Artists Announced for Camp Bisco 11

The 100+ performer lineup includes: 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 Michetti. Additional details about this year’s festival will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Camp Bisco X Day Three Recap

Andrew’s full photo set from Day 3

The 10th-annual Camp Bisco concluded Saturday and late into yesterday morning, and I can only imagine what the camp grounds look like right now, as the mini communities of attendees, campers, venders and staff alike clear the grounds almost as quickly as they arrived. On-site Saturday felt like a refreshed Bisco, with new life breathed in from those who opted for the Day-only pass and it was almost as if the first two days were now a distant memory. The fresh slate from Saturday also could be due to the absolutely fucking perfect summer weather; nothing but blue skies, temperatures in the high 80s, bright sunshine that dried up the mud from the previous night and then completely cooling off as night fell.

dfa1979 by andrew franciosa

Andrew and I arrived on site just in time to catch the start of Dillon Francis‘ set in the Mad Decent tropical tent featuring the latest in moombahton. The genre is the latest direction that electronic music has been taking, and it’s essentially considered to be a cross-pollination of dance genres (house, techno, dubstep) and tropical bass (reggaeton, dutch house) slowed down to mid-tempo 108bpm range. Anyhow, for Bisco, Mad Decent brought newer talents to the line-up, featuring Jillionaire, Munchi, Nadastrom and Dillon Francis. However, Munchi had problems with his visa and didn’t make it over to the states in time to play the festival. Dillon Francis covered his set, and from what Andrew and I heard, it was spectacular.

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Camp Bisco X Day Two Recap

Here’s Andrew’s full photo set from Day 2.

We arrived back on the grounds of Camp Bisco yesterday just as Das Racist was halfway through performing. Needless to say, once we got ourselves situated on site and situated our beer, we missed it. Our plans once again got derailed (this time because of storms) and we missed Break Science with RJD2 and Redman, which I’m sure was arguably our only flop for yesterday. The flexibility of the schedule is nice to have as an ideal game plan, but with so much going on in Bisco World, it’s fairly inevitable to lose track of time. One person even asked me what day of the week it was, let alone what time it was. At 6pm, as we were gearing up to check out Four Tet in the Grooveshark tent, the general consensus was that basically everyone was buzzing and gearing up for the big acts to come. Needless to say, the grounds were host to what developed in to quite the party, reaching no-parents-ice-cream-for-breakfast status.


Kieran Hebden, a.k.a. Four Tet, was definitely a highlight. Hailing from the UK, his sound has been most often described as “folktronica” but he also dances around in more abstract electronic forms of techno, drum & bass, jazz, world and post-rock. All that genre bullshit aside, his Bisco set was absolutely on point. His sounds and melodies have a psychedelic quality to it, but I didn’t necessarily get lost in that throughout the duration of his set and he was able to play “chill” music without putting the audience to sleep. Hebden absolutely has a musical instinct and talent for knowing when it is appropriate to switch up the tempo of what he’s playing in relation to the environment and energy from the crowd and that in itself is the marking of a talented musician and DJ. In the best sense, he definitely is (and has been) remix and collab hungry, recently working with Burial, Thom Yorke and the late jazz drummer Steve Reid, as well as remixing Aphex Twin, Explosions in the Sky, The xx, Battles, Super Furry Animals, Andrew Bird and countless others.

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Camp Bisco X Day One Recap for all the alt bros at home

Yesterday was day 1 of the (now) sold-out Camp Bisco music & art fest. We departed at 5pm and were past the gates a little bit after 6pm. Standing in line for our wristbands, we learned that people arrived at 8:30am and didn’t get in until around 2 or 3, which is insane but not unexpected, given that the festival has reached it’s 20k capacity. Tickets are no longer being sold at the gate, but maybe if you pray to the Bisco gods (and have at least $300+ and an unrelenting persuasive quality), you might get lucky. I didn’t even know they were selling these, (asides from VIP) but I saw a “platinum” combo ticket go on Craigslist for $514. Money figures aside, it is quite obviously being advised that if you do not have a ticket, do not show up, you will get turned down at the gate.

Camp this year is absolutely huge, almost 5k more in attendance than last year. Last year was my first time going to Camp Bisco and I can already tell (and feel) the difference in numbers. It’s packed to its neon, multicolored brim. The giant blue glow stick that Andrew made me carry around actually came in handy when we got separated amongst the crowd. Buddy system y’all, use it.

Beyond the Bisco gates, it feels like we’ve entered an alternate dimension (because, well, we have). Fashion wise, literally anything goes. Face paint, body paint, masks, bathing suit tops, neon fishnets, feathers, fitted hats with literally any outfit (male and female alike), LED-infused whatevers, glow sticks and the boots-with-the-fur (Andrew calls them ‘wookie feet’). What! It’s making for the best people watching ever, but I’ll let Andrew’s crowd shots speak for themselves.

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Camp Bisco: Second Round of Artists Announced

So, as if Camp Bisco wasn’t big enough already, check out this bomb they dropped recently:

The newest artists joining the 100+ performer lineup at the multi-stage camping festival include: a first ever U.S. appearance of Shpongle Live; Ratatat; SPECIAL DISCO VERSION DJ set featuring James Murphy and Pat Mahoney; the New Deal; Four Tet; Conspirator; the Japanese Popstars; Orchard Lounge; Alex English; and JDH & Dave P.

Holy crap. Ratatat.
Plus about a million others. I’m pumped we will be there to cover it!

photo via rock-line

These guys join all the previously announced performers: The Disco Biscuits; Cut Copy; Wiz Khalifa; Bassnectar; Pretty Lights; Death From Above 1979; MSTRKRFT; Ghostland Observatory; Yeasayer; Rusko; Lotus; Wolfgang Gartner; Skrillex; Neon Indian; Nero; Break Science with RJD2; Holy Ghost!; Lettuce; Easy Star All-Stars; Beats Antique; DFA Records Tent; Damon Dash’s DD 172; Das Racist; Mad Decent Tropical Tent; 12th Planet; Up Until Now, feat. David Murphy of STS9; Black Moth Super Rainbow; Treasure Fingers; The Hood Internet; Nadastrom; Emancipator; araabMUZIK; The Magician; Paper Diamond; Bluetech; Two Fresh; Tobacco; Savoy; Nickodemus; Opiuo; Papadosio; MartyParty; SBTRKT; Archnemesis; Pimps of Joytime; Tokimonsta; Mr. Lif; KRAZ; Auto Body; Harvard Bass; Run DMT; Munchi; Dillon Francis; Jillionaire; Indobox; Freekbass & Tobotius; Afrobeta; Keys N Krates; Sonic Spank and Zoogma.

Be sure to check our Pretty Lights Recap as well as our Bassnectar Recap to get a bit more familiar with these guys!