Lightning in a Bottle: Year-round Events, Expanding the Temple of Consciousness, and Even More Yoga! [BTW--Get Presale Today!]

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Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly
Lightning in a Bottle, the 10-year-old music and wellness festival that takes place annually on May 24th-28th at the Oak Canyon Ranch in Silverado, is probably one of Orange County's best-kept secrets. Drawing from an eclectic selection of artists from the electronic and indie scenes as well as celebrating the natural landscape, this festival has evolved from an intimate gathering into a much bigger--but still family-run--annual event.

We spoke with the double Jesses, Jesse Flemming and Jesse Shannon of the DoLab, the multi-tentacled production team behind Lightning in a Bottle, to get some insight into 2012's version of the festival, as well as the future.

LiB 2011 from Manifest Media on Vimeo.

OC Weekly (The Urban Nomad): LIB is one of my favorite young festivals. Talk a bit about your goals for this year as well as what will be different from 2011.

Jesse Flemming: In the past we would work so hard to bring this community together leading up to LIB. Then we would have it and afterwards all this energy we built up would kind of just taper off. So this year we made an effort to bring the community together throughout the year. We just had a huge New Years show with Beats Antique and LucEnt dosSieR Experience had a big show in October. So the framework is now to have all these community inspiring events throughout the year, with LIB being the pinnacle.

Jesse Shannon: Some of the new things as far as onsite is, we will be expanding the Temple of Consciousness, which if you've never been to LIB is this amazing site on top of a small mountain where people meditate, play music and do yoga. We are expanding this site, as well as adding a new meditation area and an expanded yoga area.

 Flemming: We will have seven new stage designs as well as a growing list of amazing artists, who I can not yet name, that will continue to build on what people have come to expect from LIB.

Can we get an exclusive on who some of those artists will be, and do they include any bands as opposed to predominantly electronic acts?

Flemming: Ahhh, well that's what everyone wants to know and we are not yet ready to announce any names just yet, but they do include some live bands. The core of LIB does remain electronic music though, that's what our audience really gravitates towards. So that will remain the heart of LIB as long as that's what the people demand.

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