One of our main goals with Lucidity Festival is to challenge the way people think about themselves, their ideas of community, and their every day realities. This involves every facet of the festival experience – not just music. Our primary focus is fostering a sense of community. This is what makes Lucidity unique compared to other festivals.
Selecting the music we want to showcase is not just about who’s hot right now, or what the genre is – it’s much more than that. We don’t focus on genre, but sonic intention. We make it a point to showcase producers and performers from all levels of popularity. We look for those up and comers that have the potential to become headliners. About a third of our line-up comes from online applications, and it cannot be stressed enough: the music comes first. I personally listened to music from 300 applicants this year alone.
Despite our relatively small budget, we have managed to consistently deliver a lineup well beyond our means. We booked the one and only Tipper for this year’s festival! This year’s lineup also includes Eligh, Quixotic Fusion, Kalya Scintilla, Love and Light, Worthy, Bird of prey, Stylust Beats, and more top notch talent. Some lesser known artists in the lineup that you should definitely check out include Haywyre, Digital Rust, Nominus, Mumukshu, and Bogtrotter.
With our 3 “main” stages and a plethora of renegade sound camps, you can stumble upon any genre during a single walk through the woods. Here’s a breakdown of the stages:
The Lucid Stage, presented by the Memekast, showcases the quintessential sounds of Lucidity. The focus is on positive mid and up-tempo bass music. The main musical genres are Glitch Hop, Dubstep, and even a little Drum and Bass for good measure! What’s the light without just a taste of dark? It’s a smaller stage than our Alive Stage, and primarily caters to to DJs, rather than live acts. It’s all about the love, and to project that love, we use some of the best sound available. That comes by way of Emersion Events and their amazing Funktion One dance stacks.
The Alive Stage, curated by Lux Events, is where things get more eclectic. This stage presents a wide variety of sounds and styles, running the gamut from Reggae, Bluegrass, Folk/Americana, and Rock to Livetronica, among others. The delivery of the sounds from this stage come by way of the Funkworks Funktion One sound system.
Right next to the Alive Stage, you’ll find the Alive Performance Stage, where you can catch the bulk of our live performance acts, including fire, aerials, hooping, and so much more.
The Audiowaska Stage, presented by Music is Love, a local Santa Barbara crew. This is where we try to get a little weird. The selections here include a strong local presence, focusing primarily on “forward thinking” music, but with a good dose of House, Breaks, Techno, and even some Trap. It caters to a very wide audience, and contains the bulk of our home town inclusion.
For the all night crowd, we’re bringing in a Silent Disco provided by ZEROdB at the Audiowaska Stage each night. It runs Friday to Sunday from 12am to 6am, cutting off just in time to enjoy the sunrise and get some rest. Music is Love will provide the programming for Friday night. My podcast, Memekast, will program Saturday night, and ZEROdB will be taking on Sunday night.
With a little time, intention, and exploration, you’ll find whatever it is you’re looking for at this eclectic festival. So come out and enjoy the gorgeous Santa Barbara weather with us, take in the offerings from this amazing community and space, and share some gifts of your own.
– James Spektrum
Music Coordinator/Man of Many Hats