THE DISCO BISCUITS
We trampled the ground.
Step by step, skip by skip, raging dance move after raging dance move, the 25,000 attendees of Camp Bisco collectively killed every last bit of lush green grass that grows on rolling hills of Mariaville, New York last weekend.
We didn’t mean any harm. Think about our demographic break-down - half of us were hippie-dippy, environmentally-conscious tree huggers. We couldn’t swat a fly if someone paid us to.
But alas, we trampled the grounds of the Indian Lookout Country Club. Armed with the notion that grass always sprouts back, that all things which grow in nature have beautifully simple life cycles in which they die and are replaced with similar creatures, we danced the days away. Using every inch of real estate available to us, we explored the campgrounds, raced each other to the ferris wheel, pushed and shoved our ways to the front of the stage. The grass was gone, kicked around and trapped under our sneakers, and the dust flowed unchallenged.
There’s something special about Camp Bisco.
Maybe it’s the blatant resemblance between its lush rolling hills and that of Woodstock’s similar landscape. Both Upstate New York festivals, both free-for-all hippie gatherings. Both magical in their own right.
Maybe it’s the Hells Angels presence - a mean-mugging biker clan who owns the campgrounds and plays security for the weekend. Without a policeman in sight, festival goers roam freely between their tents and staging areas with alcohol and substances galore.
The 11th annual Camp Bisco Music and Arts Festival (July 12-14) announced their lineup today. With over 100 performers this year, the roster is packed with some of the biggest names in electronic music. In other words, get your tix before they sell out!
Check out this incredible lineup:
The Disco Biscuits; Bassnectar; Skrillex; Amon Tobin ISAM; Crystal Castles; Atmosphere; Big Boi; Shpongle presents The Masquerade; A-Trak; Lotus; Simian Mobile Disco (DJ set); Dada Life; Zeds Dead; Porter Robinson; Portugal. The Man; Big Gigantic; Bonobo (DJ set); Zedd; Mimosa; Daedelus; Holy Fuck; Mord Fustang; Break Science with Chali 2na; Kill the Noise; Rubblebucket; Gramatik; Tycho; Star Slinger; NiT GriT; Brothers Past; Archnemesis; El Ten Eleven; Craze; Alvin Risk; The M Machine; Zoogma; Eliot Lipp Live; 3LAU; Mansions on the Moon; Future Rock; Minnesota; The Knocks; Abakus; Thundercat; Shigeto; Ill-Esha; Killabits; Lance Herbstrong; Mux Mool; Orchard Lounge; Virtual Boy; DrFameus; Nick Catchdubs; Codes; JWLS; Star Eyes; Mindelixir; The Nadis Warriors; Paul Chambers; Inspired Flight; Freekbot; Alpha Data; Kung Fu; Manhattan Project; Rich Aucoin; HOTTUB; Xylos; Spiritual Rez; Bird of Prey; Revolvr and Michett and many more.
I don’t know if Willie Nelson ever thought he would be doing a concert with Nas, but thanks to this year’s Rothbury Festival, it has come into fruition.
The second edition of this now annual festival, which describes itself as a “sustainable camping festival revolution celebrating art, music, action” is taking place this summer in Michigan at the Double JJ Ranch from July 2nd to July 5th. A Garcia-less reincarnation of the legendary Grateful Dead will also be playing at the concert, along with the equally iconic Bob Dylan. (Hopefully they won’t collaborate and perform some of their tiresome Dylan and the Dead material). Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 20th.