The 7 Best Music Festival Cruises To Experience Before You Die

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Attending a music festival on a cruise ship is definitely something you must experience at least once in your life.  However, I should warn you, that after you spend a few days raving at sea, the idea of going back to camping festivals might not sound too great.  It’s honestly the most comfortable way to enjoy a festival, because it’s also an incredible vacation.  The destinations are always beautiful, the cruise amenities are top-notch, and the sunrises / sunsets you’ll witness while onboard the ship will leave you speechless.  If you’re looking for the best cruise music festivals, I strongly suggest you add these to your festival bucket list.

1 ) Groove Cruise

When:  October 7-9, 2017 (Los Angeles) — January Dates TBS (Miami)

Departing:  (January) Miami, and (October) Los Angeles

Destination:  Various locations.  Bahamas, Grand Turk, Mexico, etc…


Groove Cruise is the OG festival at sea, and will definitely be one of the best experiences your life!  I’ve now attended two different Groove Cruises, and it’s simply unlike any other festival I’ve ever attended.  Check out my articles on why Groove Cruise is the Ultimate Festival Vacation & Groove Cruise Miami:  96 Hours of Atmospheric Bliss to get a better understanding why.  There are two separate editions every year, so start planning now and join the loving #GCFAM !


When:  Every January (2 Weekends)

Departing:  Port Canaveral, Florida  

Destination:  Various locations:  Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas, etc.


Having just successfully finished their 8th and 9th voyages, HOLY SHIP has made some major waves in the cruise festival scene.  Their line-ups are always stacked with an eclectic mix of bass / electro/ G-House artists, and the previous destinations they’ve sailed to are absolutely gorgeous.  The main reason I want to go on Holy Ship is to witness the legendary Destructo Sunrise Sermon Set!

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Party on the back of the boat! #SpiceH2O #HolyShip #ShipFam

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3 ) Shipsomnia

When:  June 14-18, 2017

Departing:  Barcelona, Spain

Destination:  Ibiza, Spain


Unoffficially nicknamed “Tomorrowland Of The Sea”, Shipsomnia is guaranteed to be a party you never forget.  It’s maiden voyage sailed from Singapore – Thailand, and was one of the best festivals in South-East Asia.  They are now preparing for it’s second edition leaving from Barcelona, and making it’s way to everyone’s favorite party island. This event is likely to sell-out rather quickly, so plan well in advance to ensure your spot on the “Tale of the Kraken”.

4 )  Inception At Sea

The world’s first ever floating spring break music festival!

When:  March 13-17, 2017  

Departing:  Miami, Florida

Destination:  CocoCay & Nassau, Bahamas


“The second annual Inception at Sea Spring Break Cruise will be setting sail March 13-17, 2017 from Miami to multiple destinations in the Caribbean for a 4-night music festival experience, with 96+ straight hours of music and partying.”  I’m personally going on this festival in just a few weeks, and can’t wait to share my experience with everyone!

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5 ) Anchored By Unique Cruise

7 Days.  7 Events.  7 pool Parties.  2500 People!

When:  June 11-18, 2017  

Departing:  Rome, Italy   

Destination:  Santorini -> Mykonons -> Monte Carlo -> Cannes  


This week long voyage sounds almost too good to be true.  Sailing to four destinations, in three different countries, this will be a vacation of a lifetime  This is the first ever edition, so if you don’t have plans in mid-June, you should definitely check this out!  The line-up is looking amazing already, and I know this is going to be a full-week of nothing but groovy house and techno.

“A fresh and innovative cruise looking to combine some of the very best of the nightlife you would normally find in Ibiza along with all the glamour of yachting and cruising.  Our vision is to be an exclusive holiday choice for the influential and glamorous.”

Double tap if our line-up has got you buzzing to get #Anchored17 this year! Tag your shipmates!

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6 ) The Ark

When:  August 31 – September 3, 2017

Departing:  Barcelona, Spain

Destination:  Ibiza, Spain & Marseille, France


ELROW ON A SHIP FOR FOUR DAYS!?  Is this real life…?  This cruise simply looks like it’s be the experience of a life.  Take a look browse through the website and check out all the incredible stages, trip packages, and information about the venue of “the Feedom Of the Seas“.  It honestly won’t take you much convincing to start planning your trip!

“Four days long the ship will cruise the Mediterranean Sea in a tropical setting making sure mankind would not only survive, but to be fruitful, joyful and most of all: for mankind to create. To create an atmosphere in which any animal would duplicate. To create an environment in which everybody is loved, accepted and musically connected. To create conversation where likeminded people share stories and discuss the strings of life.”

7 ) Mdrinity Cruise

The First 100% Underground Electronic Music Cruise

When: September 16-20, 2017

Departing:  Genova, Italy

Destination:  Barcelona -> Mallorca -> Ibiza  


“Setting off from Genova, this wild 4-night Mediterranean voyage, with stopovers at Barcelona, Mallorca, and Ibiza, will soon be the exclusive settings for an unforgettable party experience!

Each of 5 stages, including the main dance floor which is located above deck, will have its own unique atmosphere and a befitting line-up to go with it, providing an insane 24h a day music offer!”


8)  It’s The Ship *BONUS*

When:  November (2017 Dates TBA)

Departing:  Singapore

Destination:  Langkawi, Malaysia


This is Asia’s largest festival at sea, and should absolutely be added to your travel / festival bucket list!  They’ve had two successful voyages in the past that both have had massive line-ups, and sailed to beautiful tropical destinations!  I spent almost two years traveling around South-East Asia, and one of my biggest regrets is not attending It’s The Ship!  While 2017 dates / information haven’t been released, you should definitely keep this in mind if you’re planning a trip out to South-East Asia!

Our Day 1 pictures from #ITSTHESHIP2016 are up on Facebook! Check it out shipmates! ⚓️

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The 8 Best Camping Music Festivals in California

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I’m a firm believer that nothing makes a festival more complete then adding camping into the experience.  While some people loathe the idea of not having a bed, a clean private bathroom, and a lack of electricity — a weekend camping trip surrounded by friendly people and great music is one of the best ways to relax, party, meet new people, and have a good time.

Check out my list of the best camping festivals in California.  

1 ) Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival

  • When:  April 14-16 & April 21-23, 2017
  • Where:  Indio, California
  • Website:
  • Why:  Coachella is without a doubt the biggest and most popular festival in California.  Every year thousands of festival addicts make their way to the Polo Fields for what is guaranteed to be a weekend experience you’ll never forget.  The line-up is always diverse, with a little bit of something to offer everyone.  It might be one of the most expensive festivals to attend, but it honestly is worth every penny.  When it comes to camping at Coachella — it’s a no brainer.  The campsites are well-organized, and you’ll definitely be happy that you can leave / enter the festival whenever you want.  Especially since alcohol is so pricey inside, it would be a great idea to head back to your campsite and chug a few beers in between artist sets.

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2 ) Dirtybird Campout

You’re never too old to go to summer camp!  Dust off your camping gear and calibrate your compasses, Dirtybird Campout is coming…

  • When:  October 7-9, 2016
  • Where:  Silverado, California
  • Website:
  • Why:  Did you ever go to summer camp when you were a kid?  Well, that’s basically what a weekend away with the Dirtybird crew is going to be like — but with much better food, amazing music,  and a lot more alcohol.  They’ve got plans for kickball, boat races, a talent show, tug – of – war, arts & crafts, stand-up comedy, and much more.  Tucked away at a gorgeous park in Southern-California, Dirtybird Campout is much more than a music event — it’s an intimate gathering of camp friends and “camp counselors” simply to enjoy some good tunes and excellent atmosphere.  Don’t miss out on this one!

2016 Line-Up: Claude Von Stroke, Reggie Watts, Green Velvet, Catz n Dogz, J Phlip, Justin Martin, and so much more…


Christan Martin — Road to Dirtybird Campout Mix

3 ) Lightning In a Bottle

Celebrating Art, Music, Performance, Sustainability and Life

  • When:  Mid-May
  • Where:  Bradley, California
  • Website:
  • Why:  Lightning in Bottle is a a transformative festival that is filled with nothing but good vibes, amazing music, and beautiful scenery.  The line-up is always stacked with amazing electronic artists that will keep you dancing the entire time.  While it is one hell of a party — it also has the power to change you on a spiritual level.  Get involved.  Do Yoga.  Listen to the speakers.  It’s 3 days of pure bliss of camping, food, drink, art, self-expression, and dancing.  Check it out– you’ll be glad you did.

Two days until we recreate the Woogie dance floor magic! See you this wknd, Wooglets! Tix:

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4 ) Beyond Wonderland

Embark on an adventure to the far side of the forest, exploring what exists Beyond Wonderland.

  • When:  Mid March, 2017
  • Where:  San Manuel Amphitheater & Grounds — San Bernadino, California
  • Website
  • Why:  Southern-California is the birthplace of the rave culture in the United States, and Insomniac Events are known for throwing the biggest and best festivals in America.  Beyond Wonderland is one of their main festivals throughout the year, and will be one rave experience you’ll never forget.  Insomniac always brings a top-notch line-up with the biggest names in dance music.  With 5 different stages, you’ll have to make some difficult decisions when it comes to the line-up which acts you want to see.

Check out the 2016 Line-up to get an idea of what to expect for next years event.

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5 ) Nocturnal Wonderland

4 days of Camping, 3 Nights of Music, Art, Family, and Culture. Carpe Noctem!

  • When:  September 2 – 4, 2017
  • Where:  San Manuel Amphitheater & Grounds — San Bernadino, California
  • Website:
  • Why:  Out of all the 3-day festivals in California, Nocturnal Wonderland is probably the biggest and best rave you can attend.  Insomniac Events are simply experts at providing the perfect atmosphere and music to create an experience that you will never forget.  The line-up is absolutely stacked, the vibe is unbeatable, and the venue is ideal for a festival of this magnitude.  If you don’t have plans for labor day weekend — then look no further.  This is exactly where you need to be.

2016 Line-Up:  Above & Beyond, Bassnectar, Hot Since 82, Flux Pavilloon, Hermitude, Pig & Dan, Laidback Luke, Matador (Live), Mat Zo, Nicole Moudaber, Caspa b2b Rusko, Knife Party, and so many more.   Check-out the full line-up here.  


5 ) Wanderlust Festival

At Wanderlust, our mission is to help you find your true north.  True north is not a final destination:  it’s a path, a journey, and a yearning to explore and connect to your life’s purpose.

  • When: July 20-23, 2017
  • Where:  North Lake Tahoe, CA
  • Website:
  • Why:  Stepping away from the bigger parties and raves, Wanderlust is a weekend getaway that is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.  Focusing on self-exploration, daily yoga sessions, guided adventures, local and sustainable food, and incredible live music. — Wanderlust is an epicenter of good vibes.  They throw these Wanderlust festivals all over the world, and attending the California edition will be a very smart decision.

Unplug from the Ordinary.  Adventure awaits.

Enjoy the view.? #OnlyInWhistler ? #Wanderlust2016 #WanderlustFestival ?

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6 ) Northern Nights Festival

  • When:  July 14-16, 2017
  • Where:  Cook Valley, California
  • Website:
  • Why:  “Cook’s Valley Campground is a festival site unlike any other. It is a rare gem.  The festival grounds feature deep swimming holes, the largest Redwood grove used for camping, and plenty of space to stretch out. Northern Nights Music Festival is a unique and safe experience for both newcomers and seasoned campers.   Our collective hope is to sustain NNMF as a premiere destination festival that offers a unique opportunity to fully embrace a truly Californian experience.”

Check out previous year line-ups to see the amazing talent they’ve brought in the past.

Northern Nights Mix – Gorgon City


7 ) High Sierra Music Festival

  • When: June 30 – July 3rd
  • Where:  Quincy, CA
  • Website:
  • Why:  HSMF is one of the oldest festivals in California, having just finished it’s 26th edition in 2016.  Every year they provide an excellent variety of entertainment to it’s attendees.  This family friendly camping festival is guaranteed to be a highlight of your summer with top-notch music, fire performers, movement classes, parades, and silent discos.  This is definitely a music festival in California you need to experience at least once in your life.

Check out previous line-ups to get an idea of what to expect for 2017.

Mixtape 1977 High Sierra Music Festival 07/02/16

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8 ) Woogie Weekend

A 3-day long celebration of all things Woogie!

  • When: June 30 – July 3rd
  • Where:  Quincy, CA
  • Website:
  • Why:  Lightning in a Bottle’s most iconic stage, “Woogie” has created it’s own boutique camping festival in Silverado, CA.  Having an amazing first year edition in 2016, this looks like it may become one of the ultimate summer getaways.  Above anything else — this just looks like pure FUN.  Beautiful people, gorgeous location, and bumping underground electronic music.

There you have it!  These are the Top 8 Camping Festivals in California!

How many have you been to already…? 

Check out my other articles about music festivals around the world.

Am I missing any great campign music festivals in California ?  Let me know in the comments section.

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25 Music Festivals In America To Experience Before You Die

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It’s hard to explain the atmosphere that’s created at music festivals.  They’re an absolute perfect place to a party, hang out with friends, meet new people, and listen to some amazing music (obviously).  When it comes to the the America, there is not shortage of quality music festivals.  I’ve compiled this list of what I would call the 25 best music festivals in America, and would encourage everyone to try and experience all of these before you die.  How many have you been to already?

1.  Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival

  • When:  Mid-April
  • Where:  Indio, California
  • Website:
  • Why:  Have you been living under a rock?  Coachella is one of the biggest and most famous festivals in the entire world.  Set in the beautiful desert of California, and bringing in some of the biggest acts from a wide variety of genres, Coachella will be an experience you never forget.  It might be expensive as hell, but it’s definitely worth every penny!


2.  Electric Daisy Carnival

  • When:  June (Dates Change )
  • Where:  Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Website:
  • Why:  Raver’s Paradise.  Hands down of the most massive raves in the world.  Ever since getting kicked out of L.A in 2010, every year hundreds of thousands of people flock to Sin City and party from dusk till dawn under the electric sky.


3.  Bonnaroo

  • When:  Mid-June
  • Where:  Manchester, Tennessee
  • Website:
  • Why:  This 3 day camping festival in the great state of Tennessee always brings a stellar and diverse line-up, and doesn’t shut down early compared to many other festivals.  Get yourself to TN for some amazing food, but an even better festival experience.


4.  Ultra Music Festival

  • When:  Mid-March
  • Where:  Miami, Florida
  • Website:
  • Why:  Boasting the World’s best DJs, unparalleled production, and location in the beautiful city of Miami, ULTRA Music Festival is the world’s premier electronic music festival.


5.  Burning Man

  • When:  End of August / Early September
  • Where:  Black Rock City, Nevada
  • Website:
  • Why:  Guaranteed to be one of the most unique festival experiences on this list, Burning Man isn’t just a festival, it’s its own city.  A place of art, music, and self expression; you’ll come back a different person after becoming a citizen of Black Rock City.


6.  Holy Ship

  • When:  January & February Each Year
  • Where: Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Bahamas
  • Website
  • Why:  Mix 3 days of partying on a cruise ship with some of the best electronic acts, and a private island party in the Bahamas, Holy Ship is one festival that everyone needs to experience at least once.


7.  Electric Forest

  • When:  End of June
  • Where:  Rothbury, Michigan
  • Website:
  • Why:  Take the journey deep into the forest of Michigan for one of the most beautiful settings, incredible production, and bass heavy line-ups.


8.  Sasquatch

  • When: Mid-May
  • Where:  The Gorge, Washington
  • Website:
  • Why:  Just look at that venue.  Listening to incredible music in such a beautiful landscape is guaranteed to be filled with moments you’ll never forget.


9.  Lollapalooza

  • When:  End of July / Early August
  • Where:  Chicago, Illinois
  • Website:
  • Why:  Perfectly located in downtown Chicago, and bringing in some amazing talent every year, Lollapalooza has really made a name for itself as one of the best festivals in America.


10.  Movement Electronic

  • When:  Mid/End of May
  • Where:  Detroit, Michigan
  • Website:
  • Why:  The birthplace of techno.  For underground music lovers, Movement Electronic is one of the best festivals out there for hearing nothing but quality techno tracks from some of the biggest names in the industry.


11.  TomorrowWorld

  • When:  End of September
  • Where:  Atlanta, Georgia
  • Website
  • Why:  When Tomorrowland (arguably the most popular electronic music festival in the world) chose it’s location for expansion, they chose America.  From creating an amazing Dreamville camping experience, top-notch production value, and bringing some of the best DJ’s in the world; TomorrowWorld has definitely earned it’s spot on this list.


12.  Lightning In A Bottle

  • When:  Mid/ End of May
  • Where:  Bradley, California
  • Website:
  • Why:  LIB has had some issues in the past securing a location, but it seems they have found their new home in Central California.  A 3-day camping festival unlike any other the state has to offer, LIB is filled with nothing but quality music in an amazing atmosphere.  Complete with yoga workshops, meditation, art installations, and much more; LIB is a festival you definitely want to experience.


13.  Outside Lands

  • When:  August
  • Where:  San Francisco, California
  • Website:
  • Why:  Thrown at the beautiful location of Golden Gate Park, Outside Lands is one festival experience you definitely need to check out.


14.  The Groove Cruise

  • When:  End of January / End of October
  • Where:  Miami – Jamaica / Los Angeles – Mexico
  • Website:
  • Why:  What some people call the original festival + cruise experience, the Groove Cruise boasts an impressive line-up every year of some of the best electronic music.  Having two departures from two different cities is also a plus!


15.  HARD Summer

  • When:  Early August
  • Where:  Los Angeles, California
  • Website
  • Why:  This annual 2-day festival in Los Angeles always has a stacked line-up, ranging from heavy electro-house and bass music, to the deeper sounds of the underground.  HARD Summer is a west coast favorite among party goers.


16.  The Governor’s Ball

  • When:  Early June
  • Where:  Randall’s Park, New York City
  • Website:
  • Why:  Set in the great city of New York, The Governor’s Ball is guaranteed to be an absolute blast.  Randall’s Island Park is the perfect setting for a music festival, and with such a massive and diverse line-up, there’s definitely something for everyone.


17.  Mysteryland U.S.A

  • When:  Mid/End of May
  • Where:  Bethel Woods, New York
  • Website:
  • Why: Originally from the Netherlands, Mysteryland is another festival that has made it’s journey across the Atlantic and set-up shop in America.  A 3-day camping festival in upstate New York, with a line-up that will make any electronic music fan drool.  Oh, and one thing — it’s held on the same grounds the legendary Woodstock Festival was held!


18.  Firefly Music Festival

  • When:  Mid/End of June
  • Where:  The Woodlands, Dover, Delaware
  • Website:
  • Why:  This 4-day camping festival is music experience set among lush wooded landscapes, featuring a massive line-up covering practically every genre.  Do yourself a favor, and get yourself to Delaware for this incredible festival.


19.  Electric Zoo

  • When:  Early September
  • Where:  New York City, New York
  • Website:
  • Why:  Although having some recent bad luck with cancellations because due to deaths at the festival, Electric Zoo is a must experience for ravers in America.  Boasting several impressive stages that cover practically every genre of electronica, Electric Zoo will not disappoint.  Head over to the Sunday School stage for the best in underground house and techno.


20.  The Hangout Beach Music Festival

  • When:  Mid-May
  • Where:  The Gulf Shores, Alabama
  • Website:
  • Why:  3 Days of partying on the beach while listening to top notch music.  You might not think of Alabama when you think of amazing beach parties, but Hangout might just change that.


21.  Camp Bisco

  • When:  Mid July
  • Where:  Albany, New York
  • Website:
  • Why:  Three Days of non-stop Music, Arts, Entertainment, and Camping in upstate New York.  This is a favorite among east-coast ravers, and will be an experience you need to check out for yourself.


22.  Paradiso Festival

  • When:  End of June
  • Where:  The Gorge Amphitheater – Quincy, Washington
  • Website
  • Why:  A 2-day party in one of the world’s most beautiful venues (See Sasquatch above) with some of the biggest headlining acts in the electronic music industry.    


23.  Summerfest

  • When:  June & July
  • Where:  Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Website:
  • Why:  With over 11 days, 11 stages, and 800 performances, it is definitely one of the world’s largest music festivals.  This is the festival lacks a strong electronic music presence, but still boats one of the most impressive line-ups you’ll witness when it comes to live performances.     10407732_10152877347652480_7328629869681085000_n  


  • When:  Beginning of October
  • Where:  San Diego, California
  • Website:
  • Why:  You really don’t need many reasons to check out CRSSD Festival other than the incredible line-up.  Yes, the venue is gorgeous, San Diego is one of the best cities in California, and the vibe is amazing — but forget all about that — the line-up is simply stacked.  Bringing the best names in electronic music, this is a party that will satisfy all your festival needs.


25. Made In America Festival

  • When:  End of August
  • Where:  Los Angeles / Philadelphia
  • Website
  • Why:  To finish off this list, I had to mention Made in America!  Budweiser might just be a beer company, but they do a pretty damn good job at throwing festivals as well.


There’s plenty more music festivals in America, but I would have to say that these are the absolute best ones to choose from!  Crossing all these off your festival bucket list might take some time, but you’ll definitely have a blast in the process.  Cheers to all my fellow festival junkies.

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