The three-day summer festival (hosted by The Do LaB) features raves, yoga classes, art installations, burlesque shows and even a silent disco. We were there to partake in the festivities and witness the wild animals and men in tutus that came out to play. It was pure hippie heaven.
Lightning in a Bottle ain’t your normal festival. In fact, it isn’t so much a festival as it is a magical three-day getaway in an enchanted fantasyland. The vibe that so many festivals pretend to create, sell and package for exorbitant prices, LIB does for real. It’s hosted by The Do LaB; the group throws events of varying sizes in Southern California throughout the year (including a stage at Coachella), but this is the big one. So when tickets did not go on sale at their usual time during the beginning of the year, people started freaking out. Due to a change in ownership and increasing attendance, the event could no longer be held at Oak Canyon Ranch, its home since 2010. But thanks to some last minute hustle, The Do LaB secured a new plot of land (Lake Skinner), moved the date from its usual Memorial Day weekend to mid-July, and to everyone’s relief, LIB was still on.
..."Because I was really starting to fall deep into Fraggle Rock and felt if I did any more music and dancing I would lose my mind, I sought out my friend Cheri Rae, who runs a yoga studio/restaurant in Los Angeles and had a food stand at the festival. Cheri Rae is one of the most inspiring people I’ve ever met and exemplifies the spirit that makes LIB so special. While everyone was up all night partying, she stayed up for almost the entire event making and serving food 24/7, save for the hour she left to teach her yoga class.
For all the terrible things I did to my body over the weekend, the one thing I did do well was eat. Although there were burritos, fish and chips and other greasy goodness, I opted for all the amazing raw/organic cuisine, like this dish Cheri Rae made. Essentially, Mother Earth took a shit on my plate, then I ate it and then I shit it back out. It’s the circle of life!"