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Dirtybird Campout proves the label has more fun than anyone else in dance music

Dirtybird players are having more fun than you

  • Words: Carré Orenstein / Photos: Jamie Rosenberg
  • 6 October 2015

Last weekend in Silverado, California, Claude VonStroke's Dirtybird put on an immersive performance for four thousand 'campers'.

Dirtybird Campout was set up like American youth summer camps portrayed in teen movies. The whole weekend was a flurry of ADHD-driven twenty-somethings who reached over-stimulation in a wide variety of ways, be it a healthy tug-o-war match of physical strength, a full day of shooting archery or a game named ketamine bingo. Camp is what you make it, after all.

It's difficult to say what scenarios excited the young Dirtybird fans the most. Was it Claude on the megaphone announcing ultimate frisbee? Justin Jay prancing around in lederhosen? J.Phlip's badass DJ set on Sunday night? Christian Martin dominating the Saturday sunrise? Most likely it was a combo of everything.

Together, Claude VonStroke, J.Phlip, Justin Martin, Justin Jay, Christian Martin, Kill Frenzy and friends more than pulled it off. Here's how.

There was entertainment beyond the dancefloor

Sure, it's universal knowledge at this point that Dirtybird parties always get the job done. But three days of their house and techno has the potential for overkill.

The Players came prepared and ready to entertain with their insane involvement in all of the activities. If only camp councillors had been this amusing, kids might have happily made those lanyards.

Of course, because this was a music festival, there were many people strictly interested in the rave game. This meant that some had less involvement in the daily activities and a little more time for six-hour naps.

The music wasn't strictly Dirtybird

Even if the primary reason the 4000 people were there was because they're booty-house obsessed, the Players understood the importance of a little change up here and there.

Funnily enough, it was an outsider who shook things up on Saturday with some techno treats. Danny Daze landed as replacement for Route 94 and fit so perfectly on the bill, he should have been booked in the first place. Tech-yes.

Extended family members Doorly and Jesse Rose went back-to-back providing the crowd with a proper lesson in house music, and then the lesser-known artist Laura Jones was given a massive slot on the schedule, as the opener for CVS.

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