By SABRINA GREGORY, Guest Writer
Now in its fifth year, Electric Forest has become one of the most popular summer music festivals in the United States! Being held every in June gets people pumped for a mystical yet surreal adventure. Last year, the 2014 festival drew in more than 35,000 people. According to a press release, the four-day festival sold out in record time, three months earlier than in 2014. This year’s festival is scheduled in Rothbury, Michigan, along Lake Michigan on Double JJ Ranch, from June 25-28.
Electric Forest raises the bar on music festivals of this era. Walking amongst the enchanted forest reveals all sorts of tucked-away magic. From surprise performances, dance parties, garden sculptures, bars, all the way to extravagant lights illuminating the Sherwood Forest, your experience at Electric Forest will be taken to a whole new level! As if that isn’t enough, having a nearby lake—Lake Michigan—calls for a quick dip during the day. There is also a water park with indoor slides, a lazy river, and golf course. This could be the perfect summer getaway!
Throughout the day, the Sherwood Forest is considered a ‘chill zone’. Tied to every tree is a hammock—some even forty feet high—or art hung up. People are playing games, doing yoga, painting, disc golf, Frisbee, building relationships, and overall creating a culture to get weird and be yourself.
Electric Forest is much about the music as it is the setting. Roaring EDM, Rock, and JamBand sound the night. Each performance leads to sweaty dance-a-thons and electroluminescent extravagance throughout the trees. This year’s 2015 lineup has around 100 artists, featuring some of the more well-known—The String Cheese Incident (three shows), Bassnectar, Skrillex, Kaskade, Flume, and Big Gigantic. Also performing, G-Eazy, Carnage, Claude VonStroke, Datsik, Flux Pavilion, and Crizzly! The music for this year is definitely varied, from EDM bringing in the Ravers, to jam bands spreading the love with hippie-types, there is a place for you here at Electric Forest! This is one of the friendliest festivals to experience.
There is even an inside joke to ‘Carl’. Guaranteed, a few minutes upon being at the festival, people will start to scream in unison “CAAARL—WHERE’S CARL?” For newcomers, this may be confusing but Carl is a lost forest festival legend. Apparently Carl went missing in 2008 and festie hoppers have been searching for him ever since. It’s amazing to see one person start the chant and before you know it, everyone is jumping in to join.
Although tickets are fairly priced, Electric Forest offers another level for those ready to spend some cash. The Good Life offers a VIP package. The Village offers air-conditioned restrooms, private food vendors and early Wednesday arrival for those who plan to camp. The Frontier offers private rooms at the resort with your own kitchen, Wi-Fi and daily cleaning services.
With everything the festival has to offer, it definitely stands out from your average music festival. Electric Forest is beautiful, glowing and engaging. It creates this beautiful atmosphere of color, excitement, and love. Every time you walk through the forest, you are guaranteed to find something new. The overall feel is very friendly, welcoming—people are there for a good time, the weather is great, and the vibes are flowing. Don’t miss out on a life changing experience!