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Another year, another 4 days that Madison House and Insomniac has left Electric Foresters with dropped jaws.  Electric Forest 2015 not only brought festivalgoers an incredible line-up but also an incredible production that was one for the books. Tickets sold out fast this year too but what else made this year’s Electric Forest experience so incredible?

A couple enters Sherwood Forest.  One remarks to the other, “Feels good to be back here,” and the other replies, “No, it feels good to be home.”

That’s just what Rothbury, Michigan turns into for Foresters across the country: a home away from home.  Whether you’re swinging on a hammock between the trees, weaving through Shakedown Street or grabbing some Poutine by Jubilee, it all becomes familiar.

The line-up this year included The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, ODESZA, Flume, Kaskade, Skrillex, G-Eazy, Galantis, Big Gigantic, Gramatik, Flux Pavilion, Lindsey Stirling, Matoma, Lotus, Eoto and many more!  To see the full list of performers, click here.

Electric Forest 2015 Ranch Arena

Ranch Arena Stage

This year Domo Arigato, Mr. Reflecto was the selected installation for Sherwood Forest through the 2015 Installation Sponsorship Program.  The piece dangled from the trees in the forest- two-way mirror blocks that intrigued passerby.  The artist statement reads:

LED strips illuminate the cubes from within, creating captivating spaces of visual infinity and virtual voids.

Electric Forest 2015 Sherwood Forest

Sherwood Forest

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Two new stages welcomed festivalgoers this year to the left of Sherwood Court: Jubilee and The Hangar.  Jubilee’s stage resembled a tent pitched by Cirque du Soleil while quirky, interactive activities framed The Hangar’s stage. I saw Lance Herbstrong perform “Finally Moving,” while incorporating some live instruments.

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Electric Forest always results in lots of data usage since I’m always “Shazaming” songs and learning more about the artists. For example, did you know that Kaskade is a devout Mormon, doesn’t drink alcohol and speaks Japanese?

While at The Hangar, my friends and I were immediately drawn to a photo booth but were instantly disappointed when we found it to be fake!  Then, a door creaked open and we were ushered inside by a few women in costumes.

We chucked each other “what-is-going-on-here” glances as we entered a dimly lit corridor.
“Welcome to our poetry brothel!”

We were escorted to a “secret room” with a bed and were asked to be seated.  We waited for a few moments, unsure of what to expect next and were pleasantly surprised by the company of a poetry worker.  She read us poems about love with ardor and although the concept was truly unusual, it certainly added personality to Electric Forest 2015.  Oh, and talk about a conversation starter: “have you checked out the poetry brothel?!”

The food was excellent this year- from rich gouda mac ’n cheese to savory poutine to even acai bowls, there truly is something to satisfy all foodies in the forest.  A favorite food among General Admission of the festival were the fresh cinnamon sugar donuts on Shakedown Street- crispy, fluffy and delicious. Paired with some fresh coffee, the combination could not be beat.

Matoma Electric Forest 2015

Matoma performing at Tripolee Stage

Whether you’re blowing Rothbury dust from your nose for the next few weeks or scrolling through pictures (#nostalgia) the Forest stays with you. Post-Electric Forest Festival depression is alive and well in my veins but I can only hope that this upcoming year goes by quickly so that I may visit the Forest again soon.

If you missed the magic in 2014 check out the re-cap video below.

Pictures taken by Pierce Nazitinsky

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