There’s camping at summer music festivals, and then there’s the ultimate music festival summer camp – Dirtybird Campout West Coast! Every festival season needs a righteous finale party with the crew (before the Halloween, New Year’s Eve and cruise fest post-season). Dirtybird Records has us covered with a bomb-ass lineup, a nostalgic environment of thrilling activities, and the DJs serving as counselors to both spin on the decks and lead all sorts of camp events.
The Birdhouse and Bass Lodge stages at the Modesto Reservoir Campgrounds (about two hours east of San Francisco) will host DJs from across the spectrums of house, techno, hip-hop and bass music on October 4-6. Dirtybird players on the billing include label boss Claude VonStroke (and his ghetto-tech, old-school hip-hop and funk side Barclay Crenshaw going b2b with EPROM), brothers Justin Martin and Christian Martin, Worthy, Shiba San, Justin Jay, Walker & Royce, J.Phlip, Ardalan and Will Clarke. Some of the label’s rising names to perform include VNSSA, ZDS, Bruno Furlan, Steve Darko, Sage Armstrong, Kill Frenzy and BOT.
I’m particularly excited about the fierce underground techno of Ukrainian DJ Nastia, who will additionally be playing a set of drum and bass music. Reggie Watts and John Tejada have been making a notable mark in the fest circuit this year with their live Wajatta sets, and ought to bring about irresistible beats in this setting. The hip-hop turntable legacy of Cut Chemist and his dope recent work guarantee a low-key trippy outlier from most DJ offerings here. Jackin’ house from Heidi, ghetto house from Gettoblaster, tech house combos from Josh Wink, Yousef and Faren Strnad, and boss bass from Mija and The Librarian fill out the lineup with a compelling variety of vibes as well.
The fest closest in style to DBC is Desert Hearts Festival, and a few names represent the other label at one another’s festival each year. Will Clarke and Justin Martin unleashed booming energy the Friday night of Desert Hearts, so anticipate Lubelski, Rybo and Wyatt Marshall to deliver tenacious tech house in kind. For those who get the October 3rd early arrival pass ($72 after tax), the Thursday night pre-party will feature a Tiga b2b Matthew Dear set. And expect lots of renegade sets to keep the tunes bumpin’ through the night all weekend, as some counselors will come spin in the campgrounds too.
After tax, tier 1 weekend passes cost $273, vehicle passes cost $98 and BBQ feast tickets cost $21 per day. Tickets are on sale now, and with a 7,000 person capacity and Dirtybird’s growing status as the Marvel Cinematic Universe equivalent in the world of EDM, you can bet this will sell out, so plan accordingly. Check out the full lineup below and I’ll see you campers in October!
*Featured image via Max Benedict*