Review & Photos | Camp Bisco 2013 | Pattersonville, NY

Words by: Dan Diaz & Michael Urban | Images by: Zach Teator, Justin Ciccone & Michael Urban

Camp Bisco Music Festival :: 07.11.13-07.13.13 :: Indian Lookout Country Club :: Pattersonville, NY

Before stepping foot on to ILCC’s property this year, I already knew that this Camp Bisco was going to be something special. Needless to say I was not disappointed in any sense of the word. This was my third time attending Camp Bisco and was by far the best experience I have had since first going. Once through the gates, the new set up was obvious with the two dance tents being moved to where the main stage used to be, extending the size of the concert field by almost double. With tents up and the campsite ready it was time for some rest…well sort of…eyes wide open; we all lay awake anticipating what was surely going to be an epic weekend.

Thursday, 07/11/2013

Many said that the best day for music may have been the first, Thursday, as it was a heater from start to finish. My friends and I woke up early and cooked a massive breakfast to ensure we had our calories to burn for the non-stop get down party that was about to ensue. After gathering our strength, a few cocktails and putting on our dancing shoes, we finally made it out to the festival grounds around 1 p.m.

The Manhattan Project - Label Tent (2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

I have seen this duo perform from their initial creation, beginning in the small night clubs of Philly, to a show of maybe 50 people at Camp 10, to their performance at Camp 12, where they packed the Label Tent with their many fans. Touching all their heavy hitters (including their cover of the Halloween movies’ theme song) “1984,” “New World Anthem” and “Endless Nights” - a banger off their new EP. The Manhattan Project have become true professionals and it has been an absolute pleasure seeing them come into their own as artists over the years. After this set, we headed back to the camp site to grab dinner and some rest before the night came.

Squarepusher - Label Tent (12:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.)

Our crew decided to skip the first round of late night acts (Dillon Francis and Com Truise) to no fault of the artists, as we simply needed our energy after what the day already threw at us. We all made it back over to the grounds to check out the British electronic legend Squarepusher in the Label Tent. I knew a little bit about the artist before heading over, but was told he puts on something that you have to witness to truly understand what he does. Well those words could not have been truer as he blasted the tent with his signature off-beat, eclectic sound featuring lots of slap bass. Out of everything I saw at Camp Bisco, Squarepusher was definitely the most interesting act I saw. After a while though, I will admit the strobe lights and LED’s began to give us a bit of strained eye syndrome and we thirsted for something a bit more upbeat. Overall a great set and definitely someone I suggest seeing when he tours, which is not often.

Boys Noize - B.I.G. Tent (12:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.)

In previous years I spent so much time in the bigger dance tent that it was odd to not make my first entrance until now, but given who was on the other stages prior it made sense. The B.I.G. Dance Tent was curated that day by OWSLA (Skrillex’s label) vs. Boys Noize Records (Boys Noize’s label). Watching the main man himself close it out in style was a great way to end the night. Dropping his German heavy-electro beats kept our feet moving and our bodies shaking. When all was said and done we were soaked in sweat and ready to call it a great Day One. We slowly meandered our way back to the site sore from the day, but also more excited for what Friday would bring.

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