Lightning in a Bottle is returning to Bradley, CA this Memorial Day weekend, and today the fine folks at The Do LaB unveiled one of their most diverse and exciting lineups yet. For the uninitiated, Lightning in a Bottle is a 5-day transformational music & arts festival, and one of the most revered festivals in the California festival circuit. Imagine a hybrid of Burning Man and Coachella– expect a conscious gathering in a makeshift barren wasteland with an emphasis on workshops, yoga, healing, theme camps, 24/7 sound and dazzling art installations crossed with the grandiose spectacle of a high-budget festival and a heavy-hitting headlining bill. Flume, SBTRKT, Odesza, RL Grime, and Tycho are among the diverse headliners that will be leading the way, but this year Lightning in a Bottle has truly outdone itself with a mind-boggling array of supporting acts that will make sure that bass is bumped and fists are pumped at all hours of the day and night. Expect a blend of house, techno, west coast bass, live world music, and everything in between taking over beautiful themed stages in what’s bound to be the best Memorial Day party on the planet. But don’t take our word for it– check out the stacked lineup below. Take your time; there’s a lot to digest.
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As I made my way into Red Rocks I was able to catch Destructo throwing down on the decks. People were certainly feeling the groove as he threw down some of his well-known tracks. The highlight of the set was his latest track with YG called “Party Up” which really got the energy going. After Destructo did his thing it was time for Rudimental to take the stage. The group from the UK were a delight to watch as they were very energetic and very engaged with the crowd throughout their performance. They also brought the live aspect to the table with their live trumpet player and a number of live singers that stole the show. After the great showing by Rudimental, and a short intermission to build the stage, it was time for Dillon Francis himself to take the decks. As the man in the suit took the stage he took us on a journey of Moombahton, Trap, and House. Showcasing many of his songs off his new album and many of his of his long time staples, Dillon put on a show to remember. Like I have said many times behind all of the online antics and social media ploys, Mr. Francis has proved time and time again that his music is just as big as his social media presence. Last one to take the stage at Hard Red Rocks was the bass duo Nero. Taking cue from the opening acts Nero kept the energy coming. Mixing in some of their big time tracks from their massive album, Welcome Reality with some of their newer tracks from Satisfy, Nero had the bass happy crowd loving life. It was great to see the bass legends return to the rocks and put on one heck of a high energy show. Thank you to everyone that came out and be sure to check out the photo album to see some great photos of the event!
HARD Summer (written by Jon Gilman)
**Click HERE to see Official HARD Summer Day 1 Pics | Click HERE to see Official HARD Summer Day 2 Pics**
I’ll preface my wrap-up of HARD Summer by saying it will only cover Day Two. Due to circumstances beyond my control I was unable to get to the festival for Day One, missing out on acts like Jack U, Axwell, Sharooz, GRiZ, Tchami, Oliver, Dusky, Jack Beats, The Martinez Brothers, Tiga Vs. Audion, and so many more who I was excited to see.
Though I was only able to enjoy 50% of HARD Summer 2014, I still had an absolute blast and I think it’s safe to say most of the people in attendance did too. Once I got a lay of the land, it became obvious why Whittier Narrows was chosen as the venue for HARD Summer 2014: it was spacious enough to house five stages, carnival rides, food and beverage, and spaces to take a load off everywhere in between. But it certainly wasn’t all packed in there and I didn’t experience a single dose of sound bleed from one stage to the next.
While my friends and I dipped our toes into the waters of all five stages, we spent most of our time hopping between the Pink and Green tents and spent minimal time at either of the HARD stages (“HARD” and “HARDer” – which acted as the main stages). Not that I’m against the main stage these days, but my tastes have evolved to prefer artists who are more typically on side stages. But I wasn’t alone – there was a huge contingency of ShipFam (Holy Ship alumni) who were gathered at the Green Tent for most of the day, some of them never leaving. This is probably because artists like Shiba San, Destructo, Hannah Wants, Kill Frenzy, and plenty more were at the Green Tent – all DJs that Holy Ship loyalists have come to adore. The Green Tent, at least on Day Two, had become a haven for G-House, Garage, and a cross-roads where off-the-beaten-path House music could come to thrive.
Meanwhile, the larger and louder Pink Tent showcased DJs who fell in the Deep House, Techno, and Tech-House realms. One big surprise of the weekend, for me, was Jimmy Edgar’s hard-hitting Techno-fueled set. Though it was early in the day, there was a large group of people congregated to enjoy the heavy beats, only to double down when Danny Daze went on immediately after. Other sets I had the pleasure of witnessing in the Pink Tent included the always-great Claptone, Gorgon City, Julio Bashmore, and Maya Jane Coles. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Julio Bashmore’s set. Not to say I don’t love his track “Au Seve”, among others, but he really threw down and it was my first time seeing him. Maya Jane Coles I had seen before, but she really cranked up the energy to bring us a great way to close out the weekend.
When I wasn’t at the Pink or Green Tents, I ventured to the Purple Tent to see Wave Racer – a set that may have taken the cake for the weekend. We also saw A-Trak do his typically awesome A-Trak thing at the HARD stage, and Nero and Sub Focus bring out the heavy bass at the HARDer stage. One thing to note is how much dust was flying around the two main stages – something for the HARD team to consider for next year.
All-in-all, I had a fantastic weekend experiencing HARD festivals at Red Rocks and in Los Angeles and I want to say thank you as always to the HARD Team as well as all the folks as MSO PR for working with us here at MMIBTY.
My Top 5 Acts from HARD Summer:
Maya Jane Coles
*Much love to all the friendly people we met in Denver and Los Angeles!*
*9/22/14 update: HARD dropped the official video recap last week*
In just a couple weeks I will be picking up my life and moving out to San Francisco from Boston. A couple weeks after my move, a relatively new dance music festival will be taking place in the woods of Belden, California from May 16-19 at Camp Question Mark. Entering its sixth year, the relatively unknown Emissions Festival is a celebration of the rich, creative culture surrounding the West Coast’s Bass Music and festival community. Emissions Festival shares both a forward-thinking lineup that stands out, and an intimate communal festival experience. This all takes place within a welcoming atmosphere of true enjoyment for the music and everything surrounding. I say it’s relatively unknown because it hasn’t gained national attention the way other dance music festivals have – but I’m here to help change that.
Although only the Phase One lineup has been announced, with Phase Two coming this week, it’s obvious the folks behind Emissions Festival plan to keep the theme of the weekend pure Bass Music. The main headliner is Deltron 3030 which is an alternative Hip-Hop supergroup composed of producer Dan the Automator, rapper Del tha Funkee Homosapien, and Kid Koala. While I don’t necessarily consider Deltron 3030 to be Bass Music, I am a fan of their work and I’m excited to see them in a live setting. Other standouts from the Phase One announcement, personally speaking, are Brillz, Minnesota, and CRNKN – but as always I’m looking forward to checking out some new artists.
Last year’s event was the highlight year at it’s new location in gorgeous Belden, CA. This year is sure to excel by going back and really doing it proper. With its new lineup, full creative immersion and easier processes, Emissions Festival 2014 is set up to be the year to remember. Share in what has grown for the past six years to become an extremely gratifying event beyond anything hoped for. The festival organizers want you to expect: Music to Feel; Original, evolving stage designs; Well-represented low end vibration and complete audio bliss from PK SOUND; Unique items from the culture that are as inspiring as they are trend setting; Daytime beach stage area for thick sunshine vibes while it’s light out; Extreme creative expression everywhere you look; Lush shaded camping, with some located right along the Feather River.
California based producer Clark Kent has done it again with his remix of Come Alive. As we have seen with his previous remixes Kent is sure to deliver an epic combination of lyrics and tactically placed drops that bring the track to life. Kent builds the track around the gorgeous vocals provided by Charity Vance and adds a plethora of new sounds to the original Mutrix edit making for quite the banger.
Rising EDM star and California native, Seven Lions has produced a near perfect mashup of dubstep and trance with his track, Days to Come. Jeff Montalvo is the latest to sign onto Skrillex’s OWSLA label. This producer is quickly becoming a huge name by creating tracks with a unique new style and tranquil beauty.
This tracks uplifting trance elements combine perfectly with the soft yearning vocals by Fiora that will lift you higher and sink you pleasantly into a state of calm. In contrast, Seven Lions never fails to feed the bass addiction with his circuit-jamming smoothness, surging bass, and bizarre effects. This track is a heartfelt song about closing the disconnect between one’s internal feelings and an external reality, the type of sound that grabs my soul and pulls at my heart strings.
As the world travels further into the realm of house and techno beats, dubstep has once again fallen from the top and placed in the back tents at most festivals. It’s a result of the huge spike in popularity that occurred with the rise of Bassnectar, Skrillex, and Flux all perfecting and reinventing the genre constantly. The bubble seems to have burst recently, with more and more fans turning to alternative or crossover genres like moombahton and trap. While the true bassheads are staying strong and somewhat isolating themselves from the rest of the edm community.
Whenever I start thinking like this it is always refreshing to hear some new, but true dubstep coming from my speakers. Acts like Krewella and now Kicks n Licks are bringing back the true roots of dubstep on a much smaller and enjoyable stage. Kicks n Licks reminds me a lot of present day Flux Pavilion with not as many drops as bass cannon. The featured remix was released on Thursday and bumps well in the speakers..
I would be doing this duo I great injustice if I was to only feature their most recent work. They represent the best of what dubstep has to offer and continue to put out great summertime anthems. Listen to Time immediately as it is by far my favorite track I’ve heard from them.