It seems like there has never been a better time for fans of live music (whatever the genre), and, as Jillian pointed out, there is an almost nonstop stream of concerts, events, and festivals for music lovers to attend right now. Whether you prefer high-profile events such as Coachella, Stage Coach, and EDC or small, free events thrown together in DTLA warehouses, you’re covered.

Dirtybird Campout is a whole other animal, much like the man running the label behind it. Barclay Crenshaw, more often known as DJ Claude VonStroke, has managed to merge the music festival model with a summer camp theme to create a weekend that fulfills just about every childhood fantasy in a way that I don’t think even Willy Wonka could top. Dirtybird Campout is the music festival I didn’t know I needed until I had it.


It would be easy to give a music festival the look of a campout, but Dirtybird takes the theme to a whole other level. One of the first things you do upon arriving at the festival grounds is sign up for a team, which is designated by one of four colors that are randomly assigned so you couldn’t just sign up to play with your friends. After receiving a bandana in the color of your designated team, you could participate in numerous events to try to score points and lead your team to glory!

Dirtybird Campout had almost every summer camp activity you could think of: a scavenger hunt (one task included jumping in a very slimy-looking lake worthy of a Scooby Doo movie and the highest value was placed on finding an owl that mysteriously went missing after last year’s campout), dodgeball, archery, arts & crafts, face & body art, kickball, capture the flag, sack relays, water balloon tosses, and much, much more!

There was almost a breakup in the Dirtybird family after a vicious game of cornhole between Kill Frenzy and Worthy ended in a brotherly love-style brawl between the two DJs. (Full disclosure: I was on Kill Frenzy’s team and Worthy definitely beat us fair and square. Neither Kill Frenzy nor I will ever become professionals in the dark sport of cornhole.) Thankfully, the two were able to hug it out in the end.

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