Thank you for choosing to embark on your first LIB adventure with us! Lightning in a Bottle is more than a festival, it’s a community campout that’s over 15 years strong. Every attendee, artist, creator, presenter, and crew member contributes to make this gathering a truly unique experience. Camping out as a collective of conscious explorers is an essential aspect of the LIB magic, and together we create a welcoming and safe place to imagine, play, and create.
2020 is a big year for our entire community as we excitedly welcome everyone back to LIB’s home at Buena Vista Lake in Kern County, CA on Memorial Day Weekend. There is a lot to know before we get there so use this guide as a tool kit and resource of what to expect, how to prepare, and what is expected of YOU and each member of the LIB family.
Stay connected and informed on all things LIB by joining any (or all!) of the online communities listed below. We’ll be releasing lineups, important updates, and special announcements to help you prepare for your first LIB adventure.
We appreciate you taking the time to read through this guide and better understand what LIB is all about. May 20th will be here before we know it, and we cannot wait to share the magic of LIB with you very soon!
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The 6 Ways of LIB are our community’s guiding principles that can be applied to all aspects of the LIB experience. They are simple, but when we all put them into action they are powerful. Let’s remember these Ways of LIBing and create magic together!
Over the next few months leading up to the festival you can expect weekly newsletters from us chock-full of lineup announcements, highlights, and important updates. Some of the terms and names we use are unique to LIB, while others may just be standard festival lingo, either way, this list will give you a brief explanation of some key phrases you’ll likely be seeing in your inbox very soon!
The Compass: The learning hub of the festival, the Compass is made up of 6 programmed areas offering talks, workshops, and classes.
Learning Kitchen: an educational area dedicated to food-focused workshops and culinary classes in a variety of both ancient and modern kitchen traditions.
ArtClave: LIB’s interactive creative learning space, offering art classes, hands-on workshops, and LIB art tours.
Lightning in a Paintcan: aka LIP, over 50 live painters transform blank canvases into incredible murals and paintings throughout the festival, concluding with an art walk and silent auction Sunday evening.
Interactive Areas: micro-environments within the festival offering unique programming, games, shenanigans and more
The Marketplace: Your go-to destination within the festival for community crafted goods made by some of the best local and international artisans.
Boutique Camping: Ideal for out of state travelers or camping newbies, Boutique Camping offers onsite camping services that include pre-pitched luxury tents for an extra special LIB experience.
Pack It In, Pack It Out: LIB is a “Pack it in, Pack it out” event, meaning everything you bring to LIB, including your camp waste, should be taken out of the festival with you or brought to a Waste Collection Station on your way out.
Green Team: We are all Green Team! The Green Team educates attendees on recycling, composting, and keeping the grounds clean for a greater festival experience.
MOOP (Matter Out Of Place): Watch out for MOOP and if you see it, pick it up.
Waste Collection Stations: We ask everyone to pack it in, pack it out, but if for some reason there is less room in your car on the way back, you can take sorted waste to the Waste Collection Stations.
Harm Reduction: LIB is a drug-free event. That’s the law of the land. Harm Reduction is a set of practical strategies and services where the goal is to ensure a safe festival experience. We work with several partner organizations, such as MAPS Zendo Project and DanceSafe, to make sure our attendees stay safe and informed.
Cultural Appropriation: Cultural Appropriation is when someone inappropriately adopts aspects of a culture that is not their own. Cultural appropriation refers to a particular power dynamic in which members of a dominant culture take elements from a culture of people who have been systematically oppressed by that dominant group. (Johnson, M.Z.)
Arrival Guide: Sent with your wristbands and festival credentials in the mail, the Arrival Guide gives you detailed instructions on getting to LIB including ingress tips, where to go, and what to expect on arrival day.
Lightning Bus: Offering one way and round trip tickets from Los Angeles, San Diego, and Oakland, the Lightning Bus is the easiest and greenest way to get to and from LIB.
Ingress: Flow of traffic into the festival on arrival days
Egress: Flow of traffic heading out from the festival on departure day
Loyalty Program: As an attendee of LIB 2020, you will have the opportunity to join this coming year’s Loyalty Program by simply registering your wristband. Loyalty members get early access to the following year’s ticket sales and first grabs at the lowest priced tickets offered.
Ambassador Program: Join our Ambassador Program, sell LIB 2020 tickets to your friends, and earn points to go towards prizes like Festival Passes, merch, and once in a lifetime experiences unique to LIB!
- Wristband, Vehicle Stickers + Gov Issued ID
- Earplugs ~ for safety and sleep
- Headlamp or Flashlight (plus a set of backup batteries)
- Refillable Water Bottle
- Heavy Duty Trash Bags
- Sturdy, Reliable Footwear + extra socks & bandaids
- Plus much more!
Dive into the full LIB Pro-Packing List HERE
Bring This, Not That
- YES Enclosed Propane Stoves
- YES Good Vibes
- YES Backpacks
- YES Cameras
- YES A Reasonable Amount of Alcohol for Personal Consumption
- YES Coolers in Campgrounds
- YES Floaties and Inflatable Rafts
- YES Paddle Boards
- YES Solar and Battery Powered Generators
- NO Fireworks, Fire Tools
- NO Propane Lanterns
- NO Charcoal Grills
- NO Drones
- NO Public Nudity
- NO Portable Gas-Powered Generators
- NO Sound Systems
- NO Illegal Drugs/Substances
- NO Weapons of Any Kind!
- NO Dogs/Pets
- NO Coolers in Festival Grounds
- NO Glass Bottles/Containers in Festival Grounds
- NO Kegs
- NO Motorized Watercraft, Boats or Jet Skis
- NO Fishing or Fishing Gear
The use of gas-powered generators is no longer permitted
Due to safety and fire concerns, the use of any portable gas-powered generators inside the festival and campgrounds is now prohibited. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this causes our attendees. We appreciate everyone’s support and understanding as we work together with the Kern County Fire Department to keep LIB safe.
Attendees will be able to bring and utilize solar and battery powered generators.
The festival will have safety staff monitoring the campgrounds to enforce all safety regulations.
Protect Yourself From the Elements
Attitude & Vibes
- Don’t be afraid to talk to your neighbors at your camp. You never know who you might meet, and they can have a huge impact and influence on your experience.
- With an open heart and zero expectations, your transformational festival experience will go exactly as it should. You’ll leave with no “what if” this or “I should have” that. There are always going to be people around you who are seasoned festival veterans, full of knowledge and wisdom. Let them bestow that info upon you; ask questions, take their advice, follow their lead. They know secrets that will enlighten and heighten your fest experience.
- Some of the best times I have had at festivals is when I choose to leave my group and go off by myself for the day. Not only is it nice because you get to do EXACTLY what YOU want and when you want to do it, but it almost forces you to meet new friends. LIB and most festivals are full of some of the most welcoming people on this planet, you just have to let go and allow yourself to meet them.
- No matter what, it’s going to change your life. The good vibes will take over and you will feel like everyone is on the same level. Don’t overthink it, just be you, and enjoy the ride!
- Don’t try to do everything or stay with your group at all times. Everybody has their own pace for how they want to go about the day, so don’t try to keep up with everyone around you and instead go at your own pace or else you’ll get exhausted. Do what you want to do and make sure to rest and eat while you’re at it.
Prep & Packing
- Pre-made frozen foods, like soups or pasta, double as an ice pack and make for easy meals. Bring foods that create minimal waste and aren’t individually wrapped
- Bring enough trash bags to hold recycling, landfill, and compost, and start sorting/separating as you go instead of waiting until the end to clean and pack your waste. Arrive with enough space in your car to leave with your bag of trash.
- Bring a bandana, scarf, ventilator, or dust mask to protect yourself from the dust.
- Wear comfy shoes ~ hiking boots or something with good ankle support.
- Freeze jugs of water as your ice source. Save money and use the water. Very minimal waste.
- Unpacking food into tupperware at your house reduces the trash you bring in, which helps us leave it better. Planning out your meals will make meal time less chaotic.
- Make your lock screen a photo of someone’s contact so that if the phone gets lost, whoever finds it knows who to call.
- Put lights on your tent or on a pole outside of your tent to help find it at night.
- Spring clamps help for hanging things on EZ-ups without wasting zipties or putting holes in the things you’re hanging.
- Line the inside/outside of your tent with emergency thermal blankets to help block the light and heat from the sun. Packing tape helps hold them together to shape them to the tent. Hold them down tight or pack with another material to minimize the crunchy noise they make.
- Bring vitamins and protein powder to easily get nutrients throughout the weekend.
- Look out for future you ~ set up your tent and have everything ready for bed so when you get back from your day and you’re exhausted, you don’t have to worry about anything.
- Throwing a tarp over your tent before you go to sleep will help a lot with the heat when the morning sun comes in.
- Day one, learn landmarks to use to find your camp because once it’s dark, it is very easy to get turned around.
- Dry ice at the bottom of the cooler, more water than you’ll need for the time you are there, hand sanitizer, coconut oil, high fidelity ear plugs, sunscreen, a heart filled with love, wagon, Polaroid camera, double the socks you think you will need, Yerba mate/coffee/tea, an insatiable appetite for adventure, yoga mat, a big inflatable raft (for you and the lifelong friends you are about to meet), soup, goggles, TP, literally the softest pillow in the world, and radical vibrations. Catch ya on the d floor.
- Water canteen or camelback. They provide all the water. Cash for food if you aren’t cooking. Cash for showers if you want to clean up. Whatever helps keep you cool during the day and warm at night. The LIB site covers a lot in the FAQ section too. Bring beer in cans so it’s easy to crunch and saves room in your trash bags. Bring trash bags to bring your trash back with you and leave no trace. Open mind, fun attitude, and you’ll do great.
- Best plans are no plans at all.
- Get there as EARLY as possible (3 hour wait time is normal), especially if you and your friends are setting up a big camp. Make sure you stay hydrated, check out ALL THE THINGS, and make sure you fill up your gas tank BEFORE you are close to the festival!!! Cause you’re going to have the long wait to get in, and the long wait to get out. <3
- Listen to your body to avoid burnout by the last day of the festival. Take it easy, rest, eat real food, drink plenty of water, don’t overdo it. It’s a marathon not a sprint.