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Faces of Lightning in a Bottle

Posted: 05/30/2012 11:29 am

There aren't many places where one can do a morning yoga class, catch a lecture on permaculture, participate in a mass meditation, check out paintings, installations and sculptures by world-class artists, eat organic vegan cabbage tacos and then dance in a field to body-rattling bass music until the early hours of the morning, but so it was this past weekend at Lightning in a Bottle, the Do LaB's 13th annual arts and music festival that went down (and got down) at Silverado's Oak Canyon Ranch. Standout performances by Tipper, Shpongle, Apparat, Lucent Dossier, EOTO, Big Gigantic, Pumpkin and Bassnectar contributed to the musical end of a diverse lineup that also featured speakers including Barbara Marx Hubbard, Daniel Pinchbeck, Dream Rockwell and Michael Beckwith.

Lightning in a Bottle's deep commitment to environmentally mindful practices was exemplified by an ambitious sustainability program that saw attendees carefully sorting trash into compost, recycling and landfill bins and making a collective effort to pick up cups, plates, bottles, and yes, glowsticks, off the ground at the end of each night. With this spirit of conscious living infused into every element of the festival, an eclectic, 14,000 person plus crowd of artists, musicians, performers, Burners, babies and bassheads came together for an experience that was as enlightening as it was fun.

Here, a handful of Lightning in a Bottle participants and attendees share their thoughts on what LiB means to them:

All photos by Ali Miller

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Name: Sascha Ring (Apparat)

From: Berlin, Germany

Years at LiB: 2

Day Job: electronic musician

Role at LiB: Performed a killer Friday night set on the mainstage

Thoughts on the festival: In general there are two kinds of festivals. The very professional ones that are just concerts in a row, and these kind where people come for the experience of the whole thing. People come for the feeling, the vibe. For me, it's like a bubble where things are allowed and possible that wouldn't be outside the bubble, especially because we're in the states with all the rules and laws and signs. You don't need rules and laws here because everyone wants to make it happen in the best possible way.

 

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