Putting Together Lightning In A Bottle Festival

The 13th annual Lightning In A Bottle music and arts festival, taking place July 11-15 along Lake Skinner, just outside of scenic Temecula, California, almost didn't happen this year.

"We lost our old location," LIB creator Jesse Flemming tells VIBE seated inside the Do LaB's downtown Los Angeles warehouse. "Somebody is looking out for us because everything kind of fell into place perfectly, and, within a matter of four months, we were able to find a new location and go through the entire permitting process with the county." The feat is, indeed, nothing short of amazing in the timeline of putting together a festival.

Upwards of 15,000 people are expected to flock to the LA- area boutique fest. Now in its 13th year (7th official), LIB started out quite naturally -- as a dance-fueled birthday all-nighter for Flemming and his twin brother Josh. Word of mouth quickly spread.

Flemming admits that the original LIBs were definitely renegade. "We would just drive out into the mountains and find some open space, a really secluded space, enough places for cars to park and set up a little dance floor." They drove up and down all over California, going down backroads, calling signs with phone numbers on them and just asking if they could use people's property. "We always wanted it to feel like you’re secluded and out in nature so it’s pretty difficult to find that sort of thing," explains Flemming. "But we feel like we kind of hit the jackpot with this new location. It’s got everything we want, it’s secluded, it’s beautiful, it’s big enough to hold all of the people and even have some growth."

By the fifth year, they decided to open up their grassroots birthday bash to the public. "More people could come," he says. The rest they figured out along the way. By now, Flemming, his brother and several pals became well-known in the LA-area for throwing DJ-helmed and art-infused events under the Do LaB tag. "After that, we decided we wanted to make it a three-day festival, so we took a year off and we found a location in Santa Barbara. We just promoted it all over the West Coast, everywhere we could and that’s kind of like the birth of Lightning In A Bottle."

This year LIB headliners include Purity Ring, Nicolas Jaar, Rusko, Griz, Paper Diamond, Emancipator and more. Headliners in the past have included Bassnectar, Shpongle, the Glitch Mob, Pretty Lights, Thievery Corporation and Booka Shade.

Lightning in a Bottle 2013 lineup

"The hardest part of booking the festival is deciding on headliners, and getting them actually booked is pretty difficult," admits Flemming, who books two of the main stages (about 45 artists) and oversees the rest of the music. "I have to narrow it down from hundreds and hundreds and there are a lot of artists that have been playing for years with us, but there’s such an influx of new and up-and-coming artists that it’s hard; like you have to find a mix of the old artists and the new ones. It’s tough. It’s definitely, you know, I’m always worried like, 'Am I making the right decisions? Choosing the right people? Are people going to like it?"

Usually overworked and beyond exhausted by midnight during the festival, Flemming found himself in the spectator seat last year. "I was able to stay up late," he says. "I stayed up till sunrise and kind of experienced the festival. There was a stage, some weird bands happening over here, and some little DJ’s set up over there, and people climbing all over the art over here, and all these little parties and scenes happening. The interesting part is ... we didn’t program any of this stuff; these were all things that people just kind of brought and contributed and set up in the campgrounds. It’s kind of like Burning Man where people build the festival with us and are allowed to bring their own projects out and interactive areas, and participate with the community."

Adds Flemming: "I couldn’t believe that all this stuff was going on. It was fun. It was crazy. It was such a wild experience. I was just blown away."

For more information on Lightning In A Bottle or to buy tickets, head to LightningInABottle.com.

A special thanks to the talented Galen Oakes (facebook.com/galenoakesphoto) and Aaron Rogosin (AaronRogosin.com) for their additional video footage from Lightning in a Bottle. Music by Purity Ring, "Obedear" and "Fineshrine."

From the Web

More on Vibe

Getty Images

Cardi B To Join James Corden On A Forthcoming "Carpool Karaoke" Segment

Your rapper’s favorite rapper Cardi B is slated to make her debut on “Car Pool Karaoke” with James Corden, Billboard reports. The Late Late Show host teased the upcoming episode, which airs Monday (Dec.17) via Instagram along with a small schedule of the show’s upcoming guests.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Here’s what the next two weeks look like on the @latelateshow! Seeing the year out with a bang x x x

A post shared by James Corden (@j_corden) on Dec 10, 2018 at 5:17pm PST

In addition to the “Money” rapper, Amber Heard and Armie Hammer will also appear on the same episode. Corden is closing out the last leg of 2018 strong by having a slew of other prominent stars on the show on the last week before the program goes on break for the holidays. The likes of Gwen Stefani, RuPaul, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Blunt, Leah Remini, Lin-Manuel Miranda, among others will be featured on the show after Bardi’s Monday episode.

To say the least, we're sure the British talk show host and the newly minted Grammy-nominated rapper are going to have the time of their lives.

The 26-year-old's now estranged husband Offset, along with the other members of Migos were guests on the beloved show. Joining Corden as he drove through the streets of Los Angeles, the trio performed a slew of hits including "Walk It Talk It"  while also giving a nod of praise to past hits, including Whitney Houston's "Wanna Dance With Somebody."

With all the fun Migos had with Corden, we can only imagine what shenanigans James and Belcalis are going to get into.

READ MORE: Cardi B Buys Her Mother's House

Continue Reading

Usher Releases "Peace Sign" Video Off Of 'A' Project

Given Monday's (Dec. 10) debate about who's the king of R&B, one of the names that steadily popped up in the conversation has stepped onto the scene. In a visual promotion for his A soundscape, Usher released the video for "Peace Sign" alongside producer Zaytoven.

Previously, the pair hit the studio for an eight-track project that pays respect to their hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. It was surprise-released in October and effortlessly fuses ATL's aura on the soundscape. Now, the "Peace Sign" video puts that decision into cinematic motion.

"Atlanta offers a certain attitude and a sauce that I can't explain, and it is a little bit in 'No Limit,' it is a little bit in 'TNT.' I'm literally talking sh*t, man," he said in an interview with The Fader. "I'm popping sh*t that I haven't popped, like really ever. And that's what being in the moment creates. When you have months and months to think about it and you begin to analyze all the people who you need to think of and what you want this entire project to work out, you'll lose certain elements of your spontaneity an incredible culture that just happens in the moment. I didn't give that space. I really was honest with the feelings, I was honest with the conversation and I was really in the moment. And I thank Zay for that."

Watch the video up top.

READ MORE: Tyrese, Usher And Others Reacts To Jacquees' Claim That He's The King Of R&B

Continue Reading

T.I. Releases Short Film For "The Amazing Mr. F**k Up"

T.I. keeps himself accountable for his wrongdoings in the cinematic visual for "The Amazing Mr. F**k Up."

Premiered Monday (Dec. 10) on his series T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle, the track featuring singer-songwriter Victoria Monet, is flipped into a 10-minute-short film. Directed by Mike Ho, the short film stars comedienne Britney Elena, Colombus Short, Woody McClain and model Denise Rodriguez.

Starting at a fancy dinner gathering among friends, things take a turn for the worst when the rapper's other partner invades the feast. On the Dime Trap cut, T.I. calls out himself for his past mistakes and deviances with acknowledgment on how he needs to do better.

"It's amazing all the sh*t I done / Such examples I've been setting for my son / All she did was stay down and have my kid / All the time just to realize I ain't sh*t," T.I. spits. In addition to the rapper flexing his acting chops, the album version of the song includes the infamous scene in ATL between Tip and Lauren London, where his character snatches a necklace he gifted for New New.

The rapper is currently closing out the year on an impressive note as it was revealed that his music has been streamed 276 million times on the music streaming service Spotify. "A modest flex to end my 18th year in this sh*t!!!! Multitudes of Gratitude!!! #NextYearWeGoBigger!!!!," the Grand Hustle emcee tweeted on Saturday (Dec. 8).

Check out the video above

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Extra thx to @brittneyelena @woody_thegreat @mikeho_ @officialcshort and errrrbody involved in bringing this vision to life!!! #TheAmazingMrFuckUP out @vevo after tonight’s episode of Friends and Family Hustle!!! @vh1

A post shared by TIP (@troubleman31) on Dec 10, 2018 at 6:34pm PST

 

A modest flex to end my 18th year in this sh*t!!!! Multitudes of Gratitude!!! #NextYearWeGoBigger!!!! pic.twitter.com/7J6FFsUicS

— T.I. (@Tip) December 8, 2018

READ MORE: T.I. On 'Madman' Donald Trump: 'On The World Stage, It's A Joke'

Continue Reading

Top Stories