One of the things we all the love most about electronic music is the festival experience. The chance to get down with many of our favorite artists over a day or long weekend combined with the sense of community among festivities makes it like a family reunion actually worth going to. Now that you can’t get that image of grandma wearing a bikini while twirling glow sticks out of your head, we’ll tell you all about the unique happening that is the inaugural High Caliber Music Festival.
Popping off on September 30th in Camden, New Jersey, High Caliber holds the distinction of being the first EDM fest held on a naval battleship. You read that right. We’ve been to festivals in the desert, in the forest, and everywhere in between, so why not on the water?
It’s going to be all about the super big bass on a super big boat and the Garden State couldn’t be a better location for such an event. From concerts to famous beach towns and attractions to online gambling where you can no doubt try your hand at the virtual poker tables with giants like 888 Casino, New Jersey has no shortage of fun, entertainment, and culture. And just like a game of poker in the virtual casino, getting down at the High Caliber Music Festival is a one of a kind experience.
To be specific, the super big boat is the U.S. Navy’s decommissioned USS New Jersey. This iconic ship gallantly served the Stars and Stripes for over 48 years in a wide range of seafaring missions around the world.
Following a career that earned her the most decorations of any battleship in the U.S. Navy’s history, the USS New Jersey was retired in 1991 and converted to a museum at the Home Port Alliance on Camden’s riverfront just outside of Philadelphia.
Although hosting a bunch of party-happy dance souls on a battleship may sound like a gamble, EDM fests are known for rolling the dice with creative locations. Plus, even more history will be made aboard the USS New Jersey before High Caliber is over as over twenty artists are slated to make waves on three festival stages.
The fest will feature headlining appearances by Los Angeles-based dubstep and drum and bass DJ/producer 12th Planet and bombastic Belgian duo Ganja White Night. EDM heavyweights Bleep Bloop, Gentlemen’s Club, Squnto, and Yheti will also perform. Other artists are being added to the schedule regularly, so keep an eye on for the latest lineup news.
There’s more than just music, too, so you’ll also want to keep an eye out for the many fest-friendly vendors who are expected to set up on site, giving you the opportunity to take home some cool and unique swag that you definitely won’t be able to get anywhere else.
There are many accommodations in the immediate area of the USS New Jersey, too, if you need a place to stay. From AirBnBs in surrounding New Jersey area to hotels in nearby Philadelphia, you and your squad will have plenty of options on where to rest your party hard heads at the end of the day.
In addition to High Caliber, you may also want to check out some of the local fun-filled destinations while you’re in town. For example, Philadelphia boasts some amazing museums, shopping, and familiar scenery from the Rocky movies Atlantic City, New Jersey, which is the hotspot for gambling in New Jersey, is just a short drive away.
There are $55 and $65 general admission tickets and two exclusive VIP experiences. The $85 VIP advanced package includes Express Festival entry, raffles for a chance at artist meet-and-greets, and a merch package. The $99 premium Admiral Admission package features the VIP perks plus entry to festival pre-parties with performances by Dubloadz and Boogie T.
You won’t want to miss the chance to go to High Caliber for its debut, so you can be part of the first ever battleship dance fest. It’s the kind of thing you’ll probably still be talking about it when you’re your grandma’s age, with or without the bikini and glow sticks. Tickets to High Caliber are available from Ticket Fly via the festival website.