The Livescape Group today announced the first phase lineup to Asia’s largest music festival at sea, IT’S THE SHIP 2015. The festival cum vacation this year will see the likes of Kaskade, Ferry Corsten, Peking Duk, Will Sparks, Autograf, Doorly, Tiger Lily, TWRK, Alex Adair, My Nu Leng, Apple Bottom, and Woz perform alongside a host of regional artistes.
The lineup thus far features a variety of sub-genres in the electronic music scene, with the sounds of trap, EDM, and house represented in the phase 1 announcement. Organisers are also looking at diversifying the music selection and are looking at adding pop and hiphop acts onto the full lineup, which will be announced in July.
The phase 1 lineup is headlined by one of the highest paid DJs in the world and two- time Grammy nominee, Kaskade, who also recently headlined the Coachella music festival. It will also for the first time, play host to Ferry Corsten’s signature event, Full On which will also feature a selection of artistes handpicked by Ferry himself – acts will also be announced in July with previous editions show having featured a range of electronic music legends to up and coming talents.
Australia is also strongly represented on the lineup with three of the biggest Aussie acts to have emerged on the global electronic music scene – Peking Duk, Tiger Lily and the king of Melbourne-bounce, Will Sparks.
All three have been making waves across the globe and have recently dominated some of the world’s largest music festivals.
IT’S THE SHIP 2015 will take place aboard Royal Caribbean International’s “Mariner of the Seas”, one of the largest cruise liners in the world, and is expected to attract a total of 3,800 people. Currently, the festival has sold over 40% of its cabins since sales began just over a month ago with 80% of purchases being snapped up by tourists. An influx of foreign fans from 19 countries such as Malaysia, Australia, Thailand, Taiwan, the United States of America and the United Kingdom, among others currently make up the purchasers.
The four-day and three-night floating music festival cum vacation is set to depart from the Marina Bay Cruise Centre in Singapore on November 20, crossing international waters on the straits of Malacca to the tropical island of Langkawi in Malaysia for a beach party, before returning to Singapore shores on November 23.
“We are very encouraged by the response so far, having sold over 40% of our cabins even before we have announced our lineup. In conjunction with the announcement today we are also releasing limited number of cabins with a 20% discount and I urge those who have yet to buy their cabins to do so soon as our cabins are selling fast and we are expecting a sold-out festival this year. This is one festival vacation you won’t want to miss,” explained Muhammad Iqbal, Group Chief Executive Officer for The Livescape Group.
The inaugural IT’S THE SHIP 2014 saw the likes of Dash Berlin, Lil Jon, Chvrches, Sasha Grey, Basement Jaxx, and over 30 other international and regional acts perform over 5 days and 4 nights of the cruise’s duration.
Last year’s installment saw the likes of Dash Berlin casually sun-tanning on the cruise’s pool decks every morning and playing beach soccer with fans at the beach party in Langkawi while Felix of Basement Jaxx helped a man propose to his wife-to-be at what is IT’S THE SHIP’s first ever wedding proposal.
Then there was Sick Individuals, Alex Metric and Aeroplane, who played a round of “tipsy” golf with fans and Crookers who hosted a cooking class while Louisahhh!!! got busy with fans at her RPM session at the gym. There were also a tonne of secret pop- up parties that took place on the cruise including a pyjama party and even a private after party hosted by Sasha Grey. Lil Jon also hosted the fans to a private beach party in Langkawi.
“One of the key talking points from the fans who attended last year’s festival was the fact that they not only got to see their favorite acts perform live but they also got to interact with the artistes in person over the duration of the festival. One key consideration we take when booking acts for IT’S THE SHIP is we tend to book acts that are more outgoing and sociable because we want them to interact with the fans not only through their music but also via the other activities onboard the cruise as well. And because of the laidback, vacation-like atmosphere, it was very possible”, Iqbal added.
A new payment option has also been introduced for IT’S THE SHIP 2015 where guests can opt to pay for their cabins via a monthly installment plan. Installment plans for IT’S THE SHIP 2015 varies depending on types of cabin purchased and are priced at USD89, USD106, USD129 and USD149 per month. Payment plans require a USD200 down payment per person and monthly payment plans will be adjusted depending on the date of purchase. More details on the installment plans can be found at www.itstheship.com.
IT’S THE SHIP 2015 takes place from 20 – 23 November 2015 aboard the luxurious 5- star Royal Caribbean International cruise liner, “Mariner of the Seas” and is expected to attract over 3,800 fans of which 60% are expected to come from outside of Singapore. The inaugural edition last year saw close to 2,500 fans from across 49 countries travelling to Singapore specifically for IT’S THE SHIP.
The 15-deck Mariner of The Seas features a casino, a rock-climbing wall that overlooks the sea, a full sized basketball court, ice-skating rink, mini golf course, a duty-free shopping promenade, full service day spa, 10 pools and whirlpools, and 17 bars, clubs and lounges.
Cabins for IT’S THE SHIP 2015 are priced per person from USD588 for an interior stateroom to USD4,888 for a luxurious Royal Suite. All cabin prices are inclusive of complimentary 24-hour dining and room service, selected non-alcoholic beverages and free usage of most of the ship’s facilities. For more information and to purchase cabins, logon to www.itstheship.com. The Royal Suite, Owner’s Suite, Royal Family Suite, and Family Ocean View Suite are sold out. Remaining cabins are selling fast. Cabin sale ends on 10 November 2015.
Watch the phase 1 line up announcement video here:
ITS’ THE SHIP 2015 Phase 1 Lineup (in alphabetical order)
International: Alex Adair (presented by Black Butter Records) Apple Bottom (presented by Black Butter Records) Autograf Doorly Ferry Corsten presents Full On with special guests Kaskade – Beach Party Showcase My Nu Leng (presented by Black Butter Records) Peking Duk Tiger Lily TWRK Will Sparks Woz (presented by Black Butter Records) + more to be announced in July 2015
Local/Regional (in alphabetical Axel Groove Bass Agents DJ Azran Eva T Godwin P Goldfish Goldfish & Blink H3 IRAMA Jade Rasif Lapsap LZZY Mr Nasty & Guru-Guru Naufal & Isky Oliver Osborne Patricia K RAH Twinkies Victor G XU Ya5th + more to be announced in July 2015