Electric Forest confirms expansion to two weekends in 2017
It’s official: Electric Forest is expanding to two weekends in 2017. Earlier this week, it was reported that the Michigan festival had submitted permits to hold back-to-back weekends next year, and now it appears the city council has approved the request. Electric Forest confirmed the news via their website, writing “after careful and thoughtful consideration, Electric Forest is ready to take an amazing leap into the future. Forest HQ is incredibly excited to announce that Electric Forest 2017 will take place on two distinct and back-to-back weekends at a lower capacity.”
The two weekends for next year are June 22 – 25 and June 29 – July 2. Perhaps the most exciting news is that both weekends will have a lower capacity, preserving the coveted intimacy of the Rothbury event. Electric Forest stated in regards to the decision: “Instead of moving toward one larger weekend, the most thoughtful choice was the creation of two smaller capacity weekends.” Capacity for each weekend will be reduced by approximately 10% according to Electric Forest’s website.
Read Electric Forest’s full statement below, and head to their website for a Q&A on the decision.
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.