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Everything that happened at It’s The Ship, Asia’s first cruise ship festival

It’s all about festivals on cruise ships right now. From HARD’s storied Holy Ship! to the new Mad Decent Boat Party, it seems like everyone wants to party at sea, and Australasia saw its very first festival aboard a cruise ship sail back into port last week: the inaugural It’s The Ship festival.

Livescape Asia, the team behind Future Music Festival Asia, put the floating festival together, and inthemix was on board to see what happened. A couple of teething problems aside (like a lack of wifi on board, and the ship’s renovations coming down to the wire), the festival was a huge success, with four days of tunes as the boat sailed from Singapore to the Malaysian island of Langkawi for a beach party, and then back again.

The organisers got to branch out with the line-up as well: a refreshing mix of big-room stars and underground legends, with an even split of internationals and locals. Sets from the likes of Dash Berlin and DBSTF nestled alongside Jillionaire, Louisahhh!!! and Craze, with major highlights including Alex Metric and Aeroplane going back-to-back for hours at the beach party, criminally under-attended sets by Shanghai’s R3 that swung from abstract folktronica to late night tech, and Louisahhh!!!’s final night closing set on the mainstage: an hour and a half of sublime techno littered with originals and pitched down Juke.

But the real highlight of the whole event was its intimacy: with a shade over 2000 people on board, and all the artists hanging out with the punters, it was a truly communal experience. Ever wanted to play blackjack till the early hours with Alex Metric, or discuss the finer points of remixes with Aeroplane? On It’s The Ship, all was possible, whether you wanted to investigate new tunes and local artists, or just twerk your swimwear off in the mainstage hot tubs. Check out the photo galleries below for all the action, and stay tuned for the full It’s The Ship recap story, coming soon on our sister site AWOL.