Lightning in a Bottle celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2023, with possibly its most ambitious lineup to date, across six days May 24-29 at Buena Vista Lake, California, outside of Bakersfield.
The experiential music and lifestyle camping festival boasts a roster including acclaimed electronic, rap, R&B artists and more including Diplo, REZZ, SOFI TUKKER, Phantogram, Ozomatli with Chali 2na and Cut Chemist, Beats Antique, TOKiMONSTA, Moore Kismet, ZHU, Tobe Nwigwe and many more. In addition to great music, LiB is famous for its yoga classes, workshops, art installations and lakeside location.
Tickets, including VIP offering are on sale now at the festival website. VIP pass holders can find backstage lounges at Lightning, Thunder, and Woogie stages, grab refreshments in these areas at exclusive bars, enjoy special pop-up interactive experiences, take advantage of access to the Atlaswyld Beach Club & Bar, and watch headlining performances at the elevated Lightning Stage or enclosed Thunder Stage viewing areas.
A diverse and representative next generation is in full force, spearheaded by influential electronic prodigy Moore Kismet, all empowering queer bass artist Wreckno, and the queen of Jersey club UNIIQU3. The strength of the Thunder lineup continues with 11-piece techno marching band MEUTE, inventive beatsmith The Polish Ambassador, comedic electronic duo The Floozies, rising South African producer Jon Casey, and more.
Emerging artists are on full display at the Woogie stage, with Sabo & Goldcap, West African DJ and producer AMÉMÉ, and a slew of next gen risers like Rinzen, Desiree, Nala, Deer Jade b2b Elif, and Mary Droppinz.
LIB 2023’s experience will kick off with a variety of programming on the festival’s opening days. Interactive yoga and movement classes will take place both Wednesday and Thursday, along with talks and workshops at the Compass and Learning Kitchen on Thursday. Fans can also expect the iconic 80s Prom to make its return.
Music programming will begin on the Woogie Stage on Thursday afternoon, giving attendees a full extra day to get a first look at the immersive stage’s new design. Additional opening music programming includes a special performance from lineup artist LSDream under his project Lightcode, more details to come.
LIB has been long renowned for its ever-evolving immersive stage design and the world-class artist lineups and musical styles that occupy them. For the 2023 edition, Lightning and Woogie stages will return with brand new designs along with a revamped Thunder design. There will also be a new Grand Artique stage this year, which is a unique environment known for its blend of wild west aesthetics, unconventional activity programming, and eclectic live acts with an Americano twist.
All of these elements combine to complement the event’s multi-decade commitment to bringing together forward-thinking music across many distinct stages, educational and cause-driven discussions and activities at The Compass, and intriguing programming from favorites like the interactive townscape of Bark Kitten, the Jive Joint, Unicorn Palace, The Mixtape, the Rink-a-Dink Roller Rink, Big Leroy’s Karaoke, and much more.
“Twenty years ago, a lightning bolt struck and sparked something far greater than anyone could have ever anticipated,” the festival announcement reads. “Do LaB have created a legacy from the ground up since – one with a loyal community of free spirits chasing the imaginative, boundary-breaking rush felt at its very first celebration. Now it’s time to come together to set the tone for the next 20 years.”
Sampa the Great
Ozomatli w/ Chali 2na & Cut Chemist
Sad Night Dynamite
Special Performance By: William Close & The Earth Harp Experience
The Glitch Mob
LTJ Bukem w/ Armanni
The Polish Ambassador
Tale Of Us
Purple Disco Machine
Stephan Bodzin (Live)
Major League DJz
Sabo & Goldcap
Deer Jade b2b Elif