Pharrell's Helicopter Fly-In
It was 3 p.m. on Saturday, the Shippers were frolicking in the ocean, the sky was big and blue, but Pharrell's helicopter was nowhere to be seen. Backstage, Gary Richards was almost having a hard attack. He said Pharrell was going to play the beach. And goddamn it, even if they had to push the schedule back an hour, Pharrell was going to play the beach. So Skrillex held down the decks with an extended two-hour set, and just in time, Pharrell was spotted, making his landing. The superstar dropped a medley of crowd favorites, including "Feds Watching" and "Let's Get Blown," before ending things with "Lose Yourself to Dance." He'd reprise some of those for his main-deck show, but Pharrell sing-alongs on the beach are definitely better.
The Australian EDM scene repped aboard Holy Ship!!! 2014 with plenty of up-and-coming stars, but one of the clear favorites was Skrillex's latest collaborator, Flume. He didn't wimp out and just do a "DJ Set." He brought his whole set up for a full live performance. The Sydney native's first set in the lounge had the boat abuzz, and his performance on the main deck (though it didn't draw the largest crowd) was surely one of the cruise's most impressive. Massive props to the Aussie beatmaker for bringing it hard. We can't wait for a chance to catch him again. This is definitely his year.