White Ocean camp hosts dozens of free techno-music concerts at its stage on the outskirts of the playa, while also providing lodging and food for its star-studded lineup of DJs.
During (or after) their famous white party vandals entered the camp and pulled and cut electric lines, causing food to spoil, stole personal belongings, glued trailer doors shut, and flooded the camp with 200 gallons of potable water (think porta-potties.) The Facebook post read, in part,
“We have felt like we’ve been sabotaged from every angle, but last night’s chain of events, while we were all out enjoying our beautiful home, was an absolute and definitive confirmation that some feel we are not deserving of Burning Man.“
White Ocean was founded by DJ Paul Oakenfold and funded by entrepreneurs Timur Sardarov (the son of Russian billionaire and oil magnate Rashid Sardarov) and Oliver Ripley. The camp has been criticized over the years for engaging in behavior counter to the “self-reliance” spirit of Burning Man. It’s considered “plug-and-play” where faux-burners from London, New York, San Francisco and L.A. drop in to enjoy luxury accommodations, rather than roughing it in a tent.
White Ocean was told by Burning Man organizers of the incident,
“it makes sense that you have been sabotaged as you are a closed camp and not welcoming.“
Burning Man has a contentious relationship with these plug-and-play camps, as they supposedly create an unwanted atmosphere of exclusivity, but they also bringing top artists to the desert, so the music-lovers over at White Ocean don’t see it the same way. The group contacted local authorities to investigate.
Read White Ocean’s full Facebook post below:
I think what happened last night should be known on social media. I see it as a great opportunity to turn a disgrace in to something very positive. See below.
A very unfortunate and saddening event happened last night at White Ocean, something we thought would never be possible in OUR Burning Man utopia.
A band of hooligans raided our camp, stole from us, pulled and sliced all of our electrical lines leaving us with no refrigeration and wasting our food and, glued our trailer doors shut, vandalized most of our camping infrastructure, dumped 200 gallons of potable water flooding our camp.
We immediately contacted authorities.
Sheriffs came to our camp along with rangers to take our report.
This year has been quite the challenge for our camp. We have felt like we’ve been sabotaged from every angle, but last night’s chain of events, while we were all out enjoying our beautiful home, was an absolute and definitive confirmation that some feel we are not deserving of Burning Man. We actually had someone from the organization tell us that in paraphrase “it makes sense that you have been sabotaged as you are a closed camp and not welcoming.”
We provide one of the most state of the art stages on the playa and feed hundreds of non white ocean burners a day. Does this qualify as a non welcoming camp with no contribution to Burning Man?
Nonetheless, with open hearts and immense love for what we bring to Burning Man, we will absolutely not let this pathetic violation stop what we came here to do.
We came here to unite people through music and love. We came here to inspire and we came here to live and let live.
Please join us at our White Ocean stage and help us celebrate life through music. In doing so together, we can make these foolish acts of hate as minuscule as a particle of dust on our beloved playa.
All love from White Ocean.“
What do you think? Are these guys justified in setting up their luxury camp and have a right to be at Burning man or do the vandals have a point? If you read the comments on White Ocean’s page (see below) they are not too kind (but what comment section is?) Tell us on our Facebook.
(Photos, Facebook; via SF Gate)