Lightning in a Bottle was a 4-day campout festival over Memorial Day weekend featuring music, art, yoga, and various other workshops. I was only there for Saturday/Sunday, but it was a pretty cool experience overall, and I’m glad I went. It was my first music festival experience ever! The music at the festival was mostly EDM, and I hadn’t heard of most of them. Actually, who am I kidding, I didn’t recognize any names on the lineup. But some of the beats were pretty dope! So here’s a little recap of how my weekend went down. Sorry if most of it ends up sounding whiny, haha. I’m glad I went to LIB mostly because it helped me discover that I’m not really a music-festival kind of gal.
We left around 7am in the morning on Saturday, and make a quick stop at Safeway to buy lunch/snacks. We knew festival food was gonna be pretty expensive, so we thought we’d stock up. We got salami, bacon-avocado sandwiches, breakfast burritos, and chocolate chip cookies. Keep that in mind as you read the rest of this post…
We got to the parking lot of the festival around 10am. IT WAS PACKED. I’ve never seen so many cars, omg. It was already over 80 degrees at the time, and we had to look for a place to camp. If any of you guys end up going to this festival in the future, assuming that the parking lot will still be a mile away from the campsite like it was this year, I HIGHLY recommend bringing a wagon. It’ll save your life. Even with our wagon, the hike to the campsite was pretty brutal. Setting up the tent wasn’t too bad though, since we had a couple of experienced campers in our group. And then we were ready to start the day!
All of my pictures are basically from Day 1. By Sunday, I was already over it, haha. I felt so sticky/gross from the sunscreen/heat and my phone was just about dead too. I knew I shouldn’t have packed so many outfits. Cause let’s be honest, in 90+ degree heat, who wants to look cute? Not me.
The rest of the day we spent exploring the festival grounds. There was a lot to see/do. That picture right above shows my favorite stage! Loved the drape thingys going across the top–it looked super cool in the wind. Doesn’t it look like we were out in the middle of a desert? We pretty much were, haha. Now remember all that food I was talking about earlier? Right around 1pm ish, we realized we had left all the food in the tent….rotting away in the heat. We came back to a pretty nasty pile of used-to-be food. So our Safeway trip was wasted 🙁 And we had to resort to eating the expensive food at the festival.
Everything was basically vegan. Even the corndog. That picture above was taken BEFORE I found out the corndog was vegan. That’s why I looked so happy, lol. I’m not a big fan of vegan food, so I didn’t really enjoy anything I ate at the festival. Besides the fries–those were aite. I spent 90% of my money on smoothies/lemonade…and they were so expensive, but I was so thirsty! They do have water stations scattered around the festival grounds for you to refill your water bottle, but the water was…murky…and tasted like chlorine. So when we found a booth handing out that “Bai” drink in one of the pictures above, I was stoked! It was actually pretty good–very thirst quenching, and just the right level of sugar. AND it was cold. AND free. Bless the people who were handing them out.
I loved the decorations and works of art that they set up around the festival grounds. Everything had a very mystical/gypsy vibe to it. If only it wasn’t so hot, I could have totally walked around all day. My pedometer tracker on my phone said I walked 12 miles on Saturday. That’s probably the most I’ve ever walked in a day…and I definitely felt it the next day. There were a lot of workshops going on during the day–yoga, cooking, you name it. Some of the yoga ones were pretty cool. The cooking ones were nice too, but they never had enough samples for everyone 🙁 The music festival at night was a little too crazy for me–everyone was high on something and there was so much smoke I just couldn’t take it. So I went for another smoothie LOL. Another life-saving tip: bring a bandana. It’ll save your life, trust me.
So there’s my recap of the weekend! Hope you guys enjoyed reading 🙂 I never knew music festivals could be so exhausting. I slept for 12 hours the day after I got back. But I’m still happy I went! Always up for new experiences–and this is one that I will never forget! (For a mix of good and bad reasons, haha).