Electric Forest’s 10th Anniversary Lineup Met with Harsh Criticism - Here’s Why

The Electric Forest lineup dropped yesterday with some seriously mixed reviews — and we’re still hearing out both sides today.

While many Foresters are happy to have returning artists including mainstays The String Cheese Incident and Bassnectar, plus Flume, Big Gigantic, Louis the Child, etc., many others were expecting something… more, especially for a 10th anniversary celebration.

As we run down the full lineup, it’s jam packed with even more returning favorites like 12th Planet, Lindsey Stirling, The Glitch Mob, Mr. Carmack, and the list goes on. Perhaps this is HQ’s nod to some of the best Forest moments from Decade One. (Insert the “generic lineup” comments here.)

The biggest problem festival goers seem to have is the doubling up of Major Lazer and Diplo, both announced as headlining acts. It is certainly a strange move by Electric Forest, considering Diplo takes up 25% of the headlining glory for 2020. Absolutely nobody could have seen that one coming — not even Diplo.

Another common complaint is — “Where the f**k is GRiZ?” That’s a very good question. We’ll just leave this here.

However, as we dig deeper into the lineup we find first-timers, rare gems, and specialty sets including Boys Noize, The Black Madonna, SVDDEN DEATH PRESENTS: VOYD, Sidepiece (Party Favor x Nitti Gritti), Big Boi, and so much more. Not to mention bass legends like Rusko and Noisia are completely buried in the undercard. Had the poster been rearranged differently would the response be more positive?

We could spend all day dissecting the lineup, but one thing is for sure — regardless of how people feel towards it right now, Electric Forest 2020 will most definitely sell out. Probably in record time.

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Electric Forest 2020 Lineup


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