HARD Events wrapped up its last installment of Holy Ship! for 2015 as 4000 plus set sail around The Bahamas, February 18-21.
Whether it was your first Holy Ship! or your fourth, you were considered Ship Fam. From all corners of the world, strangers became friends and even the strong winds and brisk nights could not blow away the warm and welcoming atmosphere aboard the MSC Divina.
Fatboy Slim kicked off the party in style, with his rhythmic beats & infectious bass lines, holding up a sign that read “Never Get Out Of The Boat”. As the night went on, the OWSLA stage stole the spot light as Skrillex dropped a 2 hour set, into the early hours of the morning, filled with VIP edits and unreleased tracks.
Day 2 was full of set time conflicts as Tommy and crew “Trashed” the theatre, Claude VonStroke and the Dirtybird Players rocked the Black & White room, and Brodinski threw a Bromance Party in the Galaxy Disco. Those still up at 5AM congregated with their Mardi Gras beads and masquerades at the Pool Deck to witness Destructo’s infamous Sunrise Sermon. It was truly an experience unlike any other as he brought the dark underground LA night life sound to the beautiful Bahama tropical sunrise.
Unfortunately, due to inclement weather, we were unable to make it to Coco Cay for the Private Island Party. However, that did not put a damper on the final night as the MSC Divina transformed into Noah’s Ark. Dj Mustard & Ty Dolla $ign commanded the crowd with their chart topping hits while Dj Snake threw an old fashioned house party dropping hip hop tracks circa early 2000s when Ludacris, Lil’ Jon, and 50 Cent owned the airwaves.
Last but not least, February’s special guest – Kaskade – made his way onto the ship, through a prop plane & sail boat, to play two incredible sets; an Atmosphere-type set on the Pool Deck and the final show of Holy Ship! – a Redux B2B with Skrillex in the packed Black & White Room.
Aside from the world class music, the most unique aspect of Holy Ship! is the intimacy with the artists. With a packed schedule of special activities, those on board challenged Destructo & Fatboy Slim to 4-legged races, slammed on MPCs w/ Araamuzik, did shoey’s with Cut Snake, and upped the ante with Valentino Khan. Also, it wasn’t unusual to see Tommy Trash sharing stories with patrons at the bar over a cold beer, or Claude VonStroke walking into the crowd wearing his crown, sunglasses, and beads embracing fans around him. This event truly gives fans, and the artists a-like, the ability to connect on a personal level, aside from the lights and music.
Overall, Holy Ship! is an unbelievable experience that should be a bucket-lister for festival goers worldwide. We look forward to 2016!
Gary Richards, on behalf of the Ship Fam, thank you!
Writer: Martin Riego de Dios
Photographer: Kyle Riego de Dios