by Sinan Murat

We’re not saying that LiB 2020’s lineup is pure fire, although when they released Phase 1 in January and then Phase 2 in February global crime rate dropped and happiness rates increased.

Since 2004 Lightning in a Bottle has been reinventing the wheel when it comes to bringing together conscious festivalling with irreplaceable musical talent from all over the world.


A haven for those who look to avoid mainstream tunes and want a more counter-culture experience, LiB has become a symbol of personal transformation in the festival circuit.


This year the beloved lakeside California music festival is returning to Buena Vista Lake, Bakersfield during Memorial Day Weekend, May 20–25.


Since its genesis, LiB has curated an alternative experience, positioning itself as a must-do transformational music festival. Similarly to previous years, but unlike anything we’ve seen before (just like previous years), this year we’re expecting brand new beats, phenomenal art, and otherworldly vibes.

This year’s lineup offers a diverse roster of electronic legends and gifted live music visionaries, who are expected to take us on a musical journey unlike anything we’ve experienced before.

GRiZ, NOISIA, Eprom, and Shlumpare only some of the talents being featured this year. Purity Ring, Eli & Fur, Doja Cat, Empress Of, DJ Shadow, Justin Jay, DJ Holographicand Justin Martinare also slated to bring the vibes to the three main stages of the Spring event.

The 2020 lineup is full of raw, emerging talent, covering a range of styles. The curiously sunset-themed lineup poster also reveals details for special extended opening sets from San Diego’s Desert Heartssquad and Joe Kay of Los Angeles’ Soulection, taking place on Thurs., May 21 for early arrival campers. You can also notice the event’s three main stages being mentioned, namely the all-genre Lightning, the bass-heavy named Thunder, and the underground house & techno – Woogie.


In Phase 2, the lineup for Stacks created a strong moment of appreciation for fans of left-field experimental, drum and bass, psytrance, psybass, halftime, and dubstep. Additionally, CTRL+Z (fka Favela) is curated by international disc-jockey and music prodigy Patricio Motta who is bound to bring an incredible show with some of that same Favela flavor we’ve grown to love.


If you head to SoundCloudyou can listen to LIB 2020 Stacksand CTRL+Z (fka Favela) LIB 2020 playlists. Make sure to show proper respect and turn the volume up to a maximum.

Current 2020 GRAMMY nomineeBlake, who got his start as a DJ/producer making glitchy, vocal-less dance tracks, will be throwing down a special headline Thunder set.


Other noteworthy artists performing this year at the five-day festival include downtempo act Four Tet, electronic multi-instrumentalist Big Wild, Brazilian electronic talent Amon Tobin, Emancipator, Canadian electronic duo Bob Moses, and Dirtybirdrepresentative and SF house producer Justin Martin.


The music you’ll find at The Compass is unlike any other at LIB.


From live acts to jaw-dropping performances and surprises galore, we never know what to expect with Grand Artique. This year’s lineup features sounds from across the live music spectrum, including folk, Americana, revival, Afro-Latin, blues, funk, and so much more.

And as to avoid disappointing fans, the LiB team already put together their Compassand Grand Artiqueplaylists.


Least to say we’re excited to experience this year’s Lightning in a Bottle atmosphere and vibe.


Ticketsare on sale now starting at $349 for four-day passes and $419 for five-day passes before fees.


The Compass casually offers mind-bending experiences. This year they don’t disappoint. We’re expecting to hear R&B, hip hop, deep house, downtempo, global bass, spoken word, and much more. The experience is going to rock. Especially with The Human Experience, The Librarian, and a Crossroads Saturday Evening curated by Hues Takeover – The Color of Sound.