A Quick Chat With The Do LaB About LiB 2015

May 18, 2015 -

Fadi AbuZaineh

With this year's Lightning In a Bottle Festival coming up in a few short days, we wanted to get the scoop on what's in store for festival goers. Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking with Dede Flemming, one of the founders of LiB and The Do LaB about the festival, and what he has to say will surely add to the excitement!

F: Where does The Do LaB see LiB going in the next 5 years? And where do you see music going in the next 5 years as well?

DF: The next 5 years...are unknown, because we don't really plan that far ahead. We never have any long term plans, we just see what works and what different directions we can go in with the festival. We definitely want to keep the same size in order to keep the intimate level we've had in the past years, and further strengthen what we already have. With music, we always watch what's going on in the scene to book pure, good, and creative artists. We noticed that a lot of people want to get back to the roots, and doing what they enjoy versus the hearing music everybody wants to hear.

F: How did the Woogie Stage come together, and did you ever expect that it would become such a catalyst for the growing house scene?

DF: Well the Woogie Stage has been there since 2006, and it was the smallest stage. The point of it was to be non-pretentious, not too serious, and a fun zone. But it ended up growing into one of the key areas of the festival with a house music focus, which is amazing. We didn't expect it to grow like it did, the whole event has taken of a mind of its own at this point. We're focusing more on trying to nurture different elements of the festival.

F: So tell us about the Temple of Consciousness, which seems to be the epicenter of LiB.

DF: [The Temple] been there since the beginning. The temple is a safe space where people can duck out of other people’s expectations and dive into something more spiritual and educational, open their eyes to things they didn’t think they existed. Festivals are intense, and a lot of work. The Temple provides an escape from the usual festival madness. Having the temple along with other lifestyle elements gives a balance and overall unique experience for everyone, and that's what separates us from the rest.

F: Do you guys have anything exciting planned for this year's attendees?

DF: Oh yes, there are plenty of surprises coming. I can't share too much, but the layout has definitely changed. We're working really hard to make it a better experience for everyone, so come with an open heart and open mind, and prepare for the experience of a lifetime.

You read it here folks, we're in for something really special for this year's Lightning in a Bottle festival! In just 3 short days, we'll be making the trek to the San Antonio Recreation Area in Bradley, CA...let the countdown begin.

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