Lightning in a Bottle (LIB) is so much more than a music festival. It is a weekend-long celebration of sensory stimulation and self-expression, environmental sustainability and art. From silent raves to art exhibits, yoga tents and homeopathic remedies, trusting strangers and uninterrupted Milky Way skies, my weekend was marked with fortunate moments of serendipity. I will admit, I felt defeated at times -- partially by the heat but more so by the absence of modern luxuries, like a sink with limitless running water.
So, without sounding too mystical, I will say that I was very moved by the weekend's festivities. I was particularly affected by the strong emphasis on environmental responsibility. Unlike any other festival I've attended, garbage cans were few and far between. All food vendors had to comply with the 100% compostable rule, in so much that the entire festival was meat-free. All personal waste made at campgrounds had to be taken home. And after each artist's set, the "clean-up" song was played so festival-goers would be reminded -- somewhat subliminally -- to respect the land and leave it beautiful.
The festival was held in San Antonio Recreation Area, scenically situated on what used to be a lake, somewhere in-between Los Angeles and San Francisco. By day it peaked above 90 degrees and by night it dipped below 50 degrees. Dust storms were frequent and needless to say, fashion was not of the utmost importance. However, I had fun dressing in barley there clothes, combat boots, and lots of silver jewelry.
Well done, Do Lab. Thank you for making the weekend memorable. And thank you to my friends who made it unforgettable. I will most certainly be back next year.