This April 7-9th, 2017, Lucidity Festival is returning to Live Oak Campground, which will serve as the temporary home to over 120 different musicians, DJs, performers and stage designers. With a deep lineup, audiences are sure to find something that suits their taste, as well as new artists to discover.
Since its inception in 2012, the producers of the event have worked to create space for both established and experimental artists and collaborations. While there are a wide range of genres and styles featured, the common thread is artists with a positive message.
“This year, more than ever, we’re excited to feature artists who put a lot of love into their craft,” says James Spektrum, one of the Booking Managers for Lucidity. “Whether it’s folky singer-songwriters or Banghra-Electronic-Funk-Fusion, we want to amplify the idea that great music is a unifying force.”
The Final Chapter?
Lucidity first launched with an innovative idea: a six-year story arc that followed the path of The Hero’s Journey, as envisioned by mythologist Joseph Campbell. The idea resonated with fans, with first year tickets selling out, forcing producers to turn people away at the gate. Every year since has sold out as well, with many fans returning year after year.
Now, in its sixth year, the community arrives on the theme of Eudaimonia, a concept borrowed from Greek philosophy. Alison Hensley, Lucidity’s Food and Sustainability Department Head, describes Eudaimonia as a multi-faceted concept: “It’s the good composed of all goods. An ability which suffices for living well. Perfection in respect of virtue. Resources sufficient for a living creature.”
Despite the strong vision for its final year, Lucidity faces a conundrum as unique as its story-driven festival concept: what to do now that the story arc is closing?
“What lies beyond Eudaimonia is still unclear, even to us,” says Jonah Haas, Marketing Director of Lucidity Festival LLC. “We’re considering writing chapters 7 through 12. We’re considering moving to a different location. One option is even to end on a high note and close the book on the festival. The authentic truth is: we just don’t know yet.”
2017 Festival Features
Lucidity will feature three distinct musical environments: The Lucid Stage, The Nest and The Nook. Each area features a unique stage design, immersive lighting and interactive art.
The Lucid Stage functions as the thriving heartbeat of the event. The stage will feature two legendary British producers: Ott will bring his psychedelic dub and drum-n-bass experimentalist Dbridge will also play. Random Rab, who headlined Lucidity in its first year, will return with his blend of lyrical symphonies. Plenty of highlights can be found in acts ranging from Kll Smth’s breakbeats and grimy Buddha bass from Dela Moontribe. SOOHAN, a rising star from Baltimore, will also appear. Strings and samplers will take the stage in two separate acts: HÄANA, who plays the violin, and festival-favorite Cello Joe.
The Nest, cuddled in the Lover’s Nest, has become the go-to zone for live, intimate and lyric-driven music. Some highlights include self-described Americana/Swamptronica trio Dirtwire and singer-songwriter Ayla Nereo, who will be supporting her powerful new album, The Code of the Flowers. The Lover’s Nest will expand its stage size in order to accommodate larger ensembles such as the aforementioned Banghra-Fusion group Delhi 2 Dublin, TV Broken Third Eye Open, and the hard-working collective Earthwake.
The Nook stage, housed in the Nomad’s Nook, is hosting an outrageously funky, wild and high-energy corner with a lot of established and up-and-coming talent loosely affiliated with techno, house, and other danceable jams. Headlining The Nook will be Dirtybird DJ and techno magnate Christian Martin. British dance music will be well-represented with the smooth synths of House DJ Low Steppa, as well as sets by Plastician, Youngsta and Weiss. The Nook will also feature the second annual Pumpkin Tribute, where Littlefoot, Lou E Bagels and Everyman will help remember the remix maven.
Nestled in the Santa Ynez Mountains, amplified music at Lucidity runs until midnight to allow families to rest, meet sound ordinance requirements, and to allow participants to practice their dreaming. Past midnight, the seven villages throughout the festival grounds host numerous performances throughout the night, planned and spontaneous. These often continue all the way through sunrise, when hundreds of workshops, yoga classes, meditation zones and flow arts start anew.
Another major development in 2017 is the continued market penetration of the Lucid University initiative. Over the last three seasons, Lucidity has carved out a reputation for innovation in festival education programming. What started as a three-day on-site permaculture intensive has blossomed into a full-time, year-round campus in Southern Oregon dedicated to Lucid University’s Ecologyworks and Communityworks tracks.
Festival participants will again be able to sample some of the Lucid University offerings by attending three days of intensive classes. This year’s LU Courseweek curriculum includes Dream Council, Regenerative Community Building, Ayurvedic Herbalism, Building with Bamboo, Creating Your Personal Mythology, and Ecstatic Flow Arts.
With chapter six right around the corner, don’t miss your chance to get your tickets before they disappear! Tickets can be purchased here. You won’t regret it.