Mariaville, N.Y. – In the peak of New York’s summer heat, 20,000 EDM fans make the trek to Mariaville—quaint lake town in upstate New York—to experience Camp Bisco this past July 11-13. The four-stage music festival offered big-room house, jam bands, rappers and trappers. Known for its rural camping environment and all-night partying, the grounds were decorated with a Ferris wheel, vendors, and live art.
It was another stop on America’s Best DJ Summer Tour Presented by Pioneer DJ & DJ Times, boasting 10 nominees on the bill.
Celebrating its 12th year, Camp Bisco is put on by the Disco Biscuits who play multiple times daily. The audience was split between die-hard Biscuits fans and music lovers on the complete opposite end of the spectrum—some too young to even be familiar with the Biscuits cult following. A diverse lineup of old-school favorites, new kids on the scene, international legends, and surprise performances caused the festival to quickly sell out. Unlike previous years, the layout of the festival changed so that both main stages and tents were closer together, providing a more convenient and intimate environment. Including the ABDJ nominees (Bassnectar, Baauer, Crizzly, Designer Drugs, Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus, Paper Diamond, RL Grime, Seven Lions, and Wolfgang Gartner), the three-day event boasted talent from We Did It, OWSLA Records, Boys Noize Records, Dim Mak and more.
Bassnectar, the king of making our ears ring, drew a huge crowd of bass heads for a wild, memorable set of original tracks sprinkled with remixes. Boys Noize surprised die-hard house fans when he traded his usually electro pounding sound for hi-hat-heavy trap beats.
Pulling his usual Jekyll-&-Hyde maneuver, RL Grime/Clockwork shared his official hip-hop remixes and collaborations with friends on Thursday and switched to big-room traditional electro house to the very different Clockwork crowd, while being joined onstage by friends and frequent collaborators, Baauer, Samo Sound Boy, and Ryan Hemsworth.
Los Angeles-based label Body High’s Samo Sound Boy played deep house to an intimate low-key crowd who arrived early to see his basement vibe in an outdoor festival setting. Part live band, part electronic experiment, Dan Deacon was joined onstage by two drummers during his equally bizarre and entertaining set. Sex Cult Records frontmen Designer Drugs alternated between the original dark electronic that put them on the map with a younger dubstep sound.
Crizzly, Grand Theft, and Heroes X Villians all got the entire crowd wild by playing radio hip hop edits. French bro troupe Dirtyphonics helped close out the final night, keeping the sweaty and muddy crowd going with house bangers from fellow Dim Mak and international artists.
Camp Bisco continues to attract festival lovers from all over with its combination of impressive bookings, while maintaining its underground feeling in a beautiful environment. The three-day camp-out continues to prove itself as a New York Summer staple.