Each year at Lightning in a Bottle, we have the opportunity to express ourselves in our truest forms, using Lake San Antonio as a canvas for free and honest expression. The cultural microcosm that we create together at LIB is a reflection of the important values that we feel are required for the happiness of our larger communities outside of the venue, specifically our neighbors in Bradley and Lockwood. The personal and communal growth that we experience during the event is wasted if we cannot carry it back to these communities “on the outside.” We encourage everyone who comes to a festival to be cultural ambassadors to the neighboring communities and anyone who they might meet while traveling. With that in mind, here are some tips and reminders to help maintain a respectful relationship with the local population as you make friends out of strangers all the way to the dancefloor.
While we all enjoy getting down on the dancefloor, it’s important to remember that there is a time and place for our over-the-top shenanigans (LIB, obvi). When you’re making those last minute stops for supplies or a bathroom break remember you’re now representing the festival and we want to leave people with a good impression of who we are and what we’re all about. Show how important mutual respect is to festival culture and maybe they’ll even consider joining the fun next year.
Sometimes road trips can be unexpectedly tough. Use positivity to push through, especially when interacting with store clerks, pedestrians, and law enforcement. You know the mantra: “Kill ‘em with kindness!”
Photo by Daniel Jung
Don’t let laziness get ahold of you on your way out of town; dispose of your trash and recycling properly. We want to leave our home better than we found it.
Most people you will encounter on your trip will be headed to or from work. Give them a smile and a wave, and let them go on their way. If you have to pull over to get directions, use the restroom, or make a pit-stop, be sure to use public spaces and NOT private property. Some people want their space, and we should be sure to respect that.
Photo by Aaron Glassman
When cruising through any residential or metro areas, try to keep a low profile to avoid any traffic tickets, concern from the locals, or other awkward situations that could reflect poorly on the festival community. We’re all in this together so be cool!
If the lines get long and you find yourself parked and waiting please remember that this is not an opportunity to start a party on the road. Please do NOT start drinking or partying while in trafic and please do not setup any type of sound system outside of your car. We host our festival in a quiet and private community with wonderful people but that does not mean that they want to be subjected to any more of a burden than necessary. Pull off to the shoulder, be patient and enjoy the last bits of down time you have before the fun begins.
If you see another festie on the side of the road with a flat, then help them out. If your friends are having a difficult time emotionally on the road, then talk them through it. We want everyone to arrive in great spirits primed for an awesome festival experience.
We may wear outrageous costumes and be fun-loving jokesters, but festival-goers are some of the most respectful, community-minded people around. Let’s continue to improve the perception of festivals by leading by example on our way to LIB. Besides, bridging the gap with somebody who may hold different values, it’s a pretty dang rewarding time too!