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  • Your Festival Guide to Lightning in a Bottle 2024

    April 17, 2024 8 min read

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    It almost doesn’t matter what kind of music you are into. You will most definitely find it on one of the 7 stages at Lightning In A Bottle this year. Each stage features its own unique aesthetic, vision, and sound. The wonderfully immersive core stages; Woogie, Thunder, and Lightning will be trampled upon by some of the biggest names in electronic, techno, house, pop, and folk music, including Labrinth, Skrillex, James Blake, and M.I.A.

    The other four stages just announced their line-up. The Stacks, The Junkyard, The Compass, and The Grand Artique will feature artists like Glass Beams, Strawberry Disco Circus, Justin Cambell, Fuzzwald and the Rabbit, Henry Pope, Mystic Grizzly, and Little Dinosaur to name a few.

    Lightning in a Bottle is a truly immersive off-the-grid experience and this year they are doing something different. Normally the festival is 5 days, but this year they introduced their 3 day tickets and hotel package options. They are also rolling out their new Easy Peasy Pre-set Camping and Pre-Set RV options. So for those of you that want to take the festival at your own pace and without the added stress, these packages may be the perfect option. The convenience of having your accommodations taken care of from the very start, will surely set the intention for a worry free and enjoyable weekend. 

    And if you do choose the full five days to explore all the music and art that the grounds have to offer, be sure to get there early so that you will have your pick of the best campsites and attend all the pre-parties and get yourself fully immersed in the festival BEFORE the crowd arrives. 

    And let’s just say that the music may NOT be enough for you, you can be sure to expand your mind and be inspired by a variety of topics including indigenous cultures, psychedelic medicine, love & relationships, healthy eating, and more at the immersive Compass area. Push past your boundaries and let yourself fully go and soak up all that the LIB has to offer. 


    LIB will be held over Memorial Day weekend, May 22-27, 2024 in Bakersfield in  Buena Vista Lake at the Buena Vista Aquatic Recreational Area in Kern County, CA. For those of you flying into LAX for the festival, that’s about 100 miles outside of LA. 

    This year’s line-up is incredible with some strong female representation like  CloZEE,  Nora En Pure,  Honey Dijon,  Nia Archives,  Jyoty,  ANNA,  Sama’ Abdulhadi  and more.


    M.I.A. One of my all time favorites. When "Paper Planescame out in 2007, I couldn’t stop listening. This British Rapper and record producer is a force and her music is still just as relevant today as it was when she  began her recording career in 2002. And who will ever forget her epic Oscar nominated song, "O…Saya" from “Slumdog Millionaire.”

    James Blake This English R&B superstar  has a soothing baritone voice, 2 Grammys and is known for his hits like "Retrograde," "Life Round Here," and "Overgrown." 

    Fatboy Slim Arguably one of rave’s biggest legends will be doing what he does best at LIB this year. And for all those younger festival goers, you need to check out his Grammy win for best music video in the infamous video, ​​"Weapon of Choice" featuring  Christopher Walkin dancing around a hotel lobby

    Skream The English electronic music producer, will be performing a dubstep set. He remixed one of my personal most favorite songs in the world, “In For The Kill.” 

    Tycho his moody ambient sounds will be perfect at creating the most epic Sunset set

    Labrinth  English singer, rapper, songwriter, and record producer. He composed the soundtrack for the first season of HBO's Euphoria and Won the Emmy for the song “All For Us” with vocals by Zendaya

    Skrillex Has won 9 Grammys- the most out of any electronic dance artist. This past year he had a double album release and several marquee festival appearances worldwide. Also did a remix of La Roux’s “In For The Kill”

    The History of Lightning in a Bottle

    Last year, LIB celebrated its 20th anniversary and each year, has furthered its mission to inspire creativity and foster interconnection.  Brothers Dede, Jesse, and Josh Flemming created The Do LaB, a colorful stage that was originally an art installation at Coachella years ago. After a couple years of being a fan favorite when they first started out, Coachella began booking artists to perform in their tent and the trio later went on to start their very own music festival, Lightning in a Bottle. Today anywhere from 20-30 thousand festival goers get to experience some of the biggest names in music, art, workshops, educational talks, amazing food and even a slew of art cars that are famous for their Playa reputations at Burning Man.

    Festival Facts

    Every festival pass includes free tent camping. And if you’re parking in the lot, camping in your car, or bringing your RV,  you’ll need a vehicle pass. General admission and VIP Festival passes must be purchased separately. 

    New this year to the festival are the Easy Peasy Tent Packages, which features basic tent packages with bedding. Enjoy worry free camping when you arrive at a fully set up site in the designated Easy Peasy Camp.

    The same goes for Easy Peasy RV Packages. Fully powered RV packages that are fully set up for your arrival allow you to just get straight into all the festival action. 

    And for those of you that are looking for a more elevated experience, like VIP amenities, private lounges, and air conditioned restrooms, check out the Atlaswyld tent packages, luxury tent camping with access to high end amenities. And for the ultimate luxurious festival experience, purchase one of the Atlaswyld airstream packages. 

    And for those traveling with a family, reserve your spot in the family camp, a community campsite for families and kids. 

    LIB offers exclusive  hotel and ticket packages. They have 3 day, 5 day, VIP, and “Just here for the Party” packages. 

    If you’re staying at local hotels, check these ones out for shuttles to and from the festival.  The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Bakersfield Central,  Hampton Inn Bakersfield-Central,  Four Points by Sheraton Bakersfield,  and  DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bakersfield.

    Lockers will be available at the festival and are accessible at any hour of the day or night. They are $55 and include power outlets and phone charging stations.

    Bring your own reusable water bottles. LIB has filtered water stations located throughout the festival in efforts to create zero waste, zero shipping, zero fuel, and eliminates plastic packaging and toxic chemicals leaching into the water. 

    Do yourself and everyone a favor at the festival this year and purchase shower tickets at the shower booth! Showers are available in the campground plazas. Remember to pack your biodegradable soap. I love this one from  Dr. Bronner’s.  

    Charging stations are located throughout the festival area, as well as backstage for VIP attendees and in Atlaswyld Campgrounds. Check the festival map for locations.

    Want to be fully charged all the time, then bring your own portable power bank.  This one is solar powered and holds up to 8 days of power on a single charge. 

    LIB always has some incredible food vendors that offer organic and locally-sourced options. Vegan & gluten-free options available. 

    And if you're looking for crafted goods, like jewelry, clothing, skincare, or health tonics  made by local artists, head to LIB’s Marketplace!

    For the most up to date information, check out their  website.

    What To Bring

    If you’re camping in your car or tent, you’ll want to arrive prepared. While no one can predict the weather, you want to make sure you have a few necessities on hand to make your experience the most comfortable possible. 

    Nights can be cool on the lake and days can be high 80’s during Memorial Day weekend. So be sure to bring options that will keep you warm and cozy at night and layers to peel off during the day. I love some of our new pieces at SpiritHoods like the ultra soft electric blue lynx classic collector hoodie for men, the ultra soft raspberry tiger classic collector edition romper and  the pink zebra burnout velvet bodysuit for the ultimate in dance apparel.

    The dust can get brutal at the festival, so be sure to bring a bandana, sunglasses/goggles, and a filtered mask. 

    And if you’re bringing your own tent and camping, consider getting some aluminet to stay cool from the excessive heat and sun. You're welcome. 

    A no bake tent will also be sure to keep you cool once that sun comes up.

    Don’t forget a portable battery, and for comfort that will rival the Atlaswyld camping, purchase a  Cooler AC from Etsy and as long as the festival doesn't run out of ice, you'll stay plenty cool!

    A  rave fan and/or a battery operated hand held fans are always great to have on you at all times.  This one even has a misting option!

    Sunscreen and chapstick are a must! Keep them in your fanny pack and on your person at all times. And it’s important to get some much needed shut eye during your festival stay. Be sure to pack an eye mask and good quality earplugs. You never know what your neighbors are gonna be like and how late they’ll be keeping you up. 

    It has been known to get hot at LIB, so avoid heat stroke by staying hydrated and taking a dip in the lake every now and then. You can always find a meditation class, an art class, or just chill under some art tent at the festival.

    And  if you forgot something at home, head to the General Store!


    Want to stay in the loop or perhaps meet some new friends that are also heading to Lightning in a Bottle this year, then join these two groups and get connected! Check out this reddit community and this Facebook page

    Check out  Music Festival Wizard for up to date information on festivals. This website is dedicated to covering the scene and music news with the latest on line-ups, reviews and commentary. 

    Another great resource is  this music festival app. It’s pretty new and they are adding to their list of festivals daily. So be sure to keep checking back. 

    And for a little inspiration and to help get you get in tip top festival mood, be sure to watch this cool  20 year Lightning in a Bottle recap video on youtube 

    AND if you're looking for some festival wear style suggestions, check out these blogs written by yours truly where I cover some of the best in sustainable fashion for men and women.

    Oh! And I also wrote this blog, a guide to some of the World's Best Music Festivals.  




    Lane 8

    James Blake




    Fatboy Slim


    Nora En Pure

    Bob Moses (Club Set)


    Bomba Estéreo

    Honey Dijon

    Damian Lazarus

    Mura Masa

    Of The Trees

    Floating Points


    Barclay Cresnshaw

    Nia Archives


    ANNA b2b Sama’ Abdulhadi

    Justin Martin


    it’s murph

    Qveen Herby

    Skream (Dubstep Set)

    Tycho (Sunset Set)

    Adam Ten b2b Mita Gami

    Ayla Nereo

    DJ Holographic

    Elephant Heart

    Fleetmac Wood


    Glass Beams



    Jasper Tygner

    Jimi Jules

    La Lom


    Maddy O’Neal


    Miss Dre




    PawPaw Rod






    Yulia Niko



    Blaq Pages




    Dela Moon

    DJ Dials

    Ella Romand


    Little Dinosaur

    Maria Tambien


    Siren & Seer

    Sweet Anomaly

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