Electric Forest Festival Expanding to Two Weekends in 2017

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Atmosphere as Kygo performs during Day 4 of the 2014 Electric Forest Festival on June 29, 2014 in Rothbury, Michigan.  

Anyone who's gotten lost in Rothbury, Michigan, as part of the Electric Forest Festival knows that much of the charm is the intimacy. Attendees wander through lighted trees and discover hammock villages or hidden stages, and stumble upon drum circles and roving performance troupes.

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There's a real energy about the place that earns its name, so as the event grows in stature and tickets sell out faster every year, organizers sought a plan that would allow more people to experience the festival without sacrificing that signature intimacy.

The smart but simple result? Electric Forest will expand to two back-to-back weekends in 2017, but each weekend's while simultaneously cutting capacity by about 10 percent.

“Why not allow our collective energy to create space for new ideas, and greater participation?” the festival states on its website. “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.”

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Neither weekend nor any of the eight total days will be exactly the same. The website states that some artists will play both weekends, and some artists will play one weekend multiple times. No two sets will be the same, and all other extracurricular Forest activities (such as Plug In and Her Forest) will run throughout each edition. Each weekend will feature unique ancillary events as well.

Fans are allowed to buy tickets for both weekends but will have to vacate the camp grounds between festival dates. Prices for general admission and Good Life tickets in 2017 will be sold at 2016 costs.