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Lightning in a Bottle: California’s Premiere Campout Festival

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Lightning in a Bottle, or LIB for short, is the most environmentally conscious music festival in America that takes place over Memorial Day Weekend (May 21 – 25) in Bradley, CA.

The 5-day event focuses on providing attendees with a safe haven to deepen their understanding of self, sustainability and ecology. Attendees are given the unique option to campout with friends or family in the wide open spaces of the festival’s location. Promoting positive vibes, self-improvement and collaboration, the “Temple of Consciousness” is an exhibit at the festival where speakers and demonstrators teach visitors about nutrition, yoga, dance, meditation and other activities.

The LIB ethos is to provide free water and healthy food stations, inspirational education workshops, composting and recycling infrastructures, and many other attractions focused on going green.

Sacramento native, Scott Hansen,  was crowned as this year’s lead visual designer for the official LIB artwork. Hansen goes by ISO50 when he’s working as a graphic designer and visionary for his Berkeley based business that also includes an online shop and inspirational blog. The talented graphic designer also produces soothing atmospheric music under the alias Tycho, and will be performing at this year’s festival.

The Do Lab, presenters of the festival, is a creative design company that prides itself on producing unique stages, interactive environments, and lighting designs for events and festivals.

This year’s LIB lineup includes festival regulars Flume, Odesza, RL Grime and Thomas Jack, as well as up and comers and unique performers like TastyTreat and the Lucent Dossier Experience.

Here is our top 10 performers I’m looking forward to seeing at this year’s Lightning in a Bottle Festival:

1. Flume

2. RL Grime

3. SBTRKT

4. Tycho

5. Panda Bear

6. Griz

7. Lucent Dossier Experience

8. Snakehips

9. Shiba San

10. Tasty Treat

This festival is a great opportunity to see to a unique music line-up, yoga sessions, educational speakers and workshops for attendees to expand their mind. The San Antionio Recreation Area will be hosting some of the best local food vendors selling vegetarian, raw, organic and non-GMO food, as well as beer and wine.

Event organizers focus on promoting good vibes and are working to make 2015 a better and more enjoyable experience with a new festival ground layout, more water stations and increased ground coverage to combat dust storms.

Weekend tickets are currently being sold at $260 plus service fees, and once “Up-N-At-Em” general admission passes sell out there will be “Later Rising” tickets being sold at $305 after fees. Car camping packages are also available for purchase for those of you who plan on camping, which is highly recommended to get the full Lightning in a Bottle experience. Take a look at the full line-up and hope to see you in Bradley, CA, over Memorial Day weekend!

Check out the official video from last year’s festival:

Purchase Tickets HERE
Full Weekend General Admission: $260 // $275 (plus service fees)
2-Day (Saturday & Sunday): $205 (plus service fees)
Car Camping Passes: $130.85
RV Camping Pass (without Hookups): $352.13

Connect:
LIB Website: lightninginabottle.org/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/LightningInaBottle
Twitter: twitter.com/libfestival
The Do Lab: thedolab.com/
ISO50 Blog: blog.iso50.com/

Location:
San Antonio Recreation Area
2091 New Pleyto Road
Bradley, CA 93426

About the author

Victoria Kobayashi

Victoria is a music and arts contributor reporting on live events and festivals happening throughout California. She was born and raised in Sacramento and recently graduated from the University of California, Davis, majoring in Design and minoring in Professional Writing. Her hobbies include browsing through fashion blogs, photography, listening to new music, thrift store shopping and going on weekend road trips. She's always down for an adventure and meeting new people.

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