Holy Ship!!! 2014's Ten Most Insane Moments
Editor's Note: As they have in years' past, our sister paper Miami New Times spent an early January weekend at sea, covering EDM festival Holy Ship!!! Here's what they saw.
After three years of raging at sea, Hard Events' Holy Ship cruise has proven itself to be the best nautical EDM adventure that money can buy. (Of course, we here at Crossfade enjoyed press accommodations, so we didn't actually pay.)
It might still be a new-ish phenomenon, but this party boat has the most loyal fans, the edgiest lineups, and the biggest surprise guests. So from the moment that we made it through customs, our Holy Ship!!! 2014 experience was awwweeeesome.
Unfortunately, the MSC Divina's capacity is about 4,000 passengers. And while that's a lot of shippers, there are tons of fans who get left ashore. So just for you, stranded ravers, we're counting down the ten most epic moments.
Photo by Ian Witlen
Shippers have been waiting a whole year, ticking off the days, preparing their minds and bodies for this very moment. In the past, it took Holy Ship cruisers a few days to mix, mingle, and make buddies. But this third year, the friendships were instantaneous. We wasted no time in catching up with old pals, dressing up in absurd costumes, hitting the dance floor, and letting it all hang out. Even Hard Events' captain, Gary Richards, noted 2014's superior vibe: "Of the 20 years I've been doing events, I've never seen people go that crazy. They were fucking having it."
Photo by Ian Witlen
Gina Turner Plays Pregnant at 5 a.m. and Still Manages to Teach Yoga Before Noon
At approximately 26 weeks pregnant, Gina Turner shouldn't have been able to stay up all night to play a back-to-back set on a giant cruise ship. It's even more impressive that the DJ-producer (who also happens to be Laidback Luke's spouse) woke up the next morning, boarded a boat to a private island, and led a pre-noon yoga session. But turns out, that's exactly the kind of boss-level thug stuff that Turner pulls off on the regular.