With many summer music festivals just weeks away, Current is keeping you hip to the biggest and best parties this festival season. Choosing is tough — there’s a lot out there —and it’s about time to finalize summer plans. This guide should help you sort though the must-attend regional fests. And, if you’re low on cash, some volunteer options are still available. Hell, Current might even send you there. Keep reading.
The Electric Forest —June 28 – July 1
Head to a small town in western Michigan, Rothbury, home to The Electric Forest. The venue is unmatched by any festival in the country, home to the electrified Sherwood Forest — filled with lasers, LEDs, artwork and, most-importantly, hammocks. Aside from the String Cheese Incident’s three-day jam stand, Forest goers come for the electronic nightlife. With performances by Bassnectar, Dada Life and two sets of STS9, you can rage into the wee hours of the morning. $242.50. www.electricforestfestival.com.
Camp Bisco —July 12-14
Start up the VW bus. Next stop: Camp Bisco XI. This Mariaville, New York event is the ideal stop for any electronic music lover, with huge names including Bassnectar, Skrillex, Crystal Castles, Big Boi, Shpongle and Amon Tobin Isam. The lineup attains tonal symmetry with several sets by Bisco’s founding fathers, The Disco Biscuits, jamming endlessly to what has been referred to as “livetronica” — a mix of electronic and rock. $170. www.campbisco.net.
All Good —July 19-22
Don’t miss this inaugural event at All Good’s new home in Thornville, Ohio (it’s east of Columbus). Moving from its former location in rural West Virginia, All Good is still dedicated to its philosophy of no overlapping sets — with side by side stages, no one has to sacrifice one show for another. The lineup is chock full of holistic jam bands, with performances by The Allman Brothers, Phil Lesh and Friends and The Flaming Lips. Current has passes for this festival — keep an eye on our Facebook page. $199. www.allgoodfestival.com.