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Feeling the Groove!

Win a free holiday and a DJ slot on the Groovecruise

Cruise ships. Hardly your usual DJmag fodder, eh? The preserve of leathery-skinned septuagenarians topping up their tans; three solid weeks subjected to tacky cabarets, magic shows and port-hole cracking karaoke; endless bingo sessions hosted by sickeningly saccharine men in sequinned waistcoats… No. Thank. You.

But wait. What’s this? The Groove Cruise? Four days of driving tech house beats, copious cocktails and non-stop booty-shaking on a luxury cruise ship that sets sail from Miami and stops off at two tropical islands in the Caribbean? Now we are talking!

“The Groove Cruise is the only event of its kind in the EDM industry,” explains Ryan Fitzpatrick, director of marketing for Groove Cruise. “72-hours of non-stop music. Fans are not only able to have the times of their lives partying with likeminded people, but they are able to meet and hang out with their favourite artists onboard.”

If the idea of sipping a Mojito on deck, hitting the casino or taking a dip in the pool with the likes of Roger Sanchez, Sander Van Doorn, Funkagenda or Chris Lake to the sound of 4/4 beats, big-room house melodies and funky-ass basslines at the end of January is enough to float your boat (wince), then get on board The Groove Cruise. Already on the verge of selling out, tickets are £620 which, while seeming a bit pricey, includes tax, docking tolls, entry to every event — which includes three parties, plus a pool party each day (one of which will be curated by us) — and access to a whole bunch of facilities, including a casino, an arcade, gym, bars, restaurants and various shops on an 18-storey-high state-of-the-art Norwegian cruise liner. And, considering a ticket to Glastonbury is around £200 (just under a third of the price), there is no danger of waking up submerged in three feet of muddy sludge (quite the opposite), the sun is guaranteed to shine and you get the chance to rave at sea, on tropical islands, at a private beach resort… the price-tag no longer seems so steep, does it?

Think about it. Two stops in the Bahamas — on Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau, for a private party at the Wyndham Resort — with non-stop partying in between on the same boat that’s played witness to a tidal wave of beats from Deadmau5, Benny Benassi and Dirty South in recent years, The Groove Cruise promises to be totally unforgettable.

Fancy winning a free stay in an oceanview cabin (including airfare for two), plus a DJ slot to actually spin on the Groovecruise?

Enter here:


LOCATION: Miami–The Bahamas

DATE: 27th-30th January 2011

LINE-UP: Roger Sanchez, Victor Calderone, Sander Van Doorn, Boris, Funkagenda, Chris Lake, Darude, Thomas Gold, Chus & Ceballos

PRICE: £620