When the eighth annual Camp Bisco opened its gates a year ago, relentless rain storms were already delaying artist sets. This year, for Thursday at least, dry skies smiled on Camp Bisco 9, held at the Indian Lookout Country Club in Mariaville, New York. The three-day music and arts festival is hosted by electro-jam stalwarts the Disco Biscuits, who headline every night; the Biscuits' latest album, "Planet Anthem," hit No. 5 on the Heatseakers Album chart.
Billboard Magazine profiled last year's festival, which featured Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Asher Roth and Kid Cudi, as a growing business model for artist-owned live events. This year, the Disco Biscuits took an earlier slot on the first night to give headlining stagetime to dance rockers LCD Soundsystem, whose frontman James Murphy performed at Bisco as a Special Disco Version in 2009. LCD Soundsystem are in the middle of an extensive world tour to promote their latest album, "This Is Happening," and will perform at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago on Saturday (July 17). The band's multi-layered, high-energy fusion rock instantly fired up the Camp Bisco audience, a young, beach ball- and glowstick-positive crowd who come to the festival for its focus on electronic music, rock and hip-hop.
LCD opened the set with "Us V Them" from 2007's "Sound of Silver," followed by a crowd-rousing rendition of "Drunk Girls," the first single from "This Is Happening". Other favorites including "Pow Pow," "Daft Punk is Playing at My House," and aging hipster anthem "Losing My Edge" were electrified all the more by fans' glow wands, laser lights and inflatable animals on poles. The band closed with Morrissey-esque ode "New York I Love You," to which they added a slow, ghostly version of the vocal hook from Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind".
After the main stage shut down, the majority of the crowd trekked through the camp grounds to the late night Dance Tent, Where electronic acts Caribou, Two Fresh and Holy Fuck kept the beat until early morning.
Friday's lineup includes performances by Thievery Corporation, Wu-Tang Clan's Method Man, Ghostface and Raekwon (aka Wu Massacre), Major Lazer and Diplo, plus two sets from the Disco Biscuits. Saturday features three Biscuit sets, Ween, Girl Talk, and C-Mon & Kypski, among others. Saturday-only tickets are offered at www.campbisco.net and at the gate, subject to availability.