Electric Forest Bio:
Location: Rothbury, Michigan
Dates: June 27th – 30th 2013
Size: 30,000 per day
Electric Forest is just as much about the experience as it is about the music. You spend four days hanging in hammocks, enjoying top electronic and jam band acts, dancing under the stars, and spending time with your friends. It doesn’t get any better than this.
Stages: The stages at Electric Forest were OUT OF THIS WORLD! The combination of lights, lasers, projectors, and physical design gave each stage its own unique look. The sound was absolutely flawless all weekend long. Electric Forest is as good of a viewing experience as you will find at any festival. With three large stages and two smaller, you could get the big festival experience and an intimate one all in the same weekend.
Crowd: The crowd at Electric Forest was a really good one. This crew looks forward to Electric Forest all year long and you can feel their excitement and love of the festival all weekend long. The Electric Forest crowd does a fantastic job of dressing up with costumes that rival those at EDC. Unfortunately, the downside is that there is a larger than average percent of thieves at this festival, so you need to watch your stuff and keep valuables locked in the trunk of your car. Sad, but true. (I had the brand new Electric Forest branded hammock stolen from me while I was sitting next to it. Heart breaker.)
Organization: Overall, the organization was great at this festival. The bathrooms were clean and there were only lines in one area behind the Sherwood Court Stage (you could go to the front bathrooms where there were no lines). The crowd flowed very well from one stage to the next, which was a big upgrade from the previous year. My one complaint is that the security lines took WAY too long to get people through. I had friends that waited in line for 45 minutes while trying to get in for BigGrizMatic. This is unacceptable and is not what we are paying for. If the line takes this long, Electric Forest needs to staff more people to get everyone through faster.
Food: The food at Electric Forest was pretty darn good. Festivalgoers had quite a few selections of vendors to choose from, and you could get a good meal for $8-$10. However, I did have vegetarian friends complain about there being a lack of vegetarian options.
Art: The visual experience at Electric Forest is second to none. There is a 300 yard forest located between the two main stages that is transformed into a wonderland of light, art pieces, hammocks, and sound. You could spend all four days within this woodland oasis and not come close to tiring of it. Electric Forest also brings in a dozen or so performers to wander the fairgrounds and interact with people. Clowns, fairies, steam punkers, butterflies, stilt walkers, and others I’m surely forgetting, all run around and interact with anyone they get near. Magic is the only word I can use to describe this experience.
Overall: Despite the frustrations with getting into the festival, this was one of the best festivals I have ever been to. The stages, the art, the crowd, and the music come together to create a magical wonderland in the forest. Fans of Electric Forest are already planning for next year. If you are looking for a festival to attend in 2013, look no further than Electric Forest. Trust me. This is as good as it gets!
See you there!