Northern Nights, a weekend-long music festival nestled among the redwoods along the south fork of Northern California’s Eel River, will celebrate its 10th anniversary this summer from July 14-16. A more tranquil alternative to Portola and more accessible than Coachella, this EDM-focused event takes place a few hours north of the Bay Area.
The festival’s lineup is headlined by the hip-hop and jazz-inspired electronic duo Big Gigantic, trap/dubstep star G Jones, Grammy-winning producer Mura Masa, and DJ and pianist TOKiMONSTA. Northern Nights is a self-contained wonderland, free from noise ordinances and curfews, where stages seem to blend seamlessly into the forest, resembling an Ewok village complete with five full stages and a sea of pool floaties.
Held in the heart of the Emerald Triangle, Northern Nights combines electronic music with California’s finest cannabis and a strong emphasis on wellness. The event is expected to draw 6,000 to 8,000 attendees, as in previous years. In addition to on-site dispensaries, this year’s festival has collaborated with Humboldt Seed Company to create its own cannabis strain.
To mark the 10th anniversary, Northern Nights boasts a diverse lineup, featuring twin sisters Coco & Breezy, who are currently touring Europe with Channel Tres, the ultra-smooth Australian duo Night Tales, and Georgia’s electro-soul producer Daily Bread. Other notable acts include singer-songwriter Bipolar Sunshine, electronic duo EAZYBAKED, and Dirtybird Campout 2022 breakout star Mary Droppinz.