WORDS: Lindsay Alamillo
PHOTOGRAPHY: Northern Nights
SEE (the art)
There are sure to be plenty of wonderful pieces of art for sale this weekend but amongst the prints and pieces will be live art murals coming to life throughout the festival. Stumble across installations in areas like The Tree Lounge or look out for the live muralists thanks to Bay Area art collective Articin369. Trippy visionary artist Benedigital, Santa Cruz artist coalition Made Fresh Crew, and muralists like Eon75 will all be creating and sharing their art. Purple Couch (who also curated an area for Enchanted Forest last month) will also be present bringing us an immersive art experience. Visit Purple Nights Gallery where local glass and visionary artists will be featured. The gallery will be located across from Grove camping. Allow the eye to stop and take in all the handcrafted art as well as the natural beauty of the woods.
HEAR (the music)
There is much to treat your ears to as this year Northern Nights bring us an eclectic and exciting lineup. There’s something for everyone! The main stage alone is about to be crazy! Get down with Living Legends in true California style, vibe out to Dirtwire as they mesmerize you with their unique combination of electronic and Americana sounds, and come get funky with Cherub.
If you’re looking for the place to chill, the Grove Stage is the place to be. Check out Cold Blue Water for some jazzy bluesy jam time, get those Reggae feels on with Diggin’ Dirt, and don’t miss one-man orchestra Porangui as he is sure to provide a unique festival experience bringing his meditative music to life.
It doesn’t end there. The river stage will be providing the tunes for the most epic beach party ever. Catch Dirtybird’s own Justin Jay here (He’s bringing the Fantastic Voyage to the main stage too!). Head on down to silent disco for a good old fashioned late night dance party and if you need a break from all the great music, make use of the comedy tent and get some good laughs in.
FEEL (the river)
Part of what makes this festival unique is its exceptional location and breathtaking scenery. Spending those sunny hours soaking up the rays while you play and dance along the Eel River is something truly special. It adds a unique charm and kicks it up to a whole new level when you can physically immerse yourself in some of the weekend’s best moments. And if water’s not your thing to feel, do not fear cause the feels will not fall short. Some of what makes this party so special is the sense of community that feels a lot like spending time with family. Add that to a combination of good music and good times and you’re guaranteed to feel a thing or two.
SMELL (the redwoods)
While you’re playing in the water and soaking up the sun, take a deep breath in and smell those redwoods. There’s nothing quite like the crisp morning air or the woodsy scent that sticks to your memory long after leaving Cook’s Valley Campground.
TASTE (the local goods)
They say when you go to new places you should always try tasting what they are known for. Lucky for us, Northern Nights resides in what is also known as California’s Emerald Triangle and is home to some of the best cannabis cultivators in the world. That being said, your palette will surely thank you after you stop by The Tree Lounge and try some samples. This special 215 zone is there to treat you by enhancing your experience and teach you about cannabis in the hopes of working toward eliminating the stigma around its use. California recs will be required to frequent this area but PrestoDoctor will be on site providing recommendations at your convenience throughout the weekend.
However you decide to excite the senses this weekend, just know if you’re spending the weekend with us in the redwoods, you’re in for a good time. See you there!