Now I’ve been to my fair share of electronic dance music shows at numerous different venues, but this past thursday July 19th, is the first time I can say I attended one on a boat out in the water. The first Bounce Boat of the season had set sail back in May and turned out to be a huge success. So being an EDM enthusiast who’s definitely always ready to party, I knew I had to make my way to Pier 83 for it’s second voyage of the season.
If you didn’t know the event was sold out prior to arriving, the massive lines at the Pier certainly made it clear. But it wasn’t a terrible thing as Bounce Boat staff kept the lines moving and ensured everyone got onto the boat in a timely fashion. The boat was divided into a lower deck and an upper deck, each which featured a bar, dancefloor, tables, and a DJ. It was relatively spacious on the boat and the two different decks kept it so no area was too crowded at once. Lucky for all attendees, last Thursday was a beautiful night in NYC which made it very enjoyable to grab a drink and hang out outside on the upper deck.
So lets get down to the music. The lineup was filled with some solid name DJs including Dzeko and Torres, Dalton, EEKO, and headliner Jesse Marco. Now I don’t need big name DJs spinning a party to have a good time, just good music, which is something all the above provided. However, I should mention that if you are someone who goes to see DJs to hear them drop their own unique tracks and sound, then this event was not for you. Although I had a great time switching back and forth from lower deck to upper deck to catch at least a portion of every DJ’s set, after a while it became difficult to tell the DJs apart. Now let me explain what I mean by this; while yes, the dancefloors were packed and the party was going non-stop, it was simply one huge house banger after another. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy listening and dancing with my friends all night to the music, it’s just I was hoping for some of the artist’s own unique tracks, given I had never seen any of them spin before. Now I’m not calling the artists out for not playing any orginal stuff, because I’m positive they must have, it was just entirely overshadowed by all the top charted tracks they were dropping. I have to say they were certainly right to do so, because thats what the crowd on the boat wanted to hear. The crowd on the boat wasn’t so much filled with EDM enthusiast like myself, but more people who like to listen to EDM when they party. Which isn’t a bad thing at all, because the crowd definitely knew how to party and kept bounce boat, for lack of a better word, bouncing all night.
Overall I had a blast at this event. It was a night filled with music, dancing, drinks, and good friends. I’m happy to say my first EDM cruise was a success and I look foward to attending another Bounce Boat in the future. If you have yet to make your way to Pier 83 for a sail on Bounce Boat this summer I suggest you keep your eyes peeled for the date of its third voyage, and of course we here at TheBeatMill will be sure to keep you updated.