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Electric Forest Pushes Fest to 2022: 'Having To Postpone Again Is A Special Kind Of Heartache'

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Atmosphere as The String Cheese Incident performs during Day 3 of the 2014 Electric Forest Festival on June 28, 2014 in Rothbury, Michigan.

Electric Forest is officially pushing its 2021 edition to next year.

Today (April 23), the festival announced that "after a tumultuous year full of challenges, HQ has eagerly anticipated and worked towards our collective return to Electric Forest. However, as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have continued, it has become clear that we are not going to be able to gather in 2021 and that postponing to 2022 is our only course of action."

The Michigan festival -- which focuses on a mix of electronic music, jam bands and other sound -- is co-produced by the Colorado-based Madison House Presents and California-based Insomniac Events and typically happens in late June. Producers had been eyeing a return this fall before the pandemic made those plans untenable and noted that it's not entirely clear on when the 2022 event will take place.

"Given the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic," the statement continues, "Electric Forest 2022 dates will be announced when full clarity can be achieved with respect to all aspects of planning."

Current ticket holders have the option to roll their ticket over to the 2022 event or request a refund.

Read the complete statement below.

After a tumultuous year full of challenges, HQ has eagerly anticipated and worked towards our collective return to Electric Forest. However, as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have continued, it has become clear that we are not going to be able to gather in 2021 and that postponing to 2022 is our only course of action.

While we all miss each other tremendously and can’t wait to connect again, the safety of the Forest Family and the community that hosts us remains of utmost importance. This must be kept front of mind, along with the meticulous planning and coordination required to coordinate and produce our time together each summer in Rothbury. We must balance our optimism with realism – and we must respect the process in place, the efforts underway, and the sacrifices we’ve all made over the last year in an effort to keep each other safe.

We are eternally thankful to the entire Forest Family for the patience, planning, and determination shown over the last year. Having to postpone again is a special kind of heartache, and one which will only be healed when we are together again in 2022.