Today, Electric Forest confirmed that it would be returning to Rothbury at the Double JJ Resort in Grand Township, Michigan, once again in 2018. For the eighth iteration of the beloved music festival hosted by String Cheese Incident, for the second time in a row, Electric Forest will once again be spread over two weekends, with 2018’s dates falling on June 21st through 24th and June 28th through July 1st. In addition to these dates, the festival also announced a new fan charity initiative—The Wish Machine—that it will be running ahead of next year’s event.
The Wish Machine incentivizes fans’ participation in charity work, offering participants the opportunity to pledge to take action that gives back to their community in exchange for “wishes” that the festival can grant. Using a specific Wish Machine form on Electric Forest’s website, fans complete the following sentences: “If I [charity pledge]”, “then Electric Forest will [wish]”, and “I would like to see my wish come true in The Forest because [reason].” For example, “If I make sandwiches for the homeless every day until EF2018, then Electric Forest will allow me to be on stage with my favorite headliner!”
With no limits on what fans pledge or wish, the sky is the limit. However, the festival offered “donating time in a community garden, organizing a trash cleanup, giving a free art class, feeding unhoused people, raising funds for a local nonprofit, or teaching a child to read” as potential examples of what fans might pledge to do. As examples of wishes that Electric Forest could grant in exchange for successful completion of pledged charity work, the event suggested, “You can ask to meet an artist, get a free wristband for you or a friend, plan for unlimited snacks from your favorite vendor, or ask HQ to book your band.”
After registering your wish and pledge with The Wish Machine, Electric Forest will select some of its favorites and grant the wishes of lucky fans. You can register your wishes for The Wish Machine on Electric Forest’s website here. You can also check out Electric Forest’s full announcement about The Wish Machine below.
[Photo by ATS Photography]
So many of us wish for change in the world today.
When the Forest Family thinks globally, we find a place that needs kindness.
Kindness, radical acceptance, and good deeds are why The Forest is special. These values create freedom to discover ourselves, celebrate our beautiful differences and our unique gifts.
Goodness starts as a seed. Do you have an idea for a good deed or an inspiration for an act of human kindness?
What can your hands do in your community?
What is your vision of kindness, your gesture of keen hope? You can plant a seed by donating time in a community garden, organizing a trash cleanup, giving a free art class, feeding unhoused people, raising funds for a local nonprofit, or teaching a child to read. What you choose to do is up to you.
HQ will choose some efforts to travel full circle.
The reward from The Forest can be big or small. What is your daydream of Electric Forest 2018? You can ask to meet an artist, get a free wristband for you or a friend, plan for unlimited snacks from your favorite vendor, or ask HQ to book your band. Whatever you hope will happen is fair game.
We come to Electric Forest to find heroes in each other. We leave Electric Forest to be heroes in the world.