EVENTS

PREVIEW: The Disco Biscuits Present: Camp Bisco 2017

Camp Bisco, a jam-tronica festival started by the band The Disco Biscuits, is very well known within festival circles. Bisco has a long, storied, and deep past that stretches back 17 years to the dark ages of 1999, and now in 2017, Bisco is back for its third year in a row in their new location of Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Camp Bisco 2017 Lineup

Camp Bisco originated in 1999 “out of necessity,” Brownstein, The Disco Biscuits bassist, says “When the Biscuits started as a young Philadelphia band in the ’90s, we were in the festival circuit, and like any young band we started playing at noon. We knew within a year or two that we weren’t the noontime band anymore, that our fan base had outgrown that, but the promoters still didn’t necessarily believe it.” The band played to an audience of 1,500 at the 1997 All Good Festival at noon, which quickly cleared out after the Biscuits were done playing. That was the straw that broke. It is easy to say that the Disco Biscuits have come a long way since 1997 and this festival has grown to be one of the best festivals on the east coast of the United States.

“The Lineup”

Camp Bisco is going to lay the boom this year with a lineup so packed with talent it will have your head spinning. Here are just a few artists you will see at Bisco that you will never forget.

BASSNECTAR

Bassnectar is the king of electronic producing. He is known to put on shows that you will remember for the rest of your life. His new album Reflective just dropped and the tracks are in line with his signature sound. Make SURE not to miss him on Main Stage!

GRIZ

One known thing about Griz: he will bring the funk to Bisco. With his skills on the saxophone and creativity behind the turn tables, everyone in the crowd will be getting down.

ACTION BRONSON

For all you hip-hop/rap fans out there, Bisco has a special treat for you. Action Bronson is one of the hottest hip-hop artists out there. He has been featured on VICE in his series F*ck, That’s Delicious. He brings a whole new element to the main stage and is sure to throw down just as hard as anyone else performing.

12th PLANET

Last year at Bisco, 12th Planet raged at the Wave Pool stage and people went crazy! Yep, you heard right, wave pool. You will find out more about that further down. The heavy dubstep beats 12th Planet pushes out will get headbangers going wild and you will feel the bass flowing through your veins.

GOLDFISH

Do you love hooping and jamming out to Deep House? Because if you do, Goldfish will be there to give you the fix you need. With visuals that will stun you and melodic deep house beats, Goldfish will win over your heart at Bisco.

SLUSHII

Last year at Bisco, Slushii could be found performing on main stage, or even throwing down in the RV lot on the Jaenga Bus. His remixes of popular songs and original beats remind me of some of the best dance anthems that come around every year.

CloZee

If you want to get down to some primitive sounding bad-ass EDM, definitely check out CloZee. She traveled all the way from France for Bisco and has a very rare sound. You truly need to experience her music at least once in your life.

YOOKIE

Yookie is an absolute killer duo that brings trap music to a new level. The sounds and beats they produce melt one’s brain and truly get a crowd moving.

Other Artists

This lineup is stacked with so much talent. No matter what type of EDM you are into, Camp Bisco will have everything you can ever dream of available.

Venue: Montage Mountain + Full Water park

Main Stage 2016

The final map of how the mountain will be planned out has not been released yet. What is known is that music goers will enjoy incredible light shows at the main stage under the huge canopy, which just adds to the effect and also keeps you dry! For those of you that don’t mind getting wet, there is also a stage right next to the wave pool. Camp Bisco is equipped with a full-blown water park which the festival attendees can take full advantage of for free! You can see 12th Planet killing it last year below.

Camp Bisco also offers free water at filling stations to make sure everyone stays hydrated. Since the camping is not directly next to where everyone will be parking, they also offer free rides on golf carts to the camp grounds. I recommend bringing a wagon if you have a lot of camping gear! Here are a few more images of what you can expect to see at Camp Bisco this year.

Camping

Bisco is located on a mountain, so for those that are used to camping on flat ground, there may be a learning curve. You will see tents pitched all over the mountain, up and down the ski slopes. Little communities of tents on the flattest spots around. It truly becomes an adventure and adds an extra element to the camping.

Some people train for Bisco on treadmills set at incline while others use liquid courage to climb up the mountain to their tent. At the end of the day, all you have to do is pace yourself, watch out for rattlesnakes, and PARTY! Plus when you get tired of walking, let me just remind you once again about that water park. Did someone say lazy river?

The Camp Bisco App

Camp Bisco has incorporated all the information about their festival into a handy app that you can install on your smartphone for free! Whether you want to check what time your favorite artist is going on, or just use the map to find out where you are, easily accessing the app on your phone will make the festival easier to navigate and keep everyone safer.

The app also showcases all of the vendors available at Bisco to make sure all of your needs are satisfied.

 

All general information that you may want to look up will also be available right in the palm of your hand. 

Safety always comes first at festivals and there will be a fully staffed medical stations all over the festival in different locations.

Camp Bisco Vendors

Vendor – Grassroots Hats

There will be food and merchandise vendors on site selling everything you can imagine, from ice cream, gyros, pizza, and all the swag you can ever dream of.

Local Legend/Vendor – Notis the Gyro King

Festival + Camping Passes

General Admission

  • 3 Day General Admission Pass – $215.50 + fees
  • 3 Day general Admission Pass + Camping – $265.50 + fees
  • 3-Day GA Passes will give you access to the festival grounds from Thursday, July 13th through Saturday, July 15th
  • 3-Day GA Passes are general admission tickets
  • To access the Camping & RV Lot areas you will need a 3-Day GA + Camping Bundle *
  • 3-Day GA Passes will not give you access to the VIP areas

*If you wish to camp, you must purchase a 3-Day GA + Camping Bundle

VIP Admission

  • 3 Day VIP Admission Pass – $499.50 + fees
  • 3 Day VIP + Camping Admission Pass – $549.50 + fees
  • Premium viewing throughout the festival at the exclusive Main Stage viewing pit and Water park Stage viewing area
  • Access to two (2) VIP lounges – the VIP Club and the VIP Bisco Lounge – featuring private cash bars, drink specials and complimentary water
  • Private VIP-only late night sets with Camp Bisco artists
  • Soundcheck viewing party with The Disco Biscuits on Wednesday, July 12
  • Early access to the campgrounds on Wednesday, July 12th from 8 PM – 10 PM
  • Pre-Festival BBQ with The Disco Biscuits
  • (3) Meal Vouchers good at select food vendors
  • Private air-conditioned, flushable restroom by the main stage
  • One (1) exclusive VIP merchandise gift
  • One (1) limited edition festival poster
  • One (1) VIP laminate
  • Opportunity to add-on Free VIP Parking for Camping or a daytime-only VIP parking space at the venue (1 parking pass per order, while supplies last)
  • On-site VIP host

VIP Experience brought to you by CID Entertainment

*If you wish to camp, you must purchase a 3-Day VIP + Camping Bundle

VIP Box Seats

  • 3 Day VIP Box Seats Pass – $449.50 + fees (Early Bird), $499.50 + Fees (Next Tier)
  • 3 Day VIP Box Seats Pass + Camping – $489.50 + fees (Early Bird), $549.50 + Fees (Next Tier)
  • Admission to Camp Bisco & Reserved Box Seats (sold in sets of 4 or 8) for all artists on the Main Stage
  • Private wait staff service in the box
  • Premium viewing throughout the festival at the exclusive Main Stage viewing pit and  Waterpark Stage viewing area
  • Access to two (2) VIP lounges – the VIP Club and the VIP Bisco Lounge – featuring private cash bars, drink specials + food & beverage offerings and complimentary water*
  • Private VIP-only late night sets with Camp Bisco artists
  • Soundcheck viewing party with The Disco Biscuits on Wednesday, July 12
  • Early access to the campgrounds on Wednesday, July 12th from 8 PM – 10 PM
  • Pre-Festival BBQ with The Disco Biscuits
  • (3) Meal Vouchers good at any food vendor
  • Private air-conditioned, flushable restroom by the Main Stage
  • One (1) exclusive VIP merchandise gift
  • One (1) limited edition festival poster
  • One (1) VIP laminate
  • Opportunity to add-on Free VIP Parking for Camping or a daytime-only VIP parking space at the venue (1 parking pass per order, while supplies last)
  • On-site VIP host
  • VIP Experience brought to you by CID Entertainment

    If you wish to camp, you must purchase a Box Seat + Camping Bundle

    RV Parking Pass

3 Day RV Parking Pass – $300

Roll our way, your way! It’s awesome to be able to experience Bisco on wheels with all the amenities of home! We only have a limited number of spaces, so get yours today!

RV parking is not located with general Camping. You must purchase an RV pass to be guaranteed a space for your RV. There are no hookups.

Note: Make sure you bring everything you need! If you have to leave for any reason, your RV will not be able to re-enter the Festival.

Very limited RV Passes are available for purchase for $300 per RV, oversized vehicle such as a bus, trailer, towed trailer, etc. – all vehicles that are larger than a 15-passenger van.

Each person in the RV will need to purchase a Camping Bundle. You will need to present your RV hang tag to be able to reach the RV parking area. RV’s are subject to search.

Wastewater removal will be available for a fee. No plug-ins will be available. No companion vehicles (including motorcycles) will be permitted in the RV Lot due to space limitations. Tow vehicles must also fit within your RV space. Amenities such as awnings, grills and furniture must fit within allotted space.

RV spaces will be sized according to RV Class A, B or C with maximum space being 20 x 45.

All On Site Parking Passes for are SOLD OUT!

(You can still most likely find them from a third party though!)

Allowed Items at Bisco

  • General camping items not on the Prohibited Items list (tent, canopies, tarps, etc)
  • One (1) bulk alcohol items per person in aluminum or plastic containers only. Campground only, festival site not permitted. No glass containers of any kind. “Bulk alcohol” is defined as
    • One (1) case (24 cans) of beer or malt-based beverage
    • One (1) 1.75 litre plastic bottle of hard alcohol
    • One (1) 4 litre box of wine
  • Cooking appliances under the following conditions. Campground only, festival site not permitted
    • Must bear a certification from a nationally-recognized certification agency
    • Must only use propane as the primary fuel
    • Maximum amount of propane per campsite may not exceed 20 pounds
  • Prescription medications are allowed under the following conditions
    • Must be in the original prescription bottle
    • Guests with prescription medications must provide a government-issued photo ID that matches the name printed on the prescription container
    • The description of the medication on the description printed on the prescription container
    • Multiple prescription medications may not be mixed into a single container – each individual medication requires its own prescription container
    • Medical personnel reserve the right to require guests to check in bulk amounts of prescription medication for the duration of the event
  • Empty water bottles, including reusable and disposable water bottles
  • Empty CamelBak-style water bladder systems (please see special section below)
  • Non-professional  cameras
  • Cell phones
  • Lighters
  • Sealed: cigarette packages, tampons, packs of gum, and chapstick/lip gloss
  • Sunglasses and hats
  • Guide dogs for people with disabilities and other service animals with current rabies certification
  • Totems if built in a manner that is safe.  No metal or wood.  (no totems underneath the tent at the Electric City Stage)
  • Food – allowed in campground, but no bulk food may be brought from campgrounds into festival site (small clear bag only)

Special Note About Camel Bak-style Water Bladder Systems:

Although CamelBak-style water bladder systems are allowed empty into the venue, the water bladders themselves must be capable of being removed from the carrier and must be transparent enough to allow security to visually inspect the empty bladder.  Additionally CamelBak-style bladder carriers must have no more than 2 main compartments and1 small compartment. AnyCamelBak-style water bladder that cannot be removed from the carrier and/or is opaque enough to prevent visual inspection, and any CamelBak-style bladder carriers larger than the allowed size will not be allowed into the venue.

Special Note About Prescription and OTC Medications:

Prescription medication are allowed only in the original prescription bottle. Any guests attempting to bring in prescription medication must have a government-issued photo identification card that matches the name printed on the prescription, and the pills in the bottle must match the description printed on the prescription.

Over-the-counter medications are allowed in provided that they are new and in the original, factory-sealed container.

Items not allowed at Bisco

  • Sponsorship-branded or wrapped vehicles are prohibited and will not be allowed entry through the tollbooths
  • Tents with sponsorship-branding or logos of any kind
  • Pets of any kind (except service animals with current rabies vaccination)
  • Bulk alcohol over the amount in the Allowed Items, including kegs
  • Any item that can be used as a weapon, including wallet chains
  • Drugs or drug paraphernalia
  • Medical or recreational-use marijuana
  • Glass containers of any kind
  • Open flame of any kind
  • Generators of any kind (except in RV area)
  • Golf carts or other motorized conveyances
  • Drones, remote-operated, and/or autonomous vehicles of any kind
  • Heating appliances of any kind
  • Amplified sound systems (small ipod docks ok)
  • Tiki torches, fireworks, fuel, or incendiary devices of any kind.
  • Focus light beam devices, including laser pointers
  • Any item that can be used as a means to disturb the peace, endanger the safety of the crowd, and/or inflict damage to people and goods
  • Paint, Markers
  • Masks, Pacifiers, Stuffed Animals or Dolls
  • Flyers, Stickers, and Posters
  • Drug paraphernalia
  • Vitamins

Security Information

Security tends to be very strict at Camp Bisco, so be prepared to be searched when coming into the festival. Last year, the security staff were great with handling all situations and created the safest environment they possibly could. If you start to panic, use the Amnesty bins provided to discard anything you don’t want to be caught with.

Concluding Thoughts

Camp Bisco 2017 is going to be a festival not to be missed. P.L.U.R. (Peace, Love, Unity, Respect) is the way to be, and at Bisco, we will all become one big family. Let’s come together this year and make this Camp Bisco the festival of the year. If there is one thing that can bring us all together, it is good vibes and EDM.

Chris Carpenter
the authorChris Carpenter