Electric Forest

Electric Forest Reveals Two-Weekend Lineup For 2017

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Electric Forest is one of our favorite music festivals we look forward to each year. The Michigan-based event has created such a unique experience that tickets sold out before the lineup was even announced last year. Now they’re back with two weekends for the first time in 2017 and have shared the huge lineup! 

Electric Forest has built a dedicated community due to the incredible experience they’ve curated each year from the music to the art installations and magical forest itself. TSIS is proud to have been a part of the experience in years past as we hosted a TSIS secret set in 2016 that drew such a large crowd it needed to be shut down. Stay tuned to see what we have in store next year!

This year they’ve announced the lineup ahead of tickets going on sale and it’s shaping up to be another great year for the festival. Over the course of the two weekends Electric forest 2017 will be bringing Bassnectar, The String Cheese Incident, ODESZA, Big GiganticAbove & Beyond, A-TrakClaude VonstrokeMy Morning Jacket, NERO (Live), Oliver Heldons, DJ Snake, Thievery Corporation and many many more! 

See the initial lineups for each weekend below and be sure to grab your tickets here when they go on sale before selling out. The wristbands and lodging packages begin their on-sale Nov. 29th - Dec. 7 for repeat attendees with the general on sale happening Dec. 8 at noon ET. Enjoy!

Electric Forest 2017 First Weekend Initial Lineup 
EF 2017 Weekend 1

Electric Forest 2017 Second Weekend Initial Lineup 

EF 2017 Weekend 2

Is Electric Forest 2017 Going To Be Two Weekends?

Electric Forest Two Weekends

UPDATE: When rumors started circulating that Electric Forest 2017 would expand to two weekends, it raised some questions. Now the festival has confirmed the planned expansion with a statement giving more insight on what this will mean for EF. The festival will return in 2017 over back to back weekends on June 22-25 and June 29-July 2. 

The expansion to multiple weekends won’t damage the festival’s intimacy or integrity as each weekend’s capacity will be lowered by 10% from 2016 and the prices will remain the same. In addition, they will have some artists play both weekends while others will appear for either one or the other. EF stressed artists will multiple appearances will not be playing the same sets in addition to some unique curated events that will be specific to one weekend. They stated the goal is to stay “well balanced and unique.” Read the entire statement below: 

After careful and thoughtful consideration, Electric Forest is ready to take an amazing leap into the future. Forest HQ is incredibly excited to announce that Electric Forest 2017 will take place on two distinct and back-to-back weekends at a lower capacity. The dates will be:

Weekend 1: June 22 – 25

Weekend 2: June 29 – July 2

Over the past six years, the strength and spirit of the Forest Family have grown beyond our wildest dreams. But as we also grow in size, we keep coming back to one important question: How do we preserve intimacy and integrity while welcoming new friends?

Our community is an ever-evolving experiment of culture, creativity, and friendship where we explore what happens when the complexities of our daily lives are put on hold in favor of connecting with one another on a deeper level. Yet, there are many who do not have the opportunity to participate because weekend passes sell out so quickly. Why not expand something that creates so much good? Why not allow our collective energy to create space for new ideas, and greater participation? This is not untethered growth. This is mindful evolution with tremendous care being placed on the deepest ideals of the Forest. Electric Forest 2017 represents a meaningful, organic expansion into the creative wilderness that honors the experience we cherish together.

More information will be coming this Fall, although you may have many questions right now. Below is a short Q&A that will shed light on some main topics.

What will each weekend be like?

The short answer is that each weekend will be unique, and none of the 8 total days of Electric Forest will be the same. Creativity should not be bound by a formula, but there are a few 2017 guidelines worth sharing:

  • There will be some musical artists who will appear on both weekends. However, these artists will perform different sets of music each weekend that take us on a deeper and more diverse journey through their creative explorations.
  • Some musical artists will perform on one weekend only, and some will perform multiple times throughout that weekend, but their performances will not be repeats. Instead, they will perform different sets of music tailored for different times of the day and night.
  • All Electric Forest community programs (such as Plug In and Her Forest) will continue through both weekends.
  • There will be unique curated events that will occur on only one weekend. Many of these curated events and themes will be announced along with the initial line up prior to the on sale date of weekend passes.

Will the capacity be the same as 2016?

No. While Electric Forest will expand in many ways in 2017, its intimacy will stay intact. In fact, the capacity for each weekend will be reduced by approximately 10% from 2016.

Raising the capacity and expanding the site layout for a single weekend was an idea that was considered. However, rapid growth of the venue has the potential to undermine the values of The Forest. Instead of moving toward one larger weekend, the most thoughtful choice was the creation of two smaller capacity weekends.

How will I know which weekend I want to go to before passes go on sale?

HQ will be releasing an initial music line up for both weekends prior to the on-sale date. While this will not be a complete line up announcement, it will be more than enough to get the flavor of each weekend. Many headlining artists will be included in the initial announcement while various programs, lineup additions, curated events, and much more will be announced well into 2017.

Please know the goal is for both weekends to be well balanced and unique. Each weekend will have its share of surprises, but as always, the goal for any Forest veteran or newcomer is to participate in an amazing experience, regardless of which weekend they attend. Hopefully, the inevitable discussion around “which weekend is better” will become a pointless exercise. This is because it is ALL Electric Forest.

Can I buy passes for both weekends?

Yes! Please know you will need to exit the site between weekends so that proper cleaning and maintenance can take place. Maybe enjoy a few days on the beaches of Lake Michigan?

What kind of prices can I expect for 2017 passes?

All 2017 General Admission and Good Life weekend passes will remain at the same prices as 2016.

Will Early Entry parking passes be available?

Yes, Early Entry parking passes will be available for June 21 and June 28.

2017 Loyalty Program Updates

For those of you who are members of the Electric Forest Loyalty Program, know that The Forest cannot wait to welcome you back. Here are a few key details to allow you to begin your planning, with more information coming this Fall:

  • All Loyalty Program members will have the option to purchase up to two (2) total GA wristbands during an exclusive Loyalty On Sale.
  • 2016 Good Life Loyalty Program Members will have the option to purchase up to two (2) total Good Life Wristbands or up to two (2) GA Camping Wristbands during an exclusive Loyalty On Sale.
  • Members of the Loyalty Program are those who registered their 2016 Wristband, and those who qualify for Four in The Forest.
  • All Loyalty communications will be sent to the email address provided with wristband registration (or with purchase for Four in The Forest who did not attend in 2016)

More details about 2017 Loyalty Offerings, including Four in The Forest, will be available in the coming months.

Local Community: Village of Rothbury/Grant Township

The Village of Rothbury and Grant Township have been amazing hosts for Electric Forest. HQ is excited to announce that we will be expanding all existing programs that give back to our hosts, which will strengthen and deepen our collective ties to the community around us. This expansion includes:

  • A larger Road Improvement Fund
  • Growth in our efforts to support the annual Roy Price Memorial Food Drive
  • Expansion of the Electric Forest Music in Schools program

More community programs will be announced in coming months.

Finally, to all of you who have ever attended any year(s) of Electric Forest, thank you. You have created an undeniable and positive force.

It is the job of HQ to support the ideals and integrity of what we have all created together. Your immense support has led to this moment where thoughtful expansion can happen in a way that stays true to the nature of what has been created.

In a world with more than its fair share of conflict, divisiveness, and negativity, the Electric Forest community once again stands strong. Our experiment is rooted in curiosity. What happens when we truly support each other, and when we listen more than we talk? What happens when the virtual world becomes real-life community? What can we achieve when every individual is celebrated by one beautiful family?


We look to 2017 and beyond with wide eyes filled with hope and excitement. Thank you for continuing on this journey together!

It’s looking like Electric Forest may be one-upping themselves in 2017 by expanding to two weekends! The beloved festival has continually built upon its success with better experiences year after year. 

Due to their uncanny ability to create a magical aesthetic to go along with their stacked lineup, the festival sold out 2016's event before the lineup was even announced. The rumored progression to the multi-weekend approach makes sense due to EFs rapidly growing popularity.

The Festive Owl reports EF "has submitted permits to hold back to back weekend festivals in 2017”. They state the permits have been signed and currently under discussion while they “fully expect it to be approved." We're excited to see if the rumors are true and how this will effect the future of the festival.

This brings up multiple questions if proved to be true. Will there be two different lineups? Will the capacity change? Will this effect the experience? Stay tuned for more info, but for now reminisce on how great 2016’s installment was with our TSIS secret set recap. Enjoy!

Electric Forest 2016: The This Song Is Sick Secret Sets Were Unbelievable

Electric Forest Secret Set Family Photo

It's no secret that we're big fans of Electric Forest which goes down every year in Rothbury, Michigan. We’ve been long-time supporters of the magical music festival and just recently highlighted some of the event’s best back-to-back performances over the years, including a few from our signature TSIS secret sets that we've had the pleasure of throwing each year.

In 2012, we hosted the first-ever Big Grizmatik set featuring Big Gigantic, GRiZ and Gramatik. Last year’s addition showcased the epic back-to-back-to-back between Skrillex, SNAILS, Datsik, 12th Planet and more.

However, 2016 holds a special honor. In addition to our ‘Meet and Greet’ booth, the festival’s organizers provided TSIS its first official slot on the schedule and app, truly cementing the set. As the clock struck 1:00am on Friday night (technically Saturday morning) at the relatively intimate Observatory stage in the Forest, a sea of people gathered. 

The hype was real as countless attendees jumped up and down to sneak a peak at who the night’s performers would be. Rumors had spread throughout the weeks prior with names such as Pretty Lights, Big Grizmatik and others being tossed around, but no one knew what was in store.

The crowd went as far back as the eye could see and the elbow-to-elbow audience somehow managed to get larger with even greater energy. It was a truly an unbelievable sight. The stage was planted in the thick of the forest, looking over the crowd and a large balcony structure that was separated into three parts and two levels.

Electric Forest Secret Set Stage Shot From Back

To kick off the night, Brillz and long-time TSIS Secret Set performer 12th planet (who may need to become the first ever secret set resident) took the stage in front of a roaring audience. The two did not hold back kicking the set off with banger after banger.

Electric Forest Secret Set 12th Planet Brillz 2

Next up, a wild Mija appeared from the side stage and the crowd simply lost it as she hopped into the back-to-back barrage. There was even a point in the set where 12th Planet and Brillz were literally praying to her as she was mixing. Mayhem soon rose as NGHTMRE joined the budding supergroup and hoards of fans somehow continued to pile inward, almost getting to a mildly scary point, as it already seemed over capacity when the set began.

Electric Forest Secret Set Mija 12th Planet Brillz

Electric Forest Secret Set Mija 12th Planet Brillz NGHTMRE

As our final guest GRiZ was getting ready to hop on the decks, the crowd was getting over capacity and had to shut down a tad earlier than planned to make sure safety came first. 

12th Planet gave a proper shout out to TSIS’ final mystery guest, GRiZ, as he stepped onstage to thank everyone for coming out (although he wasn’t able to join in on the back-to-back festivities). 

Electric Forest Secret Set Mija 12th Planet Brillz 2

To lift the night vibes on Saturday, we threw a party until sunrise in the Good Life camping area that featured Anna Lunoe, AC Slater and Justin Martin going back-to-back before leading into Louis the Child, Getter, Cherub, Win & Woo and more. 

We are working with Electric Forest to come back next year in an even bigger way…maybe even a secret stage? Thanks to everyone that made it out and we can’t wait until next year!

Electric Forest Secret Set Mija Headbang

Electric Forest Secret Set 12th Planet Brillz

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