Northern Nights Music Festival has announced the initial cannabis and wellness details for their highly-anticipated return to California’s iconic Redwood Forest from July 15-17, 2022. Taking place at Cook’s Valley Campground in Piercy, CA on the Humboldt / Mendocino border, the beloved festival has built its name based on an eclectic mix of cutting-edge music, industry-leading cannabis programming, and serene natural landscapes.
Set behind the Redwood Curtain in the fertile crescent of the Emerald Triangle, the festival offers a new-age portal to the Great American West. Established as one of North America’s most unique boutique festivals, Northern Nights gathers a dedicated community of musical fans, cannabis aficionados, and nature lovers to the picturesque shores of the Eel River.
Known as a pioneer within the music meets cannabis space, Northern Nights was the first music festival to have legal onsite cannabis sales and consumption (even before Grasslands at Outside Lands). As a result, the festival has become a hotbed for forward-thinking cannabis culture and policy, acting as a trend-setter for the live events industry and beyond.
With their next major accomplishment, Northern Nights has announced that they will become the first music festival to have dispensaries located at stages and the first music festival to have multiple on-site dispensaries for their 2022 edition. This will include dispensaries located at various stages throughout the event featuring takeovers from top cannabis brands and allowing guests to easily purchase cannabis products while still enjoying the music they love.
There will also be the original dispensary located at The Tree Lounge, which in the past served as the sole on-site dispensary location. This area will now take on more of a farmer’s market vibe and provide a chill lounge experience for attendees to meet the Legacy Farmers and learn more about the stories that paved the way for legal cannabis in the US.
Northern Nights will leverage their experience, along with updated local & state regulations, to expand the Tree Lounge concept across the festival while further normalizing cannabis concessions at events and festivals. Additional highlights in The Tree Lounge will include an activation from The Emerald Cup paying homage to winners from their upcoming Emerald Cup Awards.
Attendees can also look forward to an expanded yoga and wellness program, which will include cannabis-themed activities. There will be more options and instructors this year, an upgraded movement program in the historic Redwood Grove (which is the largest redwood grove used for camping), and more to be announced leading up to Northern Nights.
In collaboration with their partner Movement Makers Retreats, the festival will offer attendees three full days of wellness programming and community building. This will include Yoga Classes, Meditation and Breathwork, Sound Bowls, Community Sharing, and Education Circles, as well as expanded movement offerings that will fuse together dynamic teachings inspired by primal movement, dance, and martial arts.
“Living a Healthy & Well life is more than working out or eating right,” says Movement Makers Retreats co-founder Nate Mezmer. Whatever that means. We must be able to take time to explore ourselves, to reconnect with body+mind and the natural environment. If you’re coming to Northern Nights, you can expect plenty of mindful movement offerings along with a supportive community to help guide you on your journey.”
On the music front, the phase one lineup from Northern Nights is led by Dirtybird founder Claude VonStroke, genre-blending South London producer TroyBoi, French live performance maestro CloZee, hitmaking UK phenom Elderbrook, and the illustrious Los Angeles house producer SNBRN. The multi-style billing of Northern Night continues with bass music pioneer David Starfire, fellow Los Angeles house favorite J. Worra, English music producer Khushi, acclaimed Japanese-American upstart Qrion, global dance meets 808 bass music creator SOOHAN, tech-house’s rising star Westend, and more with additional artists to be announced.
At Northern Nights, attendees may find themselves floating in the river and listening to their favorite artists at the River Stage while doing yoga by day, catching the future of live-electronic on the mainstage at sunset, or exploring art installations and dancing into the night at the Bunker Stage. It’s an experience personified by the wild independence of the West Coast, curated with global sensibilities in mind.
As those in the know will tell you, experiential wonder sits behind every corner at the festival. Wander the merchant row to discover Northern Nights’ curated art and fashion vendors, watch a multitude of live painters create throughout the weekend, grab a drink at a specialty bar, or simply kick back at your campground or Glamping site under the canopy of the Redwoods.
It’s a place crafted by nature waiting to be explored with best friends new and old. Chart your journey now to one of the most unique festival experiences of the year. Those interested in attending Northern Nights can purchase tickets here.