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Wild, Weird, Electronic Vibes

Founded by much-loved Philadelphia-based jamtronica unit Disco Biscuits, Camp Bisco is an electronic wonderland where you can let your hair down and your freak flag fly.

The East Coast festival made a comeback in 2015 after a one-year hiatus, with a new location and a new outlook. After being booted from their previous location at the Indian Lookout Country Club in Mariaville, New York, organizers set out to provide a slightly more orderly — but no less fun — experience. The 13th iteration of the festival brought tens of thousands to the new location, Montage Mountain, and kicked off optimistically with Disco Biscuits bassist Brownstein exhorting the crowd: “Be safe out there.”

Safety concerns aside, the focus at Bisco is clear from the get-go: Party hard. The wild, weird electronic vibes are grounded by the main event which is staggered throughout the weekend: long, winding jam fusion sets from the Disco Biscuits at the Electric City main stage. The group is known for their trippy light shows and epic cover songs, and in 2015 they certainly did not disappoint. Playing six sets throughout the weekend, they are truly the glue of this unique event and certainly not to be missed.

The Lay of the Land

In addition to Electric City — which one reviewer described as “an amphitheater full of seats which seems silly at first but turns out to be quite amazing once you stand on your chair and get a perfect line of sight to every headlining act”— Camp Bisco has several other stages. There’s the Above the Waves stage and the Steamtown stage which host various acts throughout the weekend, and a disco lounge which plays host to plenty of after-hours dance parties.

All told, the festival grounds take about 15-20 minutes of walking to cover. A major perk of the festival’s new location is that it flanks a water park, which provides a much-needed respite of coolness for the 14,000 festival-goers mired in summertime heat. It’s worth noting though that as the festival is set literally on a mountain, stages are staggered and take some altitudinal trekking to get to. So, in terms of user-friendly festivals, this one is slightly more of a physical challenge which is something to note if you prefer a flat, friendly layout—however, there are many rewards to reap at the end of each trek.

Another major element of this event seems to be rain, so always come prepared. Even after changing locations several times, the festival seems to be graced by the wet presence of Mother Nature at least once throughout the weekend. Festival-goers seem to take the deluge in stride though, repeating the somewhat humorous adage, “God hates Camp,” as they continue to party enthusiastically.

Camping is allowed at Camp Bisco and it’s recommended, as the festival grounds are quite far from the parking lots. The festival provides a shuttle from the parking area to the entrance, but once you finally get there, it’s likely that you won’t want to spend too much of your weekend coming and going.

Here for the Music

The musical lineup at Camp Bisco is undoubtedly the main draw, with a lineup of electro, house, EDM, jam bands, and techno that will please those with even the most discerning taste.

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