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Woogie Weekend

 

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From July 8th through the 10th, a steady techno drone settled over Oak Canyon Park. It marked the second coming of Woogie Weekend. If Lightning in a Bottle is the well traveled eco-conscious older sister with worldy experience, then Woogie Weekend is the laid back little brother with really good music taste.

 

While LIB seeks to educate and inspire, Do Lab’s Summer campout instead focuses on calming and inviting atmospheres. Think grass, shade, fair weather, water sports, mini golf, hammocks, room for plenty of activities, and colorful decor to ease the eyes. Leisurely strolls and plenty of comfy seating set the tone for the camp-out chilling.

 

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Woogie Weekend | Lineup | Tickets

 

Summer is in full swing and if you’re planning to be in Oak Canyon Park this weekend, you’d be hard pressed to find yourself amidst a bad time. This is one stacked lineup. Below are several artists we definitely recommend you check out over the weekend in between all the activities. Honestly though, don’t miss anyone if you can help it.

 

Friday

DoubtingThomas
Preferring to stay out of the limelight, Doubting Thomas has slowly and surely come of his own with his unique approach to mystic and mellow minimal house sounds.

DoubtingThomas – The Changes

 

Extrawelt
This duo has been going strong for over 10 years; and for good reason. They consistently stay ahead of the electronic music curve in producing a deep and technical sound that never stales.

Stephan Bodzin – Blue Giant (Extrawelt Remix)

 

Mark Farina
The father of downtempo house meets acid goodness Mushroom Jazz. ’nuff said.

Mark Farina – C’mon Playa

 

Saturday
Beacon
This New York outfit melds sleepless city vocals with complex hypnotic elements to great effect. Playing live, they’ll be sure to set you in a most welcome spacey rhythm.

Beacon – Escapements

 

Oceanvs Orientalis
Straight from their mouths: Oceanvs Orientalis blends itself with the archaelogic tunes of mankind’s cumulative musical history and in this very context believes that “everything comes from the east”. Don’t miss out on their orchestral-dance style.

Oceanvs Orientalis vs. Heimat – Gardens of Bablyon

 

Oliver Huntemann
Perfectly seamless. German. Techno.

Oliver Huntemann – Kiez

 

Sunday
Kidnap Kid
Now in the full swing of his career, UK based Kidnap Kid has established himself as a standout in the emotional house scene. His sound takes on aspects of Balearic, Traditional, and Garage all to induce a stellar “get-lost-in-your-head” flow.

Kidnap Kid – Like You Used To

 

Rampue
After missing him at Further Future, we’ve had a Rampue sized hole in our hearts for his distinct minimal tribal techno style.
Once more with visa issues.

Rampue – Adagio for Phoenicopterus

 

Rodriguez Jr.
There’s never not enough room for Minimal Techno. And when it comes from this star producer (live!), there’s no reason to miss out.

Rodriguez Jr. – Capitelle

 

 

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Woogie Weekend | Lineup | Tickets

 

Now in its second year as a standalone festival, Woogie Weekend continues to gather artists that could hold their own on parent festival LIB‘s lineup. The event is even hosted at LIB’s former home: Oak Canyon Park, Silverado Canyon. Anyone who’s stopped by the Woogie stage at LIB knows the sound and the vibe: funky and carefree during the day; deep and dark at night. And this year’s lineup is definitely influenced by a playa touch. Luckily, there’s water all around to help manage that hot summer sun (or an unpredictable muddy cuddle puddle a la 2015).

 

The event runs July 8-10, 2016 with 2-day and Sunday tickets available, so there’s really no reason not to check out at least Sunday (Rampue, Rodriguez Jr., Kidnap Kid, and TEED are among our must sees of the weekend). With a lineup this good at a $160 all weekend ticket price, this is perhaps the most “worth it” festival bill we’ve seen this year.

 

 

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Temple Days | Tickets

 

Last year, we attended The Do Lab’s Lucent Temple of Consciousness Temple Days Pre-Party and were astounded by the spirituality and synchronicity of everything. This year, the eye-opening LIB pre-event touches down at Wanderlust Hollywood for 12 hours of workshops, yoga and movement, food, art and musical performances designed to expand the heart and open the mind.

 

This year’s event will host speaker headliners John Perkins and Dream Rockwell, and music from DJ Tasha Blank, among many others. Many of these speakers will be at LIB as well; however, Temple Days provides a rush-free and guilt-free atmosphere by which one can absorb the totality of each artist’s message. If ever you’ve been interested in going deeper into free thought, this is an event specially curated for you.

 

 

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Lightning In A Bottle

 

Last year, we named Lightning in a Bottle the best camp-out festival we’ve been to. And we’re sticking to it this year. First things first: ravines are cool and all, but the high-five bridges saved our legs for the dancing. Second: water and port-a-parties aplenty. Third: the lineup. LIB consistently brings the best. Lastly: we brought the extended fest family out this year, and it seems like everyone else did too. No matter, the larger tribe only added to the loving vibes. There is something about the energy and love shared between attendees at this festival that is unlike anywhere else. Co-Founder Dede Flemming was right, LIB’s intimacy comes from the lovely souls who hear the Do Lab’s call.
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Lightning In A Bottle | Lineup | Tickets | Set Times

 

 

Big moment for us to talk to a founder of such an amazing creation as Dede Flemming of The Do Lab.
We’re plain Jane and his text is purple. Let this Bob Moses mix soothe you as you read.

 

Bob Moses – Inner City Odyssey Mix

 

 

Lightning in a Bottle and The Do Lab are well known for being the halfway point to some people between Burning Man and Coachella, so I was wondering what your opinion is on that? How do you think that environment at LIB benefits society as a whole?

 

Oh yeah absolutely! We’ve often compared ourselves to a hybrid of those events. Certainly not the size and scope of either, but just as far as the style. We have the creativity and spirit of Burning Man…and we try to have some of the organization and curation of Coachella. I think it’s great for everybody, because you bring in the people from the Burning Man culture who have a great understanding of what this community is and what this world is about. Then you have the more curious folk, your Coachella audience, who aren’t necessarily exposed to the free spirit energy and vibe that we offer.

 

Yeah we totally feel what you’re saying through going to LIB the past few years. So you’re definitely accomplishing a happy hybrid of the two.

 

Ah yes of course. And we have a tremendous amount of respect and inspiration from those festivals. We’re honored to have that comparison made.

 

Was there a particular reason for having Flume specifically top center on the bill, as if he is the cult leader? Don’t get me wrong he is one of the biggest names in the industry, and I love and am inspired by him like crazy…but with the other headliners who have put more time, more records, and more value into this scene, what was your reasoning for that decision?

 

You know sometimes lineup posters are what they are for numerous reasons. We’ve always felt he was a great fit for our festival…Maybe it’s debatable whether he should be on the top or not. It comes down to what we like stylistically, and there are some politics involved. In my opinion, the lineup poster order is always subjective.

 

Very true. Nowadays it comes down to the undercard and the homework done behind the scenes to have a truly complete lineup.

 

And we feel we do our best to accomplish that!

 

It shows Dede…it damn well shows. Ha! But hey, The Do Lab seems to be having its year! With Lightning in a Bottle about to sell out, it’s bigger than ever. You guys are planning on adding more festivals to the year. How do you plan on maintaining the small inclusive vibes in the face of such growth?

 

Well, I think this has always been one of our biggest concerns. I feel like we’ve always done an excellent job of maintaining the vibe. Go back to 2006 when we were just 1200 people. I felt that if we grew to 3000 or 4000 people we would lose the intimacy. But we didn’t. Then we jumped to 6000. And we still didn’t. Then we jumped to 10000. And we STILL didn’t. Now I’m just confident that it’s the people that come that make it intimate. We do a lot of work to curate, not just a festival, but all the offerings in a way that maintains that intimate vibe as we grow in numbers.

 

Yeah we really feel that through your attendance at the Do Lab stage and the festival, that a lot of it really comes down to the crowd you guys pull. So kudos to you on that. But LIB has moved a lot in the past few years. What was your favorite venue? How did you even pull off a festival like this in the bubble within a bubble, my hometown, Irvine. And How did you respond to the reaction from people at Bradley last year?

 

My favorite venue? Wow. It’s tough. They’re all so special in different ways. Our Santa Barbara festival is still talked about from all those years ago. It was so small and renegade and just unmatched. It was a great way for us to start LIB.

 

We were pretty skeptical about moving to Irvine. The layout was a little wonky, there was a big hill in the venue. We weren’t sure how we were going to get people to navigate through it. There were a bunch of challenges. But it turned out to be the favorite venue of many of the attendees. We fell in love with it after three years too. Eventually the logistics didn’t work out for the land owners to keep us there, and we respected their decision to move on.

 

And now here we are at Bradley. We’re back to that central coastal vibe from Santa Barbara. Rolling hills. Trees. Wide open. Just incredible. So I can’t say I have a favorite…just going to have to scratch Lake Skinner off that list haha.

 

You guys didn’t like it there, huh? I loved all the grass, shade, and camping layout.

 

It’s not that we didn’t like it…we just didn’t feel very welcome there with the police and the surrounding neighbors. I thought that would be the best place for all those reasons you said. And we really learned that our audience doesn’t really care for those kind of things. They care more about their freedom and to really express themselves. They would sacrifices the grass, trees, and nice convenient parking for the ability they can go and be themselves. We like being out in the middle of nowhere. We feel like we’re in our own world.

 

Haha. Middle of nowhere is a great way to put it. Going to make sure to let our readers know they should buy all their supplies well before they get close to the venue…there are no stores around for miles. But yeah, what advice would you give to young entrepreneurs who are inspired by what you guys have accomplished so far?

 

The best piece of advice anyone can ever give is to find your passion, go for it at will, and don’t worry about the people who say you can’t do it or how to do it. It’s not going to be easy, but if you really want to be true to yourself, go for it. We had plenty of people try to tell us that we can’t do it our way…and we’re not here to do these things the conventional way or the “right” way, we’re here to do something unique and special our own way.

 

Wise words. Thanks a lot Dede. We really appreciate everything you do, and a lot of people are watching and are inspired by your work.

 

It’s my pleasure…I just want to be clear when you are writing this that this is a big team. It’s not just my brothers and me. It’s a massive team of dedicated people who are working all year long to help us accomplish what we accomplish.

 

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Lightning In A Bottle | Lineup | Tickets | Set Times

 

Lightning in a Bottle wouldn’t be Lightning in a Bottle without the heavy tremble of bass music. Our final preview before making the journey to Bradley pays homage to this fact. It also pays homage to G Jones‘s rise through the ranks of bass technicians. His after-hours Drift set last year was so good that he’s become a regular at DoLab events. We’re proud of him.

 

He mixes beats, hip-hop, grime, trap, ethnic and dark bass to create a soundscape that’s hard to replicate. Come dance with us as he tears up the Big Fish Thunder Stage on Saturday at 8pm – prime time hour for things to get a whole lot weirder and a whole lot more fun.

 

G Jones – Krabby Patty Secret Formula

G Jones x Tsuruda – Push

G Jones – Goblin

 

 

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