Organizers trying to revive the Disco Biscuit’s Camp Bisco are running into issues that may make it difficult to host the festival this year.
Schenectady County officials denied the new organizers a mass gathering permit, saying they want the festival to have a zero-tolerance drug policy, according to the Daily Gazette. They also want 50 police officers stationed throughout the concert grounds 24 a day throughout the festival, plus 20 officers to control traffic.
Officials also cited concerns about traffic congestion and emergency response logistics.
After seven years of Camp Bisco being run by MCP Presents, the festival was put on hiatus in 2014 as organizers dealt with drug issues and a lawsuit due to alleged inadequate emergency response to a woman having a seizure. This year, the owner of the country club where Camp Bisco has always been held in Mariaville and Gathering of the Vibes founder Ken Hays hope to hold a new kind of Camp Bisco with acts that attract an older crowd July 16-18.
They have gotten permission from state police and the state departments of Health and Transportation, but need county approval as well. Stay tuned for updates.