It’s not everyday where you get to party it up and rub shoulders with your favourite DJs, rappers, and producers for three straight days on a cruise. Well on It’s The Ship (Abbreviated ITS) – floating music festival extraordinaire – we did just that.
Held on Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas, ITS played host to 3,800 raucous revelers from over 60 different countries last weekend. ITS proved to be an unparalleled experience that was filled with booze-filled nights, bikini-clad babes and great food. Oh, how do we love The Ship? Let us count the ways.
The Spectacular Views
We’re not talking about the spectacular 360° paranomic view of the ocean that surrounds the ship. Neither are we talking about the azure blue skies where heaven and seas collide. We’re talking about the good-lookers; the babes and hunks of the ship. Whether be it the jacked up bros who have working on their gym bods all year, or the svelte ladies busting out their swimsuits – there was a choice for all. Dig in, everyone.
The Supreme Hip-Hop acts
We’ve always admired Livescape’s dedication to the genre of Hip-Hop, which is a significant area where their Singaporean promoter counterparts have always lacked. The Tiger City’s talent showed in the form of DJ Biggie, Joe “The Malay Jay-Z” Flizzow, SonaOne, and H3. On the final day, we had the aptly-titled Block Party – a wild-out party held on the sports deck – where Bangkok Invaders and American R&B singer Brandon Beal joined the home-reppin’ crew for one epic jam.
Sporting with The Stars
Sporting has always been an integral curriculum of ITS.
So much so, that the organisers have organised a series of sporting events for us – plebeians – to hang out with our favourite stars. Revellers could engage in a mini-golf world tour championship with Will Sparks and Autograf, play six-a-side basketball with Brandon Beal, or even do Pilates session with smoking hot sensation Tigerlily. Plenty of activities thrown into the mix, passengers could even chat up Jack Novak or exchange casual hi-fives with Carnage on the way to the Windjammerz lounge.
St. Tropez, Black Butter & The Hot Tub
We’ve got mad love for the smaller stages that the organisers have set up. The stages, namely Hot Tub and St. Tropez, were tucked away between two hot tubs (literally) and the ship’s bow – respectively. At St. Tropez, we had a beautiful roster showcasing DJs from UK independent label Black Butter records, and what we’ll aptly term “Velvet Underground” (whassup, Zouk!) music. We had the hipsters partying it up there Boiler Room style, man.
On the other hand, there was the Hot Tub stage – where you’ll be transported to Lil’ Wayne’s world. Girls in bikinis, champagne showers, raining dollar bills, great Hip-Hop music, what’s there not to love?
The whole ITS experience is never complete without this – a raucous Beach Party on Day Two. Unfortunately for beach goers, the alcohol ran out early, which left revelers were left disgruntled. Many left the premises during that night, but those who stayed on soaked in the jungle sounds of opening reggae act Easy Star All Stars. They were later duly rewarded with the highlight of the night – American progressive house giant Kaskade.
Showtek! in the House
Showtek were arguably handed the highlight of the festival, with the Dutch hardstyle/EDM legends performing on the first day. Launching into salient hits such as “Booyah”, “Bad”, and “Sun goes down”, the duo elicited hard-earned cheers as they entertained with hard-pumping house music as they segued into hit after hit. Three shows in Singapore and after, the maestros are definitely still rocking it. Party hard, boys.
No Sasha Grey, but Playboy Bunnies
ITS has made it clear to continue its legacy of decadence, with promoters bringing in Playboy Bunnies from Thailand this year. Don’t worry parents, nothing raunchy happened (who are we kidding).
In short, ITS proved to be a stellar experience. The organisers at Livescape knew how to throw a party! Albeit a day shorter than last year’s trip, ITS left festivalgoers with withdrawal symptoms as they returned to their humdrum and working lives the day after. Rest assured, we’re pretty sure that ITS would return in 2016, surprising us with a rockin’ line-up to be reckoned with.
All photos courtesy of Colossal & All is Amazing photos
Check out Livescape Asia’s next party, Sleepless Society NYE’16 on Dec 31 – featuring the likes of DJ Afrojack, DJ Apster, Miss Nine – here.