About This Festival
From One Stage to an Entire Festival
There’s only one place where you can find the dopest names in house and techno, plus a good old fashioned slip n’ slide paired with chilled So Cal camping vibes—and Woogie Weekend is it.
Debuting in 2015 to much fanfare and praise, Woogie Weekend is the brainchild of Los Angeles-based The Do LaB, the artist collective and events company responsible for another fan favorite: Lightning In a Bottle (LIB). The idea with Woogie Weekend was to return to the simpler version of the fan-favorite stage, the Woogie Stage, of LIB's early years. In fact, the Woogie stage originated as the “Woogaloogie,” and was an early design of fellow Do LaB cofounder, Josh Flemming. It later became a smaller stage dedicated to house music and gained the nickname “the Woogie.” Thus, Woogie Weekend is a distillation of that much-loved stage’s vibe into a more intimate and grounded festival where roughly 4,000 festival-goers can camp onsite while “celebrating house music in all its iterations.”
“Everyone loves the Woogie so much, it made perfect sense to create a whole new event around it,” says Flemming. “We were excited to work on something with a more narrow focus and master the Woogie vibes."
Indeed, the inaugural year did not disappoint. Even though a bonafide – yet unexpected – rainstorm swept through the festival's second day, the Woogie spirit prevailed. Festival-goers embraced the wetness throughout the weekend and even remained positive when rained caused the speakers to short circuit for a brief time. As one reviewer put it: “After fifteen minutes a solid crowd had formed, drenched, caked in mud and stoked to get their tunes back.”
Woogie On Down
The overall vibe at Woogie Weekend is to check your ego at the door, and to be ready to go on a musical adventure. The technicolor aesthetic and wild stage designs help set the scene, and are part of what The Do LaB is known for. There are two stages—The Hive and The Beat Nest—as well as the Dusk and Dawn after-party rigs that live in the campgrounds. The close-together stages allow festival-goers to see it all without too much effort or planning. Musically speaking, longer sets across just two stages mean that DJs and acts have more of an opportunity to gradually build hype and take listeners on a musical journey, rather than having to make a musical statement in a scheduled, compressed window of time. Once the main stages close down, the rugged after-parties swoop in to provide more than enough reason to stay up through the night until morning yoga.
When it comes to camping, Woogie Weekend’s organizers say it’s not mandatory (meaning ticket holders can come in and out) but staying onsite definitely adds to the experience. The festival abides by a “leave it better, leave it beautiful” policy, instilling in everyone an appreciation and respect for the nature surrounding the party.
The Lineup and Sound
In 2015, there were over house-centric 30 acts across the two stages, featuring the likes of Danny Daze, Henry Saiz, Moon Boots, J. Phlip, Jonas Rathsman, Francesca Lombardo, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Adam Freeland, Pig&Dan, Nick Warren, Mikey Lion, and Way Out West (Nick Warren + Jody Wisternoff). As the rain subsided on Sunday, a special takeover by Lee Burridge and the All Day I Dream crew brought the crowd back to thumping life.
A definite highlight of 2015 was when L.A.’s quirky dance and performance troupe Bijoulette tookover the much-loved slip n' slide, which quickly brought out the wild child in nearly everyone present. Whale rafts, giant rubber duckies, swan-shaped floaties — you name it — all enhanced the carefree, fun-filled vibe of a truly epic weekend.