The legacy of Camp Bisco is a lengthy one, and this year celebrates the 15th anniversary of the east coast heavyweight music festival after being created by the Philadelphia jamtronica band, The Disco Biscuits. The inaugural festival took place in 1999 at Hunter Mountain, NY, and for many years after that Bisco called The Indian Lookout Country Club home; after a hiatus in 2014, Camp Bisco has since relocated to Montage Mountain, PA. Camp Bisco has been well known for a strong lineup featuring a wide mix of bands and electronic DJs. The Disco Biscuits play a total of 6 sets over the course of the weekend, and for 10 years have featured massive Bassnectar sets to close the weekend. This year, the festival will span Thursday July 14 through Saturday the 16th. Tickets start at at $215 and go up to $900 for “Super VIP.”
This year’s lineup features returning Bisco veterans Lotus, STS9, Big Grizmatik, Zeds Dead, RL Grime, Destructo, Popadosio, Orchard Lounge, and The New Deal. Bisco balances the huge headliners by recruiting some of the hottest new names in dance music such as Odesza, NGHMTRE, Marshmello, and Space Jesus.
While not as prestigious and widely known as other massive festivals like Coachella, Electric Forest, Electric Zoo, & EDC, Camp Bisco has always provided a well diversified lineup with many upcoming artists who have not blown up yet. Located just 130 miles out of NYC, Mountage Mountain provides a beautiful outdoor backdrop to enjoy the 3 days of music. The event attracts generations of loyal fest heads ranging from jam fans to hardcore bassheads.
It is important to mention the biggest appeal of Camp Bisco: the camping. The old venue consisted of many flat plains and straight paths, but since the new venue is located on a water park and the campgrounds are on a ski slope, most campers will find themselves sleeping at odd angles and hiking up hills to get to their tents.
The festival consists of 4 stages. The main amphitheater has a massive open air tent with a back lawn. Above The Waves is a large secondary stage located between a number of water park attractions including a wave pool and lazy river. The final two stages are much smaller, but that doesn’t detract from their production value; the sound and visuals are still top notch support for some of the more obscure, future bass artists they often host.
Written By Rasihd Lebz