Now in its third annual installment, Dirtybird Campout headed to the renowned Lightning In a Bottle location at Lake San Antonio in Bradley, CA, for a highly impressive music lineup and stellar vibe. I had heard many great things about the festival from various trusted friends and colleagues which ultimately led to my decision to attend the festival. Upon pulling up to the festival, I knew I already dug the Dirtybird Campout vibe.
Upon our arrival on Friday night, we headed straight to the Birdhouse stage for some dirty tech house sets from goddess J.Phlip followed by a back to back set from Will Clarke back to back with Kill Frenzy. Almost every major Dirtybird act was up there on stage with them throughout their entire set. They all looked like they were having the time of their lives. This vibe carried over to the audience where everyone appeared to be dancing their asses off. The Birdhouse stage portrayed a very simple log cabin and porch. It was complemented by very simple lighting, demonstrating the fact that Dirtybird Campout is really all about the music and the vibe. Will and Kill were followed up by highly impressive set from Bay Area acid house artist Danny Daze. The entire crowd lost their shit when Danny dropped “Blow the Whistle” by Too $hort. Claude Von Stroke closed out The Birdhouse stage with numerous unreleased bangers. The crowd went nuts the entire time. We then headed to catch the final set of the night on the second or Lodge Stage from Christian Martin who delivered nothing short of a stellar set.
During the day on Saturday, I had a chance to experience the Dirtybird Campout festival grounds. Dirtybird Campout fully played into the adult summer camp theme. It offered various activities such as kickball throughout the day where festival participants were able to compete on various teams as indicated by their color-coded bandanas. It also offered various off the wall activities such as an off the wall lap dancing competition involving Claude Von Stroke hosted by renowned Los Angeles based dancer and personality Anthony Greenz. Dirtybird Campout even had karaoke and off the raunchy, professional type of comedy, you would expect to see at a venue such as the renowned Comedy Store.
On Saturday night it was time for more amazing sets. We kicked off the night with one of my personal favorites, live indietronica act Tennyson. I've been following brother and sister duo Tennyson for years and their set definitely lived up to the hype with their stellar beats and excellent drums. The brother Luke played excellent keyboards and provided gorgeous lyrics. Their technical skills was completely off the charts. Tennyson was followed up by a highly impressive set from Denver bass music artist kLL sMTH. Our group finished out our Saturday night dance party with killer sets from Barclay Crenshaw and Justin Martin. Justin's set featured excellent tech house with just a touch of the perfect compliment of beautiful melodies. By the time Justin had closed out The Birdhouse stage, our legs were extremely sore so we headed back to our camp.
We, unfortunately, had to head out early on Sunday so we were unable to close out the weekend with what I heard were some of the best sets of the weekend from Eats Everything, Shiba San, and Sacha Robotti. The festival was a 21+ event with a mature vibe which made it very easy to enjoy. From what I heard Dirtybird Campout was much more packed this year than last. In addition to the two main stages, there were also various renegade stages throughout the entire property where people could dance all night if they felt up to it. Dirtybird Campout was so enjoyable overall that I expect it will continue to grow and attract new fans. I highly suggest Dirtybird Campout to anyone with an affinity for house music and camping festivals or a yearning nostalgia for summer camp.