The Forest Family was heartbroken with Electric Forest HQ canceling their 10th-anniversary edition, which was to take place this weekend in Rothbury, Michigan. With the festival announcing their virtual event, Electric Forest Camp In, festival-goers are still lamenting that they cannot be on the sacred grounds in real life (IRL). As it turns out, Double JJ Resort and Ranch in Rothbury won’t be silent this weekend after all.
Campers at the West Michigan ranch paid $200 to camp the weekend, with an extra $150 to be apart of an “appreciation weekend” on Friday and Saturday, June 26 – 27. They will be treated to an inaugural “Sherwood Forest” style event with sets by dozens of regional DJs and electronic music artists.
It’s not Electric Forest by any means, but it is the locals who hold it down strong every year in the RV section,” the event’s Facebook page clearly stated.
Double JJ Ranch is hosting the event, which hired Dial Up Productions LLC to play music for them almost “wedding-style” all day. “I’m not a big fan of doing things like that,” Principal organizer Ryan A. Lohss stated. “So out of a tiny budget, I called all my friends that have been partying with us Forest locals over the last nine years in the RV section to come out and have some fun at the ranch during this crazy off year.”
Lohss also made sure to clarify to Local Spins that this weekend’s event is “not a festival.”
It’s 300 campsites,” he continues, “which is less then 0.05 percent of the Electric Forest and also the ranch’s normal camping capacity year-round which has been full the last four weeks with campers anyway.”
As of Sunday afternoon, there were about three dozen campsites left for the weekend. The event is now sold-out and the ranch has sectioned off camping areas in the big field and built extra hand-sanitizer stations to ensure everyone will be distanced and safe.
Electric Forest also made certain to tweet that “this event is not hosted by or affiliated with Electric Forest festival or Forest HQ.”
Organizers of the event also made sure to reiterate that this is “in no way is this a festival, but there will be three sound areas with West Michigan DJs playing a variety of tunes, mostly house or head-bobbing stuff.”