The weather in the PNW is finally starting to warm up, and we couldn’t be more excited for festival season. We’ve considered Electric Forest to be one of our favorite festivals for a while now pretty much because there’s no festival in the world quite like it.
For the uninitiated, Electric Forest is a two-weekend event at the Double JJ Resort in Michigan that features the performances of artists from multiple genres, with their main genre focus being EDM and jam bands. Sadly, Wally Wojack (owner of the Double JJ Resort) passed away last year at the age of 89. To honor the seeds he planted (quite literally), the Forest family shared a tribute video at their 2017 event. In addition, the organizers have plans to install a permanent tribute in 2018.
The late Wally Wojack said it best: “They’re happy. They’re making love, not war. I love the young people here. I love them all.” With that quote in mind, lets dive into the details of the Plug In Program.
The program provides over a dozen opportunists to put your personal touch on the festival, in the way of contests, artistic projects and much more. Whether or not you’ve been to Electric Forest before, its definitely worth checking out. Electric Forest has always been an advocate for women’s rights and the environment and it’s very fitting that they have programs for both.
Prize Cart Remix Contest
Have you ever felt overwhelmed with the sheer amount of garbage strewn everywhere in the aftermath of a festival? We’re sure everyone has and oh boy, has Electric Forest come up with a great solution. At the end of every set when the Prize Cart jingle randomly plays, staff members hand out bags for attendees to pick up trash to redeem for – wait for it – prizes!
And now, attendees have a chance to make a remix of the jingle that will be heard throughout the forest this year. Check out the Prize Cart Remix Contest page to learn more about the official rules and to learn more about the Prize Cart. Get your remix in soon! Submissions are being accepted until April 15, 11:59 pm ET. The organizers plan to announce the winner in the same month.
In 2016, Electric Forest created Her Forest, a one-of-a-kind program that focuses on creating a safe haven for those who identify as women. The program isn’t a simple workshop sprinkled here and there, it’s an immersive experience. Opportunities include a dedicated camp, panel discussions, women’s circles and so much more. Inclusive programs like Her Forest are amazing because they strive for a solution to the problems women face.
Details for Her Forest 2018 are coming soon, check out this page to learn more.
The Roy Price Memorial Food Drive
HQ and Conscious Alliance are teaming up for the eighth year in a row to host the Roy Price Memorial Food Drive, named after the late Roy Price. A beautiful two-panel screen print will be available to the attendees that donate 20 non-perishable food items or a suggested donation amount (for each panel). Conscious Alliance prefers food donations that are low-sodium and health oriented. Organic donations are encouraged; however, they will not accept ramen and expired food. All food donated benefits the members of the Rothbury community through the Price family’s distribution network.
Last year, Conscious Alliance named Dolores Price their 2017 “Hero of the Year” and her prize was a semi-truck filled to the brim with food. The 33,000 pounds of food was distributed throughout Price’s community. How amazing is that!
These are only three of the amazing opportunities that Electric Forest has with their Plug In Program. Check out the official program page to learn more about how you can ‘plug in’. If you haven’t had a chance to purchase tickets for Electric Forest, there are some available for both weekends. Make sure to grab your ticket before they sell out!
Will you be heading to Rothbury for Electric Forest this summer? Are you participating in any Plug In programs? Let us know in the comments below!