The Electronic Music Awards are coming to Los Angeles on Sept. 21 for their inaugural awards show. Dubbed he EMAs, the co-produced event by Paul Oakenfold and Hunt & Crest has just released its 2017 nominations.
Winners will be chosen across 11 award categories, including “Record of the Year,” “Remix of the Year,” “Festival of the Year,” “Club of the Year,” and “Live Act of the Year.”
Album of the Year: Justice — Woman The Chainsmokers — Memories…Do Not Open Cashmere Cat — 9 Tycho — Epoch Bonobo — Migration Gorillaz — Humanz
Single of the Year: · Skrillex & Rick Ross – “Purple Lamborghini” · Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber & MØ – “Cold Water” · The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer” · DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber – “Let Me Love You” · Porter Robinson & Madeon – “Shelter” · Martin Garrix & Dua Lipa – “Scared To Be Lonely”
Record of the Year: · Kidnap Kid & Lane 8 – Aba · Kölsch – Grey · Todd Terje – Jungelknugen (Four Tet Remix) · Låpsley – Operator (DJ Koze Extended Disco Version) · Rüfüs Du Sol – Innerbloom (Sasha Remix)
Remix of the Year: · Flume – Say It (Illenium Remix) · Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still (Medasin Remix) · Rüfüs Du Sol– Innerbloom (Sasha Remix) · Låpsley – Operator (DJ Koze Extended Disco Version) · Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You (NOTD Remix) · Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You (Major Lazer Remix)
Festival of the Year: · EDC – Multiple Cities · Tomorrowland – Boom · Electric Forest – Rothbury · Movement – Detroit · Lightning In A Bottle – Bradley
Club of the Year: · Berghain / Panorama Bar – Berlin · DC-10 – Ibiza · elrow – Barcelona · Fabric – London · Omnia – Las Vegas · Output – New York · XOYO – London · XS – Las Vegas
Radio Show of the Year: · Above & Beyond – Group Therapy · Annie Mac – Annie Mac Presents · Claude VonStroke – The Birdhouse · Danny Howard – BBC’s Radio 1 Dance Anthems · Diplo – Diplo & Friends · Liquid Todd – Beta BPM · Nicole Moudaber – In The Mood · Pasquale Rotella – Nightowl Radio · Pete Tong – The Essential Selection
New Artist Of The Year: · Alison Wonderland · Kungs · Marshmello · Mura Masa · Rezz · San Holo
DJ of the Year: · A-Trak · The Black Madonna · Claude VonStroke · Diplo · Eric Prydz
Live Act of the Year: · Bob Moses · Bonobo · Eric Prydz · Flume · Porter Robinson x Madeon · Rüfüs Du Sol
Producer of the Year: · Cashmere Cat · Hot Since 82 · ODESZA · Sasha · The Chainsmokers
Electric Forest has cemented its name as one of the more unique festival offerings within North America. Set inside the beautiful outdoor setting of Double JJ Ranch in Rothbury, Michigan, the event offers 4-days of top notch electronic music curation alongside a plethora of live and jam band acts. In such a crowded events space, standing out among the competition is no easy feat, yet year in and year out, Electric Forest attracts thousands of revelers for its mid-summer affair.
This year proved Electric Forest’s most ambitious yet, with the event expanding to back-to-back weekends at the end of June. Fresh off last week’s conclusion, we’ve compiled 5 reasons why Electric Forest should be on your festival bucket list.
All photos courtesy of Electric Forest
1. An abundance of live electronic music
Electric Forest is not your typical large-scale electronic music festival. For one, it boasts an exceptional amount of live electronic acts versus purely DJ-driven performances. Across both weekends, hybrid acts like Bob Moses, Thievery Corporation, ODESZA, and Big Gigantic enraptured crowds with a mixture of sequenced electronic beats and improvised live elements. Bolstered by the festival’s emphasis on jam band acts like Lotus and Lettuce, along with purely electronic acts like Bassnectar and Rezz, these hybrid electronic artists ultimately proved the perfect middle ground to satisfy all fans’ cravings.
2. Surprise collaborations abound
The spirit of collaboration runs strong at Electric Forest. Nowhere is this more evident than the plethora of guest appearances, stage collaborations, and back-to-back performances that inevitably spring up throughout the weekend. This past weekend, for instance, Big Gigantic and The String Cheese Incident teamed up to become ‘The Big Gigantic Incident,’ while Matisyahu joined Trevor Hall on stage to perform “Unity.” What’s more, during Matisyahu’s own performance, a member from Preservation Hall Jazz Band filled in to play keys. These kind of surprise collaborations were pervasive throughout the weekend, and wholly appreciated.
3. Discovering new artists
It’s easy to fall into the routine of only capturing the more noteworthy artists at a festival, but at an event like Electric Forest, half the experience is discovering brand new acts. Much of this is facilitated by curiously wandering the massive venue, blindly stumbling into different theaters and tents. Such is the case with one performer, Dixon’s Violin, who many attendees might never have experienced were it not for his 3-night successive run from the outdoor Observatory stage. Those who chanced upon his late-night musical musings were fortunate enough to discover a virtuosic violin performer blending classical music tropes with live electronic looping for a truly spell-binding show.
4. Activities and art at every corner
Outside of the music, Electric Forest provided an endless amount of options to pass one’s time. From slacklining, to Sanskrit mantra meditations, every corner of the forest seemed to provide a new adventure. The center of the forest itself was akin to a teeming bazaar of art, with painters showcasing their work live to a backdrop of curious spectators buzzing about. Mornings began with yoga and meditation, while night time offerings include things like silent discos or renegade campsite parties.
5. The Forest itself
At the end of the day, what truly sets Electric Forest apart from the pack, making it a necessary addition to anyone’s festival bucket list, is its one-of-a-kind venue: Double JJ Ranch. While the prospect of a festival set in a forest is tantalizing enough, Double JJ Ranch is uniquely suited for a large-scale concert experience. With its massive clearings, wide walkways, and towering trees, it’s as if the forest itself has been perfectly tailored to the needs of a music festival — or rather yet, more likely, it’s vastly evident that the team behind Electric Forest has gone above and beyond to build the perfect festival within a forest.
Bassnectar’s 2017 has been an extremely consistent one. Not only did the mercurial producer drop an extremely competent remix of Noisia’s ‘Get Deaded,’ as a part of the Outer Edges remix EP, but he also released a bold new EP of his own, titled Reflective.
Continuing in his recent stylistic vein, Lorin Ashton recently delivered a memorable live performance at Electric Forest – essentially a master class in bass music. A fan-made video captured the raucous action in its unadulterated form, as attendees can be seeing cutting loose to Bassnectar’s selection of hardcore bass music which features some low frequency monsters by Noisia, Datsik and of course Bassnectar himself – further cementing his formidable reputation as a fan favorite.
In May, Flume concluded the extended run of his Skin companion releases with his Kučka collaboration, “Hyperreal.” Since then, Harley Streten has kept one foot in the limelight through his behind-the-scenes involvement in major projects, featuring on Lorde’s “The Louvre” and contributing to Vince Staples’ “Yeah Right” alongside Kendrick Lamar, SOPHIE, and, once again, Kučka.
It now appears that the Australian hitmaker may have a new hit of his own on the horizon. During Streten’s headlining set at Electric Forest this past weekend, many fans reported hearing a formidable unreleased track. Today, July 3, festival attendee Cameron LeMaire sent fans on the artist’s dedicated sub-Reddit into a state of fervor, uploading footage of the song in question.
Flume’s apparent new track continues the heavier direction he’s demonstrated in recent releases such as his Pusha T collaboration, “Enough.” Beginning just before the one-minute mark in the video below, the production progresses from detuned synths and erratic rhythms into an abrasive, trap-leaning sonic eruption. Hopefully, Flume’s following won’t have to wait long to see a release for this monstrous output.
A ‘nectar fan grilling a full steak dinner during Lorin’s set.
Thanks to a Facebook group called Colorado Big Game Trophy Wook Hunters, the image of fan grilling during the first weekend of Electric Forest is preserved on the internet for all to see.
The caption itself is pure gold:
“The Wookout Cookout caught from deep inside the trenches at Bassnectar last Saturday at Electric Forest. This hunter-gatherer type wook claimed he had caught his provisions earlier in the day and was simply enjoying the meats of his labor to the sweet sounds of his ‘Lord and Savior Lorin.’ I left him to enjoy his Steaknectar in peace.”
Following the first weekend of Electric Forest, a mysterious photo made its way around Reddit and various social networks of a seemingly severed finger on the ground. The photo, clearly pulled from Snapchat, featured a ridiculously realistic-looking finger, complete with blood, dirt and nail polish, in the grass. During campground clean up, someone found the finger, and rumors that the police were involved swirled all over the internet.
Lucky for all involved, the finger turned out to be a hoax. The festival sent out a statement that Michigan State Police found that it was just a very realistic looking finger, and no one is missing a digit.
Michigan State Police have confirmed that the “finger” pictured in an image being circulated is just a “very real looking fake finger.”
“Due to enhanced security procedures, no bags or backpacks will be permitted into the venue except for small personal bags or purses (12″x12″x6″ max) or clear 1 gallon bags. All bags will be subject to a search. We encourage you to not bring in any bag whatsoever and make use of the express ‘no bag’ lanes.”
The statement was originally posted on Sasquatch Music Festival’s Facebook wall, but it has since been hidden. The extent of the new guidelines and how they will affect individual festivals has yet to be seen.
Using a lottery approach to their latest project, Live Nation Entertainment has just announced a never-before seen “Festival Passport” – giving access to over 90 music festivals around the world throughout the rest of 2017. Including massive events like EDC Las Vegas, Creamfields, and Electric Forest, Live Nation will release one thousand exclusive passes May 22 at 10AM Pacific Time. Notably, sold-out events will also be accessible with the passport.
A dream come true for destination festival fanatics, and wanderlust-driven individuals, Live Nation is offering this pass for $799 (not including transportation, accommodation, or airfare). To combat scalpers from acquiring the passes, Live Nation ensures that these all sales will be non-transferable, and must be used by the person who purchased it.
Making this opportunity run as seamless as possible, all the ticket-holder has to do is show up to the event with their Festival Passport, and go to will call with their valid ID to obtain their event wristband. Passports are available for purchase here.
Festival Passport holders have access to the following events:
Austin City Limits Music Festival – U.S. – Austin, TX
Barcelona Beach Festival – Spain – Barcelona
Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival – U.S. – NY
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival – U.S. – Manchester, TN
Camp Bisco – U.S. – Scranton, PA
CBC Music Festival – Canada – Toronto
Center of Gravity Festival – Canada – Kelowna
Chasing Summer Music Festival – Canada – Calgary
Chicago Open Air – U.S. – Chicago, IL
Citadel Festival – England – London
Community Festival – England – London
Contact Winter Music Festival – Canada – Vancouver
Copenhell – Denmark – Copenhagen
Countdown NYE – U.S. – San Bernardino, CA
Country LakeShake – U.S. – Chicago, IL
Creamfields – England – Daresbury
Creamfields Steel Yard – England – London
Crystal Coast Music Festival – U.S. – Atlantic Beach, NC
DCODE Festival – Spain – Madrid
Down the Rabbit Hole – Holland – Ewijk
Download Festival – England – Leicestershire
Download Festival Paris – France – Paris
Download Festival Spain – Spain – Madrid
Dreams Music Festival – Canada – Toronto
Dreamstate San Francisco – U.S. – San Francisco, CA
Electric Daisy Carnival – U.S. – Las Vegas, NV
Electric Daisy Carnival – U.S. – Orlando, FL
Electric Forest Festival – U.S. – Rothbury, MI
Electric Picnic Music and Arts Festival – Ireland – Stradbally
Escape Halloween – U.S. – San Bernardino, CA
Faster Horses Country Music Festival – U.S. – Brooklyn, MI
Field Trip Music & Arts Festival – Canada – Toronto
Findings Festival – Norway – Oslo
Firenze Rocks Festival – Italy – Florence
Forecastle Festival – U.S. – Louisville, KY
Free Press Summer Festival – U.S. – Houston, TX
FVDED in the Park – Canada – Surrey
Glasgow Summer Sessions – Scotland – Glasgow
Governors Ball Music Festival – U.S. – New York, NY
Graspop Metal Meeting – Belgium – Dessel
HARD Summer Music Festival – U.S. – Los Angeles, CA
Heartland Festival – Denmark – Kværndrup
I Love Techno Europe – France – Montpellier
Independent Days Festival – Italy – Milan
Jamboree in the Hills – U.S. – Morristown, OH
Latitude Festival – England – Suffolk
Leeds Festival – England – Leeds
Lollapalooza Berlin – Germany – Berlin
Lollapalooza Chicago – U.S. – Chicago, IL
Lollapalooza Paris – France – Paris
Lovebox Festival – England – London
Lowlands Festival – Holland – Biddinghuizen
Main Square Festival – France – Arras
Music Midtown – U.S. – Atlanta, GA
Nocturnal Wonderland – U.S. – San Bernardino, CA
North Sea Jazz Festival – Holland – Rotterdam
Ohana Festival – U.S. – Dana Point, CA
One Love Music Festival – Canada – Calgary
Paradiso Festival – U.S. – George, WA
Parklife – England – Manchester
Popaganda Music Festival – Sweden – Stockholm
Reading Festival – England – Reading
Rock am Ring – Germany – Nürburgring
Rock im Park – Germany – Nürnberg
Rock im Pott – Germany – Gelsenkirchen
Rock Werchter – Belgium – Werchter
Roots Picnic – U.S. – Philadelphia, PA
Route 91 Harvest – U.S. – Las Vegas, NV
Sasquatch! Music Festival – U.S. – George, WA
Sloss Music & Arts Festival – U.S. – Birmingham, AL
Summerburst Göteborg – Sweden – Gothenburg
Summerburst Stockholm – Sweden – Stockholm
The Falls Music & Arts Festival – Australia – Lorne, Marion Bay, Byron Bay and Fremantle
The Isle of Wight Festival – England – Newport
The Meadows Music & Arts Festival – U.S. – Queens, NY
The Peach Music Festival – U.S. – Scranton, PA
The Warehouse Project – England – Manchester
Trackside Music Festival – Canada – Ontario
TRNSMT Festival – Scotland – Glasgow
TW Classic – Belgium – Werchter
V Festival – England – Chelmsford & Staffordshire
Voodoo Music + Arts Festival – U.S. – New Orleans, LA