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Electric Forest Festival 2018 Preview Written By Phili Wilkins

The Electric Forest Festival is a wide-ranging music and art festival entering its 7 th year in Rothbury,
Michigan. Spread over two weekends (June 21-24 and June 28-July 1), the festival is an exploration of
sound, light, art, community and life. People from around the country and the world travel to the Double
JJ Resort to be a part of the Forest Family.
The 2018 festival features headliners The String Cheese Incident, performing two sets each weekend,
Bassnectar, Marshmello, TestPilot, Galantis, Rufus Du Sol, Zhu, Bonobo, Chromeo, Cut Copy, The Glitch
Mob, Griz Live Band, Washed Out, Lil Dicky, Keys ‘N Krates, and Xavier Rudd along with over 75 other
bands with many bands playing on both weekends. People travel to the Forest mainly for the vibes and
the sounds, but the overall experience is what draws everyone. It’s a 4-day celebration in an adult
playground, although children are allowed with their guardians. There is camping, RV camping,
bungalows, cabins and hotel accommodation along with a number of VIP experiences called “Good Life
VIP” available for lodging.
There are also a number of interactive programs called “Plug In Programs” that allow Forest Family
members to participate in creating content for the festival. One of these programs called Electric Forces
was started to help veterans facing post traumatic stress disorder get involved with helping to run and
manage the festival by using their military training to educate festival goers and help other veterans
facing PTSD. This program has been a great success. Another program is called “The Wish Machine”
which challenged the Forest Family to venture out into the world and spread positive action and good
deeds. Festival goers submit their ideas and a plan of action and then get rewarded with special
amenities at the festival. There is also a special section called “Her Forest”, a special women’s only
camping section. These are just a few of the many examples of this festival inspiring positive outcomes in
the world.
The festival also features daily yoga, a silent disco, live art and immersive theater, workshops and
speakers, a 60,000 square foot indoor waterpark, and adventuring and exploration of the site which all
provide opportunities for festival goers to more deeply connect with the unique energy of the Electric
Forest and its community. Electric Forest has been recognized as one of the top festivals in the US and in
2017 it was nominated for Festival of the Year at the Electronic Music Awards. The 2015 event drew an
estimated 45,000 attendees.


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