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The healing power of music in action! Today, Huff Post Impact premiers the official 2014 Electric Forces video.
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The creation of Electric Forces was inspired by the stories of Pat and Tim, two young wounded veterans who attended Electric Forest and were deeply moved by the community they found there. Pat and Tim’s chance encounter with a THUMP reporter at last year’s Electric Forest resulted in the story “Electronic Music Saved These Soldiers’ Lives.” As Pat explains, “My friends took me to Electric Forest in 2012 when I was still lost. It changed my life. Everyone at that festival became my family within a few days and I can honestly say I think it saved my life.”
In this spirit, Electric Forces strives to nurture healing and to build connectedness between U.S. military veterans and music festival communities. For its Electric Forest debut, the Electric Forces program engaged both military and festival veterans in advance of the event to consider the story of community they would like to share with the world. During the festival, Veterans hosted a video storytelling area where EF patrons shared their festival stories of realization, inspiration, and community, and interacted with the veterans to create new experiences. VICE's THUMP was onsite to document the program.
This partnership with US Military Veterans, THUMP and our Electric Forest community has been hugely rewarding. We are all connected and inspired by our shared love of music and festival culture. We wish to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to all who participated in 2014, and look forward to growing the program in the years to come.