ODESZA announce end of annual Red Rocks run, duo possibly plotting Foreign Family music festival for 2019

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A Foreign Family Collective music festival just might be within ODESZA‘s ‘line of sight.’

The duo recently revealed that they would not be returning to Colorado’s famed Red Rocks Amphitheater in 2019, thereby ending a consecutive four-year streak of annual shows at the venue. The pair assuaged any disappointment that their announcement inspired among listeners in their promise that they had “something big in the works” instead.

Fans have been waiting attentively to see what Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight’s next joint move will entail, though a festival venture seems like the most likely next move. ODESZA indicated interest in a festival featuring talent from their Foreign Family Collective label in a Reddit AMA hosted in 2017. Fans have speculated that the producers will not only debut a Foreign Family Collective festival in 2019, but will host the rumored event at another iconic outdoor venue — the Gorge Amphitheater, a space that ODESZA has yet to play.

Foreign Family Collective enjoyed an Electric Forest first in 2017 with ODESZA’s own stage, programmed with talent curated from their imprint including Jai Wolf, Chet Porter, Kasbo, and RÜFÜS DU SOL. Launching a festival-style event would be a logical progression, though as speculation continues to mount, ODESZA remain tight lipped. We’ll have to wait and see.

Photo Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella

Relive your favorite sets of Electric Forest 2018

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Electric Forest has just wrapped its 8th annual gathering, and the Insomniac/Madison House produced event seems to grow exponentially with each passing year. Complete with spectacular new stages, yet another expertly curated 2018 line-up, and new crevasses to explore at every corner of the grounds, it’s no wonder Sherwood Forest is a place that draws world-class visual and musical artists to showcase their work.

Living up to it’s promise to offer a truly unforgettable, always changing festival experience, EF boasted a completely revamped Ranch Arena stage, which played host to resident headliners The String Cheese Incident and Bassnectar, along with Marshmello, ZHU, and Galantis, to name a few. The expansive Tripolee stage continues to add new visual dimensions to its world each year, with artists like CloZee, Netsky, Herobust, Jauz, and Testpilot revealing a new chapter into its rich story. Step deeper into Sherwood Forest to find The Observatory and Forest stages, which hosted several secret sets and a Desert Hearts takeover throughout the weekend. Perhaps the most exciting addition to the Forest, however, was the Carousel Club, a brand new circus tent stage experience that played host to renegade artists featuring the Saturn-sounds of rising act Desert Dwellers.

For those who weren’t so lucky to have witnessed the weekend spectacle live and in-person, DA has compiled a list of streams from Electric Forest 2018 to relive the festival’s most magical moments. This post will be updated as more sets become available.


Electric Forest 2018 Live Sets

Bassnectar (First Weekend, Ranch Arena)

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Bassnectar (Second Weekend, Ranch Arena)

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Boogie T (First Weekend, Sherwood Court)

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BUKU (First Weekend, Panky Rang Renegade Stage)

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CharlesTheFirst (First Weekend, Tripolee)

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CloZee (Second Weekend, Jubilee)

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EPROM (First Weekend, Triploee)

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G Jones b2b EPROM (Second Weekend, Tripolee)

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FISHER (First Weekend, Tripolee)

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Get Real (Second Weekend, Tripolee)

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Green Velvet (First Weekend, Tripolee)

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Green Velvet b2b Kerri Chandler (First Weekend, Tripolee)

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GRiZ Chasing The Golden Hour (First Weekend, Triploee)

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GRiZ (First Weekend, Panky Rang Renegade Stage)

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GRiZ Live Band (Second Weekend, Ranch Arena)

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Hotel Garuda Farewell Set (First Weekend, Tripolee)

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Jade Cicada (First Weekend, Forest Stage)

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Jauz (First Weekend, Tripolee)

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Keys N Krates (First Weekend, Sherwood Court)

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Kyle Watson (First Weekend, Forest Stage)

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Malaa (First Weekend, Tripolee)

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Marshmello (Second Weekend, Ranch Arena)

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Mat Joe (First Weekend, Forest Stage)

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MAXIMONO (First Weekend, Forest Stage)

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Mija (First Weekend, Tripolee)

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Mikey Lion (Weekend 2, Forest Stage)

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Moody Good (Weekend 1, Tripolee)

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NeLLe Wilson (First Weekend, Good Life Village)

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REZZ (Second Weekend, Sherwood Court)

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San Holo (First Weekend, Tripolee)

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Shooka (First Weekend, Panky Rang Renegade Stage)

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Space Jesus (Second Weekend, Sherwood Court)

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Spag Heddy (First Weekend, Tripolee)

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Taheo (First Weekend, Panky Rang Renegade Stage)

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TESTPILOT (Second Weekend, Tripolee)

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The BCE Project (First Weekend, Good Life Village)

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The BCE Project – Chill Set (First Weekend, Good Life Village)

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TRANTIC (First Weekend, Grassroots)

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Two people have been missing since the wrap up of Electric Forest’s second weekend

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Police are still searching for two men that have been missing since Electric Forest wrapped up its second weekend. The festival, held in Rothbury, Michigan, took place over the two weekends between June 21 and July 1.

The two men in question are named Zach Greeson and Kevin Graves, who went missing at different times over the course of the festivities.

The family of Graves, 28, has stated that he hasn’t been seen since getting into a fight with his girlfriend that Sunday night (July 1). He is from Highland Township and is 6 feet tall, weighs 185 lbs, has blue eyes, sandy blonde hair, and a USMC tattoo on his left shoulder. His family is offering a $10,000 reward for any details on his whereabouts.

Greeson, 21, is originally from Athens, Alabama, and is reported to have gone missing on June 30, 2018. He is 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs 165 ibs. and has curly, strawberry blonde hair with blue eyes. He has a septum and nostril piercing, and a tattoo that says “slut” on his upper right shoulder as well as a cat whisker tattoo on his right index finger.

Anyone with information on either person is instructed to call the Michigan State Police Hart Post at 231-873-2171.

Our hearts go out to both families and we wish them a safe return home.

H/T: Fox2Detroit

Photo also sourced from Fox2Detroit

Electric Forest 2018: Rothbury, Michigan – photos by Electric Forest

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Dozens arrested at this year’s Electric Forest

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This year’s edition of Electric Forest closed out its second weekend just days ago, and the police reports from the festival have begun to make their way into the news.

Michigan State Police, contracted to patrol the festival over its eight days, are reporting that 27 people were arrested and another 31 are expected to face arrest. Current and pending charges include felony drug and larceny cases, as well as misdemeanor offenses like assault, drug possession, trespassing and destruction of property. Additionally, they investigated 97 complaints and assisted emergency medical responders during medical calls on the site.

The Rothbury, Michigan festival took place over the course of two weekends: June 21-24 and June 28-July 1. Police estimate that about 30,000 people attended the festival’s first weekend, and more than 40,000 attended its second.

H/T: MLive.com

BREAKING: Severe weather causes Electric Forest shutdown

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Storms have descended on Rothbury, Michigan and Double JJ Ranch, where weekend 2 of Insomniac’s Electric Forest is currently underway.  A DA staff member on the ground states, “it’s dumping [rain] and lightning is hitting right outside the sight.”

We’re getting word via social media that as a result, the festival has been shut down indefinitely due to safety concerns from the wind, rain, and other elements pummeling the venue.

REZZ first posted about the festival being shut down, noting that the LED lighting had also been removed from the stage she’d been set to play. Shortly after, Electric Forest posted an official announcement on their Twitter and Facebook about the festival’s closure, asking everyone already on the grounds to please depart the premises and use their cars as shelter.

Rave photographer Rukes later replied to REZZ with a screenshot of the current storms passing through the area, stating the weather advisory predicted things to calm down by around 11 at night.

Stay tuned for more updates on the situation.

 

 

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Electric Forest partners with To Write Love on Her Arms for Breaking Barriers project

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When Bassnectar released a heart wrenching video in conjunction with Electric Forest and To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA), the creative PSA went immediately viral with over 1.5 million views on Facebook. The video featured footage inside Sherwood Forest, where several roaming Forest Family members were captured answering a ringing telephone. On the other end of the line was Lorin Ashton, remaining anonymous throughout the call, as he asked questions about friendships, family, and hope.

Electric Forest has been partnering with TWLOHA since 2016 when it’s producers, Madison House and Insomniac, made it their mission to slate more mental health awareness activities into their programming. They reached out to Chad Moses of TWLOHA, whose role at the organization over the past decade has been using music as a platform for discussing mental health. They granted him a 10′ x 20′ space in the festival grounds to construct a creative project in support of community, togetherness, love, and mental health.

The initial project involved simple business cards, where Forest attendees were to write down “the one thing you need to say to yourself” upon entry into the festival. They were instructed to then come back at the end of the weekend and write down “on thing they needed to hear the most.”

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“The next year, EF calls and asks us what else we can do to raise awareness,” said Moses.

“They told us Bassnectar would love to be apart of this kind of project. They then talked to their artist director, who had a wonderful idea: what if we got this project off paper and quite literally electrified it? What if we used phone lines to get people to open up anonymously about things that may be heavy on their hearts?”

The projects continue to evolve and thrive with each passing year, according to Moses. “Pretty much every conversation I’ve had with their team has been amazing, it becomes bouncing ideas off each other, and they’ve never once told me ‘no’ for any reason. These are inherently creative people who love the process of creation.”

For 2018, TWLOHA has partnered with Electric Forest once again to create the Breaking Barriers Project, located on Main Street in the campgrounds. Quite literally: a wall, created with the acknowledgment of  everything that seeks to keep separate us from our fellow Forest dwellers – the Forest Family built a physical wall together, decorated and dominated by their aspirations for growth, with their barriers left in the past.

DA sat down with the non-profit organization during Electric Forest weekend one to learn more about the groundbreaking creative project.


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The thing we love most about TWLOHA’s projects are how they grounded in identity politics. Last year, there was a feminist underpinning to the anonymous calls to Bassnectar. This year, the Breaking Barriers project is rooted in post-colonial/post-race concepts — particularly the notion of Border politics. Can you tell us if this inspired the idea behind the wall project?

“What started this project was a conversation with one of Electric Forest’s producers, the kind folks at Madison House, and they came to me with a problem. They said, we have to legally set up these barriers to avoid potential tragedy with vehicles driving into the crowds at the stages; and we want to make something divisive like this potentially beautiful and creative and intentional.”

It’s postmodern pastiche. It’s progressive action. It’s spiritually ascendant, especially this element of intention setting. Most of all, it’s spewing with the most powerful creative, connective force as we know it: Love.

“Yea, the wall is super imitational and intentional, where you can take as little or as much as you want, figuratively and literally,” says Chad Moses of TWLOHA. “But the people who’ve interacted with it, you can feel their gratitude surrounding the wall.”

Where exactly are you folks heading up this project inside the festival?

“We have two booths on site. We’re back inside the venue at Ranch Lobby West, right past Tripolee, as usual. And the booth on Main Street, which is very intentionally focused on explaining the wall’s purpose and how they can interact with it throughout the week.”

So how did this idea come into fruition?

“As we’re talking and brainstorming up this idea of the wall, I get transported back into my childhood. My friend’s dad had a piece of the Berlin wall in their home and I asked, ‘What is that?’ His dad told me the dark history behind it, how it was used to keep friends separated, and how, when it came down, it was the happiest days of those people’s lives. And I was struck with the idea that there are these kinds of things that are inherent in our own lives, things that are holding us back from connecting with one another — and these things aren’t necessarily physical manifestations.

With creativity, with community, that barrier can, should, and will fall. Whether your struggling with addiction or your own mental health or fractured relationships, nothing can get in the way of the notion that these things are impermanent.”

In terms of mental health, how do you think it will help people?

“The imagery is rooted more so in yesteryear than present day, but at the same time there are still people today that are driving these walls. You know, people come to Forest every year with tons of baggage, they’re super prepared with their camping gear, and their gifts, and their fully planned out festival attire. But a lot of times, they come with deeply rooted subconscious baggage too.

The entire purpose of that wall is to acknowledge the emotional baggage that we packed for ourselves — some people are arriving at Forest with heavy heartache. EF exists for family, for purpose, for community. That purpose for us is to let people know: all that stuff that you dragged in, we will take it for you.”

How did the Breaking Barriers wall project go at weekend one?

“We collaborated with this one artist, he called himself Adam One, who happened to walk by and ask, ‘How can I help with the wall?’ We tell him we need this wall saturated with color, that this should be free flowing. He says, ‘I have an idea’ and paints this huge circle of hexagons. ‘This is a super microscopic version of a seed,’ he says.

We all have an enormous potential for growth, but it gets covered by all this crap — anxiety, self-doubt, depression, pride, ego, the list goes on. But when we break it down, it’s going to allow this seed to grow. The point then became: Can we allow nature to help us overcome all these man-made structures?”

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For Forest Family out at weekend two, DA — along with the producers and partners of Electric Forest — invites attendees to be a part of an interactive growth experience at their 2018 gathering at Double JJ Ranch in Rothbury, Michigan. Set an intention for the weekend, develop your goals, recognize the words and symbols that create distance between us, break down your barriers, and start your Rothbury experience with a deep breath of fresh air.

This wall represents the things that threaten to keep us apart, and focuses on the ways that we strive to develop as human beings. The Forest is built upon acceptance, kindness, freedom, respect, peace, and love. As the second weekend winds down, the wall and all of our internal barriers will be dismantled, deconstructed, and destroyed. Its pieces will then be distributed to attendees and offered as a token of our aspirations for improvement, and a reminder that the walls in our lives are not permanent. The Barrier Project pieces will be a symbol signaling that the unity we feel in The Forest can also be experienced back home.

All photos courtesy of Meg Ryan for Electric Forest.

Watch Bassnectar premiere new music at Electric Forest weekend 1

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If there is one thing that has become a certainty over the past few years, it’s that Bassnectar will be testing out and releasing new album material at Electric Forest. The EF resident has used past years to premiere his Into The Sun LP and Reflective EP material; and the 2018 edition of Insomniac & Madison House‘s annual gathering was no different.

That’s why, when Lorin Ashton posted to his Facebook on the first day of Forest that he would be premiering new sounds from his third Reflective EP, his loyal cult following of bass heads were in a frenzy over the surprise announcement. Previously thought to be a two-part EP project, the questions resonating across everyone’s minds were: Reflective is now a trilogy?! Would the third part be focused in Ashton’s current downtempo direction? Who are the collaborators?

Those questions were partly answered upon Bassnectar’s headlining set on the final day of Electric Forest weekend one. Upon closing out Sunday night at the famed Ranch Arena stage, the bass music demigod premiered a new track, titled “Whiplash,” featuring one of his favorite collaborators in Gnar Gnar.

Beat drops & hook ups: new survey identifies the most ‘promiscuous’ music festivals

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A new survey conducted by Tickpick sought to evaluate the hookup culture of the festival scene, and as the findings indicate, it’s thriving.

Tickpick collected self-reported information from 1,050 people from Amazon’s Mechanical Turk about their sexual activity at music festivals. The statistics revealed 50.2% of festival goers to be open to a “weekend fling,” meaning that the odds of finding a temporary rave bae in the crowd are very likely to be in the favor of those seeking one. 33.6% of attendees reported having sex at a music festival.

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Camping festivals Electric Forest, Bonnaroo, and Burning Man ranked as the top three most popular music festivals for sex, with 30.2%, 27.3%, and 25.2% of ticket holders experiencing a sexual encounter at each event, respectively.

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Tickpick’s data determined Burning Man and Electric Forest to be the top two music festivals for oral sex, with 28.2% of Burning Man attendees engaging in oral activity, and 20.9% of Electric Forest attendees following suit. Electric Daisy Carnival came in third at 18.7%. 46.4% of festival goers stated that they’d had oral sex with someone they’d just met at one of the listed festivals.

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A daring 3.8% of survey participants said that they’d had sex in a festival dance tent. Surprisingly enough, a dance tent was the area that saw the least sex: port-a-potties saw comparatively more action, with 9.4% of attendees getting it on by the toilets. 15.3% reported doing so in a crowd, while 7.2% got hot and heavy backstage. The two most popular locations for festival sex were the tent, and the car.

As the survey identified, “face down a** up that’s the way we like to f*ck” isn’t just a favorite song to shout among festival crowds: doggy style turned out to be the most popular position of festival hookups, with 43.9% citing doggy style as their preferred festival position.

Photo Credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella

H/T: Tickpick

Boombox Cartel send a Travis Scott song to the moon

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Boombox Cartel reworked one of Travis Scott‘s most notable tracks with “Biebs in the Moon.” This edit follows up their Mad Decent single, “Moon Love,” as the Mexican-born duo continues to build quite an arsenal for festival season.

Formerly “biebs in the trap,” Cartel is sure to send the hit single high into the atmosphere, utilizing the “trap” aspect with hard-hitting drums and a potent bassline. However, it’ll only build suspense for when “biebs” finally reaches the moon.

The duo is currently on tour throughout the US and Canada, performing at Sunset Music Festival, Electric Forest and more. Check out a full list of dates here.