Even as the very monolithic and stationary Lollapalooza this weekend and Austin City Limits soon loom large, music festivals on modes of transport seem to be the new thing everyone’s all worked up about. There’s the recently-announced, indie-headliner-stacked S.S. Coachella cruise from the people who brought you two weekends in the desert, not to mention everything from the Jam Cruise to Holy Ship!! The cruise trend is battling it out for supremacy with old-school rail-riding, from Mumford & Sons, Old Crow Medicine Show and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros’ documentary-spawning Railroad Revival Tour to Skrillex and Diplo touring Canada by train.
Anyway, yet another entertainer (and pundit) has gotten in on the cruise-concert trend, and doin’ it all his own way. Stephen Colbert’s music festival, Pepsi Presents StePhest Colbchella, returns for a second year on Saturday, August 10th on a very special venue—World War II aircraft carrier the U.S.S. Intrepid in Manhattan. If that doesn’t make you want to throw your hat in the air and start a "U-S-A! U-S-A!" chant, the lineup might. Colbert has announced a rather-impressive-on-such-short-notice group including The Flaming Lips, fun., Grizzly Bear, Santigold and on the decks, the mighty Grandmaster Flash.
"This will be the greatest thing to ever happen on the Hudson River," Colbert promised on his show. "Suck it, Sullenberger."
Footage from the shows will air as part of The Colbert Report on Tuesday, August 13th. Festival organizers are also giving away 1,500 free tickets via ColbertNation.com, making this perhaps the most affordable music cruise ever. Check out the announcement from the show below, and be sure to remind Colbert that someone needs to dust Michael Stipe.