Festival Babes finally got to attend one of our bucket list festivals this year, Electric Forest. This review was much awaited but this year our summer was so packed and things kind of got away from us. Anyway, you heard right…
WE WENT TO ELECTRIC FOREST.
Was it amazing? Yes! Was it exhausting? Yes! Was it worth it? 100% yes!
The beginning of this story did not start out magical, unfortunately. This is how it all went down: Our airline somehow lost our bags, our bags didn’t arrive until after the shuttle pick-up we had already paid for for the following day, aaand that was the only shuttle pick-up for that day…so we were basically stranded in Detroit Thursday morning when we were supposed to be on our way to Electric Forest. To say we were having a rough start to our journey is an understatement. We ended up renting a truck to fit our things since we all flew with our camping gear (check out our previous post about flying with camping gear) and after all the trouble we finally made it to the venue.
We have been to a number of festivals both small and large, with very few actually being efficiently organized where you don’t spend hours upon hours to get into the venue and find your camping spot. We had intended on doing walk-in camping with our friends we were meeting so all we had to do was to park our rental car anywhere they’d let us in car camping and then lug our stuff to avoid being closed in or sent far away. I don’t know if we just got lucky with the time we got there Thursday afternoon or if everyone else did early arrival but when we pulled up to the “line” we got in almost immediately. We were ushered to the road that led to group camping and BAM, a spot right by the entrance. All that traveling, and finally we were in!
Electric Forest is about so much more than just the music. There is a whole forest that comes alive at night, just waiting for you to wander. It’s actually hard, with how good the music lineup always is, to establish a fine balance between dancing to sets and exploring the forest! We enjoyed finding the little fairy doors at the base of trees with hidden gifts inside, or spotting random telephones in the forest that you’re supposed to answer if you hear them ringing. Pro tip: Always answer the phone, you won’t regret it 😉 There were so many things we didn’t have time to do, like the scavenger hunt, and are definitely committing to that next time!
We loved finding a piano in the forest where random festival-goers could play whatever they’d like. On Sunday night one of us was wandering past the piano and discovered a bathtub set up on the other side of it. I swear we didn’t notice it all weekend, so who knows if it was always there or randomly appeared at some point during the weekend! The bathtub looked pretty cozy with pillows in it, so we just had to check it out.
Other entertaining areas to check out at Electric Forest included the Hangar, which was this huge covered area that had mini golfing, ping pong, and bowling; it was like a festival-style amusement center! There was also a sound healing dome, however it always had a ridiculously long line so we never got a chance to experience that. Throughout the forest there were also huge statues of wizards, Mother Nature, umbrellas hanging, and colorful twinkling lights to make the forest look like a fantasy land.
So usually we’d do a breakdown of our favorite artists and diagnose their sets but honestly we saw such good music throughout the festival weekend that we don’t have the time to discuss every set (bravo Electric Forest!) but we will mention who are favorite artists are that we actually saw! Some artists whom we love we didn’t manage to see whether it be: they were on the other side of the festival and we were too tired to walk that way, they were at the same time as someone we hadn’t seen live before, or they were on so early in the day and it was too hot for us to be out there dancing.
Favorites: Odesza, Alison Wonderland, Kygo, Nghtmre and Slander, Manatee Commune, and Seven Lions. Shout out to Crooked Colours and Shaed for us not being totally familiar with you coming into the weekend but being so in love by the end. And T-Pain…oh the nostalgia.
Oh man, the weather. So being Northern California girls, summers for us are hot and dry and at night it’s comfortable, unless you’re in the mountains where it does get cold. Electric Forest is interesting though because for a Midwest festival in June you experience three things: spontaneous thunder storms, sunshine, and humidity. Thankfully, we are planners and prepared for the chance of muddy terrain and constantly feeling sticky from heat but it still took some getting used to! We brought fur coats thinking it may get chilly enough at night but nope, the humidity kept it just warm enough that we were running around with little clothes on 😝 The days got warm and humid early on and it actually stormed pretty hard one of the days, but our campsite was safe and none of our stuff got damaged. Biggest advice we can give is to plan for all weather types!
The Gorgeous Nightmare
We were so excited to represent one of our favorite clothing brands, The Gorgeous Nightmare, all weekend! We did a takeover on her Instagram story and wore her festival clothing for the festival. Out of all the festival wear we own, Gorgeous Nightmare’s sets and pasties definitely make us feel the sexiest while still being so comfortable and unique. Look out for our official blog post dedicated to her festival clothing brand!
We had the most fantastic time at Electric Forest. It lived up to its hype and all the stories we’ve heard of other people’s experiences. It is a well set up and organized festival and we can see why so many people travel far (including us) to get to witness this lovely festival. The big 10 year anniversary is next year, and you already KNOW these babes will be there. Expect a full report on what new adventures we went on the next time, because we can only imagine what craziness they’re going to bring for the 10th year!
P.S. if you’re on the fence on whether you’d be interested, check out this now well known social media drone picture of just PART of Electric Forest. ❤ Happy Forest, y’all.