Woogie Weekend gave new meaning to the term “dancing in the rain” last year during an incredibly soggy inaugural weekend, and now they are proving that nothing stops the music by returning on July 8th-10th this year. Despite the rain, deep house and techno fans gathered in Silverado, CA for the three-day progeny festival of Lightning in a Bottle to groove together at the festival’s two expertly-curated stages. The entire festival elaborated upon the high-spirited and light-hearted ambiance of the ever-popular Woogie Stage at LiB, which has become iconic enough to coin the phrase “When in doubt, Woogie out” among frequent fest-goers. Watch the newly released recap video below to either relive the magic or get a preview for what you’ll be treated to in July:
The Do Lab has a remarkable track record for throwing top-notch events, and Woogie Weekend is no different. Last year’s lineup showcased an impressive array of supreme talent across the deep dance music spectrum, from Danny Daze‘s darkness-drenched techno, to Mikey Lion‘s spiritual tech-house, to Lee Burridge‘s signature melancholic and ethereal “All Day I Dream” sound. Overall, Woogie attendees were treated to more than 50 veteran and emerging stars in their favorite genres. This stacked lineup is then paired with the welcoming, inspiring ethos of Lightning in a Bottle through conscience-awakening activities such as sunrise yoga and a “leave it better, leave it beautiful” landscaping policy.
House and techno aren’t exactly the “warm and fuzzy” subgenres of the dance music spectrum, and that general assumption has historically been reflected in the curation of events that cater to the darker side. Think an environment akin to someone’s dank basement, minimal production, and ear-splitting bass; I can’t see my hand in front of my face, but my chest is throbbing with every single beat as the pace accelerates and all other senses lose their meaning. Don’t get me wrong–I’ve fully embraced those dark places and the vampiric lifestyle that tends to accompany them, but sometimes I just want a hug and a solid ashtanga session in the wilderness while Pumpkin spins in the background. Am I wrong? Woogie Weekend has averted crisis for people like me by being a festival that both caters strictly to our evolved electronic tastes and brings all the good vibes, too.
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