Top 5 Reasons Why Every Raver Needs to Experience Electric Forest

Electric Forest 2023
| June 09, 2023

Year after year, thousands of festival veterans and newcomers alike make the pilgrimage to Sherwood Forest. Since its inception in 2008, Electric Forest has amassed a devoted following who make attending this festival their top priority. Now the festival is gearing up for its most massive event yet this June 22-25 at its home in Rothbury, Michigan. Organizers have mastered the art of preserving the essence of the event while also solidifying it as an unmatched, trailblazing force within the live music world. 

Anyone that has experienced Electric Forest knows that there is something innately special about it, which is why the magic continues to prevail and outshine the rest. But what exactly makes Electric Forest so undeniably magical? We searched deep within our hearts to understand why, and compiled the top 5 reasons every festival lover needs to experience Electric Forest 2023.

Check out this iEDM exclusive breakdown below.


5) The Surreal Beauty of the Forest

Electric Forest 2023

From the moment you step into Electric Forest, you will be captivated by its stunningly picturesque beauty and mystical atmosphere. It is present in every part of the grounds, from the sprawling forest itself to the ornate stages. Organizers are dedicated to enhancing the venue’s natural splendor with elaborate decorations and art installations.  

The further you explore, the more you are drawn to the intricate details that come together and bring the forest to life. There are so many hidden treasures. Even when you think you’ve seen it all, there is always something new to discover. 

Attendees consider this one of the only festivals where you can enjoy wandering around the grounds just as much as the music because of how incredible the layout is. Electric Forest is undoubtedly one of the most remarkable festivals in the world, continuing to raise the bar year after year. 


4) Emphasis on Sustainability

Electric Forest 2023

Now more than ever, it is important for festivals to implement eco-friendly practices that promote sustainability. Electric Forest has made this one of its main priorities. 'Electricology' is a series of programs that reward attendees for partaking in sustainable practices at the festival.

You can collect “EcoPoints” that you can use at Electricology stores by carpooling, collecting trash, and recycling at designated zones. You can also win EcoPoints and prizes with Prize Cart activities, such as clean-ups that will be taking place all around the forest.  

If you have additional ideas for environmental initiatives at the festival, you can participate in the Green Monarch program, and if you win, your idea will become a part of Electricology. This is a great way to help expand this ever-growing program and make a lasting impact on the festival’s practices. There are a variety of rewards if you choose to participate in this program and it will all contribute to minimizing the festival’s waste impact.  





3) The Plug In Programs

Electric Forest 2023

There is an abundance of ways to bring the passion you have for the forest to the next level by directly getting involved. Organizers created a variety of activities attendees can partake in to contribute to the festival. Whatever your niche is, there is something available for any creative mind that is up to the challenge.

The Brainery Workshop program is an opportunity for you to host your very own educational workshop at Electric Forest!  Unmediated photographer and videographer programs give you a chance to showcase your artistic vision with a media assignment of your choice. The winner’s work will be shared on the festival’s social media outlets.

The Wish Machine is a program where attendees can request to have their wishes ‘granted’ by the festival, whether they are ideas they would like to have integrated into the event or charitable endeavors. These are just a few of the many amazing plug in programs offered at the forest, so check out the full list here if you are interested.  


2) Imaginative Art Installations

Electric Forest 2023

Some of the most enchanting aspects of Electric Forest are present in its art installations. Renowned installation builders collaborate to capture the essence of the forest and make it even more mesmerizing than it already is.

Many structures are made from fully recycled material such as CDs, which aligns with the festival’s conservation oriented values. Each installation teleports you to uncharted dimensions, allowing you to get lost in reality-bending adventure.

The Trading Post is a building with rustic saloon vibes where you can exchange trinkets with other attendees. My personal favorite is Reincarnation Village which is a tranquil location in the center of the forest featuring workshops, interactive installations, performances, and much more.

A trip to Sherwood Forest does not feel complete without spending some time taking in there, so be sure to stop by. The festival even offers an art installation sponsorship that you can apply for a chance to watch your ideas come to life in the forest!


1) Forest Family – A Community Unlike Any Other

Electric Forest 2023

There are countless aspects of the festival that keep people coming back, but its inspiring community is what makes it all worthwhile. The forest has a way of attracting compassionate and free-spirited individuals, evident in every smiling face you come across.

Everyone is constantly caring for one another while spreading positivity. Gatherings like this demonstrate how interconnected we all are and you cannot help but feel like you are a part of a family. Although this mentality is present at many festivals, people recognize just how extraordinary this specific event is, so they cherish it and everyone who is a part of it.

The forest family extends far beyond the event and has grown into a thriving community filled with supportive and loving individuals. Just look at any Electric Forest group and you will see members encouraging and uplifting one another on a daily basis. If you are searching for an authentic sense of community in the festival scene, look no further than the forest family.


Stay up to date on the latest festival announcements and music news HERE!


Update your summer wardrobe with iEDM apparel and accessories. Check out iEDM's New Rave Arrivals HERE!



Arooj has been passionate about music for as long as she can remember and loves to express it through her writing and photography. She appreciates music in many forms, although is particularly drawn to electronic music, which is where she feels the most at home. She believes in celebrating the transformative power of music and art through her work.

Arooj is also dedicated to showcasing the enriching aspects of music culture by helping give incredible artists the recognition they deserve.

Related Posts

[FESTIVAL REVIEW] Imagine 2023 Raises The Bar For Camping Festivals Worldwide
[FESTIVAL REVIEW] Imagine 2023 Raises The Bar For Camping Festivals Worldwide
Following two major festival debacles in the beginning of September, the pressure was on for Imagine 2023 to go down ...
Read More
EDC Orlando 2023 Drops Incredible Lineup Featuring FISHER, Subtronics, MEDUZA, Excision, + More
EDC Orlando 2023 Drops Incredible Lineup Featuring FISHER, Subtronics, MEDUZA, Excision, + More
Time to start counting down the days to be under the electrifying blooming sky. EDC Orlando is back at it again to br...
Read More
[EVENT REVIEW] Purple Disco Machine Gives Brooklyn Mirage One Last Shot Of Summer
[EVENT REVIEW] Purple Disco Machine Gives Brooklyn Mirage One Last Shot Of Summer
There was little reprieve from the rain during Purple Disco Machine’s Brooklyn Mirage takeover on September 25 —puddl...
Read More