Electric Forest 2013 Preview & Exclusive Mix

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Festival season 2013 is upon us and one of the events we are most looking forward to is Electric Forest which will be taking place from June 27-30th.

The multi-day camping festival (with many VIP options ranging from safari tents, to cabins, to condos) is back in Rothbury, Michigan in 2013 with a stellar multi-genre line-up of DJ’s and bands featuring three sets by The String Cheese Incident, and a multitude of other headliners including Pretty Lights, Passion Pit, Empire of the Sun, Above & Beyond, and Knife Party.

The line-up is fantastic (we’ll get to that in a moment) but it’s the setting that must be experienced first hand to be believed.

The Sherwood Forest, located in the heart of the festival, is a great place to lay in a hammock and relax during the day. At night, Sherwood Forest comes alive with an extravagant light display, surprise performances, and parties in the depths of the woods. Sherwood Forest is expanding for 2013 with even more lights, performances, live-painting by Lebo, and extra surprises!

There is also Big Wildcat Lake for those seeking the beach and BBQ experience and a 24 hour disc-golf course that comes alive at night with its glow-in-the-dark features. In 2013 there will even be a disc golf tournament.

For those wishing to add even more to their stay, there is a gigantic indoor water park, a magnificent golf course, and horseback riding available for a discounted fee.

Aside from all of the amazing music and activities for festival goers to participate in, Electric Forest is also serious about reducing the festival’s carbon foot-print.

In 2013, they will be expanding their Electricology program which they describe as “the science of waste reduction through the use of sustainable products, composting, recycling, and most importantly, rewarded crowd participation”.

Here’s how it works: when you bring your recycling to the EcoZones located in the campgrounds, and properly dispose of your waste inside the venue, you’ll earn EcoPoints to redeem at the Electricology Store. The Electricology Store, located at the festival entrance, is the only place to WIN signed artist merchandise, festival vendor prizes, tickets to Electric Forest 2014, private shows, and more! How’s that as added incentive to just do your due diligence as responsible human being?

Electric Forest’s volunteers will be on the hunt for good green deeds all weekend, so if you participate in Electricology you’ll be rewarded for your efforts. Follow them @Electricology on Twitter to track your progress, catch winner announcements, and learn new incentives throughout the weekend.

When it comes to waste reduction at Electric Forest this summer, it starts with your preparation before you even arrive at the festival so be smart in your planning. Disposable items create more waste so pack with re-usables whenever possible. Here are some suggestions from Electric Forest for you to participate in Electricology.

  • Bring a reusable water bottle as well as reusable cups, plates, and cutlery for your campsite
  • Bring a recycled container for cigarette butts
  • Pack biodegradable soaps and a washtub for dishes
  • Pack environmentally friendly bath and beauty products
  • Bring extra trash bags and plan a spot in your campsite for sorted trash and recycling
  • Carpool to Electric Forest with friends and family

Being green is great, but being generous is divine. Electric Forest is also serious about giving back to those in need. This year’s festival will again feature a food drive that aims to collect over 8,000 lbs of non-perishable food items. Those donating items to the Roy Price Memorial food drive will be thanked with an exclusive Electric Forest Food Drive poster.  To date, Electric Forest has collected and distributed over 17,200 lbs of food to local communities in need.

The Electric Forest Music In Schools Program partners with local area public schools to help support music education. Working to help ensure that today’s youth have the opportunity to learn about music in school, Electric Forest donates funds to these music programs and also invites musicians from these schools to perform at the festival. In 2013, the Shelby High School marching band will be performing.

Last, but certainly not least, Electric Forest supports The Kitchen [Community], connecting kids to real food by creating Learning Gardens in schools and community organizations across America.

A Learning Garden is an easy, affordable, scalable school garden solution; it is an attractive outdoor classroom and experiential play space with edible vegetables.  Learning Gardens are designed to be places kids want to play and teachers want to teach, thereby helping to decrease childhood obesity, improve academic performance, and strengthen communities.

The Kitchen [Community] has helped create 49 school and community center Learning Gardens with an additional six [Community] gardens across the U.S.

Wow, that was a lot to take in. It’s easy to see why we are SO excited about this year’s Electric Forest festival!

Only the final pricing tier of general admission tickets is still available before Electric Forest so we highly suggest that you buy your ticket immediately so you can join in this one of a kind experience.

Now let’s talk about the music!


The line-up for Electric Forest 2013 is stacked. While there is no shortage of great acts to see over three days at the festival, the following acts (in no particular order) are our personal MUST SEE performances for this year.

Passion Pit

1. Passion Pit. If you’re anything like us you can’t get Passion Pit’s catchy tunes out of your head. We were huge fans of these guys before we ever saw them perform live before but after catching their sunset set at Coachella in 2010, we were absolutely hooked. In addition to Coachella we’ve covered their performances at multiple venues in Philadelphia and New York and they always put on a high-energy performance with one hell of a light show to boot. Not even sleepyheads should sleep on catching Passion Pit at Electric Forest!

Above & Beyond

2. Above & Beyond. There is a reason that Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy live-shows have become a world wide phenomenon. Well, to be fair, there are lots of reason. Their upbeat track selection, personalized digital messages to each crowd, and rabid fan base all come together to form the perfect storm of a performance that goes above & beyond what most acts are able to achieve today. We’ve covered these guys in Philly, Miami, and New York and can honestly say we’d do it just about every night if we could. If you skip this performance, forget about group therapy, you’ll need years of individual sessions to get over missing it.

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3. Beats Antique. What do you get when you combine live instrumentation, electronic beats, and belly dancing? Beats Antique of course! We’ve caught this trio several times over the past few years and interviewed them prior to their Philly show and can say without a doubt that they put on one of the most unique, and often bizarre, shows around. If not for the music, which is fantastic, come just for visual aesthetics of the show. You won’t be disappointed. They might be call themselves antique, but their performance is fresh!

Knife Party

4. Knife Party. We like to think of ourselves as being non-violent but we still wouldn’t dream of missing a good old Knife Party (performance). These guys have blown us away every time we’ve had the pleasure of seeing them. From main stage performances at Ultra Music Festival to smaller shows that hold a few thousand people, Knife Party had us dancing uncontrollably. Their hard bass sound is sure to blow your socks off at Electric Forest so we suggest you bring an extra pair or plan on spending the rest of your time barefoot. They’ll be sure to rock the crowd with hits from their latest album as well as a slew of other bangers so prepare to get stabbed repeatedly (metaphorically speaking) with blades of bass.


5. Madeon. Madeon might be young but he’s anything but a lightweight. He’s blown audiences away each time we’ve seen him at a festival from Ultra to EDC NYC. We are highly impressed with the skills of this French DJ/producer. As poised as he is in the studio, Madeon is just as cool and collected when behind the decks. If you’ve ever checked out one of his live sets, you know what you’re in store for. If you haven’t, now is your chance. Whether you’ve seen him in person before or not, you shouldn’t dream about missing him at Electric Forest. Madeon might still be a teenager but you’re the one who’s going to look like an amateur if you don’t show up for this performance.

Tommy Trash

6. Tommy Trash. Simply put, Tommy Trash just does the damn thing. We’ve seen this guy everywhere from small clubs to festivals, pool parties to New Year’s eve events, and every single time he throws down, sending electro and house music fans into a frenzy. His track selection features banger after banger, and before you know it his entire set has gone by in a mind-blowing blur. If you want to get sweaty and dance your ass off, Tommy Trash is happy to lead the way. There will be plenty of time for chilling out and relaxing at Electric Forest but if you do it during Tommy Trash’s set, that’s just garbage.

Pretty Lights

7. Pretty Lights. We’ve seen Pretty Lights perform all over the country, from small local shows in Philadelphia, to his home state of Colorado, to major festivals like Ultra, his shows are a sight to behold. Infusing electronic music with hip-hop, soul, and funk elements, his glitchy sound is one of a kind. You like good beats? He’s got you covered. You want some soulful melodies? He’ll provide those too. Pretty Lights has a little something for everyone. Then there are his visuals. Mind-blowing digital video screens and ridiculous laser shows are always sure to accompany any Pretty Lights set, making them as visually stunning to your eyes as they are to your ears. His set at Electric Forest will no-doubt be one of the festival highlights. If you skip Pretty Lights, your weekend could turn ugly in a hurry.

trombone shorty

8. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. Trombone Shorty is hands down one of our favorite acts (in any genre today). Troy Andrews and his band blew us away when they rocked Union Transfer in Philadelphia and we’ve been anxiously awaiting our chance to see them again. It may be crude to say that we have a total tromboner for their sound, but it’s also very true. This is funk at its best, from the heart of New Orleans. We never tire of their hits like “Do To You” no matter how many times we listen to them. If we had to pick only one set to see at Electric Forest, it just might be this one. We enjoy their live performance that much. If you have a single funky bone in your body, you should be front and center for Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and that’s no tall tale.

9. The String Cheese Incident. What would Electric Forest 2013 be without The String Cheese Incident? The only act that will be playing on all three nights of the festival, this jam band will have the joint going crazy. These guys have honed their craft over the past two decades and no matter what your musical tastes may be, they’ll tug at your musical heartstrings numerous times throughout their multiple sets. The visual aspect of their show is also a trip, incorporating crazy psychedelic displays that will have you gasping. The String Cheese Incident has also spawned some amazing side projects (EOTO and Zilla to name a few) but we are thrilled to see them all performing together at Electric Forest. Even if you don’t catch them all three nights, make sure you make it to at least one of their sets or you might forever refer to your festival experience as the “I can’t believe I missed The String Cheese Incident, Incident”.

orchard lounge

10. Orchard Lounge. The Forest will be filled with the sound of the orchard when this trio from Chicago invades Michigan. However, our experience with their live performances has involved the exact opposite of lounging; it’s been all about the ass-shaking. Their infectious sets practically force you to get up, and get down. While there are some chill aspects to their sound, they are easily offset by some bumping beats and funkier than funky riffs. They’ve toured with some of the best and brightest livetronica acts in the world and we know you won’t be disappointed by what they bring to the table. Make sure you don’t miss Orchard Lounge, their sound is always in season.


When we decided to put together an exclusive mix for Electric Forest 2013 (featuring several of the artists performing at this year’s festival) we turned to a guy we know quite well here in Philadelphia, Dubsef.

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Dubsef (Yousef Ezz) is an electronic music producer/DJ representing the movement from Philadelphia. Dubsef continues to make waves in EDM. A veteran of the scene, he’s made his mark as one of the premiere DJs in the region, and gained notoriety as a rising star throughout North America. From his high-energy performances and monstrous mixing, to his killer productions and remixes, Dubsef’s contributions have not gone unnoticed in the industry. He has gained support from many of the legendary acts he has shared the stage with, including Rusko, Porter Robinson, Steve Aoki, Flux Pavilion, Doctor P, Zeds Dead, Wolfgang Gartner, Knife Party, Mord Fustang, and Dillon Francis.

During the summer of 2012 he performed at some of the largest festivals on the east coast including Starscape, Loaded Festival, and Made in America. Summer 2013 will again see Dubsef making the festival rounds. With the EDM movement gaining more momentum with each passing day, Dubsef is poised to defile every audience to cross his path with the filthiest Dubstep, Electro, Moombahton, DNB, Trap, and beyond. Follow Dubsef and be a part of the next generation of bass.

You can listen to the mix EXCLUSIVELY here on Independent Philly:

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Track Listing:
1. Knife Party – Power Glove
2. Passion Pit – Carried Away (Tiesto Remix)
3. A-Trak ft, GTA – Landline (Jack Beats Remix)
4. Above and Beyond – Walter White (Matt Brux Heisenberg Edit)
5. Sub Focus Ft. Alex Clare – Endorphins (Tommy Trash Remix)
6. Avicii & Sebastien Drums – My Feelings For You (Treasure Fingers Remix)
7. Deadmau5 – Raise Your Weapon (Madeon Extended Mix)
8. Deadmau5 – Raise Your Weapon (Noisia Remix)
9. Ryan Hemsworth – Slurring (Baauer Remix)
10. NERVO – Hold On (Glow Team Remix)
11. Showtek – Slow Down (Dubsef’s Festival Trap Remix)
12. Tujamo & Plastik Funk – WHO (Victor Niglio’s Festival Trap Remix)
13. Skrillex, 12th Planet, Kill The Noise – Right On Time
14. Kill Paris – Slap Me (GRiZ Remix)
15. Bassnectar – Voodoo (Beats Antique Remix)
16. Pretty Lights – Who Loves Me
All of this talk of Electric Forest has us counting down the days until late June when we’ll be heading to Rothbury, Michigan to bring you comprehensive coverage of the festival including daily recaps, photo galleries, interviews, and much more!

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