After conquering global airwaves, BBC Radio 1 host Pete Tong will steer his All Gone brand into Florida waves this fall.
Today (June 2) Tong announced the full 50-artist lineup for his inaugural All Gone to Sea cruise party, set to embark and return in Miami between November 6th and 10th.
Headliners will include Calvin Harris, Above & Beyond, Luciano, Steve Angello, MK, Eats Everything, NERVO and R3hab. Click on the image to the right for a blown up look at who's playing. The diverse lineup also features the likes of Chris Lake, Mark Knight, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Sander Kleinenberg, Scuba, Tensnake and Joris Voorn. Fans of the lineup can purchase tickets here.
In assembling the lineup, Tong prioritized the inclusion of top commercial acts alongside the “cream of the underground” to form a stylistic smorgasbord he feels other cruises lacked.
“I love the idea of locking people away for four days on a boat, but I wanted to come up with something different,” Tong exclusively tells Billboard. “I wanted to put together something that was representative of the acts I'm into with signature quality in all different genres within the electronic music space.”
All Gone to Sea will traverse the Caribbean en route to Grand Turk Island while offering guests a wide range of programs, including daily DJ technology master classes, pop-up panels, island parties, and nightly music events. The four-day cruise will be undertaken in partnership with Beatport, Rio Music Conference, and Café Mambo, as well as onboard club hosts Sound LA, Liv and Story Miami, and A Club Called Rhonda.
Tong says the cruise concept was inspired by events like Holy Ship and the group “weekender” trips that he remembers fondly from his youth. With 2,700 expected attendees, All Gone to Sea promises a more intimate experience aimed at a more mature demographic than many of its other festival and cruise counterparts.
“It’s something under-catered for, not over catered for, when you think about how many festivals there are out there,” Tong says. “It’s an adventure, it’s a journey, and there isn’t enough of that as far as I'm concerned.”
Tong also expects that onboard artists will find the concept just as refreshing as attendees, who will have the rare opportunity to see marquee names play in more intimate settings.
“At festivals, most artists pass like ships in the night,” says Tong. “You don’t really hang out. This gets acts together in a different way. Collaborations can come out of it, and music can be made on the boat.”