During the past three years, Electric Forest has quickly gained notoriety to become one of the most talked-about festivals in the country—and for good reason. As the festival heads into its fourth year, it just keeps getting bigger and better. 2013 proved to be a stellar year for the festival, boasting big name headliners such as Pretty Lights, Empire of the Sun, Knife Party, Passion Pit, Above & Beyond, and annual headliner The String Cheese Incident. The openers were quite impressive as well, including names like Flosstradamus, Kill the Noise, RL Grime, Beats Antique, Nervo, Baauer and The Floozies, just to name a few. The acts take place on stages scattered throughout the forest. The stages themselves have mediocre stage effects compared to big name festivals like EDC, Ultra, and TomorrowWorld, but that’s compensated for while walking throughout the festival by the amazing lights and art installations.
Walking through the Sherwood Forest for the first time is one of my most distinct memories. Trees towered above me and completely surrounded me. Lights bounced off of the trees, and lasers shot everywhere, casting hypnotizing designs providing one of the best light shows I have seen to date. Circus performers walked through the Forest in costume, dancing and interacting with festival goers—it truly was a magical experience. Electric Forest is host to four stages, where acts play from mid-afternoon until the wee hours of the night. By day, festival goers can enjoy yoga, or just take a walk around the
campgrounds full of vendors, artists, and other music fans. One of the most common daytime activities in the Forest is relaxing in portable hammocks like “Enos” in the Sherwood Forest. The food offered in the venue is delicious, ranging from vegetarian stir fry to your classic burger and fries. The festival even incorporates organic foods from local farms around the area. Whether you’re a first time festival goer, or a well-traveled raver, you will be welcomed to the Forest with open arms and with the promise of an incredible experience.
Each year the festival claims one of the best EDM lineups, covering all sub-genres from jam bands to hard style.The festival is also known to feature some legendary live collaborations such as 2013’s “The Big Grizmatik” (Big Gigantic, Griz, and Gramatik) as well as a live collab between String Cheese and Dom Lailli of The Big Gigantic. Another staple of 2013’s festival was the silent disco surprise DJ— Paper Diamond, who played a set from 3:30am until sunrise. One of the best parts of Electric Forest? Being almost guaranteed to catch the staple of the festival– The String Cheese Incident. In 2013 the band played three three hour sets throughout the four day festival. 2014 proves to be highly anticipated by returning Forest goers and new fans alike. Early Bird Tickets sold out within 60 seconds of going on sale– record breaking times for the festival.
Written By: Madi Lawton