What better way to finish off summer than at Dirtybird Campout? This past weekend house and techno fans gathered at the Modesto Reservoir for the 5th annual Dirtybird Campout West. About 7,000 attendees traveled from far and wide to join Claude Von Stroke and the Dirtybird family for three days under the sun for this epic festival filled with music and activities.
This festival hosts two main stages, the Birdhouse and the Bass Lodge. This year they rearranged the locations of the stages to make them more conveniently located, a short trip over a black-lit bridge transported you from the Birdhouse to the Bass Lodge. The Birdhouse stage featured the majority of the house and techno acts--artists like Sacha Robotti, VNSSA, Will Clarke, Heidi, and Walker & Royce brought killer sets to this stage and kept the whole crowd bumping. The stage also had ample space to dance, and the main areas of the floor was covered in grass turf. The turf was a great addition for when you needed to sit and relax throughout the long weekend! The Bass Lodge housed the drum and bass, dubstep, and hip-hop acts. The Bass Lodge also featured a unique and interactive art car called "The Giving Tree". Festival goers were encouraged to hop on and climb up this green and lush art car, which had fantastic views of the Bass Lodge and festival grounds.
Arguably one of the best aspects of camping festivals is the enthusiastic and friendly crowds they attracts. Dirtybird Campout absolutely has one of the best crowds I've ever encountered. From the campsites to the dance floor, the festival was full of smiling faces, goofy shenanigans, people shouting out compliments, and Dirtybird enthusiasts exuding good vibes. The whole festival radiates a family vibe and the community aspect of the Dirtybird label is truly exemplified at this festival. You could tell that everyone was enjoying their carefree weekend, open to making new friends, and letting loose on the dance floor. Many campers also brought items to trade and gift with others, such as patches, stickers, pins, light up toys, fun jewelry, and even bubbles!
While the music at the main stages had to shut down at 2AM, the fun didn't have to end there! The Bass Lodge stage hosted a silent disco each night, where attendees could switch between multiple channels and find their groove. In the campsites Renegade DJs set up mini stages and threw down until the early morning. These renegade campsites were a real cherry on top of the entire Campout experience. Not only did they have diversity of music, but they also hosted some surprise sets from artists on the lineup.
This festival had so much to see and do besides just dance at the main stages and afterhours--I only wish we had more time at the festival to partake in more of them! Some of the highlights included the tug-of-war with Claude Von Stroke, Screen Printing with Mija, and Water Balloon Toss with Worthy.
This festival was a total blast to attend and would highly recommend it to anyone who is thinking about attending!
Photos by Zoe Politis