48 Hours at Electric Forest


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String Cheese Incident/Saturday night/Ranch Arena

 

What can I say? Imsoniac and Madison House put on one hell of a music and arts festival.  I can honestly say “music and arts” because it’s easily 50/50 on this one. There are other festivals out there that claim to be a music and arts fest, but they are, more often that not, severely lacking  in the arts department. This year, Sherwood Forest was expanded by 1/3 compared to last year. The Forest Stage was moved to the opposite side of the forest and it was a lot bigger than last year. Due to a beetle infestation, they had to cut down some trees in the center of the forest, which made room for The Observatory. This was a raised structure with a bar, a hang out area, and a stage where smaller acts played all weekend. I actually spent quite a bit of time at this stage in between bigger acts on the main stages.

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One of many art installations in Sherwood Forest

There was also a Silent Disco added in the forest this year, which is always fun to watch and to take part in. The Indianapolis group, Cosby Sweater, was lucky enough to play a set in the Silent Disco and on the Forest Stage. Unfortunately, they played before I arrived but I inquired about both sets and heard rave reviews all weekend from festival goers and employees. Richard “Sleepy” Floyd, drummer for Cosby, was even asked to sit in on auxillary percussion during the Lettuce set. These boys are making a name for themselves and I couldn’t be prouder of them.

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Another local act, The Main Squeeze, played a super funky set during the early evening. This is yet another Indiana band who is taking the festival scene by storm. This fact further proves that the music scene in Indiana is second to none.

The Main Squeeze on the Sherwood Stage

The Main Squeeze on the Sherwood Stage

The musical highlights of the weekend for me were Lettuce, String Cheese Incident (Saturday set),  Emancipator, Greensky Bluegrass, BoomBox, and Tumbleweed Wanderers who I randomly caught at the Observatory while walking to another stage. Another highlight was seeing Herm Productions lighting the Sherwood stage for Future Rock. It’s always nice to see a local company doing big things and really gets me excited for Hyperion Music and Arts Festival. Speaking of local people. I was lucky enough to be able to see the costume contest this year, which was won by some fellow residents of Indiana.

"Trolls for titties" won best group in the costume contest which yielded two VIP passes for next year's Electric Forest

“Trolls for titties” won best group in the costume contest which yielded two VIP passes for next year’s Electric Forest

Im not much of a writer so I’m going to let the photographs tell the rest of the story. To see the high resolution images from my 48 hours at Electric Forest, click here.

Here are a few of my favorite shots from the weekend

Random fan in the crowd at Emancipator

Random fan in the crowd at Emancipator

Crowd at Pretty Lights on Sunday Ranch Arena

Crowd at Pretty Lights on Sunday Ranch Arena

Morning Yoga w/ Sweet Mary Clare at the Tripolee Stage

Morning Yoga w/ Sweet Mary Clare at the Tripolee Stage

 

BoomBox at the Sherwood Stage

BoomBox at the Sherwood Stage

View from the Good Life viewing area during the Saturday night SCI set

View from the Good Life viewing area during the Saturday night SCI set

9 foot balloons during Saturday night SCI set

9 foot balloons during Saturday night SCI set

On the path in Sherwood Forest

On the path in Sherwood Forest

The Observatory in Sherwood Forest

The Observatory in Sherwood Forest

Fun with ferris wheels by the Tripolee stage

Fun with ferris wheels by the Tripolee stage

Ranch Arena during the day

Ranch Arena during the day

 

Words and Photographs by Aaron Lingenfelter of Wide Aperture Images