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Summer Music Festivals & Lightning in a Bottle Santa Barbara

August 13, 2008

Are you searching for information about Do Lab’s Lightning in a Bottle, held the last weekend in May 2008 and various weekends in May in the past few years?

Having attended a number of music/arts/cultural festivals including Lightning in a Bottle, Burning Man, Coachella, Sasquatch, Electric Daisy Carnival and more, I wrote several posts about our experience at last year’s LIB. Links for these are below.

The primary comparison people make is between LIB and Burning Man, but they are two very different kinds of events, and difficult to compare. What is a more interesting comparison is between LIB and say, Electric Daisy Carnival. Over and over, people commented at LIB about how they loved the vibe there, and mentioned how different it was from most festivals. After attending EDC, I understand better why. For example:


EDC: age 16-26

LIB/BMan: age babies-grandparents, lots of families, Boomers, Gen X, Y, Z together


EDC: grounds covered in cuddle puddles, most people high

LIB/BMan: some people high, most people coherent, engaged


EDC: yuck and yuck

LIB: Fat Tire amber ale, organic food, vegan food, raw food

BMan: bring your own, eat communally, share


EDC: everywhere–most of the attendees just let their trash fall from their hands, litter ankle deep by midnight

LIB: people used trash cans, very little litter, most picked up immediately

BMan: Leave No Trace ethic, take care of your own


EDC: carnival rides

LIB: a few installations, mostly spectator oriented

BMan: more than you can ever imagine or get enough of during the length of the event


EDC: huh? the point is to dance! and hook up!

LIB: on-going in several locations

BMan: on-going all over

To make it easier for you to find them, I am putting links to my LIB posts here:

For more about music:

For more about art:

For more about workshops:

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 14, 2008 2:37 pm

    This is a great break down of some of the most important, practical aspects in choosing to attend a festival or artistic event. You have convinced me here and in other posts to someday attend to Burning Man, or the other festival you mention. In the South we have the Leaf Festival in North Carolina every fall and spring.

  2. August 14, 2008 8:48 pm

    My friend Jim Nave hosts the slam at LEAF–I’ve always wanted to attend–it looks fabulous!

    Burning Man is truly life changing but it isn’t for everyone!


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