Electric Forest, which has become one of the biggest camping music festivals in the U.S, was a weekend-long journey that celebrated not only music and nature, but community. People from far and wide camped for four (or five) nights in Rothbury, Michigan to see their favorite musical acts, but what they got was so much more.
The vehicles started to line up on Wednesday during the day, and from 11 p.m. to about 4 p.m. the next day, a steady stream of cars were being led to their respective camping sites. The first thing you might notice is the sheer size of the campground, which housed a sold-out attendance of about 37,000. There were tents as far as the eye can see.
Festival-goers, especially the amazing volunteers, were encouraged to be friendly and help those who camped around them. The sense of community could be felt all around. “Happy Forest” was the phrase that made all feel welcome. The campground was organized like a city, with a main street full of vendors and a general store that was open 24 hours. All of this was provided for the guests, and this was all outside the Forest.
The Forest was a work of art that never seemed to end. It was easy to get lost, but that was never a bad thing. You could go in all four days and discover something new each time. It starts with yoga at noon and the activities expand from there. Psychedelic Bingo was another fan favorite. Electric Forest is so much more than just the music, but music is the backbone.
Electric Forest supplied it’s visitors with some of the most talented, diverse group of musicians in the world. Electronic music was the main focus, with big names like Zedd, Steve Angello, Excision, and Moby each making the crowd dance and move to the music of the future. Rapper ScHoolboy Q had heads bobbin’ to his smooth beats and soulful rhymes. Lauryn Hill and Aloe Blacc put on some incredible vocal performances. Stephen Marley set the forest ablaze. Jam bands STS9 and The String Cheese Incident had massive crowds rocking and dancing to their tunes, each doing multiple shows. The Forest Stage even had a touching moment when father and son Kevin and Dantiez Saunderson went back to back for a memorable set. The hammocks in the trees would swing in approval to the sounds of the Forest.
During the day, Sherwood Forest was like a beautiful nature walk, and during the night, a spectacular light show that makes the whole trip worth it. The amount of detail put into the Forest must be recognized. It was an art show worthy of it’s own festival. Monuments and statues stood tall while buildings and gardens served as beautiful meeting spots, full of rich detail and color.
Ourtunez was there for it all, not only promoting our app, but making connections with the people. We were amazed at how people responded to a music service that focused on independent artists. New music discovery is contagious and addicting, and we want to thank EVERYONE who came by our booth for some slow-motion fun and to hear what Ourtunez is all about. Without you, we wouldn’t be here. WE LOVE YOU ALL.
-Nino Munaco, Ourtunez Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org)