Lightning in a Bottle: The Perfect Balance of Music, Culture, Spirituality & Unity

Photos courtesy of Watchara and Daniel Zetterstrom
Lightning in a Bottle: The Perfect Balance of Music, Culture, Spirituality & Unity
Nina T. Ravers

Memorial Day Weekend is clearly a hot weekend for festivals. On the East Coast, it marks the beginning of festival season. East Coasters are blessed with festivals like Mysteryland, EDC New York, Sunset Music Festival, Movement, Summer Camp Music Festival and more to celebrate the beginning of everyone’s favorite time of year. But this year is my first MDW on the West Coast and there’s only one festival on my mind about: Lightning in a Bottle.

Lightning in a Bottle 2015 is taking place in Bradley, CA on Memorial Day Weekend, May 21st to 25th. The five-day camping festival boasts headliners such as RL Grime, Odesza, Flume, Tycho, Thomas Jack, GRiZ, Made in Heights and over 300 more musicians and artists. Though music is the basis of the festival, there is so much more Lightning in a Bottle has to offer.

With the increasing popularity of festivals in America, it’s always great to see festivals with an emphasis on arts, spirituality, culture, in addition to incredible music. That’s one of the reasons we admire LIB, in addition to an incredible lineup there are seminars, spiritual workshops, yoga, dance, and meditation.

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The festival is known for its mesmerizing stage designs (I mean do you see these pictures?!), stellar performance art and one-of-a-kind art installations alongside opportunities to engage with yoga and dance classes, motivational speakers, and health-conscious workshops. These are held at the festival sanctuaries – The Temple of Consciousness, The Village, and The Learning Kitchen – and create an overall sense of connection. Aside from listening to amazing music with friends, the sense of connection and unity in a music festival is by far my favorite aspect. You will definitely find me frolicking around the festival sanctuaries when I’m not headbanging at one of the beautiful stages by The Do Lab.

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Another awesome aspect of LIB – it’s sustainable. Lightning in a Bottle stands as the only music and arts festival in the U.S. to receive the “Outstanding Award” by The Greener Festival for its sustainability practices. So it’s actually most environmentally conscious festival in the country.

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 4.30.42 PMLast year’s LIB saw exceptionally high temperatures, so for this reason the festival ensured this year’s grounds would have more shade. This year, large-scale shade structures will be built over the main stage dance floors and brought in over other areas throughout the main festival grounds.The festival also set out to make additional improvements for 2015, including a new more convenient layout, less dust, improved water stations and more.

A written description can’t really do such a magical festival justice. Check out the festivals official 2015 video titled “Anything is Possible





Nina T. Ravers

LA events editor & playlist qween

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