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Electronic music cruise ready to sail

One of the biggest dance fests ever planned for the high seas kicks off Friday in Fort Lauderdale, and organizers are promising a lively event.

The first-of-its-kind Holy Ship! music cruise, as it’s being called, features more than 20 top DJs who are “hyped into making it a whole adventure and not just playing a set and hiding out,” co-organizer Gary Richards tells the Miami New Times today.

Announced in June, the three-night, electronica-infused extravaganza on MSC Cruises’ 2,550-passenger MSC Poesia will feature everything from a DJ-led poker tournament to yoga classes.

“We have a captive audience for three days, so we have to have something else besides dancing,” Richards tells the New Times. “I would just go for three days of dancing, but my partners are like, ‘you’ve got to stop at some point so people can eat and sleep.’ We can’t just pulverize them with music all the time.”

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Organized by three leading event planners — Richards’ Hard Events, the Bowery Presents and Cloud 9 Adventures — the experience will feature such big-name DJs as Fatboy Slim and former Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee. During the voyage the ship will make a stop at a private island in the Bahamas for a beach party with Fatboy Slim.

Other DJs taking part in the event include Laidback Luke, Diplo, Rusko, A-Trak; Steve Aoki and Skrillex. Tommy Lee will be appearing with DJ Aero.

Music cruise organizer Cloud 9 Adventures already is known for its annual Jam Cruise, entering its 10th year. Hard events produces music festivals and concerts, and The Bowery Presents is a leading independent concert promoter.

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