Ethos - Lightning In A Bottle


Lightning In A Bottle is designed, built and curated based on a core ethos centered on sustainability, harm reduction, cultural respect, and most of all, creating an environment for extraordinary experiences. These principles guide LIB’s vision and its team’s decision-making every step of the way.

Sustainability Mission

Renewable Energy

LIB reduces as much energy use as possible through energy management initiatives. These include investing in LED stage lighting as much as possible, and using compact fluorescent bulbs in all other areas. Where possible, we also use solar lights.

Free Water

Since 2006 we have been giving away free water and are happy to see other festivals around the world pick up on that trend. This initiative creates zero waste, zero shipping, zero fuel, and eliminates plastic packaging and toxic chemicals leaching into the water.

Green Team

LIB’s Green Team tirelessly works to keep the event green and clean. The Green Team educates attendees on recycling, composting, and keeping the grounds clean for a greater festival experience.

LIB is a drug-free event. That’s the law of the land. But we know that despite this, people will choose to use drugs, just as they do in larger society. Harm Reduction is a set of practical strategies where the goal is reducing the negative consequences of drug use. We want to keep people alive, happy and out of the Medical tent, so we work with several partner organizations to make sure our attendees stay safe and informed.

LIB Rangers & Medical Team

You’ll see the LIB Rangers walking around, wearing khaki t-shirts and a radio. They are skilled in conflict resolution and calling for any help needed. The Medical Team can provide all of the best festival medical care needed at the Med Tent.

MAPS Zendo Project

If you’re having a difficult experience, whether drug-related or not, you can visit the Zendo Project, located next to the Medical Tents. Volunteers will help provide a safe space until you are ready to rejoin the festival. We’ve had Zendo Project on-site since 2013.


Got a question about drugs, or just need a pair of free earplugs? Stop by the DanceSafe booth – since 1998, this organization has been promoting health and safety within the nightlife and festival community. We’ve had DanceSafe onsite since 2013.

Drug Policy Alliance #SaferPartying Campaign

We’re happy to be recognized by this organization as the leader among US festivals in taking a Harm Reduction approach to drug use. Check out this program if you want to help encourage other festivals to do the same or support campaigns to change drug policy.

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LIB champions cultural respect of all kinds. We focus special attention on music festival culture and its relations to Native cultures. Embracing the current tribal trends does not assert individuality, rather it situates oneself comfortably among a culture of power that continues to oppress Native peoples.

Sporting a headdress or other imitation accessories that were not received through cultural rights or permission, and the understanding that comes with it, means being a walking representative of 500+ years of colonialism and racism.

Native peoples are still here, fighting for basic human & religious rights, and for respect. The realities they face often remain invisible because the majority of society learns about Native cultures in textbooks, cartoons, and movies. At Halloween, Indian costumes are sold alongside Spiderman, mermaids, and fictional characters. Many people grow up playing “cowboys and indians” or watching sports that have Indian mascots. These experiences support the entitlement of non-native people to perpetuate stereotypes (noble savage, warriors, pristine environmentalists, shamans or magic indians).