In 2024, the waves will carry the echoes of electronic dance music as Groove Cruise marks its monumental 20th year. Departing from Miami and sailing to the pristine Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas, the festival, from January 24 to 28, is set to be hosted on the opulent Norwegian Encore, the grandest vessel in the Groove Cruise lineup.
But this isn’t just a regular voyage; it’s a call to change.
To honor this significant milestone, Groove Cruise has united with Whet Foundation and LP Giobbi’s Femme House to roll out the festival’s annual Undiscovered DJ Contest. This collaboration aims to spotlight emerging DJs, offering a golden chance to open on the Femme House stage and enjoy a comprehensive prize package valued at over $4,000, including oceanview staterooms, travel expenses, promotional opportunities, and more.
However, the real beauty of this contest lies in its purpose. Femme House, a brainchild of LP Giobbi established in 2019, champions the marginalized voices within the music industry. This competition isn’t just about talent; it’s about allyship and inclusivity, emphasizing equal opportunities for women, gender-expansive, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ individuals. They urge participants to be aware of their privileges and to enter with intention.
The Groove Cruise isn’t just stopping at Femme House. It has summoned dance music legends, including Tiësto, Diplo, and John Summit, to headline this grand celebration. And as the ship sails, it will introduce festival first-timers like Biscits and Lilly Palmer, while also celebrating the return of Groove Cruise staples like Gene Farris and Markus Schulz.
As the Norwegian Encore drifts on the ocean, attendees will not just celebrate two decades of Groove Cruise but also a future of inclusive musical wonder. The 20th anniversary is more than a party; it’s a movement.