Electric Forest is an eight-day, two-weekend festival held in Rothbury, Michigan each year. Debuting in 2011, Electric Forest is known for showcasing a wide variety of electronic DJs and jam bands. You can find many acts ranging from techno to dubstep on the lineup. And trust me, there are some amazing sets you DON’T want to miss. Here are 5 artists I won’t be missing on this year’s lineup (Note, Since Electric Forest is a two-weekend event, I only covered sets that will be taking place both weekends).
I can’t miss a GRiZ set at any festival! Originally from Michigan, GRiZ always brings the funk to Electric Forest. He will be performing a live set both weekends, meaning there’s a 100% chance the good times will roll after he brings out his saxophone. His funky, electro-soul sets are a safe bet for first time Forester’s or for the experienced. His track, “PS GFY”, is a great summary of GRiZ’s unique sound and his IDGAF attitude. If you’re trying to get down with all your friends, don’t miss GRiZ!
Rufus Du Sol
Electric Forest will be my first time seeing Rufus Du Sol. This Australian Deep House trio consists of members Tyrone Lindqvist, Jon George and James Hunt. I first discovered their good vibes after hearing their song “Like an Animal”. I get goosebumps whenever I listen to it. They recently just released a new single, “No Place”, and I honestly can’t wait to hear it for the first time live at Electric Forest.
The Glitch Mob
I wasn’t very familiar with The Glitch Mob before seeing them on the Electric Forest lineup. The LA based trio is known for combining unique sounding music with artistic visual components. The Glitch Mob has also just recently dropped their new album, “See Without Eyes”, and will be playing their new stuff at Forest. “Take Me With You” has been on repeat since I first started listening to them. Headlining both weekends of Electric Forest, The Glitch Mob is ready to bring their innovative sounds to the Forest.
I first stumbled upon Clozee at Okeechobee Music Festival. The young French producer stands out amongst other popular artists at the moment, and for a good reason. She’s mastered the skill of incorporating traditional instruments and bass into one of the most original sounds I’ve ever heard. She has just recently started touring in the United States and will be performing both weekends of Electric Forest. If you’re looking to discover new artists, or are in the mood for some trippy glitch music, definitely check out Clozee’s set.
A lot of us are still asking ourselves, who the heck is Malaa? Malaa broke out onto the house scene after his single “Notorious” went viral. One of the most interesting things about Malaa is the mystery surrounding him. He performs every set in a balaclava to hide his identity. Despite lack of knowledge surrounding Malaa, he is currently signed to the iconic Tchami’s label and even collaborated with him on an entire EP. If you love house music, shuffling, and getting groovy, check out Malaa’s set both weekends of Forest.
There are so many even more amazing artists on Forest’s lineup just waiting to be discovered! Check out the rest of the headliners down below.