Summer is finally here and in full swing! As sweltering temperatures rise high, so does the amount of music festivals on our radar, with more dance music events popping up in 2016 then ever before.
Consequently, us music fanatics and party pioneers alike must ration the dough in our wallets, being careful as to not spread the dough too thin. Especially when festival "season" stretches through September, October, and beyond, it can seem a bit excessive.
Despite all this, I'm here to tell you that Dirtybird Records' late- October festival Dirtybird Campout is one that is certainly worth your presence. Last year's inaugural Campout was spiked with so much dirty, rowdy fun and radical music that it inspired us to name it the Best New Festival of 2015.
Seriously, if you love some bass house and techno, the Campout is the best way to re-live the carefree days of summer, no matter how old you are. If you weren't one of the few thousand people that attended the first year in 2015, here's what you need to know:
Event producers Dirtybird and Do Lab went above and beyond with the activities last year, in true summer camp style. From talent shows to stand up comedy, water balloon tosses and kickball, late night bingo and scavenger hunts and even archery, these were just a few of the happenings attendees could engage in to fill the days. No more sitting around camp in the heat, waiting for music like other festivals!
More importantly, each activity actually had an excellent turnout. In other words, it seemed as if everyone was out and participating, making it a breeze to make new friends!
Part of the light-hearted feeling that added to the welcoming atmosphere was the consistent summer camp theme. Dirtybird bonded all by sticking to a theme that was true to their record label, without trying to be a transformational festival. It's refreshing to see a festival keep it real from their branding to the experience!
Similar musical tastes, cult love for Dirtybird Records, and the smaller environment allowed all the campers to grow together. With an intimate setting of like-minded music fans, the Campout seemed more like a giant house party where everyone was linked in some way. The more people you know at a party, the funner it is, opposed with gargantuan massive festivals. Although the campers were all new faces, as 2015 was the inaugural year, the shared interests and capped attendance kept us all on the same page, making it easy to meet and converse with new people.
If the set up this year mirrors last year's, one wide all-encompassing stage was stacked with a lineup of DJs throughout the sunny days and warm evenings. Additionally, the venue was dispersed with fanciful art, mind-bending structures, a boat-filled lake and a separate mini stage for the comedy shows and more.
At 2AM, the spotlight shifted to the After Hours stage, which was actually our favorite. Music ran until about 7 in the morning, delivering some of the best sunrise sets we've ever heard.
Speaking of the music, the Campout featured some of the best house and techno DJs without the frills of a massive fest like Coachella or Lollapalooza, EDC, etc. Here you can witness fresh new productions from the Martin brothers (Justin and Christian), creative sets like Claude VonStroke's side project Barclay Crenshaw, leading innovators like J. Phlip, or rapidly rising upcomers like Billy Kenny, right in Orange County's backyard.
The music is high-profile, yet Dirtybird keeps it down-to- earth, even acting as camp counselors that play that capture the flag game with you! Even better, compared with other festivals, no high ticket prices or corporate sponsorship overshadows this easygoing event. The focus is not on spending money or flaunting fashion in today's consumer-centric world - it's on the music and the camping!
Technically Dirtybird allows you in and out access to the festival (but there are only certain hours someone will be able to let you in at the gate, so be aware). However, camping is the only way to indulge in the full adventure!
We actually didn't meet anyone who was not camping at the festival, and for good reason. Some of the best moments were sparked in the late late night hours, and you wouldn't want to miss any of this 3 night event.
Currently there are no day passes (only 3-day passes) but they may be available closer to the event.
If camping isn't really your thing, or you don't have the time or equipment to be comfortable, Dirtybird is now offering camping packages. The campgrounds are set up already when you get there, complete with a tent, real mattress, cooler, supplies, and so much more - basically everything you would need for camping, plus luxuries like shower and ice vouchers.
The packages will be available during the regular sale.
Set your calendars, because this is an early Flash sale - meaning these rates are going to go very quickly!
Dates: October 7 - 10, 2016
Age: Minimum age is 21. Bring I.D.
Location: Oak Canyon Ranch, Silverado, CA (near Irvine)
Camping is included in festival tickets and is first come – first serve.
You may park your car in the lot for free. If you want to park with your car or RV, you must purchase a car or RV camping pass.
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