Nestled deep within the polo fields of Indio, CA lies a beacon, a wet and wild oasis filled with funky beats and endless good times – otherwise known as the Do LaB stage at Coachella. Founded in 2000, the festival culture masterminds otherwise known as Do LaB have succeeded in becoming one of the leaders of festival culture in North America. Aside from the fact that Do LaB brings forth good vibes, cutting edge lineups (on top of Coachella’s already stellar lineup), and breathtaking art installations, most people know Do LaB as the curators of festivals like Lightning in a Bottle, Woogie Weekend, and Dirtybird Campout. The partnership between Coachella and Do LaB started 13 years ago, and since then the Do LaB stage has evolved into a true festival within a festival.
The Do LaB has undergone a metamorphosis while at Coachella, originally starting as a renegade stage right in the middle of the venue. Due to some complaints of sound bleed between stages, the Do LaB was moved to a farther corner of the venue, truly making it feel like you’re entering a whole different world. The stage itself has transformed as well – from the Treepees and The Cloud set up of Coachella 2013 to the combination of Eeperts and The Towers for Coachella 2014 to the Big Fish of Coachella 2015 and 2016, and now the Beacon of Coachella 2017. Every year, one of the best surprises and highlights of the festival is seeing what the Do LaB’s design is, because it is constantly changing. Though the face of the Do LaB may change, their ethos is always the same – human connection, art as transformative experience, and environmental sustainability.
This atmosphere draws a select group of people to the beacon – the people who are searching for more of the underground, who share a very unique kind of music taste, and who have experienced or want to experience something a little more transformational. The people you meet at the Do LaB are some of the best people out there. Every experience I’ve had there has been positive – I’ve met and made new friends, reunited with old friends, shared hugs and laughs, received some very cool gifts, the list of memories goes on and on.
The spirit of the Do LaB is alive and well, and it’s all thanks to the creators at Do LaB and the many, many people who continue to bring the Do LaB to life every year.
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