What You Need to Know About the Electric Forest Lineup
Lets get real here and talk about the substance of the Electric Forest Music Festival. When I say substance I mean the meat, the heart, the core: the festival’s lineup. How well balanced is the music selection? Are there any schedule conflictions that need to be sorted out? What unique collaboration sets will be going down at this year’s Electric Forest Music Festival?
So many questions to be answered and so little time! Is there balance in the music selection? This festival is known to be very saturated with EDM music but honestly I am impressed with the variety Electric Forest has to offer. The String Cheese Incident will be there this year of course, but following them up this year in the bluegrass/jam genre are bands like Greensky Bluegrass and Railroad Earth. Other electronic oriented jam/dance music acts, like Dopapod and Boombox, will be there to bridge the genre gap.
The collaboration sets are the best thing about music festivals. Electric Forest has done well at picking up the side projects of members from popular groups in the festival scene. Digital Tape Machine is a side project featuring Kris and Joel from Umphrey’s McGee, I don’t even need to hear the music they play to know that I am not missing that set. SuckerPunch is the other big time collaboration on the lineup featuring Marc and Aron of the Disco Biscuits, Jamie Shields of the New Deal, and Mike Greenfield from Lotus. Did I mention that both of these bands kick off Electric Forest and play Thursday?
There are some other possible group duo’s to throw down in the Forest. Future Rock and Manic Focus just released a collaboration song called “Pine Sol Fresh” which only leads me to think that they may throw down together. Needless to say the song is fresh and it is the soundtrack in my head when I think about Electric Forest. GrizMatik is a duo made up of Griz and Gramatik and they are expecting company but it isn’t announced on the lineup. At Summer Camp Music Festival GrizMatik threw down with Big Gigantic. What do they have in store for Electric Forest?
Time to address schedule conflicts (SC), the terminal illness of music festivals. Thursday has a minor case of “SC.” On Thursday SuckerPunch (6:45 p.m.) will be playing around the same time as The Werks (7:15). This will leave me torn because The Werks are on the rise and put on a great show but SuckerPunch is a talented collaboration of artists. The second mismatch in scheduling is Benni Benassi (12:00 a.m.) and Lotus (12:30 a.m). This is big for me anyway because I have never seen Lotus but at the same time I would still like to get my “Satisfaction” (so to speak). A half hour between each of these is really not bad but I like to enjoy the full show of any group I see perform instead of splitting it in half. On Friday, the Polish Ambassador and Dispatch (7:45 p.m.) are both scheduled at the same time but there is relief in the fact that Dispatch plays for 45 minutes longer. On Saturday, multi-DMC (Disco Mix Club) champion Craze (8 p.m.) and Boombox (7:45 p.m.) conflict but I think I will opt for Craze. He is one of the best DJ’s to ever hit the stage. The next dilemma I discovered was Knife Party (1:15 a.m.) and A-Trak (1:45 a.m.). This would be where I flip a coin to decide. Sunday is looking good for the big name scheduling which will leave me satisfied. Ah yes, the stressful decisions of the Wook.
No matter what decisions have to be made at Electric Forest Music Festival, one will always be deciding between a band that is either good or great. I think those choices sound pretty awesome. Also as of June 19th Electric Forest announced on Facebook and Twitter that Grimes will not be playing and Break Science will be stepping in for them instead.
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