Road to Camp Bisco – Rob
Camp Bisco is one of my favorite festivals to go to; I’ve had some great memories while at ILCC, and some awful ones too, but it’s Camp Bisco and you gotta enjoy the ride no matter how hard things can get. Camp Bisco was my first festival ever, which was Camp 9 in 2010. I finally made the decision to go a few days before the festival, following all my friends who had already rented an RV. I didn’t really know what to expect, but I was ready for a wild weekend and that’s exactly how it turned out to be. I remember seeing a great Camp veteran act, Orchard Lounge, 3 times on the first day and I was immediately turned onto the group; I saw their Dance Tent set to open the festival, their VIP set, then their Silent Disco set later on. After the first day, I knew this was the place for me.
The second day, I remember Bassnectar’s equipment wasn’t working for like 20 minutes and I just remember so many people freaking out and stressing because, face it, Bassnectar at Camp Bisco is always a true rager and everyone was waiting to see him. Even though about a third of his set was cut short, he still blew minds and I would still call that one of the best sets I’ve ever seen in my life.
Day 3 was probably the craziest lightning storm I’ve ever witnessed and I remember being cramped in our RV with about 20 other people; we didn’t even know half of them, but we just didn’t want people to get rained on, so we offered to share the RV with friendly strangers. The Disco Biscuits surprised everyone with the lasers and killed it. Watching the rain fall through the lasers was absolutely surreal and there was no better way to debut them than right at that exact moment. Then, I was hanging out in the Silent Disco until 7 am with all my best friends just having a great day. Everyone knew the festival was nearly over but nobody wanted to go back to real life; the Silent Disco was our last hope and we stayed as long as we could. This was when I realized I wanted to come back to this festival every year I could.
Camp Bisco 10 was definitely a bit of a shock compared to the year before: the crowd was much bigger & younger, cared less about the community vibe, but could definitely party all night long. This year, only one friend came with me so we made friends with all of our neighbors and its great to have neighbors that are so friendly and are down to chill with new people. On the second day, I left my campsite early to check out multiple sets and didn’t come back until after Shpongle Live had just ended. I was completely blown away. We all knew Shpongle summoned the rain gods and made their first US live set a true sight to see.
As I was coming back and was about 30 feet from my campsite, I reached for my car keys and realized they weren’t there– uh oh. It had been raining all day, there was mud everywhere, and last time I checked for my keys was hours ago. I knew they were stuck in the mud somewhere at ILCC (they are probably still there). For a while that night I was completely freaking out. Finally, I decided that there’s only so many festivals like Camp Bisco, it only happens once a year, and midnight at Camp Bisco is no time to be worrying about real life problems. I had a great rest of the night and all our neighbors felt badly for us and were really nice about helping us with food and water because EVERTHING was locked in my car. I live 3 hours from ILCC and I convinced a buddy to drive out the next morning with extra keys and believe me, he was compensated very well.
For the rest of the day I saw a lot of great music. Getting weird latenight to Bluetech will always be one of my better memories from any Camp as well– pure bliss. I’m also a huge Bassnectar fan and he played a pretty good set and after that set we went back to the tent to chill before the latenight sets of Pretty Lights and Wolfgang Gartner. We laid in our tent and kept telling each other we weren’t going to fall asleep, but inevitably, after 50 hours of no sleep, we suddenly fell asleep. Woke up at 5 am and realized I missed both those sets that closed out the festival and it did make me shed a few tears. I immediately got up and just went to the Silent Disco just for one last bang for the festival. I lost my keys and missed 2 of the sets I wanted to see the most, I kinda failed Camp Bisco that year, but it was still a lot of fun.
At Camp Bisco 11 I felt like more like a camp vet because I knew the campgrounds and knew a lot of people going. I was ready for another great weekend at ILCC. Nothing too crazy or out of the ordinary happened this year (for Camp Bisco standards). There was one funny little story. Our friends gave us a huge 6 foot blow up monkey to bring to the festival with us. We thought it would be hilarious to throw the monkey into the crowd during Dada Life’s latenight set (since monkeys are their logo). We got into the middle of the crowd and just threw it in there then walked to the back to watch it. The whole set it bounced around the front. The next day we saw people walking around with it. We told them it was ours but we wanted them to do what we did with it and pass it on. Later that night we saw it again with another group of kids! It was hilarious to see how the monkey got around. Little did we know that our friends gave us that 6 foot monkey so they could surprise us on Saturday: they got one day tickets and were planning to surprise us and find us by looking for the huge monkey. They did find the monkey but it wasn’t with us anymore– woops!
MiMOSA gave me my first taste of trap and completely obliterated the place, and so did Dillon Francis the next night. I wanted to go check out Tycho in the other dance tent so bad but I just couldn’t bring myself to leave MiMOSA.
Camp Bisco will always have a special place in my heart and it wouldn’t feel right if it wasn’t at ILCC. It’s a place with some serious shenanigans going on at all hours of the night and it’s always full of the happiest people. I’ve gone to this festival with big and small crews, and it’s always still a great time no matter who you’re with. This year I don’t know who I’m going with, or how I’m gonna get there, but one thing that’s for sure is I will be there and I’m gonna be locked and loaded and ready to have another great weekend at ILCC for Camp Bisco 12!!!
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