Electric Forest in Rothbury, MI welcomed thousands of people, June 22-25 and June 29-July 2, for one of the biggest festivals in the country.
Two weekends, eight days, hundreds of artists, and thousands of guests. Electric Forest released magic deep inside Sherwood a little differently this year. 2017 was the first year to extend the festival into two back to back weekends. Both weekends, June 22-June 25 and June 29-July 2, consisted of four long days full of art, music, and love. If festival goers had the opportunity, some even arrived a day early having a five day weekend. The first weekend sold out to about 40,000 attendees while the second weekend did about half of those ticket sales. However, for second weekend there were options to buy four day, Saturday and Sunday, or just Sunday passes. Whether attendees went first, second or both weekends, love filled the air and magic warmed the souls of many.
First weekend had attendees fill the camping grounds for both GA and Good Life. Throughout the weekend mother nature had hit home with a few nightly storms but that didn’t stop the madness. Headliners such as Bassnectar, String Cheese Incident, Odesza, My Morning Jacket and Above & Beyond performed at the Ranch Arena. At other stages such as Sherwood Court, The Observatory, Forest Stage, and Tripolee artists known as Claude Vonstroke, The Revivalists, Big Gigantic, and Dillon Francis performed. Performances that shook many and had fans trucking through the mud were Liquid Stranger b2b Space Jesus, Papadosio, several appearances from 12th Planet as well as Dabin. Aside from the scheduled performances, if you were lucky enough to snag a VIP ticket, Good Life had secret sets from Big Gigantic, Liquid Stranger, and several others throughout the late nights.
Second week brought many of the same artists but a slight change in the line-up. Headliners consisted of Saturday Cheese, Bassnectar, Flume, and DJ Snake. Lotus, RL Grime, Alison Wonderland, HI-LO, and Black Tiger Sex Machine took place on other stages as well. With not as many attendees this weekend, fans had the opportunity to roam more freely and get a better spot to watch their favorite artist. Crowds and lines were not as packed allowing more room for people to enjoy themselves. Good Life had secret sets consisting of Big Gigantic again, Minnesota as well as other artists throughout the weekend.
Aside from the hundreds of performers on stage, there was so much more art and life to explore inside the forest. All the way from hammocking as performers pranced around you, to watching a couple be eloped at the chapel, to watching a performance inside the Speakeasy at the Hangar. Workshops took place if you wanted to create a Mandala inside the Reincarnation Village or learn how to slackline. One of the best parts of the festival were all the choices of mouthwatering foods to pick from. Vendors ranged from the famous Spicy Pie, to Asian Sensation, Cheese & Company, Island Noodles, and several others. The Beer Tent also stood back in Sherwood Court that consisted of several different craft beers on tap to enjoy. If fans weren’t dancing to their favorite music, they were shopping at special shopping vendors like Grassroots California, MoonMats, Sloth Steady, Third Eye Pinecones, and many more. As the sun went down, the colors came out as the lasers and lights lit up the trees, installations, and the silent disco. When looking up to the sky, hot air balloons flew over the tips of the colorful trees allowing nothing but happy thoughts and love spread to one another.
Anything is possible inside Sherwood Forest. Home to many. People travel from all over the world to explore the nature and bliss in the air. The forest is a place for believing, finding yourself, falling in love, and dreaming. It’s dancing amongst artists who sing the words many can’t express themselves, to trying something new, to meeting a stranger who puts a smile on your face- the atmosphere is nostalgic. Electric Forest was more than magical this year. As the fairy doors close and the grounds come to rest – Happy Forest. See you next year!