All the speculation can finally come to an end. Gary Richards (aka Destructo) and AMF have officially announced a new cruise music festival, Friendship. The first voyage will take place December 11th to December 15th aboard the Celebrity Equinox cruise ship and will sail from Miami, Florida to Coco Bay in The Bahamas. Although there are many other details that are yet to be revealed, this news will come as a relief to those who are looking for an alternative to Gary Richards’ previous project, Holy Ship!
With the event, boat, and date finally announced, fans can officially start planning. The next details to undergo speculation will of course be the pricing and the lineup, which could very well directly rival Holy Ship!’s. That being said, Gary Richards has always been ahead of the game, so who knows what he’ll pull out of his pocket next.
Many artists who had attended the first Holy Ship! sailings stated that they never would have done so if it weren’t for Gary’s leadership. With Holy Ship! already reaching nearly a dozen sailings, perhaps there are some artists who see Friendship as an exciting new opportunity to perform upon a brand new project. Just take a look at the lineup for the first ever Holy Ship! sailing back in 2012.
Gary Richards posted a note to social media along with the official Friendship announcement, which reads almost like a mission statement for the good times that are yet to come:
“There is a place where my friends and I go and we do fun things—the kind of fun things that build everlasting memories that I could never put a price on and I absolutely never could because these times are priceless and irreplaceable. At the end when I look back and reminisce about these times I had and the experiences that molded me and watered me enough to grow, I’ll think about all the friends I’ve made along the way and how I am a part of their story and they are more than all my friends. They are all my family. -D”
We grabbed some pictures below of the Celebrity Equinox ship and it looks pretty epic so stay tuned for more info and enjoy!
Destructo photo by Rukes