Taking place on the beautiful Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pennsylvania July 16th-18th the infamous Camp Bisco returned after a year long hiatus. Festival goers from all over the country traveled to get in on the Camp Bisco action. Upon arriving the festival many people had no idea what to expect since the location of the festival had changed. Besides minor flaws in the security and the disorganization of getting wristbands, car passes, and getting up and down the mountain in shuttles, Camp Bisco was almost perfect. With headliners such as The Disco Biscuits, Bassnectar, Big Gigantic, Tipper, Pretty Lights, STS9, and Atmosphere it’s no question as to why this festival was so amazing. Not only was the line up incredible, but the location was really what did it for most. Inside of the festival there were numerous waterslides, pools, a lazy river, a wave pool, and even a zip line that expanded over the entire festival. There was something for everyone at Camp Bisco!
Even though the music wasn’t scheduled to start until Thursday The Disco Biscuits threw a pre-party on Wednesday Night sponsored byAdult Swim. Festival goers who wanted to attend the pre-party were advised to set up camp and then head to the pool deck where music would begin. It was an awesome way for everyone to start their weekend and make friends before the actual festival even started.
Thursday was the start of a very eventful weekend you could literally feel the excitement in the air. Everyone was either ready for the day or quickly setting up camp to get in and explore what Camp Bisco had to offer. It was a day of constant chattering and mingling throughout the campsites as well as inside the festival. There were so many different people from so many different places all making friends on the mountain. As the day went on people started heading into the festival where the music would soon start. It was a night full of amazing people, with awesome music, and even more awesome memories.
The excitement continued Friday after everyone’s Thursday night had been filled with exhilaration. The weather was phenomenal with sunny skies and light gusts of wind keeping all who attended cool while hiking throughout the camps and the venue. Even more thrill was seen on everyone’s faces as artist after artist displayed amazing sets to the enthused crowds.
Waking up Saturday you would think that the enthusiasm would die out, but that wasn’t the case at Bisco. People were up and planning their days adventure. The anticipation was not only for the headliners, but everyone set to play on Saturday. It seemed as if everyone had the same agenda in mind, and that was to get in the water and cool down. Whether people were in the water or out watching the sets everyone had a smile on their face as they enjoyed the music being played. The weather went from hot and unbearable to dark clouds and storms heading straight for the mountain. Everyone was told to head back to their campsites quickly and promptly as the winds picked up and the skies got darker. That didn’t stop the people at Bisco! Everyone was standing by their campsites screaming and dancing in the rain as it passed over the mountain. It was like nothing I had ever seen before. I had never seen so many people excited for a storm. After the storm passed we all quickly realized that a rainbow was perfectly visible over the mountain. It was definitely a beautiful sight to see. Then in that moment you could tell that everyone was ready for night. The crowds for The Disco Biscuits, Bassnectar, and Tipper were unreal. Crowds that big rarely get by without some sort of conflict, but what I seen were crowds full of love.
Overall Camp Bisco really did it for me, and I could definitely tell it did it for others. It has not been confirmed whether or not Camp Bisco will return in 2016, but I sure hope it does.
Written By Kaitlin Grias