It all started back in California when Claude VonStroke announced its expansion of Dirtybird Campout to the East Coast. As the winters became unbearable for the birds the endure, Florida was perfect for it’s East Coast expansion. Being surrounded by luscious green grasses and swamp waters, an environment where precipitation is high and not dry. With an incredible lineup that is not to be missed. Having seen the layout of the campsite and having relieved feelings that the camping site was close to the festival. Production did an incredible job recreating the exact style and look of Dirtybird Campout. Both The Birdhouse and BASS Lodge stage was exactly the same including the backstage lounge area.
For the early birds who want to start the partying, they arrived on Thursday, February 1st - so campers can get the perfect ideal camping spot. Where Seth Troxler opened up the party by blasting the speakers to its fullest potential. Amping up the crowd with an extreme voltage with his sensational groovy tunes having the party going till 3 AM. After the pre-party the Renegades started up, there were about 5 or 6 popping parties. One was made out of an old airplane, another renegade was made into a nightclub, tents covering the dancing area covered in lights with an incredibly talented soul behind the decks. Another renegade was made out of an old bus, it was hidden from the popular renegade parties - the music coming from that renegade was incredible. Playing Eric Prydz, tracks from Drumcode, all dark techno - showcasing his talent for all.
The first day was so loud and wild it got the Dirtybirds in trouble. Woke up to confusion because for 24-hours music was not allowed to be played. Apparently, the festival had a permit for 3 days, not 4 days which got us in trouble. Some people were leaving but more stayed, people were left outside of the festival trying to get in and were not allowed to because of the brief shutdown. It was very frustrating for festival goers and the Dirtybirds after all that work putting together and building the festival, planning it out, picking the location and now almost getting shut down. Claude VonStroke was overwhelmed but not defeated.
Friday, the official first day felt like the twilight-zone everyone was walking around aimlessly confused because there was no music. If there is no music how can a festival still go on? It was very difficult and frustrating for campers to get into the festival because of its 24-hour music shut down. Festival-goers were even getting out of their cars and walking because it was so chaotic. Dirtybirdies still didn’t let that stop them from having fun, people were participating in game and activities. It gave you the chance to really scope out the entire festival grounds and to make new friends.
Saturday, Day 2 comes and by noon the music is back on! You couldn’t hear the music at first because of everyone roaring of happiness and excitement. With the 24-hour shutdown, it throwing off the entire schedule and lineup. Beats were bumping at The Birdhouse from Christian Martin, DJ Tennis, and Sebastian V. Each one giving their fullest potential to the audience amplifying the crowd - raising the bar higher and higher. When the fast-rising Australian artist FISHER came to the stage everyone roared with excitement. Absolutely killing with favorites like YA Didn’t, Stop It, You Got Me Burning Up when Crowd Control came on everyone lost it. FISHER’s set was one of the top sets of the festival. Over by the BASS Lodge was nothing but pure dirty drum n’ bass. Tunes provided by Sage Armstrong, Ivy Lab, a special B2B performance from Mija + Ryan Forever - which was absolutely mesmerizing. Bringing back the vibes and feelings from the original Dirtybird Campout.
Since there was no music allowed on Friday, the Renegades played their very loudest. Each renegade party was packed with ravers and party goers, it was intense and difficult to move around. You would have to look deep and far for those diamonds in the ruff RV.
Sunday, Day 3 the final day arrives - it was raining the whole day but it didn’t stop the birdies from partying. It was also Super Bowl people had their favorite jerseys representing their favorite team. At the Bas Lodge Justin Martin played an extraordinary B2B set with DJ Tree - completely blowing everyone minds away. Justin Jay playing tunes from his debut album Home put everyone is a cheerful mood. The sun goes down and the sets just become even more epic than the day before with George Fitzgerald, J.Phlip smashing the decks with her funky set, and Claptone once again leaving his fans walking on air, playing tracks such as In The Night and Liquid Spirit (remix). Closing The Birdhouse with their family set.
While the music was bumping - over by the Owl Bowl Super Bowl fans gathered to watch one of the greatest games in Super Bowl history. People were cheering and booing for their teams and opponents. It was a treat that ravers had the chance to both dance the night away and watch Super Bowl. If fans were frustrated they could just dance away their frustrations. When Eagles won fans screamed and cheered and sang the anthem in celebration. The perfect way to end the festival.
Dirtybird Campout East Coast overcame opticals, and did the impossible - it truly stood out from the rest of the festivals that were covered through the years. Definitely, a festival cannot be replicated, from the crowd itself and the vibes they brought. A festival that will be in the unforgettable books forever. See you birdies again at the next Dirtybird event.