Camp Bisco, the Northeast’s largest electronic-rock festival, is right around the corner. The 10th annual music and arts festival features 3 nights with over 100 performances at the Indian Lookout Country Club in Mariaville, July 7-9. I mention local shows on this blog now and then but most often after I get back with some photos. A quick shout-out won’t hurt though, there is still time to get tickets. A 3-day pass will set you back a good $160 while the Saturday-only tix goes for $80. This may seem a little steep at first but did I mention the 100 performances? With All Points West dead for good, what were you planning to do this summer this close to Albany?
Update: here are the photos I brought back from Camp Bisco X (2011).
Camp Bisco is headlined each night by the Disco Biscuits, the Philadelphia band that created the festival. I missed LCD Soundsystem, Ween and Thievery Corporation last year but this new iteration looks rock solid. Cut Copy, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Ratatat, Death from Above 1979, Ghostland Observatory, The New Deal, Break Science w/ RJD2, and Orchard Lounge are some of the artists playing 3 days and 3 nights on 5 stages, including 2 side-by-side main stages. I caught Ghostland Observatory back in 2009 at APW and I hope Lightwave International backs their laser show once again, it was surreal (watch out for your camera sensor though).
The photos featured in this post were taken in 2006 at Camp Bisco V on top of Hunter Moutain, NY, way before I bought semi-pro gear (more pics at the end). I had a blast. Personal favorites The New Deal, RJD2, Future Rock, and The Juan Maclean delivered great performances and got me hooked on the fusion of progressive house and dance rock. The Roots pulled out a fantastic show ‒ it was pouring but we barely noticed. I haven’t been to Mariaville yet but expect 200 acres of rolling, grass fields and many, many happy campers like this one below.
Don’t rationalize the price too long, this is a good deal and a chance to catch up with the solo performances you missed in the past 12 months. Camp Bisco is quite the infamous (and sometimes muddy) experience if you stay overnight too. I read about 10,000 (?) people camped out in 2009; if this is your thing make sure to check the camping info and what-to-bring pages. My 2 cents: you don’t want to be the guy downhill.
Now to tackle the elephant in the room. Do you need to be baked to enjoy Camp Bisco? Definitely not. I don’t care for drugs myself and that didn’t prevent me from dancing frantically and take photos. Bring a few like-minded friends and you will be all set.
Here is the line-up, day by day. HAVE FUN.
Head to Flickr to check photos I brought back from Camp Bisco X (2011). Below, more photos from Camp Bisco V (2006).