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.
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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.
Since his breakout with “World Away“—released in 2015 on ODESZA’s Foreign Family Collective—Swedish producer Kasbo has made quick work of developing a distinct sound. He’s since remixed artists from Big Gigantic to Vance Joy and spent time touring with the likes ofOdesza, San Holo, and Slow Magic. The producer’s spring touring schedule is still being fleshed out, but he has already been announced to play Hangout Festival and two weekends at Electric Forest.
On his newest single, “Snow In Gothenburg,” Kasbo showcases his artistically sensitive shadow, one that has lurked in the melodies of his tracks for years now. Drawing on influences in melancholic house, the song is an interpersonal journey full of atmospheric synths and waning vocals.
“The song itself is about loneliness and isolation, and the freedom of coming to terms with those feelings” says Kasbo of the track. “Seeing the beauty of realizing that everyone has their own ways to go in life and that not everyone is supposed to have someone.”
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.
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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.”