Peering back into the past at a day filled with Future Classics, Electric Forest held a showcase over-flowing with talent at Sherwood stage, day one. Late afternoon Thursday, Nadus began herding in a crowd, setting the mood for the groovy night ahead. People from all over the world piled into the venue venturing all the way through Sherwood Forest, posting up for a day of bass sounds and jersey club just past the Future Classic sign. I could see the music begin to touch every fellow forester’s souls as each one approached the stage with the widest of smiles shown on their face. The vibes had arrived, and the much anticipated weekend had finally started.
Up next, the ever-loved Mr. Carmack brought a hip-hop vibe to the mix of a prominently electronic themed festival. Although being born and raised in San Francisco, he brought with him the smiles and energy of a born islander, having lived in Hawaii for part of his life. I could tell he was enjoying himself and his set as much as the crowd he accumulated. Throwing in some bangers here and there, he seamlessly transitioned from track to track, keeping the crowd moving and on their toes throughout his whole set.
By the end of Carmack, the people at Sherwood stage still were hypnotized by the fresh beats he laid down. The fact that the festival had just started and was only two sets in, was unbelievable. It began to set in how lucky we all were to be in such a beautiful place together, listening to great music. A switch up greeted Wave Racer onto the stage and the crowd grew louder. Coming all the way from Australia with a wavey happy sound, bubbles floated past through the air, mimicking everyone’s mood. Fans next to me holding an Australian flag, represented their home country, ecstatic that they made it all the way across the world to join in on the party. “Aussie, aussie, aussie!” “Oi, oi, oi!”, the crowd chanted back. Tom, (Wave Racer) played an upbeat, bouncy set, keeping the energy high and the crowd excited with anticipation for what was yet to come. He played serious and focused for most of the time, until the end, he cracked a smile when Lido joined in for a few songs.
Finishing up his set, Tom reached for the microphone and graciously thanked his fans. Coming back on stage was Lido, for his own live set with drum pads, three or four keyboards and of course a microphone to serenade the crowd. Starting off with some Lido classics, Money, I Love You, then stopping the set to talk to his crowd and relate. He told everyone it was alright to do what they liked. That’s what he wanted. As he wanted to have fun playing his music, being it was technically his first time in the Forest. (He played an amazing Trippy Turtle set last year I was fortunate enough to see as well.) Almost dropping a Turtle song, he psyched out the crowd and cut it back to some soulful sounds. It wasn’t hard to tell he was playing from his heart and loved every minute. Later I got to hang out with him and explore the Forest a little. He told me he enjoyed being there a lot and was definitely one of his favorite festivals he’s been too. He is a super nice guy, and when we asked what his spirit animal was, of course he said a turtle.
By the time I had returned from deep in the forest, Lido was off jet setting and I was catching every last bit of Flume I could from the densely populated Sherwood Stage. Standing off to the side for a better vantage point, (and more dancing room), I watched the stage lights plummet down on the crowd, syncing perfectly with the sounds blasting from the speakers, into the ears of some of the happiest people on Earth in that moment. Flume brought a nostalgic feel to his long time fans, and a perfect kick off to the rest of the magical weekend. Watching him perform, moving in a frantically controlled manner, he transmitted his energy from his mind, through his set, to the people and beyond. He without a doubt gave the crowd what they wanted to see, and closed the Future Classic Showcase on a very, very high note.
Written By Brie Goodno