As the crisp morning air lifted the fog off of Northern California, attendees traveled from far and wide to attend the 2018 edition of Dirtybird Campout West. While the official festival begun on Friday, October 5th, campers were provided an option for early arrival on Thursday, allowing them an extra day to setup, make friends, and enjoy exclusive performances from PATRICK TOPPING and CLAUDE VONSTROKE. Thursday’s theme was a pajama party, so attendees donned onesies and fleece attire as they marched about the Modesto Reservoir campgrounds.
This was Dirtybird’s first time hosting Campout in this location, and the community formed rapidly as campers setup their sites. The picturesque venue offered beachside campsites and easy access to the swimmable reservoir. During the day, campers were seen floating near the Birdhouse and Bass Lodge stages on inflatables.
Inside the main festival grounds, campers were greeted by a photo booth for the first-ever Dirtybird Campout Yearbook, which was available for pre-order at the nearby merchandise booth. Next to merchandise was the arts and crafts pavilion and the Games HQ, where attendees obtained their color team bandanas for activities over the weekend. The Bunkhouse and the Birdhouse stages were nestled further back amongst food trucks and shade structures.
While the official end of each day’s music was 2AM, a stroll through the campgrounds proved that Dirtybird campers were not quite ready to turn in. Renegade DJ sets thumped through the night and on through morning, attracting even some of the festival’s official artists to hop on the decks. JUSTIN JAY made an appearance at the “Brick Oven”, a collaboration between groups called Pizza and Techno and The Brick House, and yes, there was pizza served. Another campsite was Indiana Jones themed “Temple of Boom”, where Chris Lake found himself performing unannounced. One of the most magical things about Dirtybird is that there are always surprises around every corner.
Each night at the Birdhouse and Bass Lodge stages, totems floated about the crowd, telling a story about each group in attendance. As the sun went down, the crowd came alive with lights and lasers. Although packed, there was always plenty of room to dance.
Generosity feeds its own flame throughout the crowd at Campout as well. Each year, attendees make things to give away and trade with each other. Patches, wristbands, stickers, necklaces, and more items were seen flowing amidst campers, but never expecting anything in return. The organic and genuine interactions between campers sparked an effortlessly warm environment for all in attendance.
After a weekend at Dirtybird Campout, you become part of the family. There’s nothing quite like the emotions the festival invokes. We’re thrilled to share with you the photos that our photographer, Thomas, was able to capture over the weekend.
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