Deep in the heart of NorCal’s renowned Emerald Triangle lies the crown jewel of the West Coast festival camping circuit, Northern Nights Music Festival (NNMF), set to take place amongst the redwoods this July 20-22, 2018. Embarking on its sixth journey around the sun, NNMF is thrilled to announce the next artist additions featuring Emancipator, Mr. Carmack, and Thomas Jack as top headliners.
Having previously announced the Dirtybird Players (Justin Martin, Walker & Royce, Ardalan, Worthy b2b Option4) as the first tastemakers to join this year’s gathering, Northern Nights Music Festival has worked to curate arguably the most dynamic lineup in its colorful, progressive history. Those venturing to the breathtaking Redwood forest of Cook’s Valley Campground will dance the weekend away to a soundtrack constructed by legends of the underground and a master class of beatmakers from across the globe, which include Brasstracks (Grammy Award Winners), Sage The Gemini (Bay Area Hip Hop Legend), Grand Tapestry (Eligh from Living Legends and Alam Kham, son of the legendary Sarode Maestro Ali Akbar Khan), Jack Beats (Night Bass), and Bad Royale (California Dancehall Producers) plus over 90 additional artists.
Beyond the roster of talent, attendees can look forward to a takeover by Los Angeles-born production powerhouse Brownies & Lemonade All-Stars whose underground parties have grown into full-blown spectacles of epic proportions, always delivering the very best vibes and the freshest beats. Frequent special guests of Brownies & Lemonade have included names such as Anna Lunoe, Madeon, ETC!ETC!, GTA, Wuki — Look forward to a non-stop dance party and maybe just a few surprises when the B&L crew comes to play.
Pioneers within the festival circuit for honoring the Emerald Triangle’s thriving cannabis industry, renowned for beachside dance parties and afternoon swims, Northern Nights is [legally] high in vibes and an annual weekend not to be missed for both city dwellers and locals alike. Working with new partner The Emerald Cup, NNMF will provide attendees a culturally-fused, elevated experience at one of the world’s most stunning outdoor festival venues, Cook’s Valley Campground on the Humboldt / Mendocino County Line.
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A little more about Northern Nights Activations: Beyond The River & The Lasers
The Bunker Stage – A newcomer last year to the Northern Nights’ ever expanding series of immersive environments, the Bunker Stage has moved from a renegade stage into the spotlight as a showcase for Tech House, Playa-Tech, and surprise sets. Tucked into the massive hill, The Bunker Stage is a natural amphitheater that overlooks the river. Last year it played host to the Living Legends, Justin Jay plus many other NNMF alums. Be sure to stop by this year and see who’s hitting the decks!
The Grove – In the heat of the day, sun dwellers seek refuge in the cool shade of the redwoods surrounded by the lavishly curated and decorated Grove Stage. This sanctuary and artistic playground hosts a distinct and interactive theme each year. 2017’s Underwater Cove immersed festival goers amongst mermaids and aboard a pirate ship built in the trees. This offered the perfect spot to view midnight burlesque shows, groove to live bands and listen to unplugged acoustic sets from Northern Nights Music Festival Main Stage Performers. The Grove Stage is an engaging experience and considered to be the “Heart of Northern Nights”. This year, the Grove will continue to flourish with imaginative production and a creative talent lineup.
Silent Disco – Presented by HushConcerts, the Silent Disco has grown to become one of the most beloved activations at Northern Nights Music Festival and the largest on the West Coast. HushConcerts has been a longtime partner of NNMF, having worked with the festival since its inaugural year.
Purple Nights Art Gallery – A relaxed environment for community celebration, the Purple Nights Art Gallery is a thoughtfully curated space presented by Purple Couch. Designed for chill appreciation of art and music, the gallery offers attendees a chance to view the works of incredible glass artists from California and beyond in addition to colorful visual installations.
As Editor in Cheif of Fresh Music Freaks, I like to attend festivals for the first time when we get approved for coverage. Last year I attended close to 30 festivals. I like to experience the ethos and vibe so that I can really submerge the reader into the experience. Let me just say that Northern Nights Music Festival is one of my favorites last year. This is a smaller festival but very much it is a do not miss in my book! – Alex Terranova