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Moby, Little Dragon, Phantogram headline Lightning in a Bottle

March 04, 2014|By August Brown
  • Moby, at home with his globes, is among the headliners at this year's Lightning in a Bottle festival.
Moby, at home with his globes, is among the headliners at this year's… (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los…)

Last year, the tribalist-techno festival Lightning in a Bottle made some major strides with a revamped lineup of crossover electronica stars like Purity Ring and Nicolas Jaar. It was a successful move -- the fest had its largest and best-received installment yet. 

This year, organizers have taken that path again with even more gusto. Moby, Little Dragon and Phantogram are among the headliners at the festival, which also features a strong undercard of acts like Gold Panda, Simian Mobile Disco, Claude VonStroke and Damian Lazarus. The week will also feature the usual, charmingly crunchy slate of spirituality workshops, lectures and Burning Man-inspired installation art.

The only downside? It'll be hard to call LiB an L.A.-area festival anymore. The show has moved from last year's location at Lake Skinner County Park to the San Antonio Recreation Area in Monterey County.

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The fest takes place May 22-26, and tickets are on sale.

Many local music festivals have been forced to find new locations this year after the closure of L.A. State Historic Park north of Chinatown for repairs and upgrades, so it's hard to tell whether this move signals statewide ambitions for the growing Lightning in a Bottle or whether this is just a temporary move.

Regardless, it's a notably strong lineup that should preserve the renewed interest from last year's LiB, even if Southern California can't quite claim it for its own this year.


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