Suspicious tourist deaths and illnesses at future Holy Ship! Wrecked venue raise concerns

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Suspicious tourist deaths and illnesses at future Holy Ship! Wrecked venue raise concernsHoly Ship 13.0

Increasing reports of illnesses and deaths from tourists vacationing in the Dominican Republic have raised concerns regarding the safety of both travelers and those attending Holy Ship! Wrecked in January 2020. For its upcoming iteration, Holy Ship! will dock at Punta Cana and incorporate an all-inclusive resort party as part of its festivities, those of which are slated to take place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The Holy Ship! Wrecked venue is one of the locations in question.

Since last year, eleven Americans have passed away while vacationing in the Dominican Republic and hundreds have reported illnesses on crowdsourced website iwaspoisoned.com. During Summer 2018, the first two deaths noted were of American tourists Yvette Monique Sport and David Harrison who died while staying at the Bahia Principe Bouganville Hotel and Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cuna respectively. The Dominican government reported both causes of death as pulmonary edema and heart attack.

In April of this year, another American tourist Robert Wallace fell ill after drinking a Scotch from his mini bar and died a day later. He was staying at the Hard Rock Hotel as well. Eight more tourists have passed away since then, prompting the FBI to investigate and causing many tourists to re-evaluate their own experiences. The FBI are currently awaiting toxicology reports which could take up to a month to complete. Some possible theories for the deaths include improper food handling, overuse of pesticides, and bootleg liquor being served. The Bahia and Hard Rock Hotels have released multiple statements stressing their top priority as ensuring guests’ safety.

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Holy Ship! brings the party to land with Holy Ship! Wrecked

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Holy Ship! brings the party to land with Holy Ship! WreckedHoly Ship 13.0

Floating festival Holy Ship! will be entering its ninth year in the running and some nifty improvements are being made in celebration. First off—it’s it’s not really a floating festival per se anymore.

For its 2020 iteration, Holy Ship! Wrecked brings all the elements of previous Holy Ship! parties to shore, docking for four days in an all-inclusive resort party in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Taking place January 22-26 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Holy Ship! Wrecked will offer an open bar, 12 pools, nine complimentary dining options, 24-hour room service, free Wi-fi, off-site excursions, and beach and pool parties for the entirety of the event.

Previous artists to perform at Holy Ship! include NGHTMRE, Valentino Khan, Rezz, Claude VonStroke, Zeds Dead, and more. This past year’s Holy Ship! had two sailings that took place January 5-9 and January 9-12 and featured parties like AC Slater’s Night Bass, Blacklizst, Tchami Presents: Confession, Gud Vibrations, and more.

The full line-up for Holy Ship! Wrecked will be released in June. Pre-books go on sale May 3 at 1PM ET here.

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Good Morning Mix: Rock with A-Trak’s Holy Ship! Rap Party Mix

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Good Morning Mix: Rock with A-Trak’s Holy Ship! Rap Party MixA Trak Holy Ship Hip Hop

Party master and scratch luminary, A-Trak shows his versatility and relevance in this lava “Holy Ship Rap Party 2019” mix of turn-of-the-millennium rap mixed with newer hip-hop and electronic goodies. For example, the Fools Gold head honcho hits a groove towards the beginning with Clipse’s “Grinding,” Jay-Z‘s “La La La,” a bootleg of Missy Elliot‘s “Work It,” an edit of J-Kwon’s “Tipsy,” Mary J. Blige‘s “Real One,” and Panjabi MC featuring Jay-Z’s “Beware.” That groove is continued and further expanded on; however, those tracks set the tone for a modern-day dose of nostalgia.

While listening through some of hip-hop’s finest products, A-Trak adds more modern elements with Kodak BlackChildish GambinoLil Uzi Vert, and more while mixing electronic elements from Daft Punk, GesaffelsteinJusticeYehme2, TroyBoi and others. This is a certified must-listen for fans of hip-hop and music in general, directly from one of the best improv party DJs to grace the stage.

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Claude VonStroke launches wacky new video series, ‘Stroke Show’

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The Dirtybird label boss has launched a brand new video series called “Stroke Show.” Based on its premiere, the series will follow the weekly endeavors of Claude VonStroke, whether it be in the office or on tour. However, the techno DJ is known for his wacky personality, a trait that coincides with the video’s framework. It also appears to be a play on late night talk shows, with VonStroke as the host (yet more Eric Andre style for those familiar).

For Episode 1, he interviews a special guest AKA his personal assistant “since we’ve never done a Stroke Show before and have no viewers”. They talk through his experiences on Holy Ship! 2019, which consisted of 5 a.m. elevator interviews with attendees that were asked to make weird noises, losing money on poker, live pirate skits that weren’t exactly rehearsed, dubstep headbangers, and more. VonStroke adds additional context in the description: “Thanks for tuning in to the first ever weekly episode of Stroke Show. As you can tell, I had a great time on Holy Ship. I also interviewed my assistant, Maddie and my dog Q-Tip. Every week I will interview a guest and show a part of my crazy life as a DJ, Dad, Art Enthusiast, Music Producer, Event Promoter, Clothing Designer, etc.”

See a full list of upcoming tour dates here.

Watch Tchami and ZHU go back to back at Holy Ship!

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Watch Tchami and ZHU go back to back at Holy Ship!Tchami Press

ZHU and Tchami are both masters of their own domains of darkness. For ZHU, it’s his leadership of the team behind Mind of A Genius. For Tchami, it’s his brand of sound cultivated at his label, CONFESSION.

Those worlds have remained separate until an epic meeting of the minds took place on stage at Holy Ship! on its 13th voyage in 2019. The two producers and leaders in their industry paired their visions of the darker side of house music and electronica for a back-to-back set on the ship’s pool deck.

For more than an hour at dusk, the two created quite a an exhilarating atmosphere for ship attendees to enjoy — and one of them even captured the set so the internet, too, could enjoy.

Holy Ship’s Master Mixer Subset Releases First Original Work.

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Subset, aka one of the hardest working men in EDM, has been wowing audiences for years now by displaying his amazing talents for mixing music. Subset if you are not aware was the resident basement DJ at Webster Hall in NYC as well as the grandfather of renegade sets on Holy Ship. The now Pacific

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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.

 

Relive the unforgettable voyage to sea that was Holy Ship! 12.0 – photos by Rukes, Alive Coverage & Oh Dag Yo [Photo Gallery]

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“Being jaded is lame,” The Black Madonna comments on her experience on Holy Ship!

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“Being jaded is lame,” The Black Madonna comments on her experience on Holy Ship!The Black Madonna Uli Webber Mimag

The Black Madonna might be a little more of a believer in EDM after her experience on the most recent sailing of Holy Ship!. The floating festival, which just anchored its 12th and 13th editions, booked its annual lineup of dance and hip-hop’s best for two weekends of cruise ship revelry. The lineup featured The Black Madonna within a well-rounded cast of talent, spanning from 4B to Skream, Valentino Khan to A-Trak, and while the BBC resident DJ admits she will always feel “most comfortable in a dirty basement or warehouse,” it seems her experience on Holy Ship! has softened her heart for electronic music’s gateway genre. It all started with a word of advice from electronic music’s sagest wiseman, Carl Cox of course. Cox concedes that EDM is a fan’s entry point, and hopefully, from there they will develop their own acquired tastes.

Seeing it unfold aboard the ship, The Black Madonna reflected on her Holy Ship adventure, taking to Twitter with a host of gratitude to the ShipFam for, “teaching an old dog new tricks.” Read The Black Madonna’s cheerful tweets below.

 

K-9 drug-sniffing dog overdoses during pre-Holy Ship! boarding inspection

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K-9 drug-sniffing dog overdoses during pre-Holy Ship! boarding inspectionK9 Jake

Brevard County Sheriff’s officers administered Narcan to K-9 dog Jake after the drug-sniffing dog displayed signs of an overdose, following the dog’s inspection of luggage during Holy Ship! 12.0’s pre-boarding bag checkpoint. “[Jake] started having some problems with balance and had some type of seizure incident of some sort, [and] was showing effects of having inhaled some substance,” sheriff’s office spokesperson, Tod Goodyear said. Officials promptly took Jake to the vet after giving Jake the anti-overdose medication.

Authorities suspect that Jake ingested a type of ecstasy and later traced the drugs that prompted Jake’s overdose to 33-year-old Holy Ship! 12.0 would-be attendee Leslie Bennett. Police arrested Bennett for felony possession of a controlled substance without prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia and equipment. Bennett is but one of a group of 16 arrested while trying to board Holy Ship! The Brevard County Sheriff’s office released arrest information immediately following the first installment of Holy Ship!’s two-part 2019 iteration. Jake, meanwhile, is now in a stable condition, and expected to make a full recovery.

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