Let’s start with Bisco. Many of you are probably Disco Biscuits fans. And that’s totally okay. Back in the day, when we went to Bonarroos and Gatherings of the Vibes, the Biscuits were THE shit. They were one of those lower-on-the-roster bands that were good for a great set. Them and moe. But since the days of old, they’ve evolved and their dedicated following treks up to the Albany, NY-area for a multi-day camp and concert experience. It’s plural Biscuit sets and fans go ape; they take and sell drugs, they drink ’til they can barely sway to the beat and, generally, depart the natural world for a number of hours before they return to IT jobs and server shifts. Each year, Camp Bisco’s gotten more and more robust and diverse and this year’s probably the biggest and baddest band roster to date.
The festival is July 11th-13th and $185 general admission tickets are now on sale. Here’s a ridiculous list from the presser (bolded are the bands we’d be most excited to see):
“Boasting its strongest lineup to date, this year’s performers include: The Disco Biscuits; Bassnectar; Passion Pit; STS9; Animal Collective; Umphrey’s McGee; Flux Pavillion; Macklemore & Ryan Lewis; Lotus; Wolfgang Gartner; Boys Noize; Squarepusher; Tommy Trash; Dillion Francis; ℧Z; Aeroplane; Alvin Risk; Audrey Napoleon; Baauer; Bear Mountain; Boombox; Break Science; Cherub; Chris Malinchak; Clockwork; Com Truise; Congorock; Cosby Sweater; Crizzly; Dan Deacon; Designer Drugs; Dirtyphonics (Live); El-P; Eskmo; Flosstradamus; Free Energy; Gigamesh; Govinda; Gramatik; Grandtheft; Green Lantern; HeRobust; Heroes x Villians; Indobox; Killer Mike; Koan Sound; Manic Focus; M | O | D; Nadis Warriors; Nick Thayer; Paper Diamond; Party Supplies; Popeska; Project 46; RL Grime; Rubblebucket; Ryan Hemsworth; The Werks; Toro y Moi; Twiddle; Vacationer; VHS or Beta; Wick-It the Instigator; and Zoogma.”
Now, the other and potentially cooler announcement from this week? Jay-Z and Justin are coming to Philly this summer, too. And it is, legitimately, a stadium tour. We’re not talking arenas. We’re talkin’ about Yankee Stadium, Soldier Field, Candlestick Park, and when they roll into the Keystone state? Well, technically they’ll hit Hershey Park first on the 4th of August but then they return to Citizens Bank Park on August 13th. Tickets go on sale on February 28th. Can we visualize, for a moment, what this tour will actually be like? Will it be a great night of music to sit on the upper level of Citizens Bank Park to see 43-year-old Jay rap a set and to watch JT croon his new tracks and bring us back to the sexy early aughts for standards like “SexyBack,” “Senorita,” and “Rock Your Body.” We’re not even sure this is a good marriage – what are they doing with each other? Is this some kind of deal struck by an Illuminati mandate?