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Camp Bisco 2012: the Dancing Astronaut Guide

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One of the east coast’s few exceptional three-day camping festivals is upon us this weekend. A three-hour road trip north of New York City brings you to Indian Lookout Country Club where The Disco Biscuits will host the 11th annual Camp Bisco. If you’re a dance music faithful venturing upstate, you’re probably excited to test your auditory boundaries and explore your musical palette. This year’s line up is limitless; the genres and subgenres are getting more extensive and the fusions of different sounds are more rampant than ever. The festival goes from Thursday July 12 to Saturday July 14 and will feature two main stages, two dance tents, a silent disco, and an up-and-comer stage. Jump past the break for a full run down of who to see and what stages to explore.

A nice change up from last year is the pushed back arrival date. This year you can show up one day early as gates to the campgrounds open Wednesday at 9 PM. We recommend you take advantage of this perk; the early birds are people you want to be situated around for the long weekend. Arriving early means you’ll be stationed around Bisco veterans. Who better to spend your festival experience around than the people who’ve done it before?

Who To See

Bassnectar – Having the opportunity to see Bassnectar live isn’t something we’d ever recommend missing. As one of the festival’s headliners, he will bring a full throttle, high-energy set for the masses. People that seclude Bassnectar to the dubstep genre are truly mistaken. There are no rules or boundaries with his productions or live performances. He transforms bass music into an art form. He spends 20+ hours every week of the year on new content, effects, and techniques – an indicator that you’re in for a refreshingly new experience every time. Check these two defining Bassnectar tracks below:

Bassnectar – Timestretch (Original Mix)

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Bassnectar – Verbing the Noun (Original Mix)

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Amon Tobin – Here’s a fun fact to help you get through your day: if you’re from the New York City metropolitan area – with over 50,000 festival goers there’s bound to be a few of you – and you want the opportunity to see Amon Tobin in a solo style show, you can pay $236 for a ticket and go see him at Hammerstein Ballroom. That’s right – almost double the price of what you’re spending on your 3-day Camp Bisco pass. Need more convincing? Millions upon millions of dollars go into the production of this show; making it a one-of-a-kind experience unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. We got a chance to catch Amon Tobin at this year’s Coachella festival, and you can see our take on it here.

Big Gigantic – The Colorodo natives that make up Big Gigantic are best described as live electronic experimental music. They’re a hybrid of live performer and DJ; a little bit of saxophone and drums and some technology to bring it all together. Labeling them to a single genre is impractical. They’re a fusion of drum & bass, dubstep, glitch, and hip-hop, a combination that makes for one crazy live experience. If you want to see what goes into making the Big Gigantic experience, check the video below:

Minnesota – Christian Bauhofer, better known to his basshead fans as “Minnesota,” has had a busy year touring with Big Gigantic and has seen support from the likes of Bassnectar on the production side. His tracks are jaw dropping in every right, and he boasts the musical ability to win over any crowd. Give this young-gun a try, we promise you wont regret it.

Kaskade & Adam K feat. SunSun – Raining (Minnesota Remix)

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Sander van Doorn – XX Booty (Minnesota Remix)

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Fool’s Gold Clubhouse – Fool’s Gold Clubhouse is a separate stage at this year’s festival brought to you by label head A-Trak. It will feature artists signed to the label and extended Fool’s Gold family. On Saturday, the line up will include DJ sets from Craze, Nick Catchdubs, Codes and JWLS, as well as a live performance by rising Brooklyn MC Mr Muthafuckin eXquire. Stick around for a late night set by A-Trak, where things are sure to get extra weird. Also, since words don’t do him justice, check the video below to see what DJ Craze is all about:

We only mentioned a handful of artists with this guide and we urge you to explore and discover new sounds, genres, and artists. Sometimes the best festival plan is to have no plan at all. Pick a day and leave your schedule behind; wander around from tent to tent until you’re drawn in by the perfect combination of noises. It’s one of the best ways to experience a festival of this enormity.

If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, you still have a chance. Three-day passes are available for $190, along with Saturday single-day tickets for $85. If you’re picking up tickets from will call, remember they’re at an offsite location and not at the festival entrance. Tickets can be purchased here and a full schedule can be found on Camp Bisco’s Facebook page.

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