In more ways than one, music festival season is in full bloom. This year’s record rainfall is sure to bring festival goers some welcomed relief to the dry and dust ridden campsites, dancefloors and landscapes from seasons passed. All the more reason to rally your crew, pack up the van, and venture out for what’s sure to be a splendid good time. Our very own “good vibe tribe” has scoured the scene, and experienced the magic to bring you these top 5 music festivals you’d de crazy to miss.
Set into motion billions of years past, Oregon’s Ochoco National Forest at Big Summit Prairie will set the stage for a bold endeavor of momentous proportion. 13 collaborating events from around the world converge as one for a week-long celebration and creative vortex, the likes of which the world has never before seen. 7 stages of music, endless workshops, yoga, circus performances, and unprecedented large-scale art installations serve as the backdrop to one of the most phenomenal experiences ever witnessed: a Total Solar Eclipse. Be prepared for a paradigm shifting experience that’s sure to leave the mind expanded and spirit ignited.
The definition of genius loci is the prevailing atmosphere, spirit or character of a place. Unlike any music festival we’ve ever experienced, Genius Loci Fest –now in its 5th edition – began as a semi-remote wilderness, camping, and surf adventure located south of the border in Baja Mexico’s Punta Cabras. Nestled on the sandy plateaus alongside the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean, Genius Loci is one of the few festivals that allows patrons to rise with the waves, surf, dance, party, and repeat. The rugged landscape and good vibes are ideally suited for the eclectic lineups that curate worldly beats with tribal nuance for what is always an intimate gathering of legend. See you there! Oh yeah, this is not a rave.
Extravagant, immersive and awe-inspiring, Lightning in a Bottle is a perennial must for any festival newbie or veteran alike. Curated by the Do Lab—the music and art collective known for its annual installations at Coachella—this year’s LIB lineup is expected to bring the thunder with headlining acts that include Bassnectar, Bonobo, Rüfüs Du Sol, and Kaytranada. Crowds typically arrive in droves to a dusty and arid San Antonio Recreation Area in Bradley, California, however, record rainfall will introduce a new dynamic as San Antonia Lake swells and snowmelt arrives. Needless to say, things will be getting wet and wild! Camping, yoga, health and wellness abound and families are welcome for what’s sure to be an experience of a lifetime.
Cookes Valley Campground, a remote and breathtaking Redwood grove on the Eel River in Humboldt County, California is a festival site unparalleled on the West Coast. Boasting 4 stages including a silent disco that goes all night, this eclectic festival has featured electronic headliners like Odesza, Gorgon City, Beats Antique and Griz. Be sure to check out the very best of Nor Cal’s art scene, organic and artisanal food vendors, hammock lounges and outdoor games. Expect the unexpected, tread lightly, bring an inner tube and experience the magic that radiates for the enchanted Redwood forest. Believe us, you’ll want to take the long way home.
Save the date and get in line, Dirtybird Campout is a sight to behold. Like summer camp on steroids, this weekend-long extravaganza located in Silverado, California offers over 50 activities off the dance floor that include arts, crafts, boat races, karaoke, kickball, talent shows, and more. Known for their twisted beats and heart pounding basslines, the Dirtybird crew is always sure to deliver. Pack your mallows, grahams and hot dogs because this is one dirty campout you won’t want to miss.