Camp Bisco music festival begins

Posted at: 07/11/2013 9:28 AM | Updated at: 07/11/2013 6:09 PM
By: Dan Bazile

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A sea of Camp Bisco Concert Goers from a previous year.


MARIAVILLE - The annual Camp Bisco music festival is underway, and it didn't take long for police to bust four people on drug charges. The suspects were arrested on the thruway in two separate cars heading to the festival.

Police say one car was going 94 miles per hour. The other was also going fast and that's why troopers pulled them over. Police say they found drugs in the cars, one of the major concerns every year about this festival.

Camp Bisco is known as one of the biggest dance parties in the world. It's a three day concert where thousands of people jump in a trance to electronic, hip hop and techno beats. It's been going in Mariaville every year for the past 12 years.

"Craziness, craziness, absolute wild people everywhere," said Kelsey Perrilo, who was unpacking her car near the concert grounds.

Fans come from far away. You can see license plates from several different states in a parking lot where the festival goers were getting ready for a shuttle to take them to the concert grounds. There, they were setting up to spend three days in tents.

"I'm going to have a lot of legal fun.  It's going to be very legally fun," said concert goer Hillary Bird.

She emphasized legal fun because there's been a lot of concerns over illegal drugs at Camp Bisco. State police have already made four arrests on the thruway. They stopped two cars at different locations. They said one car was going 94 miles per hour. The other one was also going fast and that's why troopers pulled them over. Police said they found a variety of drugs in the cars including marijuana, bath salts, PCP and drug paraphernalia. They were headed to Camp Bisco, according to police. Last year a 29 year-old new jersey man was found dead in his tent of an apparent drug overdose.

"I think it's part of the culture of the whole festival. I think it'll just add to it and make it a lot more exciting," Perrilo said.

The concert promoters said in a statement they don't allow illegal substances onto the grounds and have a strict no tolerance policy. They said the safety of the staff, the fans the artist and the community is always a priority.



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