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Lightning in a Bottle 2011 Review

time July 23rd by John-Michael authorTags: , , ,

Lightning in a Bottle took place this year from May 27th-30th in Silverado, California. This was the second year where it was held at Oak Canyon Ranch. The layout of the festival was improved dramatically to allow campers easy access to the three immense stages. Last year one of the biggest issues was going up and down the mountain to reach the main camp area and stages. This year it seemed like The Do Lab figured out all the little kinks out and made for one of the greatest events I’ve ever attended.

Right when you drive into the venue an incredible force and vibe takes you. The community unites for this giant gathering of music, art, workshops, and more. People from all over the world unites and creates a small city made up of tents, RVs, renegade sound, shaded areas, grills, and beautiful people. There are three main stage areas that host some of the biggest and rising stars of underground music.

The Wookie stage is one of the first stages you see as you enter the festival looking for camp ground. It was an incredible sight to see. I heard the stage was rocking a FunktionOne sound system but to be honest I stayed clear of that stage. The Wookie stage is generally known for playing House music and too be honest I’m not a huge fan and there was way too much going on to even step onto that dance floor but it definitely was going off every time I came back to camp.

The Lightning stage is where the a lot of the big boys played. The area was massive with an enormous amount of room. This clearly was the main stage area. The production value on this stage was incredible with stunning pyrotechnics during Kraddy’s set. They also brought in giant LED screens for big acts like Pretty Lights and Mimosa. The vibe during the day was more of relaxed journey. I had great memories listening to Invisible Allies during the day on Sunday. I will say many of the opening bands were quite disappointing such as Metal Mother which almost made me wonder what was going on or if this all was just a sound check. The biggest crowd I saw was during Pretty Lights. The place was slammed and had to resort to going backstage to catch his set. Despite Pretty Lights set crashing and having dead air for about 2 minutes kids were still ready to party. Mimosa surprised me with his set as he is known for raging out and playing heavy popular brostep he kept it quite tame and one of the best sets I’ve seen from Tigran. It’s always a surprise though to see such a talented producer not play all originals or even more than 4-5 for hour and half set.

The Bamboo stage is practically where I lived. All my favorites and close friends were playing in this area. The first act I caught at LIB 2011 was Sex Pixels. They won the slot for the mixtape contest and wanted to see who these guys were considering I couldn’t find anything about them on the internet. Turns out they are a duo act and played mainly house music which I thought was odd they were placed on the Bamboo stage vs the Wookie stage considering the style of music they played. Going back to my initial shock of openers were Pussy Monster. I almost felt embarrassed for them as it was one of the worst sets I’ve seen on a major stage. Granted I don’t expect to love everyone but I was just shocked to see such a booking for the opening slot. The rest of the week-end everything I caught on the Bamboo stage was absolutely breath taking for the most part. The vibe and feel of the music being played in this area was clearly geared to more of my style and taste. Friday night NastyNasty stole the show for me. There was nothing that was going to top his set. Having a full 90 minute journey by Jasper was heaven. The way he flowed and broke his set into 30min pieces from dubstep to slow jams to 808 hiphop beats made his set my personal favorite of the entire week-end. A few of my friends also played on the Bamboo stage such as: Stephan Jacobs, Goldrush, Gladkill, ill-esha, Love & Light, Mimi Page, and Joey Mousepad. All of them did such an incredible job up there! Other notable acts were Emancipator, Phutureprimitive, Lynx, and Paper Diamond (which I only heard about and upset I missed Alex’s set).

Lightning in a Bottle doesn’t only cater to the people who are interested in the music but many other things. Many of the workshops I heard were incredible. The art and live painting going on all around the festivals created a real unique experience. Thousands of people dancing, hoola hooping, spinning fire, and sharing each others presence makes this festival one of the better communities to be around. All the vendors and food was excellent. I couldn’t get over how tasty the pizza was. Everything was done with thought and consideration. I never ventured up the mountain this year as it was something I didn’t need to relive. I heard it was gorgeous up there this year but I decided to pass and stay close to camp and others things going on.

Lightning in a Bottle truly encompasses everything you’d want in a festival. It changed my life for the better going last year and this year was nothing short of amazing. The community and people make this festival. The line up may change every year but what doesn’t change is the passion, love, and dedication put into everyone who is involved including you.

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Lightning in a Bottle 2011 Line Up

time March 7th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , ,

The Do Lab presented us with their LIB 2011 line up upon us!
May 27th through May 30th will mark the festivities this year!
I’ve been looking forward to see what this year might bring and boy is it sweet.
The diversity of this line up is sexy.

This time there are so many familiar names that I have no idea what to do!
I was in NYC with Gladkill when I saw this and wow! We both freaked out and had our mouths on the floor. Instead of posting the image with the line up I’ve decided to break it down by day and bold my suggestions. Expect & Bwomp to be forming another camp this year! I’ll be somewhere running around in a complete daze. I can’t wait to go back to California for this one. The community and love out there is unmatched at these festivals. This festival is the one thing that totally shifted everything in the right direction for me in 2010 and know that it will do the same in 2011. I’m going to say that I highly suggest getting tickets for this now! I have no idea if this event can sell out but something tells me if it’s possible it will. Grab your tickets and make travel plans because this is the one festival not to miss out on!
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Much Love and Respect goes out to The Do Lab!
Enjoy this video that is only a small glimpse into what Lightning in a Bottle is…

Friday, May 27th

Lucent Dossier Experience
Nick Warren
Random Rab and the Infinidroid
Claude VonStroke
Dub Kirtan Allstars (feat. Freq Nasty & David Starfire)
The Malah
The Great Mundane
Stephan Jacobs
Mark Zabala
Metal Mother
The Mowgli’s

Saturday, May 28th

Pretty Lights
Beats Antique
Jay Tripwire
Virtual Boy
Low Riderz
Y La Bamba
Android Cartel
Sammy Bliss
Octopus Nebula
Dj Maggie
Joe Rodriguez
Melanie Moore
Russ Liquid
Desert Dwellers

Sunday, May 29th

Thievery Corporation
Lee Burridge
Paper Diamond
Fools Gold
John Kelley
Invisible Allies

Idiot Savant
Syd Gris
El Papachango
Brad Moontribe
dela Moontribe
Love in the Circus
Matt Xavier
Inspired Flight

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Lightning in a Bottle 2011 Announced!

time November 4th by John-Michael authorTags: , ,

The Do Lab just put out word that Lightning in a Bottle 2011 is officially a GO! The official dates are Memorial Day weekend – May 27-30th, 2011. This event changed my life completely and can’t encourage any other festival out there. It was my first festival where I camped and also the first time I ever camped. It’s such an experience setting up camp with friends from all over the States. Small communities unite into this massive collection of artist of all kinds.

I’m proud to announce that this is officially a go!

This video was put together from last years festival. This is only a small glimpse into what the glory of LIB is. Be sure to stay updated on all the latest info on early bird tickets they go on sale Monday Feb 28th 2011.

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