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Holy Ship!! Day One: A Surprise Guest Whose Name Rhymes With Drillex
On Friday afternoon, nearly 3,000 raver chicks, dude guys, scenesters, club kids and DJs assembled at a port in Fort Lauderdale and boarded the MSC Poesia, aka Holy Ship!! There are two exclamation points because this is the second edition of the EDM party cruise put on by L.A.’s Hard Events. The lineup includes Justice, A-Trak, Knife Party, Major Lazer, Boys Noise, Skream and other people.
7pm: Major Lazer plays the first set of the trip as the ship leaves the port. “Are you guys ready to take off?” asks Major Lazer’s Jillionaire. “I think some of these people have already taken off,” Diplo replies, as most of the crowd has been drinking for six hours.
11pm: The lineup’s “surprise guest” artist is due onstage after Justice. “I bet it’s gong to be some no name dude that is totally going to tear it up” conjectures a young man from Winnipeg. What he can’t see is that Skrillex is onstage crouched behind a table, rocking out to the “Bang the Gong” sample that Justice is dropping.
11:05pm: Skrillex pops up from behind the table.
11:06pm: The crowd loses its shit.
11:45pm In the ladies restroom, two neon clad raver chicks adjust each others’ pink wigs. One offers me a sip of her cocktail. “What’s in it?” I ask. “Rum,” she says, “AND vodka!” I pass.
12:30am: Down in the disco, J. Phlip is dropping what is easily the best set of the night. The dance floor is hella slippery as people have been spilling cocktails on it all evening, which is sort of dangerous. (A tutu-wearing raver girl goes down hard.) But it also enables some amazingly fancy footwork by me, a man dressed as a mouse and others. We dance until we’re sweaty and have to go outside for fresh air.
1am: That’s where we end up stargazing with 12th Planet, who points out Orion.
2am: The disco keeps going with killer sets by Justin Martin and Claude Von Stroke.
2:30am: Break for games in the arcade. “Don’t put that $20 in the quarter machine,” yells a girl to her friend. “You’ll definitely regret it in the morning.”
4:30am: In the Zebra Lounge (which looks and feels like the club in Scarface), Skream is wearing a tux and playing a set comprised exclusively of “’80s Prom Night Anthems.” I end up dancing next to Skrillex and we sing “How Will I Know” by Whitney Houston at each other at the top of our lungs.
5am: Back in the disco, Eats Everything plays “It’s Time For the Perculator.” It’s also time to go to bed.
5:15am: But not before swinging through the cafeteria to pick up a ham and cheese omelet, a piece of pizza and an orange Fanta. Because that’s the meal that makes the most sense right now.
8am?: At some point in the morning, an announcement comes on that we’ve reached the Bahamas. I assume everyone else on the ship responds in the same way that I do, which is by rolling over and going back to sleep.
Continue reading LA Weekly’s Holy Ship! 2013 Recap HERE.