On the East Coast, Ultra is battling lawsuit after lawsuit, local politicians, environmentalists, and angry local residents on their search for a new home. Meanwhile, across the country, DoLaB’s Lightning in a Bottle (LiB) is showing them up completely. Of course, to compare since Ultra and LiB is completely unfair insofar as the two landmark festivals in their own right aren’t even in the same league.
But after a successful move into Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area, and cutting ticket sales by 20,000, LiB has not only returned to their roots and what once made them great, they’ve also coexisted with the local residents and wildlife harmoniously. So much so that locals and officials of Bakersfield, California are singing their praises. As per the county’s local news website,
The county signed a one-year contract with Do LaB to host the festival at Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area, with the intention that the first year would be a test case for the event to potentially return in future years.
Now that the first year has been completed, public safety officials say they would welcome Lightning in a Bottle back to Kern County next year.
“We have a pretty good template for the next time,” Morrison said. “Definitely we’ll be ready for the next one.”