Camp Bisco to Take Hiatus in 2014

posted by Alyssa Buffenstein on March 14, 2014

Camp Bisco 2013 via the festival 

Mariaville Lake, NY -- The Disco Biscuits and MCP Presents announced yesterday that their annual upstate New York electronic rock festival, Camp Bisco, will skip its 2014 edition, but will return in 2015.

The official statement details that "much deliberation and tireless efforts" went into making the festival happen this year, but ultimately organizers decided to take the year off. They promise, however, that Camp Bisco 2015 will be better than ever.

While no reason was given for the hiatus, fans have speculated since September that the festival would not return this year. According to a September 2013 story by Schenectady's Daily Gazette, the festival's promoters missed the deadline to file last year's post-event reports, resulting in the town of Duanesburg placing sanctions on the festival. 

In February, the Daily Gazette reported that Camp Bisco had neither filed for the required permits, nor reserved dates at the Indian Lookout Country Club in Mariaville Lake, NY, where the festival has taken place since 2007.

Camp Bisco is controversial amongst Mariaville Lake locals. Complaints from city residents and law enforcement cite that drug use and noise negatively affect the small town, but the crowd also brings an economic boost to local hotels and businesses each summer.

This is not the first time the festival will take a year off. The 2001 event was cancelled after organizers decided they could not realize their vision for the festival; but after a year off, Camp Bisco returned in 2002 and has been an annual event ever since.

Over the years, performers (besides the obvious Disco Biscuits) have included The Roots, Bassnectar, Snoop Dogg, Pretty Lights, Wiz Khalifa, and Skrillex. For the past three years, the festival has sold out.

Fans are disappointed, yet understanding, of the news, taking to Facebook comments to voice their reactions. One fan crafted the well-meaning but grammatically incorrect metaphor, "its like putting down a sick dog. dont wanna see it go but cant bear to see it walking around in such bad shape."

Many other commenters say they will be making their way to the Electric Forest Festival in Rothbury, Michigan in July to satisfy their EDM and jam band festival needs. A closer-to-home replacement, however, is Mysteryland USA, which announced its lineup last week. Mysteryland will take place Memorial Day weekend in Bethel Woods, NY, at the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival, about two and a half hours away from Mariaville Lake.

Despite controversy and rumors, it's safe to assume we can trust Camp Bisco's promise to return in 2015. 

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