invariable evidence of their tone/mood-fluxing capabilities Unsurprisingly, the ladies’ selects reflect this chameleon-like dance-ability, spanning the mystifying, high-spirits “Buggin” by Hot Since 82 to Bob Moses’ slow-burning subtleties by way of “Back Down.”

While Groove Cruise Miami is totally sold out, pre-sale for West Coast Groove Cruise is available here. Fans should keep their eyes peeled for Eli & Fur’s new remix with Maya Jane Coles out next month on NYX Music.

“Cannot wait for Groove Cruise. For some reason we have become cruise ship regulars. Think this is our 5th or 6th. Fur loves the casino and Eli likes the fact you can’t leave. It’s like a huge floating hotel of craziness and it’s always one to remember.”

1. DJ Dep – Stop Talking (Tiger Stripes Edit)

This has been a real stomper on the dance floor. One of those ones that works every time. Been a favourite to play out and a great tool to pick up the energy.

2. Eli & Fur – Night Blooming Jasmine (Rodriguez Jr. Remix)

When we asked Rodriguez Jr. to remix this we were so happy when he said “yes.” We have been fans of his for a while and had met before at a few parties. He totally smashed it and took the original to another level.

3. Jimmy Edgar – Burn So Deep Ft DAWN (Maya Jane Coles Remix)

This one is a moment. Maya is a genius producer and remixer, have played this a lot this summer. It’s not in any way generic and sticks in people’s memories. The best recipe for any track we like to play out.

4. Bob Moses – Back Down

Have wanted to see them live for a while now. They balance the electronic and live world perfectly and have such a great catalog to dig into.

5. SL2- DJs Take Control – (Shadow Child Remix)

We have worked with Shadow Child in the past and he’s so so talented. This is another banger that’s been great. Played this at Ants in Ibiza quite a few times and it always gets the party going.

6. Eli & Fur, OC & Verde – Sweet Perfection

This came out on Yoshi Toshi at the start of 2018, loved collaborating with OC & Verde.

7. Kaz James and Nick Morgan – Twisted Instrumental Mix

Another we have been playing out in most of our sets, so much melody and emotion. This is right up our street. Was a great moment when we played it at Nocturnal Wonderland in San Bernardino, with the wind blowing and all the amazing lights out in the crowd.

8. Anotr – Bend

Bad ass track. These guys are so good. Play a lot of their tunes out and this is our favourite so far.

9. Mathame (With Lyke) – Nothing Around Us

This pulls at your heart strings. Like anything from Life And Death it’s full of emotion mixed with aggression and is such an intense dance floor experience.

10. Blond:ish – Circus

This is wacky and amazing, played this at Treehouse Miami and it went off. It’s a great one for more intimate party vibes and one of our favourites of 2018.

11. Eli & Fur – Something Was Real

Yes, plugging ourselves here but this is a special track to us both personally and felt super happy to get something a bit different on our last EP. It’s more down tempo than our usual releases and one of our favourites on the EP.

12. Hot Since 82 – Buggin’feat Jem Cooke

Great tune from someone we are very excited to see play on the ship. Love all his tunes.

13. Eli & Fur x Harry Romero – Be Somebody

Harry is a legend and an amazing producer. This one started with a vocal we wrote. We loved the vibe and felt like it could really work over something groovy. “Be Somebody” was born with the help of Harry. It was wicked to collab with him and love playing this one, will definitely be dropping it on the boat.

14. Bronski Beat – Why (Wax Wings)

This is genius. Love Wax Wings, love this track. Been playing it out a lot recently. One of the great moments to remember again. If you haven’t got this go get it.

15. Eli & Fur – Parfume (Athea remix)

James (Athea) is a mate of ours who’s super talented. So we asked to remix “Parfume” on our latest EP. Love how dark this version is. Heads down vibes, here.

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