Electric Forest bans outside alcohol from venue and campground
As the number of music festivals around the country continues to rise astronomically, so too does the number of deaths due to intoxication at these events. Following the passing of teenage women Tracy Nguyen and Katie Dix at HARD Summer 2015, public efforts to prevent such casualties have become more ubiquitous and strictly-enforced than ever before.
Electric Forest appears to be the most recent festival to be subjected to this type of policing, which has materialized in a strict ban on all outside alcohol from patrons. An anonymous user posted to the Electric Forest subreddit the following statement, reportedly taken from the event’s organizers:
“Per Michigan state law, any alcohol that is found during the search of your vehicle on entry [to Electric Forest] must be confiscated. This applies to both the campgrounds and the festival venue.”
Naturally, many upset ticket-holders have insinuated that the reason behind the ban on externally supplied alcohol is an initiative by event organizers Insomniac and Madison House to extract more money from attendees by monopolizing alcohol availability. One Reddit user, however, goes on to note that the ban on outside alcohol “is apparently a law that passed in the state government since last year, and not necessarily something EF is just deciding they want to enforce. So no, they are not just trying to gouge you for beer money.”
Electric Forest will be held June 23-26 in Rothbury Michigan, with notable acts such as Bassnectar, Baauer, Tchami, and Disco Biscuits performing.