Holy Ship!!! 2014's Ten Most Epic Moments

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Chromeo's P-Thug Busts Out the Talk Box
We've followed dance music obsessively for years. Yet over the course of almost a decade of dedicated partying, we have never managed to see Chromeo live. That's why we were disappointed by the sight of "DJ set" beside Chromeo's name on Holy Ship!!! lineup. But all frowns were turned upside down when P-Thug busted out the talk box during Saturday's set on the pool deck. He let loose with a few freestyles and crooned some classic hooks. And for that almost-live funk, we must give thanks.

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Claude VonStroke's Back-to-Back Surprise Set Featuring Almost Everyone
The best parts of Holy Ship are the surprise back-to-back DJ sets. But there's has never been anything quite so epic as Claude VonStroke's all-star takeover of the MSC Poesia's Discoteque on Saturday night. The Dirtybird head honcho was joined on the decks by everyone from Diplo to Disclosure, Skream and Tiƫsto. As Hard's Gary Richards recounted, smiling ear to ear: "Claude told me there were so many people back-to-back, he only played one record. That's so rad. I hope that happens to me one day."

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Private Island, Part II
The first night of Holy Ship!!! private-island partying set the mood. But the second night was the absolute pinnacle of feel-good greatness. It was a straight everybody-surfin' vibe as the crowd danced and splashed. Free food was provided for all to enjoy. The crew busted out the biggest beach ball ever. One carefree girl danced atop a blow-up couch and didn't mind when she fell on her face. The Holy Ship!!! staff never even got annoyed when revelers stayed on the beach for two hours after the party's scheduled end. Sunburns be damned, that shit was well worth it.

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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.

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