Holy Ship! Wrecked delivers on float-free party promise [Review]

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Over the last eight years, Holy Ship! has established itself as one of the premiere parties on the seas. The cruise ship festival has drawn thousands time and time again for a raucous time on the high seas. But in 2020, the festival remained on shores for the first time in its young history. Rebranded Holy Ship! Wrecked, the latest iteration left the cruise format behind in favor of setting up shop at the Hard Rock Resort & Casino in Punta Cana, directly on the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic.

The big question heading into the festivities was clear: How would new digs at the Hard Rock compare to the proven successes of the cruise? In short, Holy Ship! Wrecked maintained their brand ethos while improving nearly every amenity the ship had to offer.

First things first, the Hard Rock resort is nothing short of immaculate. The grounds stretch in from the pristine beach for acres and acres, with everything from a golf course to a spa available to guests. Staff at the resort maintained staunch standards of courtesy and service, even when ravers ordered food at 4 am smelling like booze and sweat. Waiters perused the dance floors taking drink orders, a dangerously sweet convenience that contributed to many hectic nights.

Picking long time ship-goers’ brains proffered two main areas of approval of Hard Rock versus its seafaring precursor. First, the cruise’s relatively small room size was traded in for spacious suites complete with patios and hot tubs. Many attendees said in past years they tolerated the cruise bedrooms, but now they thoroughly enjoyed their accommodations. Second, Hard Rock’s wide variety of excellent quality food was a big step up from previous years. The all-inclusive ticket meant untapped access to droves of delicious food, a hugely important feature when dancing the days and nights away.

There was also emphatic satisfaction with many artists delivering multiple sets over the four-day experience. One of the biggest problems at festivals is the fear of missing out (FOMO) that comes with making the tough call between two favorite acts playing at the same time. Fortunately, artists’ sets were amply nuanced from day to day, making the lineup feel even deeper than it was. If you loved Jai Wolf’s The Cure To Loneliness set on the main stage, but not enough to opt into an identical performance twice in one week, you could find him doing a drastically different DJ set by the pool later on.

Throughout the festival, the tone was definitively set on a party mentality. The house-heavy lineup kept the mood light and the feet shuffling throughout, while the headbangers got their fair share of bass and trap DJs as well. A few artists with deviating styles were sprinkled in to give a reprieve from the four-on-the-floor rhythms, including the live instrumentation and singing of Big Wild and Madeon’s resplendent DJ set. Lane 8‘s Brightest Lights set at the main stage was another highlight on the week, a wildly successful performance ahead of his promising tour.

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Big Wild in the Theater – Photo Credit: Jane O’Connor for Insomniac

Holy Ship! Wrecked featured seven stages around the grounds, each with a distinct feel to them. During the day, the Pool and Beach Stages were popular options, especially for the pristinely singular sunset performances (i.e., Chris Lake’s sublime sunset showing). As night settled in, shows moved to the Main Stage in the center of the facilities. The Main Stage wasn’t the massive spectacle synonymous with some of the world’s elite destination festivals, but was a great place to get the night started with its solid lights, visuals, and A-level sound system.

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Main Stage at Holy Ship! Wrecked – Photo Credit: Jane O’Connor for Insomniac

After midnight, shows moved inside to the four venues—Club Oro, The Theater, The Hive, Moon Bar—which dramatically varied in quality. The clear frontrunner of this bunch was Club Oro, a true club setting ideal for late night, sweaty dance parties, which the likes of Diplo and Gorgon City swimmingly supplied.

On first entering The Theater, the seats and grandiose pictures of rock stars on the wall gave an impression of a stage constructed for a much older, calmer crowd. However, the top-notch lasers and just-big-enough dance floor made it one of best atmospheres at the festival.

To get to The Theater, attendees had to walk through the most makeshift stage at the event. The Hive was a carpeted room with low ceilings and an absurd amount of reverb. It looked out of place, and frankly detracted from many artist’s performances. Yung Bae (whose sunset set was one of the highlights of the trip) had his set severely hampered by The Hive. Nothing he played in the space sounded quite right, but there was little he could change given the setting. Against all odds, some artists were able to get The Hive rocking. Most notably, Whipped Cream’s trap set ignited the weary room, a rare feat and a huge credit to her DJing prowess.

The strangest thing about these three stages was that the
only entry points to them were through an empty casino, which was open to the
general public. People talk about the magic that festivals can provide, but a
very quick way to kill that feeling is by walking through a well-lit casino
while a handful of locals scattered about play slots.

The final stage, entitled the Moon Bar, was separate from the other stages entirely. It was a pleasant-enough space, but for some reason it was never conducive to a good dancing atmosphere. Maybe it was its isolation from the other stages, or maybe it was passersby watching you dance through a window. It was common to see an audience of only around a dozen people in the Moon Bar during peak hours of the night.

All in all, Holy Ship! Wrecked capitalizes on an ideal amount of sensationalism. You’d be hard-pressed to find another festival who goes balls-to-the-wall with such style. However, if you’re looking for a high-in-the-sky level of full-bodied curation and artistic poise in an event, it might not be worth the high ticket prices to you. However, if you’re looking to splurge on one of the best vacations and dance parties out there, Holy Ship! Wrecked delivers.

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Duck Sauce at the Main Stage – Photo Credit: Jane O’Connor for Insomniac

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Exclusive: Elements Festival returns for fourth iteration, announces headliners Diplo, Bonobo, Four Tet

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Elements Music & Arts Festival returns to Lakewood, PA this Memorial Day weekend, dialing in the magic of an outdoor camping festival while saturating its 4 themed stages with tantalizing talent from top to bottom.

As in previous years, each of the festival’s four stages delineate a different element, with the Fire Stage truly living up to its name this time around. What at first might seem top-heavy, with acts like Bonobo and Diplo headlining, ends up fully fleshed out as you continue down the list to names like the ever-so-smooth Chris Lake, Golf Clap, and local dignitaries Walker & Royce. The other three stages (Earth, Air and Water) continue do their part in adding to Element’s pulpy, diverse lineup, hosting Four Tet, Claude VonStroke, Rusko, Emancipator, Yotto, and Bob Moses, just to give a taste.

Elements is about more than just the expansive lineup, however, as is the summer festival experience. In whatever downtime attendees find themselves with between sets, they’re encouraged to explore the festival’s sprawling scenery and multi-sensory installations and activities. 

Tickets for 2020’s Elements Music and Arts Festival are now available.

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5 SETS YOU CANNOT MISS AT HOLY SHIP! WRECKED 2020 IN PUNTA CANA

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We are one month away from one of the most exciting parties to hit in the Caribbean. Holy Ship! Wrecked will start the new year off right with their 4 day/ 3 night all inclusive land party at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The party will start on Wednesday,

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BUKU 2020 ticket boasts Flume, Glass Animals, Zeds Dead, and more

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BUKU Music + Art Project has revealed its lineup for the 2020 edition. The New Orleans festival is pegged for this coming fall, March 20-21, 2020. The ninth annual BUKU brings yet another eclectic curation of music’s finest talent across the hip-hop, dance, and rock spectrum.

With Tyler, The Creator, Flume, and Illenium slated as headlining acts, the lineup reaches all niches—ranging from cornerstone DJ characters like Alison Wonderland, Chris Lake, and Zeds Dead to hip-hop’s hottest rappers including Megan Thee Stallion, Run The Jewels, and JPEGMAFIA. The programming proffers a more nuanced touch towards electronic sub-genres, with bass artists like Subtronics, Kayzo, and Space Jesus juxtaposing experimental favorites like Mija and Kaytranada.

General admission pre-sale tickets start at $190.

Pre-sale is available now, here. General on-sale begins tomorrow, December 13.

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Seismic Dance Event 2019 brought massive tech and house vibes to Austin, TX – photos by Alexis Sturm, Mario Garza and Edgar Valdes

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Chris Lake and Solardo fashion next house hit, ‘Feel Your Body’

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Everyone knows Chris Lake as a producer for the stars, house music veteran, and now label boss through the growing Black Book Records. It’s there that he released his latest work, a spry piece with Solardo titled “Free Your Body.” The track is what one might expect from such a name; wobbly low-end elements and a playful topline come together in a flow state, loosening feet on the dancefloor. When combined with intense builds and hypnotic vocals, “Free Your Body” becomes an instant hit.

Both collaborators have had a busy year. Not only has Chris Lake been cranking out a large collection of new music, but he’s also upped his global touring. He paired with Fisher recently for a foray into event organization via Not Another FKN Festival. Meanwhile, Solardo have likewise been hard at work building their own imprint, Sola, and releasing a slew of singles on Ultra. They were also tapped by Diplo to remix him for Higher Ground.

NMF Roundup: Madeon reveals ‘Good Faith,’ deadmau5 takes to the skies on ‘SATRN’ + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

At long last, Madeon’s sophomore LP, Good Faith, has arrived. Though it’s been long-anticipated, the electronic music community didn’t have time to anticipate new deadmau5, which dropped out of thin air on Nov. 15. Dillon Francis’ Magic Is Real makes a full appearance alongside these, tapping artists like Vera Hotsauce for “Barely Breathing.” MK and Sonny Fodera link with Raphaella for “One Night,” and Chris Lake and Solardo “Free Your Body” on their latest. GRiZ’s Bangers[4].Zip has arrived, featuring songs like “Tiger Kingdom Space Camp,” and MJ Cole’s remixed Flume and Vera Blue’s “Rushing Back.” Friction delivers some drum ‘n’ bass goodness on “Good To Me,” and Eli Brown puts his own spin on Dom Dolla’s “San Frandisco.” Snails, Kill The Noise, and Sullivan King team up for a new mega-collab, “Front 2 Back,” and NGHTMRE and Gunna bring the heat with “CASH COW.” Gammer returns to Monstercat for “Brostep Strikes Back,” and Klingande releases his long-awaited debut LP, The Album. Oliver Heldens links with Firebeatz, Schella, and Carla Monroe for “Lift Me Up,” and Dirty South and Marion Amira prove a formidable force on “All I Need.” Dillon Nathaniel goes deep on a new tech house heater, “Do It Again,” and R3HAB teams up with ZAYN and Jungleboi on “Flames.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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Join Holy Ship! At Hard Rock Punta Cana for an All Inclusive 4 Day Land Party

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HOLY SHIP! known for their mind-blowing cruise ship parties are holding their first ever HOLY SHIP! Wrecked on land party at the beautiful Hard Rock Casino in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The Hard Rock Hotel will be completely taken over by HOLY SHIP! partygoers with all inclusive meals and drinks (including alcoholic beverages) during the

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Breakaway Festival shuts down Nashville in 2019 finale – photos by Eric Cunningham

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Seismic Dance Event unveils daily lineup, topped by Cirez D and TESTPILOT

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For the second year, Seismic Dance Event makes its return to Austin, Texas to bless attendees with two days of world-class performances. In September 2018, the inaugural event brought a stellar lineup to the Travis County Exposition Center, including Lane 8, Drezo, Golf Clap, Green Velvet, Sacha Robotti, and more.

In 2019, festival organizers look to build on last year’s success by bringing in headliners Cirez D and TESTPILOT, along with a piping hot array of other artists like Bicep, Idris Elba, Nic Fanciulli, Gorgon City, Nora En Pure, and more.

Now, the festival has revealed its daily lineups, featuring deadmau5’s TESTPILOT alias topping day one and Eric Prydz’s Cirez D moniker at the top of day two at The Statesman. Saturday, Nov. 16 will also feature acts like Chris Lake, i_o, and Rinzen, and Sunday, Nov. 17 will bring performances from Lee Burridge, Gorgon City, Dom Dolla and many more. Along from the dynamic lineup, the festival will also feature live painting and art installations, live performers, totem, and costume contests.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the glowing feedback from our debut year and now with this year’s lineup,” said RealMusic Events & Seismic co-founders Kelly Gray & Andrew Parsons. “Many US festivals tend to have very similar lineups so we really wanted to switch it up and cater to the more seasoned, underground connoisseur – and yes, believe it, in Texas.”

View the full lineup below and get tickets here.

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