For most festivals, the notion of cannabis usage is a dubious subject. Existing somewhere between “lighters up” and “hands behind your back”, the festival/cannabis culture is ripe for disruption. The game is indeed changing for how festivals will approach marijuana use in the future and Northern Nights 2018 is continuing their pioneering efforts to remove the stigma around cannabis use, enhance the experience, and honor the incredibly rich cannabis history of the festival’s region.
From July 20 to July 22, Northern Nights 2018 will kick off a three-day one-of-a-kind festival experience blending cannabis history, education, and entertainment located on the Humboldt and Mendocino County Line, the epicenter of the Emerald Triangle. 2018 marks the beginning of a new era: the end of cannabis prohibition in California. What better way to celebrate than to take part in Northern Nights’ exciting offerings.
Festival founders Andrew Blap & Peter Huson have teamed up with dozens of California-based dispensaries and local Humboldt farms to expand on cannabis history programming, which will take place in two select areas: the NN Tree Lounge and VIP.
Featuring the Emerald Triangle’s premiere cultivators and manufacturers, the Tree Lounge aims to highlight and provide outlets for the canna-music centric community. This year, participating brands include Humboldt’s Finest Raw & Uncut, General Extractions, Madrone California, Guild Extracts, Humboldt Brothers, Talking Trees, Rising Source, Filigreen, and Rise Logistics. Also getting in on the action is the VIP experience. Programming here is all about the vibe: unique experiential activities will be weaved with a full stocked bar, happy hours with local treats and drinks, therapeutic massage, teas, herbal remedies, and workshops. Also sign up to be one of the few to go on guided cannabis farm tours in the area.
Even better, Northern Nights 2018 is delivering more incentive to join the fun by offering two festival tickets for $215 ($429 value) with the purchase of $100 worth of Mendocino or Humboldt County at these participating dispensaries: Mercy Wellness Cotati, Telegraph Health Center (THC), Medithrive, Shambhala, Green Remedy Collective, Hi Fidelity, Magnolia Oakland, Caliva, Natural Herbal Pain Relief, One Log and Area 101. What better way to kill two birds with one stoned (sorry).
Clearly, the cannabis movement is here to stay. What better way to support the momentum than to hop on the Northern Nights train and enjoy the ride. Please keep your hands and feet moving in a rhythmic fashion and observe the “yes smoking” signs.
Northern Nights Music Festival is a 3-day festival tucked amongst the towering Redwoods and winding Eel River on the Humboldt and Mendocino County line. Attendees can immerse themselves in yoga, art, cannabis, and music across the festival grounds.
Tickets are available now. General admission tickets are priced at $199, with VIP tickets priced at $289. More info on Northern Nights 2018 below.
Words by Ross Allen