Big news for fans of Michigan’s Electric Forest as organizers today announced that starting in 2017 the festival will be moving to a back-to-back weekend format. Next year Weekend 1 will take place June 22 – 25, followed by Weekend 2 June 29 – July 2.
The festival posted the following statement to their website early Friday morning:
“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.”
According to organizers, both weekend’s will be unique and offer different lineups, though they did point out that some artists will appear both weekends while performing different sets. Patrons can also expect a little more breathing room as the festival plans to reduce each weekend’s attendance by 10% from previous editions. Organizers plan to announce each weekend’s lineup prior to the initial ticket on-sale to help patrons decide which weekend is best suited for their tastes. Those who plan to attend both weekends however will not be allowed to camp on-site during the days between each weekend.
Read the full announcement on the official Electric Forest web-site here.