Electric Forest 2017: Artists Not to Miss

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After six Electric Forests, 2017 marks the first year the festival will take place over two weekends. While there is much lineup crossover between the weekends, there is promise that each weekend will be unique and special in its own right. Electric Forest’s move to offer two distinct, back to back weekends (at a lower capacity) strives to nurture the evolution and growth of the EF community while honoring the much cherished Forest experience.

As far as headliners go, The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, Big Gigantic, Dillon Francis, The Revivalists, and Lotus will all be playing both weekends. First weekend festival goers will also get to see ODESZA, My Morning Jacket, and Above & Beyond, where as attendees for the second weekend will be treated to Flume, DJ Snake (please don’t cancel on us), Thievery Corporation, and RL Grime.

We’re counting the days, hours, and minutes until we’re back at the legendary Double JJ Ranch frolicking to a musical backdrop from all these artists. The headliners are impressive, but in your excitement for the big names, don’t overlook some artists who find themselves further down the lineup poster. Check out some of these artists, who you may or may not already know, that we believe deserve your attention.

BOB MOSES – 1st & 2nd Weekends
Bob Moses – comprised of Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance – grew out of the underground electronic dance scene, playing in abandoned Brooklyn warehouses and as part of the Marcy Hotel collective alongside the likes of Soul Clap (EF 2nd Weekend), Wolf + Lamb (EF 2nd Weekend) and Nicolas Jaar. You may recognize Bob Moses’ by their debut album, Days Gone By (2015), which included the Grammy Award Winning “Tearing Me Up.”

CBDB – 1st & 2nd Weekends
The hype and intrigue around CBDB is growing, and for good reason. The Alabama jam band fuses southern progressive funk rock with blended vocals. Their onstage energy is incomparable; no wonder their music is spreading from the southeast across the nation like wildfire.

EDEN – 1st Weekend
EDEN’s 2016 released i think you think too much of me found the 21-year-old Jonathon Ng channeling his passion for innovation into a guitar-heavy take on electronic pop. The hypnotic and heavy “drugs” is honestly raw; giving just a taste of EDEN’s vision and musical abilities.

FLINT EASTWOOD – 2nd Weekend
Detroit’s firery songstress Flint Eastwood is a true powerhouse that commands your attention. Her latest work, Broke Royalty (2017), has production support from fellow Detroit-native and Electric Forest veteran GRiZ, along with MUTEMATH’s Paul Meany and a track with principle BØRNS collaborator Tommy English. Her debut single “Queen” is a
 compelling indie-pop record is filled with urban percussion and orchestral instrumentation, while her track with GRiZ is promisingly uplifting.

THE HIP ABDUCTION – 1st & 2nd Weekends
The Hip Abduction formed over a mutual appreciation for West African and early Jamaican reggae/dub music. It all began through informal jam sessions and quickly coalesced into a sound that immerses listeners into dreamy far away lands. Their third album, Gold Under the Glow (2016), engaged an indie pop vibe alongside a highly emotive and roots driven sound.

 

JAI WOLF- 1st & 2nd Weekends
The young NYC-based producer erupted into the scene a few years ago after gaining recognition for his remakes of tracks from Skrillex and ODESZA. Soon there after he released his distinguished massive hit, “Indian Summer.” With drenched synths and an immersive euphoric sound that was boundless, “Indian Summer” is a track that’s hard to ignore and leaves you wanting more from this artist.

WIN AND WOO – 1st & 2nd Weekends
Chicago’s own production duo, Win and Woo, is comprised of Nick Winholt and Austin Woo. Their music is an electronic pop blend of heavy melodies & driving bass lines. Their 2016 debut debut single “Recognize” featuring Ashe received national recognition. If you’re looking for a Forest set that is upbeat, energized, and absolute complete fun, don’t miss Win and Woo.

It all started when a much younger Jackie dove into her parents’ record collection, grabbed that trippy Magical Mystery Tour album, and played “Strawberry Fields” over and over again until it was engrained into her soul. She grew up on the dreams and stories of Simon and Garfunkel, “Bleeker Street” being one of her favorites, the seduction of The Doors, Van Morrison, because “Brown Eyed Girl” is definitely her song, and the likes of Jefferson Airplane, The Who, Jimi Hendrix…you get the picture. It may not show on the outside, but Jackie has a hippie heart, and that reflects in her musical tastes today. While some of her favorites may or may not be jam bands, her taste in music feeds into many genres. From alternative, Brit, and indie rock - OK, maybe all rock - to pop, to rap, to electronic, she loves it all. As a northerner, she thought she would never understand country until she found herself on a Georgia farm in cowboy boots watching Luke Bryan shake it for her- yeah, she got that. She is a chronic wanderluster, she doesn't believe in guilty pleasures, enjoys a great Moscow Mule, and is an absolute music festival fanatic- you’ll find her wherever the music takes her.

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