Imagine waking up in a tent in the middle of nowhere and seeing all your friends once you step outside. Imagine participating in a plethora of exciting camp activities; archery, dodge-ball tournaments and fireside story telling. Sounds like a regular camp for adults right?

Now, let’s get your creative juices flowing. Imagine being on one end of a tug-of-war competition with none other than Dirtybird big boss man Claude VonStroke pulling the rope right on the other side. Imagine participating in a live “Shoe-Off” competition with Grill$on hosting the event as the MC. Imagine that having not one but TWO different stages of music with acts like the Madlib, Desert Hearts, Araabmuzik, and all of your favorite Dirtybird DJs spinning breaking beats all day and all night. As if that’s not enough, you get special sets like the Martin Brothers spinning only for those who can brave through the night.

Dirtybird Campout isn’t just any camp. It’s a special experience where the artists have as much fun as the participants.

(Daft Troopers – Dirtybird Campout 2016 – Feras Fotography)

This years iteration is the third since Campout first started and I’ve been lucky enough to attend all of them thus far. From the outright, this event was special. The family vibes were unparalleled and it’s largely due to the culture Dirtybird has built. I will never forget picking up trash to help keep the campgrounds clean right next to Claude or seeing Justin Martin at the Dough Lab making pizzas for us. No matter how big they get, the crew is right there with you not behind some fence. It’s a special feeling experiencing this joy next to the Dirtybird Allstars. 

(Family Photo – Dirtybird Campout 2016 – Feras Fotography)

I expect no different this year regardless of the new venue. The artist events are plentiful (see: http://dirtybirdcampout.com/news/artist-activities/) and activities galore means that you should be able to find something that suits you. My only concern is that there’s so much fun to be had that I’m going to be missing out on fun. For the first time, the festival will have two stages running at the same time so that means we won’t get to see everyone we want to. To be honest though, I just feel like a spoiled kid asking for everything and I couldn’t be more excited for the weekend to come.