S.S. Coachella follows Holy Ship!! onto the high seas

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If there’s one international dance music event that has stoked the jealousy of ITMers recently, it’s Holy Ship!!, the three-day cruise that set out on its maiden voyage in January 2012. Dreamed up by HARD Events, the L.A. crew set to present a stage at Stereosonic this year, the non-stop party included a stop-off at a private island in the Bahamas with a headline set from Fatboy Slim. On-board, the entertainers included from Gesaffelstein, Laidback Luke, Rusko, Diplo, A-Trak, Skrillex, Brodinski, Justin Martin…and even a bit of cabaret from Dita Von Teese. Attendance on the 93,000-ton luxury cruise liner was capped at 2,500 guests, and most of those raved about the experience after finding their land legs again. Surprise surprise, the 2013 edition of Holy Ship!! sold out months before the line-up headed by Justice, Boys Noize, Major Lazer and Knife Party was revealed.

Now it seems floating festivals are all the rage, with the revered Coachella Music Festival announcing S.S. Coachella. There will two separate legs to the cruise: the first, running December 16-19 2012, will head to the Bahamas, while the second goes to Jamaica from December 19-23. Goldenvoice, the team behind Coachella, was apparently waiting for the perfect vessel before they jumped on the bandwagon, and the Celebrity Silhouette ship proved to be just that, with room for 2,800 punters and a theatre described as a “mini Royal Albert Hall”.

The line-up is a kind of condensed Coachella, featuring Jarvis Cocker’s reformed Pulp at the top of the bill. There are plenty of acts made for dancing: Hot Chip, Girl Talk, James Murphy DJing, Simian Mobile Disco, Z-Trip, DJ Harvey and The Gaslamp Killer included. Festival promoter Paul Tollett has told the New York Times that “some sets will be longer than usual [as] we don’t have a curfew”. There are various ticket options available, including a Royal Suite room if you plan to splash some cash.

According to data released by Pollstar this week, Goldenvoice has got the spare change to make a punt like this. Its $47.3 million gross for 2012’s Coachella festival in the Californian desert represented the largest-ever reported for a single concert event. This news gives us good reason to marvel at the Holy Ship!! 2012 wrap-up movie again. Take us there.