Electric Forest approved for 10-year extension

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Electric Forest approved for 10-year extensionElectric Forest Credit Anthony Norkus

Electric Forest‘s hometown of Rothbury, Michigan will reportedly welcome the venerated dance music/jam band festival for another 10 years, thanks to the village council’s 5-2 vote on Monday in favor of extending event producers, Madison House’s permits.

The new permit’s body text allows for the potential of an additional early arrival day, which most recently has fallen on Wednesday; though, if Electric Forest’s producer’s comply in supplying the village with ample notice, the festival could begin on Tuesday for its 2020 installment, currently pegged for June 25-28.

The village will also collect a gradually rising surcharge from ticket buyers, to go toward county infrastructure—namely warranted road repairs from prodigious festival traffic. The surcharge will max out at $7.50 per ticket sold.

Council members Robert Fulljames and Village President Scott Beishuizen took issue with some the parameters of the extension. While Fulljames cited Madison House getting the “cheap” end of the deal, Beishuizen pointed out the lack of local vendors operating at Electric Forest in recent years.

Formerly Rothbury Festival (an all jam and rock roster), Electric Forest began in 2011. Organizers recently stretched the festival to two weekends in 2017 and 2018, though recently reverted back to a single-weekend format in 2019.

Find more information on Electric Forest, here.

H/t: Oceana County Press

Photo Credit: Anthony Norkus

Electric Forest likely to be extended for 10th anniversary in 2020

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Electric Forest is coming up on a big birthday in 2020. The festival is set to kick off its tenth iteration next year, and while details have yet to be officially confirmed, it seems Electric Forest may extend it’s current four-day format to mark the occasion. Earlier this year, Costa Rica’s Envision Festival announced expansion plans for 2020 that see the festival extending to a week-long event. Forest faithfuls may likely be in for similarly good news as Rothbury’s Village Council met on October 22 to “review and act on the application for a mass gathering permit by Electric Forest, LLC.”

Additional unconfirmed details from the special meeting signal to extended festival programming hours, early arrival options, and a rumored 10-year extension at the event’s current host venue. The meeting’s official minutes should be made public shortly, though, with Electric Forest’s strong relationship with their host city and a solid track record over the last nine years, chances of an official extension seem highly likely. Stay tuned for updates.

Wuki enlists Ship Wrek for another infectious homage to Daft Punk on ‘Techno Logic’

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WUKILEAKS is the (now-not-so-hidden) gem account for DJs across the Internet—a project that started approximately three years ago by Kris Berman—better known as Wuki. The Denver-based producer started off with mash-ups of Busta Rhymes, the Six Flags-famed “We Like To Party” theme, and more, all of which instantly exploded into DJ sets everywhere. One year ago, Berman fused Major Lazer‘s breakout hit “Pon De Floor” with Daft Punk classic “One More Time.”

Now, Wuki gives fans a new take on another masked-robot classic, teaming up with Ship Wrek on “Techno Logic.” The rising LA-based duo are making a ton of noise with their distinct brand of house, adding that flare to the grooved-out bass-line on this new collaborative homage to the French visionaries. Of course, listeners are also welcomed by utter craziness from Wuki under the beloved Daft Punk sample.

Catch Wuki on a packed summer itinerary, hitting Electric Forest on June 29 after a string of shows in Australia, followed by a performance at Yellow Club in Bangkok before stops at Red Rocks (August 10 with Alison Wonderland) and Electric Zoo August 30.

Deadmau5 primed to deliver new Essential Mix as Testpilot

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It seems deadmau5 is perennially hard at work. From consistently live streaming his creation process for fans and overhauling his Cube rig for the third time, to scoring films and pulling double duty at Ultra this year, performing under both his deadmau5 and Testpilot monikers, it seems Joel Zimmerman rarely takes a moment to smell the roses, if ever. Luckily for fans, the Mau5trap head honcho keeps the pedal to the floor, and his latest offering comes by way of a rare Testpilot outing, on perhaps the most renown mix show in electronic music. That’s right—we’re getting a Testpilot Essential Mix.

The BBC Radio 1 mix, debuting on March 23, is actually billed as deadmau5/Testpilot, suggesting that Joel will be flipping between aliases, and a trove of new material is likely underway. The Essential Mix comes hot off the heels of the recent release of Testpilot’s full Electric Forest performance from 2018. Revisit the Electric Forest set below in preparation for one of the most anticipated Essential Mixes of the year.

Tune into deadmau5/Testpilot’s Essential Mix here at 1:00am GMT

deadmau5 shares his Testpilot set from Electric Forest 2018

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A lover of all things analog, Joel Zimmerman indulging his penchant for techno is a perfectly logical next step in the esteemed producer’s career. After launching his Testpilot alias for that exact reason more than five years ago and creating cryptic social media pages under the Testpilot name earlier this week, Zimmerman has shared his Testpilot set from Electric Forest 2018.

Having released just one track on Richie Hawtin‘s Minus imprint and played major festivals such as Movement and Ultra, Testpilot sets are known to be hard-hitting and rare. With his set from Electric Forest now available via Apple Music, fans can now check out the mixed selection of tracks from techno heavyweights Charlotte de Witte, ANNA, Pig&Dan, Cirez D, and more. Spanning over two hours, the set can be a great way to prepare for the Testpilot set at Ultra later this month or relive the high octane moments from the woods of Michigan last summer.

ODESZA, Bassnectar, Zeds Dead, and Kygo top impeccably curated Electric Forest 2019 lineup

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Electric Forest is pulling out all the stops for their single 2019 edition. The festival recently scaled back their two weekend offering back to their original one weekend format, though organizers were quick to even it out with the delivery of 2019’s lineup. To say next year’s billing is stacked would be an understatement — ODESZA, Kygo, Bassnectar, and Zeds Dead are holding down headlining duties, with festival favorites The String Cheese Incident returning for a three-night run. The under card features a mile-long list of talent headed to Rothbury, Michigan including Claude VonStroke, Alison Wonderland, Bob Moses, Lettuce, Ekali, Whethan, Gramatik and many more across June 27 – 30.

SLANDER and NGHTMRE are billed for a GUD VIBRATIONS label showcase, with Snails, TOKiMONSTA, The Knocks, and Bloodpop all slated for Electric Forest 2019 as well. Live sets from Gorgon City, Pnuma, and Ookay are expected, along with jam band flavors and a healthy serving of hip-hop from T-Pain. See Electric Forest 2019’s full lineup below.

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Electric Forest announces return to single-weekend format

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Electric Forest announces return to single-weekend formatElectric Forest Credit Anthony Norkus

Electric Forest is a festival that entrances and exhilarates its attendees with a top-notch lineup and a unique, beautiful venue. With so many dedicated fans, Electric Forest expanded into a two-weekend format in 2017 – an effort to cut down on crowding in the campgrounds and provide a versatile experience for the festival-goers. However, in a recent announcement, the festival has revealed that they will be returning to the single weekend format in 2019.

The Insomniac-hosted festival has noted that this plan is part of a larger effort towards the conservation of Sherwood Forest. 2019’s iteration of the event will include “upgraded landscapes, areas with new grass, and infrastructure improvements across the site.” Though this may be a blow to some die-hard, two-weekend members of the Forest family, the idea of conserving the land for future generations of attendees is something that definitely is in line with the Electric Forest philosophy.

The 2019 edition of Electric Forest will take place June 27-30 in Rothbury, Michigan. Wristbands and lodging packages will go on sale at 12 p.m. EST Friday, December 7. Learn more here.

Photo credit: Anthony Norkus

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)

YouTube (Partial)

GRiZ Chasing The Golden Hour (First Weekend, Triploee)

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GRiZ (First Weekend, Panky Rang Renegade Stage)

SoundCloud | Mixcloud | YouTube

GRiZ Live Band (Second Weekend, Ranch Arena)

YouTube (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4)

Hotel Garuda Farewell Set (First Weekend, Tripolee)

SoundCloud | Mixcloud | YouTube

Jade Cicada (First Weekend, Forest Stage)

MixcloudYouTube (Partial)

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)

Mixcloud | YouTube (Partial)

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)

YouTube (Partial)

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)

Mixcloud | YouTube

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)

SoundCloud | YouTube

 

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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