In 2008, the Rothbury Music festival hosted jam bands and thousands of campers in the forests of Rothbury, Michigan. After a year hiatus in 2010, the festival returned as Electric Forest cosponsored by Insomniac Events. As the festival evolved, so did the music. 2011 saw EDM artists like Tiësto, Kaskade, Skrillex, Pretty Lights, and Bassnectar.
The festival takes place lakeside with art installations, lights and stages set right in the forest. This year’s EDM talent includes Bassnectar, Girl Talk, Steve Aoki, Wolfgang Gartner, Ghostland Observatory, Datsik, Major Lazer, Dada Life, Big Gigantic, Zeds Dead, Gramatik, Alvin Risk, AutoErotique, and The M Machine. At $242.50 tickets are not cheap – but how many festivals are four days and come with a parking spot. This years dates are right before Independence Day, June 28th to July first. Although the number of festivals in the United States is ever increasing, Electric Forest remains different enough to warrant adding it to your summer travel plans.