A Vibe Called WHAT – Episode 6 – 11/01/2018 06:00PM to 10:00PM

06:00PM Mac Dre “Cutthroat Soup” from “Cutthroat Soup” Local
06:03PM SOBxRBE “Uber wit a Dub (ft. Lul G, DaBoii & Yhung T.O.)” from “Uber wit a Dub (ft. Lul G, DaBoii & Yhung T.O.)” Local
06:06PM Joyryde “Damn ft. Freddie Gibbs” from “Damn ft. Freddie Gibbs”
06:11PM Gorgon City “Real (feat.Yasmin)” from “Real EP” on Black Butter Records
06:16PM Karen Harding “Say Something (Zac Samuel Remix)” from “Pure House & Garage – Mixed by Majestic” on New State Music
06:21PM Rainer + Grimm “Do It Right” from “do it right – Single” on Physical Presents / Fontana North
06:25PM Rufus Du Sol “No Place” from “Solace” on Sony Music Entertainment
06:30PM Mac Miller “What’s the Use?” from “Swimming” (2018) on REMember Music/Warner Bros.
06:34PM Anderson Paak “Tints ft. Kendrick Lamar” from “Tints ft. Kendrick Lamar”
06:39PM SG Lewis “Aura (feat. J Warner)” from “Dusk – EP” on PMR Records
06:43PM RL Grime “Light Me Up (feat. Miguel & Julia Michaels)” from “nova” (2018) on WeDidIt Records
06:47PM Fisher “Crowd Control” from “Crowd Control – Single” on etcetc Music
06:51PM Shiba San “Okay” from “Dirtybird BBQ” on dirtybird Local
07:00PM Living Legends “2010 (feat. 3MG)” from “Legendary Music” on Legendary Music, LLC Local
07:04PM Mac Dre x J-Diggs “Bonus Track” from “Me & My Cuddie” Local
07:07PM Keak da Sneak “x2” from “Deified” on KOCH Records Local
07:11PM LUCA LUSH “Travis Scott – Sicko Mode REMIX” from “Travis Scott – Sicko Mode REMIX”
07:14PM SUMR CAMP “Over” from “Over – Single” on SUMR CAMP
07:20PM Pretty Lights “One Day They’ll Know (ODESZA Remix)” from “A Color Map of the Sun (Remixes)” (2013) on 8 Minutes 20 Seconds Records
07:25PM Flux Pavilion & NGHTMRE “Feel Your Love (feat. Jamie Lewis)” from “Feel Your Love (feat. Jamie Lewis) – Single” on Circus Records
07:29PM A-Trak & YehMe2 “Prayer Hands” from “Prayer Hands – Single” on Fool’s Gold, Inc
07:32PM Buddy “Shameless (feat. Guapdad 4000)” from “Harlan & Alondra” on Cool Lil Company, LLC/RCA Records
07:37PM Ymtk “Get Right (prod. Sho Nuff)” from “Get Right (prod. Sho Nuff)”
07:39PM Alison Wonderland “Dreamy Dragon (feat. Chief Keef)” from “Awake” on EMI
07:44PM The Glitch Mob “Come Closer” from “See Without Eyes (Deluxe)” on Glass Air
07:49PM Chris Lake & Walker & Royce “Dance With Me” from “Dance With Me”
07:56PM Traxamillion “Top Down (feat. Zion I)” from “The Slapp Addict” on Slapp Addict Productions LLC Local
08:01PM Husalah “Wild Nyte (feat. Mac Dre & the Mob Figaz)” from “Wild Nyte (feat. Mac Dre & the Mob Figaz)” Local
08:04PM GorillaPits “Keep Pushin’ ft. The Jacka” from “Keep Pushin’ ft. The Jacka” Local
08:09PM Daniel Portman “Ain’t No Party” from “Parasol – EP” on Kontor Records
08:12PM James Mac “Time and Time Again” from “Time and Time Again – Single” on Vicious Black
08:17PM Phantoms “Just a Feeling (feat. Vérité)” from “Phantoms” on Biz3 Entertainment
08:23PM EARTHGANG “Stuck (feat. Arin Ray)” from “Stuck – Single” on J. Cole/ DreamVille
08:28PM KOTA “Brooklyn Bodega” from “Brooklyn Bodega”
08:31PM Childish Gambino “Feels Like Summer” from “Feels Like Summer – Single” on Wolf+Rothstein/RCA Records
08:35PM GoldLink “Unique (feat. Anderson .Paak) (Louis Futon Remix)” from “And After That, We Didn’t Talk (The Remixes)” on Soulection
08:40PM Zhu & AlunaGeorge “Automatic (Mix Version)” from “Dirty Disco Radio – Exclusive Sessions (DJ Mix)” on Dubset Media
08:46PM Snakehips “All My Friends (feat. Tinashe & Chance the Rapper)” from “All My Friends – EP” on Hoffman West/Columbia
08:50PM Jared Jackson “Deep Down (Meditation)” from “Soulection White Label – EP” on Soulection
08:58PM Mac Dre “Retro Dance Record” from “Retro Dance Record” Local
09:02PM Keak da Sneak “Quarterbacking ft. The Jacka” from “Deified” on KOCH Records Local
09:04PM The Jacka & Husalah “Money” from “Explosive Mode 3” Local
09:10PM Nef The Pharaoh “86 (feat. Cuban Doll & ALLBLACK)” from “The Big Chang Theory” on KILFMB / Sick Wid It / EMPIRE
09:13PM Skrillex & Rick Ross “Purple Lamborghini” from “Purple Lamborghini – Single”
09:16PM Tiga “Bugatti (Jauz Remix) [feat. Pusha T]” from “Bugatti (Remixes)” on Mad Decent
09:23PM NGHTMRE “No Coming Down (feat. Alex Wiley & Sky Montique)” from “NGHTMRE, Pt. II – EP” on Mad Decent
09:28PM Disclosure “You and Me (Flume Remix)” from “You and Me (Flume Remix)”
09:32PM Said The Sky & Kwesi “All I Got” from “Wide-Eyed” on Seeking Blue
09:37PM Gorgon City & Duke Dumont “Real Life (feat. Naations)” from “Escape” on Virgin EMI
09:41PM Lane 8 “Clarify (feat. Fractures)” from “Little By Little” (2018) on This Never Happened
09:46PM San Holo “Light” from “Light – Single” (2016) on bitbird
09:52PM Rufus Du Sol “Like an Animal” from “bloom” on Foreign Family Collective
09:56PM WHTKD “Say To Me” from “Say to Me – Single” on All Around The World

5 Reasons @NNMFestival Tops All Other Nor-Cal Festivals

For some people, a festival is just another festival is just another festival. But in anticipation for Northern Nights, many of my close friends boasted about how “Northern Nights is the best festival” and for some, even their “favorite” festival. I was skeptical – I go to a lot of festivals – how could this one be so great?

Well. Okay – now I see…

The Location – there is a weird geographic anomaly about Piercy, CA.  Locals say there are some places where water runs upstream, gravity is “stronger,” and supposedly, a compass will flutter heavily at true North due to an overwhelming magnetic force surrounding this area.  Not sure if any of this is true, but once you arrive at Cook’s Valley Campground at the Mendocino – Humboldt County line, you can certainly feel a sense of belonging. The grounds are beautiful. The trees are so majestic that if you look up at the tallest branches, you can basically travel through time.  The overall sense of welcoming was incandescent.

Photo by @kristinabaky

The River – the river was probably my favorite aspect of the entire weekend – partly because it was almost 100 degrees and it kept most of us from dying of heat – but also partly because it was a fun-festival-sea-of-floaties. I saw everything from swans, peacocks, and flamingos to donuts and popsicles. As a matter of fact, an entire group of friends each had a single slice of pizza to form one large pepperoni pizza (squad goals AF). Huge unicorn islands dominated the river, while rafts with built-in canopies and coolers floated by too. A river dragon made its way through smaller floats which made way for the gigantic rubber ducky. An incredible sight for sure. The river stage was strategically placed right along the riverbed so you could hear the music while you lay there chillin’… What other festivals even offer that?

Photo by @kristinabaky
Photo by @kristinabaky
Photo by @kristinabaky
Photo by @kristinabaky

The People – there were soooooo maaaaaaany peopleeeee. Organizers say this was the largest crowd EVER. It was insane the number of festivalers who attended this thing. And to be honest, I recognized a lot of faces (and totems) from previous festivals this summer, but everyone’s squad seemed to be bigger than before – including mine. The whole weekend, everyone I met was so extremely kind. Neighbors peaked into our camp to say “hi” and introduce themselves. People passing by stopped to compliment our setup. Some of my crew came all the way from Tahoe and attracted other Tahomies. Someone let me take over our camp’s aux so while I was blasting Mac Dre, pretty girls stopped to get a little hyphy. Even people working the festival made a lasting impression. From the guy who guided us to our camping spot (and then was so patient and flexible when we asked to move a few spaces over) to the lovely lady who took her smoke break at our camp in the shade after picking up trash all day in the scorching heat.  Yes – the people. You will NOT find these genuine people at any other festival.

Photo by @kristinabaky

The Vibes – needless to say, with the environment and the people on level 100, the vibes were beyond outstanding. Obviously, the music speaks for itself (no need to include how great it was – you saw the lineup!) There was yoga, a forest full of hammocks (perfect for mid-day naps), a cannabis area, a silent disco, art galleries, and tons of things to spend money on: vendors, plenty of food options, and a general store stocked with everything you forgot. I’m not sure what consumes one’s soul when going to Northern Nights, but even the shyest people seem to have the courage to come up and tell you how beautiful you are.  Sometimes you just need that kind of energy and Northern Nights was just that. The vibes at the Bunker Stage were the strongest. I saw the sun set and rise from various spots at the Bunker. Weird-5am-shenanigans took place there, but during that time in space, it was anything but weird.

Photo by @kristinabaky
Photo by @kristinabaky
Photo by @kristinabaky
Photo by @kristinabaky

A New Family – so many crews linked up for this. I had my crew (who started festival season off at Serenity Gathering and kept screaming “Serenity Day 91” all weekend), my crew had their LIB and Buku crews, those crews had their friends. My friends ended up knowing their friends. My SnowGlobe squad reassembled… Never in my entire festival-going experience had I ever been in one place with so many loving people. Like it was impossible to get lost when everyone knew where to return you. I went with about 25 friends, I left with about 25 more, and I gained about a million new memories.

Photo by @kristinabaky

All music aside – now I see why everyone claims this to be the “best” festival ever. And while some of us are still not unpacked, still a little sunburnt, our voices barely returning – we so anxiously await next summer when we return to do it all over again at the 7th Annual Northern Nights Music Festival in 2019. See you all on the river (or at Bunker). Peace out, festie fam.

All photography by Kristina Baky @kristinabaky.