This week, an estimated 45,000 attendees are gearing up for the sold-out 8th rendition of Electric Forest, a 4-day arts and music festival in Rothbury, Michigan. Headlining this year are:
Odesza – Setting the tone for the weekend, the chart-topping chill-wave duo from Bellingham, Washington will greet the crowd with a euphoric welcome on Thursday night. While they may also surprise with some harder sounds like “Loyal”
Kygo – Friday night, the Norwegian producer credited with popularizing the term “tropical house” will take the stage. Having recently collaborated with Rita Ora on “Carry On” and also today dropping a Whitney Houston featuring remake of “Higher Love”
Bassnectar – an entity that has become something greater than the music and arguably life itself to his ever-loyal bassheads, Bassnectar will be performing at the peak of the weekend on Saturday night.
Zed’s Dead – last but certainly not least, the OG dubstep duo from Toronto will close out the festival on Saturday night.
Aside from the headliners, here is a list of most anticipated acts you might have missed in the undercard:
CharlestheFirst – a newcomer on the scene from the Bay Area, CharlestheFirst got his name on the radar with his 2018 album “The Ascent” and is known for his immersive sound design and atmospheric basslines. He will be joining the Bass Rush-curated lineup at the Tripolee stage alongside dub and bass legends Caspa and 12th planet for a b2b set with Thriftworks on Friday, as well as have his own set late Saturday evening at the Jubilee stage.
Claude von stroke – the LA-based house favorite and his label Dirtybird Records does a lot of the heavy lifting for house and techno roster on this year’s lineup. He will be taking the stage at Sherwood Court on Saturday night. Other Dirtybird acts on the lineup include Hannah Wants and Escapade (project of Ardalan and Walker & Royce).
Crooked Colours – following the release of their sophomore album last month, the indie-electronica group from Perth, Australia has been gaining traction for their hypnotic vocals and lush sound, often compared to the likes of Glass Animals and Tame Impala. Catch their set before they blow up on Friday night at the Observatory.
Ekali – part of Skrillex’s OWSLA collective, the Canadian producer made waves with his collab with Zhu on “Blame”. Although still a third-tier artist, Ekali is on his way up. He will be opening for Nghtmre and Slander Thursday night at the Tripolee stage.
Gramatik – the trip-hop influenced producer from Slovenia returns to Electric Forest this year, curiously without either of his frequent counterparts Big Gigantic or Griz (collectively known as Big Grizmatik). Rumors and suspicions are circulating around his set, however, as Griz is known for treating his fans to surprise appearances at the Forest. Gramatik will be performing Friday evening before Odesza at the Ranch Arena.
Honey Dijon – a success story hailing from the Chicago underground house scene, Honey Dijon has maintained a cult following for her genre-bending sets as well as her fashion presence and trans rights activism. Catch her closing out the Carousel Club Saturday night.
Jantsen – this up-and-coming producer from Boulder, Colorado is known for his tight ties with Bassnectar, and garnered hype around his collaboration with Griz on his track “Bring it Back”, dropped at the inaugural Hijinx Festival over New Year’s weekend. Catch him at Jubilee on Saturday afternoon.
Seven Lions – the Santa Barbara, California native trance producer and cult favorite returns to the forest for the first time in five years, and his presence will undoubtedly be made known to anyone and everyone via logo’d totems, flags, tattoos, etc. You can catch his much-anticipated set closing out Tripolee on Sunday night.
STS9 – short for “Sound Tribe Sector 9”, the Santa Cruz-based electronic jam band maintains a niche following, yet large enough to headline the likes of Red Rocks Ampitheater. They also caused quite a commotion on the r/electricforest subreddit in the form of an auto bot when the band was not added to last year’s lineup. They will be performing Saturday night at Sherwood Court.
Tokimonsta – a producer from LA, Tokimonsta entered the scene in the early 2010’s when she was signed to Flying Lotus’ label Brainfeeder, but has recently gained notoriety for her Grammy-nominated album Lune Rouge, featuring her single “Don’t Call Me” with singer Yuna. Catch her set Saturday evening at the Tripolee stage.