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A very fulfilled human being enjoys LIB 2011. Photo by Adam Guzzon.
Bassnectar And The Glitch Mob Headline The Once Underground Music/Life/Earth Festival That Helped Launch Their Reputations

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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

March 25, 2012 — As Spring rolls into action, sunshine musical festivals begin to thump. Coachella is approaching, SXSW just had its birthday, and Lightning In A Bottle is on its way. The 2012 lineup for The Do Lab’s Lightning in a Bottle music and arts festival — May 24 to 28 in Silverado, Calif. — was announced last week. Headliners Bassnectar and The Glitch Mob prove LIB is prepared to drop heavy on souls this year. Other artists include Shpongle, Apparat, and Sugarpill. The well-rounded lineup covers a vast collection of electronic music.

Bassnectar and The Glitch Mob first appeared at Lightning In A Bottle in 2007 when the performers and festivals were still underground phenomenae.


Bassnectar is the creation of Lorin Ashton and is described as, “an open-sourced musical project that is as diverse as it is heavy, as raw as it meticulous, and as fierce as it is imaginary.” Bassnectar’s most recent releases are Cozza Frenzy (2009), Timestretch (2010), Wildstyle (2010), and Divergent Spectrum (2011).  A new album Va Va Voom, is expected to be released in April.

The Santa Cruz-based Ashton was inspired by groups such as Metallica and Nirvana and is part of the gender-bending music scene for his work incorporating heavy metal sounds into electronic music. Bassnectar started a festival in 2010, Bass Center, and the fifth and sixth incarnations are planned for Philadelphia, on April 20, and Seattle, on May 12.

The Glitch Mob are Ed Ma (edIT), Justin Boreta and Josh Meyer (Ooah). This electronic band was formed in 2006 from the bass-driven beat scene in Los Angeles and gained its loyal following from live shows which they perform utilising laptops, MIDI controllers and multi-touch devices like The Lemur.

Music is only one of the pillars of Lightning In A Bottle, and the Do Lab — LIB’s creators — have promised a continued dedication to the mind/body and the environment.

For the mind and body, the Lucent Temple of Consciousness will await. This “magical village” nestled on the top of the LIB mountain hosts yoga instruction and acoustic music all night long. Sunset at the Lucent Temple features “lovelies” providing oracle readings, rose petal foot baths and other delights. Free water is also a hallmark of LIB — a necessity for all sorts of convergences.

Workshops also help to probe the possibilities of the mind. Details have not been announced regarding the topics for this year’s workshops. Last year, topics included solar cooking, composting, African dance, Qi Gong, sensual chocolate, social networking, and cyber-consciousness, among others.

LIB is still searching for those interested in hosting workshops in a variety of areas and those who are interested, should go here in order to fill out an application.

The environment will be addressed in the workshops but it is also a fundamental element of the festival. In 2011, 67 percent of the waste collected at LIB was diverted from a landfill, up from 38 percent in 2010. About 15 percent of the waste generated at the 2011 festival was compost, and 41 percent was recycled.

Tickets are $85 to $215 in advance and $100 to $240 at the door.

Buses will again be available from San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Francisco.

For more information, visit http://lightninginabottle.org/
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