It’s only natural that music festivals would hold music as a central priority, but at Northern Nights, it’s not quite so simple.
That’s mostly because as many come to the Humboldt-Mendocino county-line-straddling event for cannabis as they do for music, so attention gets split between the productions onstage and the many varied cannabis offerings at the festival. 2022's iteration was no exception either. In fact, last weekend the kaleidoscopic forest rave used the very same two-pronged approach to throw its most evolved and integrated event to date.
By making more than a few major strides from past editions of the now-paradigmatic music fest, 2022 wasn’t just a triumphant post-pandemic return. For the ragtag band of dance music-loving misfits turned world-class event producers behind Northern Nights, it was a return to the roots that made them all such great friends in the first place. Perhaps more importantly, the event hosted the first cannabis dispensary to be placed near a stage in music festival history, marking this year as a win for cannabis advocates and allies all over California.