Today Lightning in a Bottle announced its 2016 lineup for their annual festival that combines electronic music with performance art, yoga classes, guest speakers and Burning Man-esque art installations. Heading into its 11th year with over 70 acts on the bill, the festival headliners include Australian neo-soul singer/songwriter Chet Faker, Canadian indie pop dynamo Grimes, London's Jamie xx (of The xx fame) and others.
LiB (presented by The DoLab) takes place May 25-30 once again at the San Antonio Recreation Area in Bradley, Calif., approximately 30 minutes north of Paso Robles.
In addition to the main headliners, Modeselektor and Apparat join forces to become Berlin’s electronica trio Moderat, English post-rock electronic artist Four Tet will take the stage along with a return for the amazing Norwegian producer and remix-master Cashmere Cat, the sultry horn play of Boulder, Colorado’s Big Gigantic, plus one of LIB’s favorite residents often described as the World’s Funkiest Diplomat, The Polish Ambassador (who is actually from California...go figure).
The festival's continued shift towards a more diverse group of artists in the LiB talent pool is pretty clear as we scan the full lineup (broken down by stage below). This year they've also booked more female artists than ever before including 2016 performances from Alina Baraz, Marian Hill, Hundred Waters, Mija, Rubblebucket, TOKiMONSTA, Magda, Ibeyi, Francesca Lombardo, in addition to headliner Grimes.
LiB is also opening its gates a day early on May 25th to give Early Arrival Pass holders opportunities to explore the different vendors, exhibitions and "community connections" before the music begins. Those who purchased the Early Arrival Pass on top of their four-day festival ticket, will have premiere access to the new High Grounds camping area and enjoy Wednesday/Thursday activities devoted to speakers, workshops, and yoga.
According to the festival, tickets are already 50% sold out due to their recent flash presale. Tickets are still available via the festival website. General Admission 4-day tickets are $270 with the additional Early Arrival Pass add-on for $75. Lightning in a Bottle is also offering a 4-Payment Layaway Plan for tickets until February 15.
For the flier and the full lineup of all three stages (including the Lighting Stage, Thunder Stage, and the Woogie Stage), see below. And check out their latest promo video (created by Media Stranger) for the event while you start limbering up for another weekend of holistic festival utopia.
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Lightning Stage: Chet Faker, Grimes, Jamie xx, Big Gigantic, Lucent Dossier Experience, Moderat, Ibeyi, Emancipator Ensemble, Nahko & Medicine for the People, William Close & The Earth Harp Collective, Alina Baraz, Hundred Waters, Tourist, Marian Hill, Rubblebucket, Raury, The Russ Liquid Test, Elderbrook, Dirtwire, Pimps of Joytime, NoMBe, Fungineers, Vokab Company, Lafa Taylor
Thunder Stage: Cashmere Cat, Tokimonsta, The Polish Ambassador, Mr. Carmack, Mija, Crying Over Porcelain, PANTyRAiD, Minnesota b2b G Jones, Eprom, Haywyre, Autograf, Desert Dwellers (Live Experience), Thriftworks, Ekali, Dimond Saints, Hayden James, Bleep Bloop, The Funk Hunters, The Librarian, Clozee, David Starfire, Space Jesus, Atyya Haana, Michael Manahan, Gilligan Moss, Henry Pope
The Woogie: Four Tet, Guy Gerber, Josh Wink, Magda, andhim, Lee Burridge, &ME, Steve Bug, Just Be, Monkey Safari, Lane 8, Francesca Lombardo, Justin Jay, Jonas Rathsman, Guido Schneider, Shall Ocin, Sacha Robotti, Jonas Saalbach, David Scuba, Jamie Schwabl