Dates: 21st - 26th May 2020
Location: San Antonio Recreation Area, California, USA

Some have described this festival as a stepping-stone to Burning Man, and it is rumored to have taken some inspiration from Boom Festival in Portugal. They share much of the same ethos and dedication to arts, inspiring décor and costuming., as well as great music. Set in the San Antonio Recreation Area, by a massive dried up lakebed, the event boasts truly beautiful surrounds. The music is carefully curated, ranging from world to electronic to experimental sounds, ceaselessly pleasing the buoyant attendees, year after year.

Like many good festivals, Lightning in a Bottle started as a private birthday party somewhere in the Santa Ynez Mountains, outside Santa Barbara. Since then, it has grown into a successful public event with hordes of devoted disciples, returning again and again to celebrate art, music, performance, sustainability and life. To the throbbing beat of electrifying rhythms, the festival’s core values will seep into your bones, creating a transformational experience that will last long past the weekend.

Their eco-friendly awareness has won them awards; for five years in a row they have claimed the ‘Outstanding Award’ from A Greener Festival. Their motto of LIB – Leave it Better, Leave it Beautiful, has earned them tremendous respect; particularly as they so wholly follow through. There is minimum impact on the environment – guests even help clean up the stages at the end of the night, to a catchy little clean up song. Their eco-efforts on sustainable energy are far-reaching; they only use bio-diesel, are committed to LED lighting, wind and solar power wherever possible, and counteract any excess energy use that cannot be eliminated by contributing to certified carbon off-sets in the local area.

There are three main stages; the Lightning Stage, the Thunder Stage and the Woogie Stage. The main headliners perform at the Lightning Stage, which really comes alive at night; as you might expect. The Thunder Stage is a “home base for all things bass related”; for “heavy tempos and psychedelic light shows”. The Woogie Stage showcases some incredibly unique sounds and an overall aura of inclusivity.

Aside from the music, there’s a magical medley of entertainment and activities available for all your other needs. The Temple of Consciousness is a “haven of inspiration featuring world renowned visionaries, wisdom keepers, master teachers, healers, activists, performers, and musicians” – where people can really learn to open their minds and their hearts, embracing their place in this world, and everyone else in it. Then there’s also The Village, promoting ‘culture as a verb’. This is dedicated to learning about selves as a part of nature; how people must all work together creatively whilst applauding all that they can contribute as individuals. Here you can learn how to apply village life to a contemporary world.

For the seventh time in a row, The Grand Artique is also returning to Lightning in a Bottle, offering a Trading Post and General Store, a hotel and a Gypsy Encampment, as well as some banging heavy-hitting music to keep you on your toes. Lightning in a Paintcan offers you the chance to buy art and watch talented artists paint live. Much of the art installations are participatory – such as the giant teapots on ladders that you can climb into. The Learning Kitchen and the Market Place are on hand to take care of all your nutrition and retail needs… if you have any spare time. A family campsite means you’ve got a safe place to stay with your kids, if you choose to bring them – and children under 12 go free.

Boutique camping at Lightning in a Bottle is an option; and one that we strongly advise you to take. The temperatures can reach soaring heights and by all accounts the self-camp sites can be quite hard to get to. Avoid the stress and the hassle of lugging your tent around and battling dusty fly sheets, and book yourself some guaranteed comfort.

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