Northern Nights Returns With Stellar Lineup

Everyone's favorite music festival in the redwoods is returning for its fifth year.

(Photo Stefan Aronsen)

One of the most beautiful music festivals that ever there was is returning to the Mendocino woods July 14 – 16, with an all-star lineup. Northern Nights has just released this year’s performers, and we highly recommend you start planning now for a weekend of yoga, art, live music, meditation and community in the redwoods. 

Here are the big names making an appearance:

Living Legends: The West Coast Hip Hop collective, comprised of The Grouch, Luckyiam, Eligh, Scarub, Bicasso, Murs, Sunspot Jonz, and Aesop Rock, are set to rock the redwoods in their first return to the Emerald Triangle as a full group in over 10 years. 

Cherub: After their platinum breaking hit Doses & Mimosas, the southern funk duo Cherub has made some considerable noise in the funk direction with their sophomore album Bleed Gold, Piss Excellence. Everyone, please be warned, this set may end with fewer clothes on your body than when it started. 

Big Wild: After playing the NN x Eye Heart SF showcase at SXSW, Big Wild got picked up by NNMF14’s “Biggest Artist That Nobody Knew” Odesza’s record label, Foreign Family Collective, and started selling out shows across the country.

Justin Jay’s Fantastic Voyage: 2015 festival vets may remember Justin Jay’s epic set to close down the River Stage on Sunday evening, guitars and all. Since then, Justin has been one of the most requested artists to return. This time he’ll be on the Main Stage!

NoMBe: The electro soul phenom and soon-to-be-icon NoMBe is ready to make his Northern Nights debut. Considering his one-of-a-kind sound focuses on “Freak Like Me” and”California Girls” it makes sense why this performance is one of the festival’s most anticipated performances. 

G Jones: Last but not least, G Jones will be making his third sound-system-flexing return.

 Other bands making an appearance include The Range, Colorado’s Unlimited Aspect (Unlimited Gravity x Project Aspect), Mr. Fijiwiji, IHF and Nominus. 

But as anyone who’s attended knows, music isn’t the only attraction for the weekend festival in the woods. The Tree Lounge is the designated area for consuming medical cannabis, and will feature growers and distributors from all over California. “The idea of joining forces with a community-driven arts and music festival in the heart of a cannabis mecca to showcase the first ever legal cannabis lounge was an opportunity not to pass up,” says the event coordinator for the Lounge.

Other items that can’t be missed: yoga in the redwoods each morning, the hammock lounge, food vendors, floating on the Eel River, camping under the huge ancient trees, or — if roughing it isn’t quite your style — glamping with your choice of airstreams, campervans, or classy canvas tents.

Tickets for the three-day festival are now on sale, with general admission passes coming in at $229, and VIP at $329. 

We’ll end this update with a little summary video of the epic adventures that took in 2016, to help get you in the mood…

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