Jordan Krawitz of Shavertown pretty much lost his mind when he found out Northeastern Pennsylvania would be the new home to one of the most celebrated music festivals in the country. The three-day outdoor electronic music festival known as Camp Bisco is headed to the area July 16 to 18, and will reign over its new home at Montage Mountain.
Camp Bisco was launched in 1999 by the Philadelphia-based jamtronica band The Disco Biscuits. The festival was last held in 2013 in Mariaville, New York.
Krawitz says Camp Bisco is more than just a festival. “It’s a journey through electronic music,” he said.
This summer will mark his fourth Camp Bisco experience.
“Camp Bisco is the culmination of musical experience and a complete cultural immersion into the Millennial generation,” Krawitz said. “Bisco is the most sensational musical experience ever, drawing patterns of rock electronica and fun into jam-packed madness. It’s the best festival I’ve ever been to.”
David Niedbalski, vice president of marketing with Live Nation, said the festival will bring more than a cultural music tradition to the region. Camp Bisco will help boost the area’s economy with more than 15,000 attendees traveling to Northeastern Pennsylvania from all 50 states.
“It’s really great for NEPA,” Niedbalski said, adding that thousands of fans will be “staying in our hotels, dining in our restaurants and shopping in our stores.”
Niedbalski said Montage Mountain is quickly becoming the perfect home for popular music festivals.
“It’s one of those unique venues that has been carved out of a mountain top,” Niedbalski said. “Festival fans can camp out or get a nearby hotel without even leaving the mountain and the experience of the festival. And the water park is beautiful, too. Many festivals spend so much time and energy creating unique experiences. At Montage Mountain, with having a water park, there’s already so many unique experiences.”
For Aron Magner, keyboardist for The Disco Biscuits, this year’s festival “has a sense of a homecoming party.” The inaugural Camp Bisco was held in Cherry Tree and had 800 people in attendance, he told Weekender.
Years later, the size of the festival has grown immensely. Over the course of the festival, more than 80 music acts will perform nearly 100 sets.
Despite how much Camp Bisco has evolved — by location or size — or how positive it may be for the local economy, the focus still remains on the music.
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