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Becoming One with Nature at Electric Forest (DMNW Review)

Who would’ve thought a small town in Michigan can transform into the most magical place on earth. The 2 weekend 4-day festival in Rothbury, Michigan lit up the night these past two weekends, and Dance Music Northwest is here to recap the weekend of magic.


Electric Forest offers numerous options of camping to suit your needs. From GA camping to group camping to the luxury furnished campsites. If you can handle camping at PNW’s Paradiso Festival then camping at Electric Forest is no biggie. There are surprise performances at the campgrounds at night from artists that performed at the festival, there are also food vendors that are opened late for late night party goers.


Some of our favorite stages this year included the Forest Stage, Sherwood Court, and Tripolee. The Forest Stage located in the middle of the forest was surrounded by lights and art installations. Some of the artists included Mija and Kyle Watson, watching these artists in that environment was unbelievable (hard to put it in words). The Sherwood Court stage which had Chromeo and Keys N Krates was a stage with open space, grass and fresh air. Whether you want to sit and relax or dance around, Sherwood Court had enough room for you to do anything. The Tripolee stage, next to the ferris wheel, had all the great music. Tripolee might be the most “classic” festival stage but the vibes beat out all the others.

Photo: Electric Forest

Art Installations 

This year, Electric Forest knocked it out of the water with its art installations. Walking into the forest, there were structures and art pieces within seconds from each other. Even walking from stage to stage, you could find intriguing pieces from artists. One of the most mesmerizing pieces was the umbrella walkway.

Photo: Electric Forest


From food to miscellaneous items, we have nothing but good things to say about the vendors picks this year. Some of the best festival foods that we ever put in our mouths (island noodles, hash brown sandwiches, out of the world biscuit and gravy). It’s more than just the average pizza and hot dog that we are used to at festivals, it was quality food with various options to satisfy your craving from a full day of dancing.  For the miscellaneous vendors, there were more than enough vendors for you to check out in your downtime. We definitely did not have the chance to check out every single vendor that was on our list. There were so many options to purchase a souvenir for your time in the forest.


We can’t forget about the music. From a day of Bassrush to Bassnectar to surprise sets, the music surprised us all. Some of our favorite acts include Stickybuds, Herobust, Chromeo, Fisher, Galantis, Bassnectar and Eoto. Every single act during weekend 1 had its own element of uniqueness and made this weekend special. Music might just sound better in the forest.


Start planning for Electric Forest 2019 with your festival squad. Electric Forest is a place where you can feel free and become one with the music. There is nowhere on this earth that will make you feel as happy as you will feel in the forest. A true escape from reality.

Photo: Electric Forest

What did you think about Electric Forest this year? Let us know in the comments below!

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