Lightning in a Bottle 2013: New Location, New Dates Announced
Annual music and arts festival Lightning in a Bottle is relocating to Riverside County this summer, West Coast Sound can exclusively report. In a vote yesterday, the Riverside County board of supervisors approved the application to hold Lightning in a Bottle 2013 at Lake Skinner County Park. The four day festival, which has taken place at Orange County's Oak Canyon Park since 2009, was forced to find a new home due to zoning changes at that location.
Aaron Gautschi Lake Skinner
Dede Flemming, co-founder of the DoLab, the production company behind Lightning in a Bottle, said the group was notified in September that Oak Canyon would no longer be able to host the event. The land that borders the park was recently donated to the Irvine Ranch Conservancy. Because the park, and specifically the onsite Irvine Lake, now border Conservancy-owned land, all large-scale music festivals there have been forced out.
"It wasn't that Lightning in a Bottle was asked to leave," Flemming says. "It was that all music events down there are coming to a halt."
After a period of being "upset and a little freaked out," DoLab organizers began searching for a new home. They subsequently discovered Lake Skinner, located in the Riverside county town of Winchester, near Temecula and 90 miles southeast of Los Angeles.
"Our relationship with the managers of [Oak Canyon Park] is still really strong," Flemming says. "[The owner of that space] helped us find the new location." The Orange County Sheriff''s Office and Fire Department provided letters of support for the DoLab's four month campaign to secure the spot. "There's no bad blood between anyone; we just had to move on."
Previously held on Memorial Day weekend, the festival will have new dates because of the move.
Dates and presale information below