The official announcement on Electric Forest’s website stated that each weekend of the Michigan festival will have a lower capacity, allowing for a more intimate experience while still allowing more people to attend overall.
The first weekend for 2017 will take place from June 22 through June 25, with the following weekend of June 29 through July 2 also being dedicated to the music madness.
Unlike Coachella, which also takes place over two weekends, Electric Forest plans on having each day be totally diverse with no repeats. Though some artists may play both weekends, their sets will be different each time.
Their online statement went on to explain their choices.
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.
The information makes it very clear that they are doing their best job to ensure that as the festival grows, the spirit remains the same.
And here’s some more good news: it’s totally allowed to buy passes for both weekends. Get more updates by checking out the official FAQ.
–EDM In Stereo Staff