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Woogie Weekend Makes Glorious, Splashy Return to Oak Canyon

After hosting a sold out 12th annual Lightning in a Bottle festival and a packed house at their Coachella namesake stage, reigning catalysts of creation Los Angeles’ Do LaB, ventured to Oak Canyon Park July 8-10 to transform the lush, sprawling So Cal landscape into a whimsical water wonderland in celebration of the second annual Woogie Weekend festival. Two newly reimagined stages, The Hive and Kaleidoscope, brought a stellar collection of house and techno’s finest to the forefront of an intimate, carefree playground overflowing with sublime vibes, vivacious dancing, blue skies, Slip n’ Slides, water balloon fights and even a pond complete with fish.

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Temperatures soared while ecstatic daytime revelers flocked to the two juxtaposing neon chromatic stages that included a jewel-toned covered honeycomb hexagon structure known as “The Hive” and an industrial-piped jungle gym complete with foliage canvas laser light show known as “Kaleidoscope”. Rejuvenating morning yoga sessions led by Gigi Snyder, Kishan Shah, Michelle Nayeli Bouvier, Shawni and Shayne Almeida transformed into two splashy daytime parties with electrifying afternoon performances from acts such as Blond:ish, FVDM, Tâches, Dena Amy and Sunday’s last minute surprise addition Lee Reynolds. Attendees had the pleasure of lounging in the grass or swaying from one of the many hammocks scattered about the grounds as they embarked on a playful, progressive auditory journey into a vibrant soundscape.

Sun chasers further exploring the grounds found themselves enshrined within Woogie Weekend’s technicolor bliss, welcomed with a plethora of activities to seize the golden rays of daylight. As frisbees punctured the skies, vendors lined the perimeter with healthy offerings that crossed the spectrum of desires – from vegan foods to healing crystals, attendees found themselves delightfully wrapped up in a trove of amazement. Los Angeles’ quirky dance and performance troupe Bijoulette returned to host the infamous slip n’ slide, encouraging any and all through means of a booming megaphone to take a trip down the rolling hillside while riding atop inflatable sprinkle donuts, slices of pizza, or life-sized sea creatures. At any given moment, those traipsing along the grounds could find themselves entangled in the midst of a hard-fought water balloon battle, or maybe catch a ride on the towering furry pink flamingo art car roaming the grounds.

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Sun-drenched days became engulfed by the dazzling embrace of warm twilight nights as the sun dipped below the mountainous skyline and the evening’s talent took over. Stars lit up the skies and an illuminating disco ball fell over the crowd while artists hailing from places both near and far lit up the decks. Taking over nightfall was a delicately crafted selection of global talent featuring Do LaB’s own Jesse Wright, legendary Jon Hopkins, the elusive masked Claptone, visionary Damian Lazarus, and deep master of underground techno Oliver Huntemann. Sunday night proved to be the musical climax of the festival, encapsulating melodical magic into four hours of pure euphoria which included an ethereal performance from Kidnap Kid followed by a tantalizing DJ set from surprise addition Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs who closed out a fanciful weekend of epic proportions.

Check out the Woogie Weekend recap below!

Photo Source: @Gettiny