5 Magical Moments From This Year's LiB

As the sun sets on the 12th edition of The DoLab’s, Lightning in a Bottle Music & Arts Festival it gives us time to reflect on what our favorite moments from this year’s festival were.  Although there were many moments that truly stood out this past weekend these were the cream of the crop:

Thunder Stage: Elohim

Another Sunday favorite was Elohim; a mysterious LA based electro-pop wonder. As I ate below a nearby shade structure; the sounds of Elohim’s “Sensations” envelope me and carry me to the Thunder Stage. On stage I find one single girl, a keyboard, and so much energy.  Her catchy tunes fill the ears of her onlookers as they dance in unison to the melodic, yet spunky music.  Closing the set out with some new music; she left the stage with her supporters on a high and craving more.

Increase in Big Art

BIG. CLIMABLE. ART. The increase in large art installations truly pushed this year’s LiB over the edge of greatness.  From pirate ships overlooking the pristine Lake San Antonio to spinning globes (but only for a day) perfect for watching the sunset, the art reigned supreme.  The attention to detail on all of the different installations truly captivated its onlookers, taking them deep into the brains of each of the artists.   Other large non-climbable art was scattered throughout the grounds including Lightboxes, which told the story of other civilizations around the world thru photographs and the beautifully architectured Pulse Portal.

Do-Over! Beauty Salon & Barber Shop

Forgot to get a hair-cut or hit the salon before you headed out to LiB?  Look no further than the Do-Over – LiB’s onsite beauty salon & barber shop.  If you did not catch this interactive experience, boy did you miss out.  The stylists, LA Sirenes, put on quite the eclectic show for everyone.  Contestants were selected from the crowd by various means and put against each other in assorted challenges; all of which were you had to be there to believe actually happened. A few clues I can provide involved carrots and lap dances… The winner of each contest had the pleasure of spinning the Wheel of Misfortune, where they were rewarded with their day at the salon.  If you did not walk away with your cheeks hurting and thinking “what the heck did I just watch” you must not have been witnessing the same show.

Thunder Stage: EDiT with Special Guest the Rest of The Glitch Mob

No better words to describe edIT’s set than, a sunset throw down.  Midway thru the hard-hitting bass set edIT welcomes the other 2/3rd’s of The Glitch Mob on stage for a GM reunion. The sun shined perfectly through the cracks of the LED screens behind The Glitch Mob as they curated the most incredible set that had the whole Thunder Stage on their feet dancing.  Closing out with some soon to be released new music; the trio thanked the crowd for an amazing time but in actuality, we wanted to thank them for what we just had the pleasure of witnessing.

The Lake

The biggest, most noticeable change to this year’s LiB was the appearance the FIRST EVER Lake San Antonio.  Even in the chillier weather, the lake was lined with patrons atop their unicorn floaties, floating islands, and blow-up boats enjoying a cool, refreshing dip.  Positioned just right, you could enjoy the powerful bass at The Woogie or be serenaded by the sounds of The Beacon while catching some rays out on the lake. The aquatic art installations floated like beacons to guide festival-goers to the water to make new friends with a round of Slap-The-Bag up on them.  We hope the lake is here to stay because after this year, I cannot imagine LiB any other way.

Honorable Mention Goes to the People of the Festival

Shout out to all the participants of this year’s Lightning in a Bottle.  Attendees, Volunteers, Builders, Organizers; without all you there would be no LiB.   We are all there to celebrate life, music and art and to have a safe space to do it in.  You are there to be whoever you want to be, however you want to do it and live your fullest life. YOU make the festival what it is, YOU are the most important part, congrats on making it the best year yet!

See you in 2018!!



The Lightning in a Bottle 2017 Lineup Has Arrived!

Heading into their 12th year, Lightning in a Bottle Arts & Music Festival delivers a unique and trendsetting lineup for their event taking place Memorial Day Weekend, May 24th to May 29th at San Antonio Recreation Area in Bradley, CA.

With more than 100+ musicians converging at the festival, 2017 is set to be the most eclectic LIB lineup to date. Headliners include bass-master Bassnectar, UK-sensation TroyBoi, electronic icon Bonobo and live electronic act Rüfüs Du Sol Other acts include, Richie HawtinKaytranada , Bob Moses and many more!

Fresh off a very successful flash pre-sale, passes for LIB 2017 are already 50% sold out. Tickets for the festival, taking place over Memorial Day Weekend at San Antonio Recreation Area in Bradley, CA, are available via the Lightning in a Bottle website be sure to grab yours soon as Do LaB expects tickets to LIB 2017 to sell out ahead of schedule.  General Admission 4-day tickets are $280 plus fees with the additional Early Arrival Pass add-on for $75.  Lightning in a Bottle also offers a Monthly Payment Plan for all ticket purchases. For the fancy campers, there is also a NEW option in boutique camping that includes in-tent AIR CONDITIONING.

Full Lineup

Lightning Stage: Bassnectar, Bonobo, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Kaytranada, Bob Moses, Jhené Aiko, Bomba Estéreo, Big Wild, Weval,NoMBe, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Nicola Cruz, Brasstracks, Wafia, Vallis Alps, Climbing Poetree, IHF, Two Feet, Wildlight, The Seshen, Madame Gandhi, El Papachango, Jeremy Sole & Friends, Demo Taped

Thunder Stage: TroyBoi, Paper Diamond, Perfect Stranger, Machinedrum, eDIT, Sam Gellaitry, Calyx & Teebee, Fakear, Kalya Scintilla & Eve Olution, Barclay Crenshaw, Dimond Saints, iLL.GATES B2B Stephan Jacobs, The Range, Ivy Lab, Psymbionic, StéLouse, Headphone Activist, Hedflux, Elohim, Asadi, Frameworks, CRi, Erica Dee, Plantrae, Jade Cicada, Charlesthefirst, Maddy O’Neal, spacegeishA, Magic Moments

The Woogie: Richie Hawtin, Nic Fanciulli, Hernan Cattaneo, Stephan Bodzin, Leon Vynehall, tINI, Guy J, Christian Smith, Robag Wruhme, Eagles & Butterflies, Lauren Lane, Adam Port, Satori, Monolink, Julia Govor, Kotelett&Zadak, KMLN, Mark Slee, Marques Wyatt, Fleetwood Smack, MASHA

The Grand Artique: Too Many Zooz, Elephant Revival, The California Honeydrops, ORGŌNE, Dirtwire, Zack Deputy, Vokab Kompany, B-Side Players, W.C. Thornbush & The Great American Show, Herbert Bail Orchestra, Gene Evaro Jr, Edith Crash, The Delirians, Andrew Sheppard, Cactus Wine Experience, CARLO, Boostive, Shovelman, The Bloodhounds, Bootleg Sunshine, Cannibal Catering Company, Israel Maldonado, Tah Rei, The Great American Talent Show, Lucia Soaring Diamonds, Those Folk, JoaqoPelli, Brenda Carsey & The Awe, The Little Miss, Jeremiah and The Red Eyes, Breck, Dolan, Dusty, Wagons aka Mugger

As we wait for Lightning in a Bottle 2017 to rise, take a peek at Fluidity, the awe-inspiring Official Lightning in a Bottle 2017 Video by Media Stranger.

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11th Annual Lightning in a Bottle Tickets are SOLD OUT

A week out from the West Coast’s premiere camping, arts, music and yoga festival, Lightning in a Bottle is thrilled to announce that tickets for the 11th annual gathering are officially SOLD OUT! Having maintained a steady, conscious growth since its inception in 2005, LIB is proud to hit max capacity just ahead of its largest festival to date at 20,000 tickets sold.


While both the 2-Day and 4-Day festival passess are now sold out, several 4-Day passes can still be obtained with the purchase of a Boutique Camping package. Additionally, current pass holders can also upgrade to Boutique camping packages as well as purchase Lightning Bus tickets and/or an Early Arrival Pass, which will allow them to enter the festival a day early on Wednesday May 25.  


LIB production house Do LaB, and its vast array of magic-makers, would like to thank everyone for their amazing support for Lightning in a Bottle 2016!  Celebrating in the office, Jesse Shannon, aka Y2, Director of Marketing says, “This day is 11 years in the making. From 2005 when we first sold tickets to 2016, this is the first time Lightning in a Bottle has sold out before gates open. I’m so proud of the team and it’s a testament to all the hard work that everyone does to create such an incredible festival.” These sentiments are echoed in the laborious efforts put forth by Do LaB in the days leading up to the festival, with most of the team already on site creating, constructing and injecting love into every aspect of LIB.

Watch the teaser video here and feel the excitement:

Taking strides to ensure LIB 2016 is the biggest and best to date – Do LaB is pulling out all the stops curating a genre-bending, stellar lineup, cultivating wondrous immersive environments, and expanding into new adventures in Bradley, CA.


Hitting the three glorious main stages at LIB (The Lightning, The Thunder and The Woogie) are the most progressive up-and-coming artists alongside an acclaimed selection of powerhouse acts, forming the most dynamic lineup Do LaB has unveiled to date!  Headliners performing over this Memorial Day Weekend are Chet Faker, Grimes, Moderat, Big Gigantic, Cashmere Cat, The Polish Ambassador, and Four Tet. Joining the headliners is a roster of the best talent in house and bass including Tokimonsta, Mija, Mr. Carmack, Autograf, Guy Gerber, &ME, Lane 8, Sacha Robotti, Eprom, Minnesota b2b G Jones, and Bleep Bloop.


What makes Lightning in a Bottle truly magical, are the trove of stunning stages, art installations, wondrous immersive environments, classes, and workshops to explore. Trailblazers who wander off the beaten festival path may find themselves transported into the many weird and wonderful realms nestled on the grounds of LIB, each micro-environment ripe with exciting expansions, new offerings, and scintillating music for 2016. With over 300 classes and experiences to be had and shared, be sure to check out The Village,The Temple of Consciousness, The Learning Kitchen, The Grand Artique, Amori’s Casino & Burlesque, the Visionary Art gallery, and many other micro-environments during your stay at LIB!


Do LaB is excited to welcome those who purchased the Early Arrival Pass on May 25th to help kick off LIB weekend with a multitude of activities before the music begins! A cacao ceremony, Village Permaculture Action Day hosted by LIB 2016 artist Polish Ambassador and access to the newly-established High Grounds camp are among new initiatives in 2016. Purchase your Early Arrival Pass here.


Go GREEN! In addition to the Action Day, Do LaB has several other leading initiatives in place to ensure the grounds stay beautiful for years to come! Recycling, compost and landfill receptacles will be found on the festival grounds, and as always, LIB 2016 will be a “pack-it-in, pack-it-out event,” meaning that Do LaB asks that all guests take everything they brought into the festival out with them after the festival ends — campground trash included. A friendly reminder that plastic water bottles are not sold at LIB, so don’t forget to bring your own reusable container!


Familiarize yourself with Lightning in a Bottle and the grounds ahead of the festival. Look over Do LaB’s Thrive Guide for a refreshing on festivaling with intention and mindfulness, Camp like a champ and find your way to San Antonio Recreational Area.  And don’t forget to plan your dance party for the weekend — the set times for 2016’s lineup are out now.


Lightning in a Bottle – So hot right now! See you all soon.



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Lightning in a Bottle Drops Massive Lineup


The moment you have all been waiting for, here it is the 2016 Lightning in a Bottle Lineup!

This years headliners includes Chet Faker, Grimes, Jamie xx, Moderat, Apparat, Four Tet, Cashmere Cat, and Big Gigantic!

With additional support from Mija, Mr. Carmack, electro-circus troupe Lucent Dossier Experience, Haywyre, Lee Burridge, and Lane 8.

Check out the full lineup below

Passes for LIB 2016 are already 50% sold out. Tickets are available via the Lightning in a Bottle website – be sure to grab yours soon as Do LaB expects LIB 2016 to sell out ahead of schedule.

General Admission 4-day tickets are $270 with the additional Early Arrival Pass add-on for $75. Lightning in a Bottle is also offering a 4-Payment Layaway Plan for tickets until February 15.
RSVP on the LIB Facebook Event Page and be sure to stay in the loop with upcoming Do LaB news by signing up for the LIB newsletter. See you there!

Full Lineup

Lightning Stage: Chet Faker, Grimes, Jamie xx, Big Gigantic, Lucent Dossier Experience, Moderat, Ibeyi, Emancipator Ensemble, Nahko & Medicine for the People, William Close & The Earth Harp Collective, Alina Baraz, Hundred Waters, Tourist, Marian Hill, Rubblebucket, Raury, The Russ Liquid Test, Elderbrook, Dirtwire, Pimps of Joytime, NoMBe, Fungineers, Vokab Company, Lafa Taylor
Thunder Stage: Cashmere Cat, Tokimonsta, The Polish Ambassador, Mr. Carmack, Mija, Crying Over Porcelain, PANTyRAiD, Minnesota b2b G Jones, Eprom, Haywyre, Autograf, Desert Dwellers (Live Experience), Thriftworks, Ekali, Dimond Saints, Hayden James, Bleep Bloop, The Funk Hunters, The Librarian, Clozee, David Starfire, Space Jesus, Atyya Haana, Michael Manahan, Gilligan Moss, Henry Pope
The Woogie: Four Tet, Guy Gerber, Josh Wink, Magda, andhim, Lee Burridge, &ME, Steve Bug, Just Be, Monkey Safari, Lane 8, Francesca Lombardo, Justin Jay, Jonas Rathsman, Guido Schneider, Shall Ocin, Sacha Robotti, Jonas Saalbach, David Scuba, Jamie Schwabl

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Interactive Area News: Lightning in a Bottle 2015

With Lightning in a Bottle Right around the corner, they have searched high and low to offer interactive experiences that will open your eyes to the entire universe of play, laughter, performance and moments of connection. From immersive environments to roving interactive stations and pop-up environments, be sure to take some time to stop in and drop into an entirely different world that will make your LIB experience unforgettable. This year, we are offering two incredible options for sit-down dinners.


Dinner at Amori’s

Friday thru Sunday Amori’s is proud to present “Dinner at Amori’s” an intimate sit down Family-Style Italian Dinner with a delectable menu created by Chef Brian Vaccarella of the Gypsy Kitchen and Anything for Food. Join us for a delicious meal with live music, dancing and of course the Mayor of Love himself.  Nightly dinners from 7pm – 9pm.
Tickets available HERE

Lightning in a Plate

Friday through Sunday, join Giggle Juice Cafe at their “Lightning in a Plate” an immersive dining experience, where dining is a bustling, boisterous celebration of food.  Meals are shared, eaten and still considered a ceremony of nature, hard work, and treasured bonds with others, linking the importance of organic growing methods, sustainable living practices and environmental awareness and sensibility.
The guests will be transported on an unforgettable journey through a curated, bohemian six-course menu by Captain and Doctor Giggle, performed over an elevated rooftop that offers unobstructed views of the Festival. One long sharing table–exquisitely dressed by designer-ceramist from Brooklyn, Nicole Pilar--will be open for reservation for two sittings only: 6pm and 8pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday !
Tickets available HERE


CB_sunfaceCalifornia Baby will be launching a brand new California Kids line at the festival and can’t wait to share it with you! Come test and try all of California Baby’s lotions and potions. There will be crafting for the kids, and a refresh station for mom and dad. Learn baby and kids massage techniques and aromatherapy blending with Jessica, California Baby founder. At night, kids can get ready for bed with calming aromatherapy products and story time. Visit Camp California Baby & Kids for a dollop of sunscreen, and look for biodegradable shampoo in the shower area. California Baby loves supporting families and can’t wait to meet yours!Visit the California Baby Website HERE to shop and learn more about the company!


The Grand Artique returns for another year of unforgettable good times at Lightning in a Bottle 2015, bringing our infrastructure of barter and trade, performance art installations and live music acts of all kinds! We invite you to take a step back in time, relax under the oak trees, make a trade with the Boss, get a room at the Hotel and remember anything goes in Frontierville so expect the unexpected! Don’t forget to dig through your treasures and bring something to trade!!Thursday night The Grand Artique stage kicks off at 6pm!!Don’t miss!  W.C. Thornbush and The Great American Show brought to you by the cast and characters of Frontierville, show times are Thursday 12-1am and Saturday 5:30-6:30pm

LATE NIGHTS at The Grand Artique

We have been given special permission to keep the party going after the other stages have stopped…with a lineup to keep you going all night long Feat Vokab Kompany, Diablo Dimes, Solovox, LowVolts, Brother Grand, ForkRoot, The Herbert Bail Orchestra and a secret late late night stage for when it really gets interesting….

Frontierville presents SUNDAY REVIVAL

Feeling a little worn out on Sunday morning don’t fret come join in on the revelry! Musical guests Lou E. Bagels, Henry Pope and CARLO along with the cast and characters of the Grand Artique will take you on a spiritual journey …Skinny DeVille’s Bar opens at 10am!!


Vokab Kompany

Vokab_Kompany2Vokab Kompany are two MC/singers from San Diego, backed by their 4 piece band of awesome. Their live show combines multiple synths/keys with bass, drums and guitar to create a sound that doesn’t quite adhere to a specific genre, but seems to fit the bill with several. Alternative Hip-Hop, Rhythmic Soul and Electro Funk are just to name a few. Vokab has been hitting the festival scene hard the last couple years playing Electric Forest, The Bounce, LIB, Shambhala, Coachella on The Do Lab stage and many more to date. As of recent they have been touring with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and will be joining them this year at Jazz Fest! Their music has also been featured on a number of commercials and movies most notably on the Blake Griffin Kia spot and on the Southern Comfort fiery pepper release. This year at LIB they will be hitting the stage Sat night at 3am joined by Karl Denson’s trumpet player Chris Littlefield!


HannahEchoing the sounds of the Nordic coast and urban dance halls, cinematic sonic bass producer/violinist/vocalist HANNAH blends folk songs and improvised instrumental/vocal music with cutting edge electronic sounds, counting Massive Attack, Phaeleh, Trentemøller, and Ólafur Arnalds as influences in crafting her sound. The resulting sonic palate takes listeners on “a kind of mystical journey” (PopMatters), whose destination is a crossroads between classical and contemporary, organic and man-made, familiar and mysterious. HANNAH has shared the stage with numerous musical giants (The Rolling Stones, Kanye West, Bassnectar, MOBY, The National, EOTO) and appears on releases by Irma Thomas (Simply Grand), Beats Antique, Random Rab, An-Ten-Nae, among others. You can catch her Friday night at 11:45pm on The Grand Artique stage!

The Fungineers

TheFungineersThe Fungineers are a psychedelic hip-hop kids show for adults. Amazing puppets and over the top costumed characters perform an energetic and awe inspiring mix of theatrical musical numbers, purple unicorn beat boxing madness, interactive improv and and crowd hyping dance parties. It’s a full sensory adventure that is silly, sexy and surreal. They are led by Paragon the Cyber-Unicorn-Tron, part robot-monkey, part unicorn, all beat boxing DJ. His musical menagerie includes MC’s Lil Dino, Doctah Aqua-Sock-ta-Puss, Flavatar, Plush Groovy Plaidapuss and an always-expanding cast of Fun friends and guests galewore! Bringing creativity and Fun to the forefront of the festival community! At LIB you can expect The Fungineers to occupy an uncommon realm of interactive entertainment, a magic story time dance party where colorful characters explore playtime possibilities with world-class puppets musicians and vocalists. They will be playing Sunday evening at 8:15pm-9:30pm…don’t miss it!!

Moondog Matinee

MoondogMoondog Matinee out of Reno, NV is a hard-living, hard-working, rock & roll band with a heavy blues influence that recognizes the beauty of an unforgettable live performance. In 2013 they were selected to perform at the Life is Beautiful Music Festival in Las Vegas, NV, as well as being selected as Red Bull Sound Select Artists. They have performed alongside the likes of Deer Tick, Girls, Broken Social Scene, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. You can expect two energetic performances from them at LIB first oneThursday night from 9-10pm and number two Friday night 9:30-10:30pm!


CelloJoe plays through a loop pedal and produces intricate tapestries of harmony, melody, and rhythm. His beatboxing and funky cello grooves form a rich soundscape for intelligent lyrics and his music spreads love, joy, laughter and conscious vibrations. It’s Classical Hip Hop. Bikerophone is a mobile, bicycle pedal powered sound system that the audience powers. Freestyle cyphers with Narayan from Zion and members of the audience! If you see it, run and participate! It may not be there later…


Wheel of Fortune is an interactive divination tool created by Anne Staveley & Jill Sutherland of Livinlargephoto. A circular installation of salvaged doors which reveal a multiple exposure photograph of wildly unique depictions of the Tarot’s Major Arcana archetypes. Inside is a beautiful parlor with gazebo and seating with steps that invite curious visitors up to spin a bullet ridden barrel lantern that casts beads of light throughout the space. Crowned by a fire chandelier. Come for revelry and a reading!