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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Holy Ship!!! 2014's Ten Most Epic Moments

Posted By on Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 4:48 AM

PHOTO BY IAN WITLEN
  • Photo by Ian Witlen

After three years of raging at sea, Hard Events' Holy Ship!!! cruise has proven itself to be the best nautical EDM adventure that money can buy. (Of course, we enjoyed press accommodations, so we didn't actually pay.)

It might still be a newish phenomenon, but this party boat has the most loyal fans, the edgiest lineups, and the biggest surprise guests. So from the moment that we made it through customs, our Holy Ship!!! 2014 experience was awwweeeesome.

Unfortunately, the MSC Divina's capacity is about 4,000 passengers. And while that's a lot of shippers, there are tons of fans who get left ashore. So just for you, stranded ravers, we're counting down the ten most epic moments.

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Setting Sail Shippers have been waiting a whole year, ticking off the days, preparing their minds and bodies for this very moment. In the past, it took Holy Ship cruisers a few days to mix, mingle and make buddies. But this third year, the friendships were instantaneous. We wasted no time in catching up with old pals, dressing up in absurd costumes, hitting the dance floor and letting it all hang out. Even Hard Events' captain, Gary Richards, noted 2014's superior vibe: "Of the twenty years I've been doing events, I've never seen people go that crazy. They were fucking having it."

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Gina Turner Plays Pregnant at 5 a.m. and Still Manages to Teach Yoga Before Noon At approximately 26 weeks pregnant, Gina Turner shouldn't have been able to stay up all night to play a back-to-back set on a giant cruise ship. It's even more impressive that the DJ-producer (who also happens to be Laidback Luke's spouse) woke up the next morning, boarded a boat to a private island and led a pre-noon yoga session. But turns out, that's exactly the kind of boss-level thug stuff that Turner pulls off on the regular.

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Special Guest: Tiësto!!! Rumors would've had you believe the cruise's much-hyped "???" set would be Dog Blood or maybe Jack U. Even Daft Punk seemed more believable than techno's king Dutchman. In fact, when someone on the boat tried to tip us off, we laughed in their face. But then Zedd finished his set and took the mic, introducing his "great friend." And for a moment, Richards and company messed with the Shippers, pushing notorious EDM troll Dillon Francis onto the stage. But Tiësto soon pushed him out of the way and delivered a deep-house set for the ages. All the other DJs joined in for an all-star conga line, the likes of which will never be seen again. You should have been there.

Continue to the next page for more Holy Ship highlights.

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