Taking place in the experimental micro-city of Arcosanti in Arizona, the festival boasts breathtakingly intimate performances with zero overlap, an inspiring community of capped participants to ensure intimacy, devoid of VIP sections, accented with immersive art, cliffside pool parties, and more – not to mention the fact that the festival is backdropped by Arcosanti’s otherworldly architecture and natural landscapes.
Now, the Hundred Waters‘-curated FORM has announced a limited number of early bird passes are on sale for the festival’s 2019 edition. The festival has also shared stunning visuals that capture the 2018 edition and showcase the Arizona eco-city in an impeccably tantalizing light, albeit in just 60 seconds.
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.
Known for branding himself beyond the music he produces, Skrillex, aka Sonny Moore, has become one of the most recognizable musicians in the EDM scene. The innovative artist released a captivating and inventive 2016 recap video, titled “The Same Place,” on his YouTube page earlier today. The video proves that Skrillex is once more stretching
Skrillex uploaded and deleted a video last night that chronicled his recent adventures in 2016, from Japan to Fiji and more. Followed by his trusted videographer and friend Jas Davis, the two create a unique aesthetic that no one could possibly recreate.
Between the tens of thousands of adoring fans who saw Skrillex play over the last year and the many destinations that he’s traveled to, there’s hardly anyone who could compare to the lifestyle that Sonny embodies.
It’s unclear why the video was taken down initially, but it was just re-uploaded to YouTube where you can watch the whole thing. We guarantee that watching the whole thing is worth it, and you might even catch what sounds like an insane unreleased “Purple Lamborghini” remix inside.
Filmed by Jas Davis
Edited by: Jas Davis & James Winterhalter
Back in July, bass music powerhouses NGHTMRE and Slander announced the beginning of a co-headlining tour across the US. The Gud Vibrations bus tour kicked off early in November, giving fans around the country the chance to witness some of the grimiest and most powerful-looking sets in the circuit. Known for their “no BS” approach to songwriting and DJing, the two acts come as the perfect trio to bring the most dedicated bass fans to their knees.
After nearly a month of touring, the two groups have finally unveiled the final dates for the tour, stretching all the way to December 23. Fans from the east coast and New England will be glad to see that most of the remaining dates fall somewhere near to them.
Even though The Chainsmokers have traveled Europe before for festivals and one-off shows, they embarked on their first ever official European tour this year. Traveling to Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona and more, they were joined by close associates and friends along the way.
The vlog below documents their time overseas, from performing with Phoebe Ryan, throwing down at Amsterdam Music Festival, and Drew almost shitting his pants on stage (around 4:00). You could really say there’s something for everyone in this video.
It’s sometimes incredible the lengths that fans will go to in order to demonstrate their devotion to the artist that they love. In this instance, YouTube user TheLionRecords has uploaded a fan-made video of Martin Garrix’s time in Amsterdam last month as part of Amsterdam Dance Event with some older footage mixed in as well.
Following the producer across a variety of shows and fan interactions, the video is sound tracked by one of Martin’s new songs with his sideproject AREA 21, “We Did It.”
There aren’t many festivals out there quite like Mysteryland. Hailed as one of the longest-running dance festivals in the world, with over 20 years of experience behind the trademark Netherlands edition, the festival’s newer U.S. offshoot has proven just as successful as its European counterpart. Mysteryland USA incorporates another special draw, taking place each year at the iconic Woodstock festival grounds, where some of rock n’ roll’s most legendary acts of all time gathered over 50 years ago. Matching the historic setting with cutting-edge modern festival production, Mysteryland USA continues its annual upward trend into 2017, announcing run dates of June 9-12 next summer.
With the year winding down, the festival has shared the official aftermovie from this year’s edition. The video captures Mysterlyand’s larger-than-life appeal, from sweeping drone shots high above the campgrounds to crowd shots of Odesza, Skrillex, and Zeds Dead.
Clips from performances by Mija, The Chainsmokers, Rezz and Bassnectar help recount some of the highlights from this year’s event, but in order to really grasp the unmatched Mysteryland USA energy, you’ll just have to make your way to Woodstock for the 2017 edition. Trust us, its worth it.
Pre-sale tickets for Mysteryland USA 2017 are available here.