Lightning in a Bottle has made some pretty impressive upgrades from their previous year. This year brings many new faces, an almost sold out show and an increase in attractions, stages and many activities that the average festival goer can enjoy.
The main advantage about lightning in a bottle is that for someone living on the Central Coast, lightning in a bottle showcases our lovely backyard and scenery to the world. It is a very well known festival worldwide and on its second year at Lake San Antonio campgrounds. It's organizer The Do Lab already is well known with their work with events with Goldenvoice. (They have their own stage at Coachella). And with
Some event organizers from the iconic festival helping planning this one, they demonstrate just how to properly and massively execute a true music and arts festival.
This year's festival brought many improvements. For starters shuttle service from the parking areas to the main festival stages that was available to all patrons to use. Due to the lack of shade at Lake San Antonio, the trek across lightning in a bottle is a long one. Bring a hat, a bandana, an umbrella, and a canteen full of water or your favorite cocktail to enjoy. You may bring in alcohol of your choice into the festival (which is a nice touch for those who hate paying so much for alcohol). The cuisine is spectacular and gourmet (many from local SLO county vendors) and also the food is mostly organic and biodegradable.
If I had to compare the staff at different festivals, Lightning In A Bottle's staff comes out on top. They are more than happy to assist anyone who needs help making their way around the festival and even have a mobile medic available to those who desperately need it (many do from dehydration in the dry climate).
In short, lightning in a bottle is that amazing music festival that is more than just that. While I didn't go camping, the idea for the adventure of Memorial Day weekend is you arrive Thursday night, set up camp and be up early in the morning to partake in the festivities for three straight days. There is so much to see, so much to experience that you can't make a timeline of your day; you can only begin walking or hitch a ride on the shuttle and go wherever it takes you. Lightning in a Bottle is able to provide that experience that you can't plan for but you will clearly not regret.