The new floating festival going head-to-head with Holy Ship is here

Gary ‘Destructo’ Richards has officially confirmed plans to launch a new cruise ship festival later this year, called Friendship.

Richards announced the plans on his Facebook page this morning, writing that he’ll be gathering all his friends (read: dance A-listers) for the maiden voyage this December.

“There is a place where my friends and I go and we do fun things-the kind of fun things that build everlasting memories that I could never put a price on and I absolutely never could because these times are priceless and irreplaceable,” he wrote.

“At the end when I look back and reminisce about these times I had and the experiences that moulded me and watered me enough to grow, I’ll think about all the friends I’ve made along the way and how I am a part of their story and they are more than all my friends. They are all my family.”

The move comes only a few months after Richards announced he would be stepping away from HARD Events — and consequently the festival Holy Ship, which he founded — to take up a role at rival organisation LiveStyle.

It didn’t appear to be an amicable split: LA Weekly reported at the time that Live Nation (who purchased a majority stake in HARD in 2012) chose not to renew Richards’ contract with the company. They also didn’t include him on Holy Ship’s 2018 bill — a festival he’s played every year since its inception — which caused a number of top-tier DJs to publicly criticise Live Nation.

Richards first hinted at plans for a new floating festival while on stage in Brooklyn last month. Friendship will depart from Miami on December 11 and cruise for four days around the Bahamas; the departure date is only a few weeks before that of Holy Ship.

We’ll have to wait and see whether Holy Ship’ famously dedicated fanbase (dubbed the Shipfam) will follow Richards to the new event. Registration for Friendship is open now.

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