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.