Six Festivals for Raving on the West Coast

by Akhil Kalepu

Jun 30, 2016

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Great weather and beautiful landscapes make the North America’s Pacific coast a perfect place for a festival. If you’re traveling to this side of the continent, be sure to check out one of these festivals.



Lightning in a Bottle: Bradley, Calif.

What began as a private birthday party in 2000 became a full-on festival in 2004. Focusing on sustainability and creativity, event producers The Do Lab book a range of performers and even contribute art installations to Coachella.



WhatTheFestival: Dufur, Ore.

Inspired by the ethos of Burning Man, the creators of WhatTheFestival wanted to create a similar event, but on a smaller, more boutique scale. By limiting ticket sales, the festival has an intimate feel and allows fans to get up-close and personal to the stages.



Electric Daisy Carnival: Las Vegas, Nev.

This one might be more like Disneyland than a proper rave, but you can’t deny it’s fun. As the largest electronic music festival outside of Europe, Electric Daisy Carnival draws nearly half a million people to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.


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Paradiso Festival: George, Wash.

Founded by Live Nation, this festival is held in The Gorge Amphitheatre, a beautiful outdoor music venue known for hosting Sasquatch! With a sweeping view of the Columbia River, Paradiso is one of the most picturesque camping festivals you can visit.



Bass Coast: Merritt, British Columbia

After the success of last year’s “Tentacular” theme (a combination of tentacles and spectacular), Bass Coast is taking a more flashy road this year with “Good as Gold.” That said, the organizers make great effort to create an inclusive festival instead of “selling” it to their audience.


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Shambhala: Salmo, British Columbia

Like Bass Coast, Shambhala helped build the vibrant electronic music scene in British Columbia. This particular festival is a family-run event that relies completely on volunteers and staff instead of corporate funding.



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