What We Learned From Lightning in a Bottle

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Brian Erzen / LA Weekly
LIB's 2014 Lightning Stage

Lightning in a Bottle
San Antonio Recreation Area
May 22nd - 24th

Over Memorial Day Weekend, our Do LaB friends hosted their first Lightning in a Bottle outside of Southern California at the San Antonio Recreation Area in Bradley, California. Though there were plenty of new aspects to the fest this year, the basics of the five-day event remained intact: eclectic music, arts, hippie culture and the presence of some of the most creative people on the planet.

We made the trek out to what seemed like the middle of nowhere and like most camping events, there were lots of struggles. Besides the usual LA traffic on a holiday weekend and a normal flat tire, the process of getting out there definitely required some zen-like patience. Getting our car stuck in a sand pit at the festival grounds trying to find parking and then waiting hours for a tow truck driver who got stuck himself trying to get a car out of a ravine wasn't even the half of it. When the weather wasn't freezing our toes at night or scorching our shoulders during the day, Burning Man-caliber winds were blowing our tent away. But thanks to the beautiful people of LIB, our unprepared asses were taken in by an awesome group of campers who were more than willing to teach us how to survive out here. This is what we learned.

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10 Unforgettable People at Lightning in a Bottle

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Mary Grace Cerni
By: Mary Grace Cerni

Lightning in a Bottle isn't like many music festivals, where the main focus is on the performers. No, at LiB, your fellow attendees are just as as integral to the experience.

Over the weekend, food snobs, hardcore ravers, all-around eccentrics, and many more walked the grounds of the Lake San Antonio Recreation Area. Here are 10 unforgettable people.

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What's Changed at Lightning in a Bottle 2014?

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Josh "CuriousJosh" Reiss
Lots of changes are in store this year at Lightning in a Bottle, which runs tomorrow through Monday. For starters, the DoLab-produced music and arts festival has moved north of San Luis Obispo to the San Antonio Recreation Area in Bradley, California, following an undercover police sting at last year's Lake Skinner incarnation.

We spoke to Dede Flemming, a DoLab co-founder, about the controversy, their motivations for the move, and other changes.

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Lightning in a Bottle Reveals 2014 Lineup

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Chris Victorio
Lighting in a Bottle announced its 2014 lineup today, including headliners Moby, Little Dragon, Phantogram, Gramatik, Beats Antique and Amon Tobin. Tickets for the festival, taking place on Memorial Day Weekend, are now available, starting at $195 for the 2-day pass. Other performers include Gold Panda, Simian Mobile Disco and, of course, the Lucent Dossier Experience. As reported by our friends at LA Weekly, the festival has moved to central California this year (excited to visit the beautiful city of...Bradley?)--check out the full lineup after the jump and tell us if you think it's worth the trip.

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Lightning in a Bottle 2013 Lineup Revealed!

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Christopher Victorio / OC Weekly

The lineup for Lightning in a Bottle 2013 is out this morning. And it's a big one.

The ultra-bohemian EDM fest is headlined this year by Nicholas Jaar, Rusko, Tycho, Emancipator, Griz and Paper Diamond. As reported by our sister blog, West Coast Sound, the eight installment of this five-day event is migrating from it's traditional spot at Oak Canyon Ranch to Lake Skinner in Temecula, though it will still take place around its traditional time, July 11-15. The full lineup and details of the event are available after the jump.


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