Over Memorial Day Weekend, many free-spirited souls made the trip to Bradley, CA, where the Do Lab hosted a sold-out crowd of 20,000 guests at this year’s Lightning in a Bottle. The “second largest transformational festival in the world” is geared towards the creative types whether you like music, yoga, cooking, art, interactive environments, or simply have a curious and open-mind for exploration.
Taking place at the San Antonio Recreation Area, Lightning in a Bottle is certainly not for the weak. However, the hot desert days and cold nights are worth the secluded getaway ending each night under the stars.
The festival started early Wednesday for those who wanted an extra day to settle themselves for the weekend ahead. A weekend that started with sets by Ekali, Mija, Crying over Porcelain (Edit + Ooah) and Cashmere Cat on Friday.
Although, many festivals main focus is music, they often have much more to offer if you are willing to make the extra effort to explore. The difference at LIB is that there are small communities formed within the festival whether you are getting down at The Pagoda Bar, playing games at the Do Over stage or enjoying live performances happening at The Grand Artique.
Cashmere Cat closed out the Thunder Stage on Friday. Over the years Cashmere Cat has slowly gained traction working with Kanye West, Ariana Grande and more recently Jhene Aiko. His debut album is soon to be released and LIB attendees were fortunate enough to hear some of it first, including his next single featuring Jhene.
On Saturday, festival goers were welcomed to start their day with yoga and music provided by William Close & The Earth Harp. The beautiful sounds made by the massive harp stretched across the main stage, providing a pleasant morning.
At night, the Thunder Stage provided strong and groovy dance vibes with sets by Haywyre, Tokimonsta and an insane b2b headlining set by G Jones & Minnesota. The Do Lab production team has consistently improved stage designs making the festival grounds feel fresh and new but familiar every year.
Saturday night ended with Jamie XX on the main stage where he showed off his talented turntable scratching skills and played music from his latest album, “In Colour.”
Panty Raid’s groovy set closed out the festival on Sunday night. The duo, Marty Party and Ooah, performed their seductive, hip-shaking sound, and played many of their tracks off their latest album, “After Glow.”
Whether experiencing the art, music or new experiences, Lightning in a Bottle is always a blast. The Do Lab’s next creative venture, Woogie Weekend begins July 8.
Photos by Victoria Kobayashi