Electric Forest 2013: A Diverse Music Lovers Retreat
Electric Forest Music Festival is held in Rothbury, Michigan from June 27th to 30th. Hosted by the famous String Cheese Incident, Electric Forest has adapted to the growing electronica scene while simultaneously staying true to its cheesy roots. The String Cheese Incident is performing three shows at the festival and the band is sure to bring the heat to each one, as they do every year. The Cheese always offers exciting set lists, captivating sit-ins, and the multiple time slots needed to truly provide a genuine String Cheese experience. Electric Forest is known for its eclectic lineup, with a variety of artists appealing to all tastes, from the EDM fan to the jam band enthusiast.
There are countless aspects of Electric Forest that truly separate the festival and the venue from all the rest. These aspects are impossible to replicate at other festival grounds simply because of the environment at Electric Forest. The Festival offers wooded areas that are filled with various forms of abstract art and live human performers. This area is heavily populated with trees and is known famously as the Sherwood forest. The entire experience of Sherwood forest is completely surreal, it’s a fantastical and mystical woodland area. By day the Sherwood forest is a location of relaxation with hammocks hanging from trees and paths winding all around the forest, which lies at the heart of the festival. By night, the heavily shaded wooded area transforms into a mystical wonderland filled with surprise sets, performers, intricate light work, artwork, and even live painters.
The Festival Experience
As if a magical forest is not enough, this especially original festival offers shuttles to “ Gold Rush Water Park” if you’re feeling overheated and need to cool down. The water park costs 20 dollars on Friday but only 10 dollars on Thursday. This is a pretty great bargain considering this fee includes the shuttle to the water park, the water park itself, showers, and towels.
Crazy enough, there is even more to see and do. As if a jam-packed music festival with a mind-blowing forest and a water park wasn’t enough, Electric Forrest is situated on a giant lake. “Enjoy beachfront music, BBQ, and other festivities at Big Wildcat Lake. Lounge on the warm sand, partake in a game of beach volleyball, or swing on the old-school swing set and enjoy the view. Big Wildcat Lake, located inside the venue, will be marked on the festival map.” But wait! There’s more! Located near the camp grounds, there will be 9 holes of glow in the dark disc golf–they are even offering a tournament for the first time in Electric forest history.
The festival also offers horse back riding! Although the music is exceptional and Electric Forest is first and foremost a music festival, it’s so much more. The forest is a music lovers retreat with activities offered all hours of the day, appealing to all attendees of the festival in some way or another. The festival caters to a variety of music enthusiasts, and with such an eclectic lineup there has to be an equally balanced list of activities to choose from. Electric Forest does a great job offering every one of its attendees with something different and exciting to do.