For lawyers and doctors and those that have to deal with the potential repercussions brought forth by fans of the hard-partying, drug-using genre, Holy Ship! is probably not a good idea. But for electronic music fans, this might be the coolest idea ever.
The lineup and info for the inaugural voyage of Holy Ship! were announced last week, and the festival is shaping up to be one of the most unique concepts in the live music and entertainment world. Organized by Hard, Cloud 9 Adventures and The Bowery, Holy Ship! is an electronic music festival that will be held on a cruise ship during January of 2012. From the 6th through the 9th of that month, the ship will voyage from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Port Lucaya, Bahamas before its final stop at a Private Island.
Although the idea of a festival on a cruise ship is hardly a novel concept— Jam Cruise has been entertaining jam band fans for years, and other artists such as John Mayer have organized their own cruises— we’ve yet to say anything of this scale. The lineup features some of the biggest names in popular electronic music, so the festival would likely attract thousands even if it were for landlubbers only. Fatboy Slim, Boys Noize, Laidback Luke, Diplo, Rusko, A-Trak, Steve Aoki, Skrillex, Tommy Lee (yes, the Tommy Lee) & DJ Aero, Brodinski, Buraka Som Sistema, Dillon Francis, Jason Bentley, Destructo, Doorly, Gina Turner, Contra and Mike Deuce are all set to perform onboard the ship next year. With such popular artists on board and ridiculous amenities such as a pool and a casino, Holy Ship! is sure to be a crazy, debauched time.
The festival does come with some restrictions, however. Attendees must be 21 (smart move, based on recent problems with underage overdoses at raves throughout the country). Also, somewhat predictably, the fare is pretty hefty. The lowest room price is $449 per person, and that lands you in an interior room with four other people. The most highly priced room is $1499, which gets you a suite with a balcony. Travel fees and hotel rates are not included.
Tickets for the seafaring festival go on sale June 15th. If you’re in the Ft. Lauderdale area, expect to see a neon glow accompanied by bass-heavy, pulsing music fading into the distance early next year. Hopefully the ship wont encounter any problems after that.