Electric Forest, a titan among the music and arts festivals sprinkling across the American Summer, sold out in a mere four hours on December 7. The collective groan of latecomers was almost audible as I read the press release.
But don’t fret – there is hope! Electric Forest has opened an Official Wristband Exchange for the forest family to circulate passes amongst themselves at fair rates. It beats getting gouged by scalpers every time.
It really shouldn’t come as a surprise; with three nights of String Cheese Incident, electronic headliners like Odesza, Kygo, Bassnectar and Zeds Dead, as well as a lineup so deep you could study it, it would be unreal if it didn’t sell out.
Standout acts in this 2019 lineup, for me at least, are Lettuce, STS9, The Floozies, Claude Vonstroke, Tauk and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. String Cheese Incident is a given, of course. And Gorgon City, tagged as live, greatly interested me. Do I smell a Bonobo-esque move from the house duo?
I’m not as into the big festival EDM/dubstep thing as others (I like my electronics with more of a deep tech/techno flavor), but that’s the wonderful thing about festivals like Electric Forest.
Unlike other major festivals, which often pander to such a wide audience they lose focus, Electric Forest blurs the divide between electronic dance and more traditional forms of groove music. You have Lettuce and String Cheese on one side, Zeds Dead and Claude Von Stroke on the other, and groups like The Floozies and STS9 bridging the gap. The common denominator: you’ve got to dance, man.
Tack on the amazing lighting and art installations, additional events like daily yoga and a silent disco, and you have quite the summer trip.