Ojai Music Festival

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Ojai Music Festival is an annual 4-day classical music festival held in Ojai, California every June. Founded in 1947 by John Bauer and conductor Thor Johnson, Ojai music festival is run by a different music director each year and offers a mixture of both new and old music, symposia and educational programmes.

Line-up

2013 Line-up

2013's line-up featured performances from Jazz trio The Bad Plus, Gamelan Sari Raras and pianist Yegor Shevtsov.

Vibe

Festival organisers claim that they wish to remove any semblance of snobbiness and superiority from classical music. As a result, the festival has placed emphasis on innovation over knowledge, and aims to offer variety. General consensus is that the atmosphere is welcoming, educational and unpretentious.

History & Facts

Prior to the festival's inception, Ojai had already become a well known attraction for thinkers and artists in the 1920s, with many composers residing there.

Founder John Bauer had initially intended the festival to take place over eight weeks, but this proved too difficult, so it became more traditional in format, taking place over four consecutive days.

Ojai Music Festival relies on donations from the public to run, rather than private investment.

Tickets & Travel

Ticket prices vary greatly depending on the sort of pass you require, and your desired seating arrangements, so there are options to suit every budget.

Ojai Music Festival 2014 packages and their costs, including their entitlements are as follows, and can be purchased directly from the main festival website:

AA Immersion Pass | $710 Thursday, June 12 - Sunday, June 15 Libbey Bowl seating section AA

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A Immersion Pass | $400 Thursday, June 12 - Sunday, June 15 Libbey Bowl seating section A

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B Immersion Pass | $260 Thursday, June 12 - Sunday, June 15 Libbey Bowl seating section B

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C Immersion Pass | $135 Thursday, June 12 - Sunday, June 15 Libbey Bowl seating section C

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Lawn Immersion Pass | $90 Thursday, June 12 - Sunday, June 15 Libbey Bowl Lawn

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Single concert passes will be available to buy from mid-March 2014 but are expected to cost between $50-$120 for reserved seating, and $15 for lawn seating.

Groups of five and over are entitled to a 15% discount, and students with valid high school or university identification receive $5 and discounted tickets.

The festival does not offer refunds or exchanges on any tickets.

If driving to Libbey Bowl in Ojai, these directions should be followed:

From Los Angeles and points south: Take 405 Freeway north, to 101 west to Ventura. Exit 101 at Highway 33. Follow 33 into Ojai Valley; merge onto Ojai Avenue. Proceed into town. From Santa Barbara and points north: Take 101 Freeway south to Ventura. Exit 101 at Highway 33. Follow 33 into Ojai Valley; merge onto Ojai Avenue. Proceed into town. From Santa Clarita and Interstate 5: From Interstate 5, take Highway 126 west to Ventura. Merge onto 101 north in Ventura. Exit 101 at 33. Follow 33 into Ojai Valley; merge onto Ojai Avenue. Proceed into town.

Children

Children are welcome at Ojai Music Festival.

Lawn seating for children between the ages of 5 and 15 costs $5 and children under 5 may attend for free. Children under 10 are not permitted in the reserved seating section, but those over 10 are entitled to a 30% discount on reserved tickets.

Disability Access

Handicapped seating and restroom access is available to disabled ticket-holders, and a section of the car park is also reserved for disabled attendees.

What to Wear

Ojai Music Festival has no strict dress code, and its website recommends casual attire. Organisers also recommend bringing sunglasses and sun cream, as the festival takes place during the height of the Californian summer.

Camping

Ojai Music Festival does not currently offer camping, as it takes place within a hall rather than an outdoor space, in central Ojai.

Site Information

Ojai Music Festival takes place in Libbey Bowl and Park, which offers 972 fixed seats, and a large lawn area, with a rough capacity of around 1300.

Food and drink will be available to purchase on site, though you are also permitted to bring your own picnic lunches. Libbey Bowl and Park operates a no-alcohol policy, however.

Local Accommodation

It is strongly recommended that you book accommodation as soon as possible - as there is no campsite, hotels around the area get booked out well in advance of the event.

Ojai Music Festival's main website offers plenty of information on lodging around the area, but the following accommodation has been recommended:

-OJAI VALLEY INN & SPA 805 646 1111 -BLUE IGUANA INN 805 646 5277 -CASA OJAI 800 255 8175

If you require assistance in securing lodging, it's recommended that you contact Sheila Cohn, at 805 646 2094 ext. 110, who functions as Ojai Music Festival's complimentary Festival concierge.