Dance / Electro — May 26, 2015 at 1:47 pm

Asia’s biggest boat party set for a triumphant return in November

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It’s The Ship is a party like no other. Now in its second year, more than 3800 revellers will take to the seas, partying to the sounds of some of electronic music’s biggest names on a luxury cruiser equipped with everything from a casino to a frickin’ ice skating rink. The four-day and three-night cruise sets sail on November 20th from the Marina Bay Cruise Centre in Singapore and will head into international waters, stopping in Langkawi, Malaysia for a beach party before returning to Singapore.

 

The cruise is a unique blend of a vacation and a music festival in a 5-star luxury environment, and as anyone that attended last year will tell you, is a must attend event for anyone that considers themselves a true festival fan. But hey, you don’t need to trust us. Just take a look at last years eye watering aftermovie.

 

We take a few moments out of Livescape director Rahul Kukreja’s busy day to discuss the second edition of It’s The Ship, the logistics  involved with putting on a boat party of this scale and what it’s like to have Bassment Jaxx involved in a wedding proposal.

 

 

First round of It’s The Ship just got announced a little over a week ago. How are you feeling about it all?

Good man, Last year was the first year and we took a bit of a hit. This year, we’re over 60% of tickets sold and we’ve only announced the Phase One line-up at this point. The video did a lot of the work for us. Ion and Jess who we do work with for most of our stuff, they’re amazing, we love their work and you know, we’re really close friends with them. This year we’re looking towards a sold out ship. We’re getting a lot of people from Australia, a lot from Thailand so that’s exciting.

 

There’s a bit of competition out there in the region with Shipsomnia, Sea and Beats in Australia. How do you see the environment for boat parties in the region?

The ship thing is tough man. We went in there thinking that you’re not selling tickets here – you’re selling holidays and it’s a whole new ball game. We went out last year and made a mistake by going on sale too late (but) we learnt a lot from our mistakes. We’re happy that in our part of the world we got into the game first. And I think we’re going to learn a lot more again this year.

 

What are some of the challenges of running a festival on a boat rather than at a stadium or outdoor area?

It’s tough man, getting production, building a stage on a ship. It’s tough because you only get like a day if you’re lucky to build. Because the ships are on tour, the ships are moving.

 

How was the feedback from last time? How did the crowd enjoy the event?

Man, some people got married because of the boat! We had Felix from Basement Jaxx help him. People have experiences that they’ll never forget. We had an amazing time and honestly, I think everyone that came probably had the time of their lives. They’ve told their friends which is why our cabins were selling before we’d even announced the line-up and I’m starting to think it’s not even about the lineup anymore. I mean we still want to deliver a quality experience but a lot of people that were on the boat had never been on a cruise before. I’d never been on a cruise before personally! It’s exciting.

 

Holy Ship – it’s obviously the benchmark in terms of lineup and they were the first guys to run this type of event. How do you see It’s the Ship as being different?

Obviously we have a regional focus – We’re Asia’s largest festival at sea. but Holy Ship use the smaller boats. Smaller cruise liners. Mariner of the Seas is a premium boat that fits 2000 plus people.

 

I figure we’re not going to get any hints on anyone on any surprise acts that might be coming to play but when can we expect the Second Phase to be released?

Mid July is when we’ll be releasing the second phase of artists.

 

 

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Until then, feast your peepers on Phase One of this drool worthy lineup and start saving your pennies because this ship is going to go off!

 

Early bird tickets have already sold out but discounted tickets are still available until the end of the month, starting from $588 per person. For further details click here.

See you on the boat!