All good things must come to an end… In 2015 we wave a heartfelt farewell to the Bamboo stage and welcome with open arms the birth of the new LIB Thunder Stage, a substantial structure known as “Big Fish.”
Gerard Minakawa and the Bamboo DNA team have a unique and special relationship with the Do LaB. Although different building materials are used, creative visions and work ethics are aligned. Gerard and the Bamboo DNA team built the first Main Stage at LIB in 2006 called the Woogaloogie. Since then, in addition to executing some of LIB’s past main stages they birthed and crafted 4 beautiful years of the Bamboo Stage.
This year, we’re excited to allow Gerard to expand and explore his creative realm by discovering innovative ways to provide more shade and curate enticing bridges to assist in a more enjoyable journey through LIB.
Big Fish clocks in at 146 by 145 ft and is supported by a body of 22 ribs and 126 pieces of (recycled or reused?) plywood. It first made its debut at Coachella 2015 as the beloved Do LaB Stage and quickly became home to many festival goers as it provided space, shade, and an all around imaginative experience.
Big Fish has spent the last month waiting patiently to be transformed into LIB’s new and improved Thunder Stage. The Thunder Stage is sure to create energized rumbles as it will provide more shade for daytime dancing and an all around larger and more imaginative space. Its home is in a new location that aids in part of the overall plan to bring to the festival features closer together, allowing attendees an enhanced experience.
Author Credit: Pilar Lesko - April 24, 2015
Photos by Daniel Zetterstrom