2014 Electric Forest Recap: ‘This has to be the No. 1 festival in the country’
Rothbury, Mich. – Sherwood Forest came alive as 35,000 festival-goers were drawn to the enchanted Electric Forest this past June 26-30. Fans from all over the globe came for the array of bands, psychedelic pop and electronic music that rocked out Rothbury’s Double JJ Ranch.
Five main stages showcased some of the world’s most innovative sounds from such legendary and diverse artists as Steve Angello, Moby, and Andy C. The lineup was outstanding and ensured that fans were raging all day and all night with global phenomenons such as DirtyPhonics, Zedd, Protohype, Booka Shade, Anna Lunoe, What’s So Not, STS9 and more.
DJ Times began Thursday night interviewing Paper Diamond who touched on his unique style and love for the forest. Zeds Dead smashed the Ranch arena and Dirtybird’s J. Phlip and Justin Martin then took us on a funky West Coast trip at Tripolee stage.
Friday evening, Zedd gave a mind-blowing performance at the Ranch Arena and Protohype (our favorite bass family), Pegboard Nerds, Wilkinson, Dirtyphonics, I am Legion, 12th Planet, Bro Safari, Andy C, and Excision all tore the Tripolee stage to shreds before continuing their performances in the Good Life camping area until sunrise.
On Saturday, former Swedish House Mafioso Steve Angello gave a stellar performance closing out the Ranch Arena, while Booka Shade tore up the decks at Sherwood Court. As the weekend came to a close, Moby transformed the crowd at Tripolee and a special Manic Menert set made history at the Forest Stage.
The DJs’ performances were elevated to new heights with bass-resonating sound systems and cosmic lighting as world- class industry-event giants Insomniac and Madison House Presents have perfected the art of visuals, sound, lighting and stage production.
There is a special magic at Electric Forest, a dream world that includes unicorns, Sherwood nymphs, Minions, pirates, fairies, gypsies, warriors and ravers of all tribes. In her interview with us, Australian DJ Anna Lunoe said she noticed the allure of the forest before she even stepped foot inside Sherwood.
DJ Times caught up with several artists to understand the essence of EF. L.A.’s 12th Planet, aka John Dadzie, a forest veteran, was interviewed alongside Protohype, Bro Safari and Dirtyphonics. “Electric Forest is amazing,” said Prototype. “The vibes are incredible. This has to be the No. 1 festival in the country.” Added Bro Safari, “The vibe is just different than anywhere else I’ve been—I wish I could stay longer.”
The performances were top-notch, yet many Foresters found time to relax tucked in hammocks swinging in the foliage, jamming to the psychedelic sounds of rock acts acts Umphrey’s McGee and The String Cheese Incident; others shuttled to the Gold Rush Waterpark, soaking in the outdoor hot tub waterfalls and resting in rope canopies.
Whether it’s love for the forest, love for the music, love for your hammock mates or love for your fellow ragers, the greatest essence of EF is love. So as another year in the Forest comes to an end and Foresters return to normal society, though assured that remnants of the enchanted Sherwood Forest will always be with them. “It’s not about what you walk away from,” said Protohype, “it’s what you walk away with.”