Once again, The Do LaB brought their signature festival magic to Bradley, California. Over this Memorial Day Weekend, tens of thousands of eager festival-goers set up camp right on the edge of Lake San Antonio for the 2018 edition of Lightning in a Bottle. This year, the 5-day long festival featured over 100 incredible music acts, a plethora of art, architecture and educating workshops.
Anyone who has attended Coachella knows the amazing vibe that comes from the Do Lab stage and with Lightning in a Bottle, the Do Lab team did not disappoint one bit. Out of all of the stages, the Woogie and Favela Bar were my favorites by far. The Woogie stage featured water cannons to keep fans cool during the day, moving lights, lasers and vibrantly painted decorations that glowed at night. The Favela Bar had its floor covered in tree bark to give it a different vibe from its natural surrounding. The Favela also included 5 different treehouses that attendees could climb into to dance in with their friends. The Lightning Stage included tons of lights lasers and LED screens for vivid visuals for the crowd. There were also various tents that were used for activities such as seminars on cooking, nature, and sound baths.
LIB’s party truly began on Wednesday for early arrival campers with music playing at various stages around the campgrounds for all to enjoy. On Friday, up and coming house producer Lonely Boy gave the crowd an unreal performance at the Woogie stage. Directly after that DIRTYBIRD stars Walker & Royce stole the show. At the end of the night, The Glitch Mob played out some of their new music from their latest album See Without Eyes.
On Saturday, Yotto played out an amazing sunset set at the Woogie stage. Nicole Moudaber ended up closing out the night with a banging techno set at the Woogie stage while Anderson.Paak headlined the Lightning stage.
On Sunday, I was able to catch a morning yoga session not too far from our campsite and then hop in the lake with hundreds of other festival goers to cool off. In the evening Yooko and Rampa shut down the Woogie stage followed by a massive closing set by ZHU at the Lightning stage.
Anyone who goes to LIB has a heart filled passion for music and nature. All around me were music enthusiasts feeling every moment and loving one another. That energy was contagious, giving the festival a feeling that couldn’t be replicated anywhere else. While walking across the paths from camp to the festival grounds, high fives between strangers were a common occurrence with the occasional hug.
People from around the world travel to this insane festival, dressing up with fur coats, sailor hats, kandi, and bandanas. The attire changed as soon as the temperature dropped with the sunset. The various festival attendees unique outfits became a very important addition to the beauty and essence of the event.
This was actually the first time that I had ever camped at a festival so it was quite the experience. Our campsite was quite far from the festival grounds even though we arrived early on Thursday morning. A one-way walk to the festival entrance would take anywhere from 20-30 minutes while other campers, most of whom came with an early arrival pass were only steps away from the festival. For the future, I’d advise anyone who’s interested in going to head up a day early to ensure a good camping spot.