***UPDATE*** JUNE 15 - In response to some social media outcry, Bassnectar and Girl Talk's slots have been swtiched (essentially). Way to go, Electric Forest! Refreshing to see a major festival swallow its pride and respond to fans.
This afternoon, organizers for Electric Forest 2012 released the official schedule for the four-day event slated for June 28 through July 3 at the Double JJ Ranch in Rothbury, MI.
Boasting a lineup that offers patrons the best in electronic, jamtronica and jam music, plus a location that is nearly impossible to beat in Sherwood Forest, the second incarnation of the event is set to be the biggest and best yet.
Kicking the party off right on THURSDAY are Borgore, Wolfgang Gartner and Ghostland Observatory at the Ranch Arena and Conspirator, EOTO and Beats Antique on the Sherwood Court. Additionally, the psychedelically impressive group of acrobats known as Quixotic will be performing on the Forest Stage and Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation will close out the night on the ESL Music curated Tripolee stage.
The party continues FRIDAY, with highlights including Gary Clark Jr., Midnite and the first String Cheese Incident show of the weekend at the Ranch Arena. Late-night activities will be spearheaded by Thievery Corporation and the first of two STS9 Great Cycle Spectacle shows. Additionally, Steve Aoki, Zeds Dead, Datsik and Alvin Risk will hold it down for the electronic fans.
Day three (SATURDAY) gives way to the second String Cheese Incident show of the weekend as well as the second STS9 show. Other notable acts include The Infamous Stringdusters, Bassnectar, and Dada Life and Major Lazer finishing the night off at the Sherwood Court.
Closing out this incredible weekend on SUNDAY (arguably the most stacked of the four days) are Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, The Travelin' McCoury's featuring Keller Williams, Papadosio, Gramatik, MiM0SA, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk and, of course, a third String Cheese Incident show. Late-night shows include a performance by Girl Talk, and a festival-closing set by a pair of guys who have been taking the festival circuit by storm this summer in Big Gigantic.
Unfortunately, when you have a lineup as magnificent as Electric Forest's, there are bound to be some conflicts. This year is no different, as patrons will have difficult choices to make between overlapping sets throughout the four days.
Notable conflicts include Ghostland Observatory and Beats Antique on Thursday, STS9 and Thievery Corporation on Friday and Bassnectar and STS9 on Saturday.
Festival organizers have also announced a two-day ticket option, giving those who are interested access to music on Saturday and Sunday at a reduced rate. These weekend passes are available for $149.50 plus fees via the Electric Forest website. Four-day passes are also still available for $242.50 plus fees.
Check out our 2012 Festival Guide for more information on this awesome event and more of your favorite summer festivals.
Source: Electric Forest