Electric Forest is a place unlike any other. The vibes are second to none – and it’s one of the few places in the world where people exist together on the same wavelength for an entire weekend. Artists love to come play year after year and trust me when I say it’s much more than just a music festival. Many lovingly call it home. Year after year, Electric Forest ups their production levels and lineups. 2018 is no different.
After testing out two weekends in 2017, they are doing it again in 2018. Most of the lineup is the same but there are exclusive acts to both weekends. We went through the lineups and picked some of our favorite acts. I wanted to stay away from choosing headliners, because it’s no surprise why they are headliners. They are all incredible performers that have proven themselves throughout the years. I hope that this helps you find some new music in the forest.
Some are playing both weekends – some are exclusive to either weekend one or two. Whoever you decide to see – remember to give the Forest a chance to guide you. See you out there.
Performing Both Weekends
Medasin’s vibes and unique take on dance music are almost perfect for Electric Forest and if you catch either of his sets in the weekend you will find out why. His sets are a journey and a true testament to how much he’s grown in the last couple of years. With an album on the horizon, hopefully, we hear some unreleased tunes.
Kasbo released his debut album this year and went on his very first headlining tour. If you had a chance to see it then you know what to expect at a Kasbo set. It’s emotional, it’s beauty, and it’s one hell of a dance party.
San Holo introduces the world to DROELOE through his bit bird label and the truth is there is no one in the world making music like this duo. You can immediately tell a DROELOE song when you hear it, but each one has its own unique twist. Look for DROELOE’s second weekend 1:30 am set on The Forest Stage to be a standout set of the weekend.
Manic Focus is no stranger to Electric Forest. His mastery of the electro-soul sound and ability to create music that transcends genres makes him a must-book. He has been compared to the likes of Pretty Lights and Gramatik, but has had no problem paving his own way. Don’t miss Manic Focus’s return to the forest.
I don’t think anyone has more fun on stage than Anna Lunoe. When she dances, you’re dancing. She never sticks to one genre and is extremely proud of it. We can’t wait to see what kind of sets she curates while playing both weekends. Color me excited.
Hotel Garuda just announced that their Sunday set will be the last time Hotel Garuda performs as a duo. Currently Manila Killa and Candleweather perform under the Hotel Garuda name and their sets are unlike any other. They treat every set like a house party and the energy is contagious. Be there for the last time we see Hotel Garuda as a duo.
Keys N Krates
The Canadian trio are hitting the festival circuit hard after a very lengthy fall tour in support of their debut album, Cura. They blur the lines between hip-hop and EDM to create forward-thinking sets. Their live performances are incredible made up of live piano/synth, a full drumkit and one of the best technical DJs you will ever see.
Lane 8 has the incredible trait to make you feel exactly what he is feeling. His ‘This Never Happened’ series of shows forced concert goers to cover up the camera on your phone and experience the show for what it is, taking only memories with you. Almost as if it never happened.
Crankdat has one of the harder tasks at Electric Forest. His set conflicts against Bassnectar, an Electric Forest staple, but if you’ve seen the work that this young producer has been putting in then you know he is up for the task. He is sitting on piles of new music and we will no doubt be hearing some of it at Electric Forest. See you there.