Hipsters on the High Seas: Greetings From the Bruise Cruise


February 25, 400 indie rock fans boarded the Carnival Imagination in Miami for the inaugural Bruise Cruise Festival. Activities during the three-day cruise included concerts by the Black Lips, Vivian Girls, Thee Oh Sees, The Strange Boys, Surfer Blood, Turbo Fruits, Jacuzzi Boys, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, a puppet show, a dance contest, a concert on the island of Nassau, fine dining, gambling, a slideshow presentation by Cruise Director Ian Svenonius, and all of the soft serve ice cream that you cared to eat. Click through for our photos of some of the key events and players.

Thee Oh Sees performing at the Bruise Cruise pre-party at Grand Central in Miami

Merch table at the pre-party at Grand Central in Miami

Ryan Sambol and Philip Sambol of The Strange Boys with Ian Svenonius (center) at breakfast

Ty Segall having breakfast


Dave McCowen of Turbo Fruits

Disembarking the cruise ship Carnival Imagination for a day on Nassau, Bahamas

On the beach with the Black Lips

On the beach with the Black Lips

Ty Segall performing in the Xanadu Lounge

Members of the Strange Boys poolside on the Lido deck

Gabriel Alcala of the Jacuzzi Boys

Turbo Fruits

Members of Vivian Girls

Katy Goodman of Vivian Girls

Black Lips with Vivian Girls on the upper deck

Drummer of Black Lips, Joe Bradley, performs at Mirage Piano Bar

Two guys from Canada, one of whom quit his job to come to the Bruise Cruise