Rearview Mirror: A Look Back at Dirtybird Campout West Coast 2018


Taking a glance again on a few of your favourite recollections is an motion crammed with numerous totally different feelings. Excitement fascinated by dancing shoeless within the sand with a few of your greatest buddies. Sadness figuring out that it’s all previously. A candy nostalgia that comes with the data you’ll be again at it once more earlier than too lengthy. And regardless of how a lot we attempt to transfer on there are some experiences like Dirtybird Campout that linger on the high of our minds for months after the actual fact. Even although it has solely been every week because the Birdfam descended on the Modesto Reservoir Campgrounds, it is very important have a look again at a number of the most vital points of Dirtybird Campout West Coast to understand what the competition needed to provide.

It is unattainable to explain each truth and aspect of this competition that went properly. From excellent climate all through the weekend to the ever-friendly Birdfam and their spectacular outfits to the sphere video games and particular actions on the Bunkhouse, there was by no means a boring second on the occasion. But there are three particular highlights from final weekend that present why Dirtybird Campout is among the most premiere music occasions within the U.S. and the world.

The Bass Lodge

Pretty a lot a unanimous opinion amongst campers is the improbable stage design and placement of the Bass Lodge. After crossing a land bridge to a small island within the reservoir, Campout attendees had been handled to a beachfront property with all of the vibes of being on the ocean. Featuring showcases from Justin Jay’s Fantastic Voyage, Worst Behavior and Trippy Ass Technologies, the Bass Lodge additionally hosted tons of heavier music all through the weekend in addition to the Early Arrival celebration with Patrick Topping. For most who attended this felt just like the place to actually let unfastened and have a great time. There was even a bunch of campers who had the good thought of bringing a champagne and charcuterie deal with out to the island on Sunday afternoon. And who may actually say no to a bit bubbly with cured meats and cheeses on a sunny seashore with a few of your favourite music and favourite individuals!

The Renegade Camps

Although smaller in quantity than East Coast Campout, the renegade phases this 12 months had been nothing wanting spectacular. Two specifically stand out – The Temple of Doom and the Brick Oven. The Temple of Doom camp was spectacular and unattainable to overlook, sitting proper on the nook of one of many walkways. And because the time glided by it grew to become increasingly elaborate, including a coated walkway with faux grass, a DJ setup with a lighting rig behind it and at last a projector enjoying scenes from, you guessed it, Indiana Jones. But the Brick Oven was by far the popular late night time vacation spot. With units from Christian Martin, Ardalan, Justin Jay, a particular look from Mark Starr and a wandering saxophone participant who joined in on the enjoyable at 5:00 A.M. there was actually nothing else that would have made it higher. Except perhaps some precise brick oven pizza!

The Music

This class goes with out saying. As at all times, Dirtybird delivers a number of the greatest music on the planet. And whereas no set was unhealthy, there have been just a few that stood out among the many crowd of heavy weight performers. Although it could have been her first look on the Dirtybird stage, VNSSA led off the competition with probably the greatest units of the weekend. If you didn’t get to the Birdhouse by midday on Friday you missed her throwing down fairly just a few gems, together with ‘Aphrodisiac,’ the unreleased collaboration between GAWP and Gene Farris. Justin Jay’s Fantastic Voyage opened up the Bass Lodge with an unimaginable efficiency that includes Thumpasaurus on the happiest and most ridiculous vocals round. But the standout efficiency of the weekend got here from a reputation you’ve most likely by no means heard earlier than: Roman Flügal. While not a family identify within the U.S., this German is aware of the way to deliver the recent fireplace. With an hour and a half of continuous acid disco vibes, Flügal displayed essentially the most intricate and masterful mixing of the competition with a monitor choice that may nonetheless offer you goosebumps every week later. And don’t fear, the unreleased tracks from Walker & Royce, the brand new Shiba San and Will Clarke EP that they each performed and all the opposite new songs you heard at Campout shall be coming quickly sufficient.


To be trustworthy, any article recap of Dirtybird Campout will finally fall wanting doing the occasion justice. There are just too many points of Campout that make it distinctive to attempt to sort out all of them without delay. It may take days or even weeks to write down down each memorable expertise from the final weekend. Whether you had been astounded by the Space X launch on Sunday night time that seemed virtually like a Dirtybird egg or encapsulated by the thrilling efficiency of the Lumbersexuals, two issues are assured. Dirtybird Campout West Coast 2018 will stay on in infamy as probably the greatest occasions that the Dirtybird Team has thrown but and we’re positive we’ll see you again for West Coast Campout 2019!

Photo credit score to @Chmabi, Kirsten Ingrid, Rodolfo Ramirez and Juan Ramirez! Thank you guys for taking wonderful photographs of a superb occasion!

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