Electric Forest 2018 Lineup: Top tiers all but abandon jam bands so EDM can invade the woods

String Cheese Incident holds strong, but Bassnectar, Griz, Testpilot and Marshmello lead the pack.

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click to enlarge Bassnectar, who will play both weekends of Michigan's Electric Forest festival. - aLive Coverage c/o Bassnectar
aLive Coverage c/o Bassnectar
Bassnectar, who will play both weekends of Michigan's Electric Forest festival.

Late Thursday night, Electric Forest — a two-weekend festival that takes place at the Double JJ Resort in Grant Township, Michigan — announced the lineups for its two-weekend run set for June 21-24 and June 28-July 1.

Headlining both weekends are familiar cult favorites, The String Cheese Incident with its usual multi-set format along with "wub" cultivator, Bassnectar. Joining them in bill-topping duties for both weekends is fellow EDM fan-favorite, 27-year-old DJ Griz.

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While we caught Griz's set at Okeechobee this past March, this trip to the forest will feature the Colorado-native backed by a live band, a move he pulled off at Red Rocks in September.

Also playing both weekends are critically-revered electronic acts Zhu and Rufus Du Sol.

Aside from these headliners the two-weekend run seems back-loaded. While the first weekend uniquely features acts like Galantis, Jauz, Key N Krates, and Lil Dicky, its star power pales in comparison to the duo of Marshmello and Testpilot — the techno house alias of Deadmau5 — which anchor the weekend two lineup.

While both weekends feature enough of a who's who in the electronic genre, the group feeling left out has got to be the jam crowd. Past lineups have featured genre favorites like My Morning Jacket and Umphrey's McGee, while this year's bill noticeably lacks the jam band flavor outside of the top-billed String Cheese Incident.

Perhaps a festival deeply rooted in the electronic genre finally decided to go all in with an electronic lineup after seeing the decline in popularity, or rather its weight in selling tickets, of jam acts in today's festival scene. 

Regardless of its jam band merit, Electric Forest promises to be an epic weekend. Fronted by an eye-catching lineup, the festival's nearly mythic venue promises to enchant and captivate its thousands of attendees as it has done every year since its inception in 2011. See the posters below.

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LJ Hilberath

Franz “LJ” Hilberath is a Clearwater-native who contributes to Creative Loafing's Music section. He previously served as an intern and is now a freelance contributor for all things music.LJ can be found in the field reviewing concerts and music festivals around the country, and also works interviews for both local...
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