Holy shit, Holy Ship!
Holy Ship! Wrecked, the beloved floating electronic music fest, started sailing the seas in 2011, inviting raver pirates from all walks of life to board a cruise ship for an intimate festival experience.
In 2020, the Beats at Sea captains of The Bowery Presents, HARD, Insomniac and Cloud 9 Adventures decided to “wreck” the festival to a permanent location, the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Mayan Riviera on the shores of Mexico.
The third voyage of Holy Ship! Wrecked ran December 13-17, 2022. FOTOLITERA.com was onboard and rediscovered why the festival is a national treasure—and what was in its chest this year.
Holy Ship! Wrecked Inclusivity
There are no social boundaries distancing the festival’s headlining DJs from its attendees. On the ship, everyone swabs the decks at daytime pool parties and returns for an intimate yet titanic night.
First-time pirates are inducted into the “ShipFam” community and discover what it means to be a “Shipper.” The intimate four-day festival experience fosters the development of new lifelong bonds and friendships with ravers from across the world.
Becoming an “OG Shipper”
Shippers are rewarded in many ways for returning to the Ship and reporting for duty year-over-year.
After four years of attendance, raver pirates are recognized as ‘OG Shippers’ for their dedicated attendance with the gift of custom robes and access to the exclusive ‘OG Party’ on the last night.
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After 10 years, Shippers are inducted into ‘Club Ten’ and receive elite perks and benefits.
Being put to work by your favorite DJs
Shippers are invited to participate in numerous activities hosted by DJ captains. This year, those included the “Get Wrecked Games” hosted by Wax Motif and Westend, “World Sumo Wrestling” hosted by Valentino Khan and a “Jungle Catwalk” courtesy of FOTOLITERA.com Class of 2022 star Wreckno.
The all-inclusive experience
Considering the fest’s daytime pool parties, nighttime dancefloors and all the cruise-related activities in between, the all-inclusive experience at the Hard Rock keeps the ship sailing smoothly.
With a total of six stages and 50 international artists, Shippers are put to work to romp and dance the day away in the ship’s sun-kissed pools and on various decks from sunrise to sunset.
A massive lineup
One of the cornerstones of Holy Ship! is its annual lineups, which typically feature the best and brightest in house music. This year’s huge bill featured Chris Lake, Justin Martin, Maya Jane Coles, Dom Dolla, Louis The Child, Lane 8, Nala and many more.
The altruistic “ShipFam” is dedicated to supporting local communities through the Positive Legacy program. Since 2015, $100,000 has been raised for non-profit organizations in need throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean.