Music Festivals

Top Five Holy Ship!! Acts You Shouldn't Miss

Since we landed ashore at the end of the maiden voyage of Holy Ship!! last January, I've been wondering: What'll happen in 2013? Will I meet the dude from Korn again? Will I get stuck on a ship with Riff Raff? Will the Mad Decent crew be giving Skrillex haircuts to his biggest fans? 

If you didn't love most of the big headliners on this sailing soiree, you wouldn't be putting yourself in the middle of the ocean with them. So I won't state the obvious headliners here on our "must hear" list. 

As an excited DJ, I will share a few acts that I'm genuinely looking forward to watching perform. I promise, if you follow my lead, you won't regret it. 

5. Boys Noize
DJ, producer, and founder of Boys Noize Records, Alex Ridha, is no stranger to big ol' festivals. Ridha has released several huge tracks and remixes over the years and collaborated with artists such as Skrillex, Snoop Dogg, Mr. Oizo, and Erol Alkan. The great thing about this musical man is that you never know what he's going to play. An extremely well-rounded DJ, Boys Noize shells out songs of every genre, old and new, and he isn't afraid of taking risks in front of thousands of dilated pupils, That's why you shouldn't miss his set.

4. Skream and Benga Presents
With dubstep taking over the world and even mom and pop music (we see you Taylor Swift!), all of us should take time to appreciate the OGs. Skream and Benga are absolute legends, and none of the dubstep overload would have been possible without them. They're taking over the Pigalle lounge on Saturday, bringing on Plastician, another pioneer, and everyone's favorite unpredictable party DJ, Jackmaster. Truly a treat. 

3. Night Slugs Party
The British label, Night Slugs, changed dance music forever. Theirs was such a new and fresh sound that producers are still trying to rip off their style. But they never seem to get it quite right. 

I can name a million reasons you should go see them, but I'll keep it short and sweet. All of them are incredible DJs on their own, but when they play together, these guys form a Voltron force to create a magical vibe. Go, and dance hard. The next morning you'll feel like you took a boot camp class. 

2. Nadastrom and Sabo
Speaking of vibes, these guys invented a genre. How many people can say they've done that? Moombahton took off like crazy, and these guys are steering the ship. The Moombahton ship that is... They aren't steering the Holy Ship!! That would be actually insane. Dave Nada, Matt Nordstrom, and Sabo are the big bosses of the nu-Dembow, and I promise you, the room they're playing will be quite the floating fiesta. 

1. Eats Everything
Dirtybird Records also has their own disco onboard. Booty-shaking house music is where it's at with them, and Claude Von Stroke, J.Phlip, and Justin Martin have never let me down. However, I've yet to see one of their newer additions named Eats Everything. To be adopted into Dirtybird, this guy must be rad. His bass heavy bangers are the perfect fit for a sloppy, starry late night set.

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Jessica Gentile