There might still be four days left in the “real world”, but it already feels like I can already taste the salt air, feel the unabashed sun on my skin and feel the deep vibrations from Lightning in a Bottle. There’s simply something so magical about the community, collaboration, conversation and creativity oozing out of every pore, person and performance. Whether it’s live areal art, stilt walking, live painting, juggling, hooping, or spinning fire – over the course of the weekend, it becomes hard to discern between the festival go-ers and the festival workers. There’s a beautiful blur that leaves us wrapped up in the emotions of the weekend together, and we leave with an unbreakable bond that feels more like a heartwarming inside joke that we get to hold onto for the rest of our lives – or, until next year when we do it all over again.
The weekend features music on the more underground, underplayed spectrum of EDM – which is a wonderful change from the typical, redundant, fist-pumping festivals that I’ve gone to in the past. Everyone from Moby to Kraak & Smaak, Simian Mobile Disco to Baauer, Wildlight to Late Night Radio, Tourist to Gramatik, and Amon Tobin to Little Dragon will be gracing the stages for epic performances all weekend long. As with any festival, the conflicts will definitely be making my decisions a little more difficult. Thankfully, I put out a recent guide to the Must See acts of LIB
Set times for all things LIB were released this week so be sure to do your homework before you head to Bradley – you don’t want to miss out on the amazing opportunities of the weekend! Between yoga skill classes, culinary workshops, talks on sustainability, unified field theory, our unconscious mind and self-empowerment – during the day, there’s a little bit of something for everyone who’s looking to evolve themselves on a personal, or community level. As the day carries on, classes turn into DJ sets and live ensembles – a mindful, intent community rises to their feet only to get down again with their bad selves on the dance floor.
I’ve created a few playlists for the weekend – but thankfully, if you don’t want to go through those motions – The Do LaB has just revamped their “In The LaB” series on Soundcloud with a slew of high-profile performances from last year’s epic LIB experience.
The Woogie Stage (pictured at the top) – feeds on groovy, Deep House tracks and funky tech house beats and just released their 2014 teaser playlist with music from Dirty Bird master Claude VonStroke, Blond:ish, Max Cooper and more – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Peep the tracklist below for a proper introduction to this year’s stage.