The 2018 Event


  • In the case of an emergency, please contact the nearest staff member for help. There are medics onsite who are fully equipped to deal with all situations. For more information on Festival Resources available to support you, please visit the Festival Resources page.
  • The festival is outdoors. Please come prepared for any weather. This includes sun hats and sunscreen, sweaters, raincoats, and sturdy shoes. For details on how to prepare for Electric Forest, please check out Tips from the Forest Family.
  • Please note location of exits, information points, first aid areas, and water refill stations when the map is released. Please visit your Neighborhood Pod when you arrive to get oriented!
  • Please cooperate with staff, security, and police. They are there to help make sure that everyone has a good time.
  • Please drink alcohol responsibly.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and electrolytes.
  • While there will be 24 hour security onsite, Electric Forest cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items. When you leave your tent, please take valuables with you and lock your car and tent.


*A note on headdresses & threatening messages: at Electric Forest, all should feel safe, comfortable, and welcome.

In this spirit, HQ requests that those who would bring American Indian Headdresses to the festival leave them at home. Out of respect for this community, it is inappropriate to wear headdresses outside of traditional ceremony.

Additionally, while HQ supports diversity in signs, totems, and articles of clothing, words or images that threaten harm to others are not welcome in The Forest.

Electric Forest reserves the right to confiscate items deemed to be in violation of these two policies at its discretion.

In such a creative community, HQ is confident that these requests will open up new, more inclusive creative opportunities for all who attend. Thank you for making choices that support and inspire all members of the Forest Family.

 Guidelines & Resources

Electric Forest is filled with resources to support and uplift the Forest Family. This page is intended to spread the word of the different roles and services filled by and for the people of The Forest.


 Guidelines & Resources


All security will be wearing a laminate that says their company name with a large, unique identifying number, as well as a security shirt with their company name on it. All security laminates are going to be the same design, but with a different color and company name for different security companies.

You can ask to see a security guard’s laminate at any time.

Any search that is not taking place at an entrance will be done by multiple security guards and a security manager. Those conducting the search will be wearing their identifying laminate that says their company name with a large, unique identifying number, as well as a security shirt with their company name on it.

Security exists for the safety and well-being of all Forest Family. You will see them at entrance gates, around the stages, and roving throughout the venue. They may check your bag or confiscate unallowed items as you move through different entrance gates throughout the festival.

You can ask any security guard for assistance – and don’t forget to smile and say thank you. These people travel from far and wide to work long hours making Electric Forest happen!

If someone who you are uncertain is a security guard is attempting to search you, you can request to see their laminate and ask to speak to their supervisor.


To get in contact with security at Electric Forest, please visit an entrance gate, the front barricade at any festival stage, an info booth, or your nearest Neighborhood Pod, all located on the festival map.


 Guidelines & Resources


Medical staff at Electric Forest wear a shirt that identifies them as medical personnel. They move around the event both on foot, and on medical golf carts. HQ’s medical staff is filled with people in the medical field who are also fans of music and Electric Forest. They are not police or security, and their focus is exclusively on your health and well-being.

Medical assistance provided by the festival medical team is free of charge. If you’re feeling dehydrated, come down with a UTI, or find that your shoes weren’t kind to your feet, visit the medical staff! If you or a friend are receiving medical assistance, please allow these trained professionals to do their jobs and support them by following their instructions.

Whenever you see someone in a medical t-shirt, thank them for their work and share a smile.


If you require Medical assistance, please reference the festival map and make your way to the nearest medical station. If you or a friend require medical assistance and need help getting to a medical station, please head for the nearest Neighborhood Pod, info booth, police person, security person, or festival staff to ask for help.


 Guidelines & Resources

Ground Control are ready and able to help with any situation – from directions to medical assistance. Ground Control at Electric Forest will be wearing their traditional purple tanks, fanny packs, and light sabers – their shirts will identify them as Ground Control. Ground Control will be roaming around the GA Campgrounds on foot – please feel free to flag them down!

Ground Control strongly believes in the beauty and power of helping others, and will do everything they can to make sure you have a safe, memorable experience.

If you are a Ground Control member at heart and would like to join the team, send an email with your resume to


The general staff of Electric Forest fill many roles – from artist transportation to catering to credentials and beyond! You may see people moving around the festival dressed like attendees, but who are wearing radios and a special wristband. These members of the Forest Family are hard at work making magic happen. If they ask, please help out!


Info Booths and Neighborhood Pods exist to provide information and services to the Forest Family. If you find a lost item (or a lost person!), need medical attention, have a question, or if you have found The Answer, visit your nearest Info Booth or Neighborhood Pod.

Services at Neighborhood Pods include: information, medical assistance, showers, and ice sales

Info Booths and Neighborhood Pods will be open as long as the area they are located in is open!


The festival Lost and Found is the place where all lost items end up. Whether you lost it in Jubilee or Camp Blueberry, these are the people you want to talk to. Please visit their booth, which is marked on the festival map, to check whether your lost item was found, or to turn in a lost item.

After the festival, you may send a detailed description of the item you lost to – but please do so promptly. The post-festival lost and found donates lost items to charity if they are not claimed within a month of the event.


The most powerful resource available to the Forest Family is you. The whole experience is fueled by your thoughtfulness, your caring attention, and your enthusiasm. Thank you for reading this page. By increasing your knowledge of the festival’s resources, you have now become a greater part of the heart of Electric Forest.

The wonder of The Forest is experienced to the fullest by those who arrive prepared to take care of themselves, our home, and each other.

This guide, along with the additional rules & information the website, serves as an initiation and a reminder for maximum Forest enjoyment. Sit down with a slice of Spicy Pie (sorry, we know it’s only available at the festival and now you’re hungry, so grab the next best thing?) and prepare for a crash course in the essentials of Electric Forest.


Presented in collaboration with The Forest’s most excellent subreddit community and moderators – r/ElectricForest and The Light Chasers



Set yourself and your camp up to succeed by making sure to bring the below! If you do forget anything you can visit the General Store for most of your festing needs – batteries, snacks, camping equipment, and more. Check the festival map for the location of the General Store.


  • Your tent
  • A tarp or two for any wet weather (do not leave the tarp exposed out from underneath your tent or it will turn into a giant puddle if it rains)
  • A rubber mallet (not metal, those will be confiscated, to stake down your tent)
  • Shade – one 10×10 pop up per four people is a good estimate. (Make sure to stake it down. It is not unusual to see at least one flying shade structure or tent during the course of the weekend. Don’t let it be yours.)
  • Camp chairs. Foldable ones, enough for your crew, and maybe a visitor if your car has the space.
  • Decorative tapestries to hang from the side of your shade tent. They block the sun when it’s not directly overhead, and still let in the breeze.
  • Foldable table. (You don’t want to have to move things from the lid of your cooler every time you need a snack.)
  • Camp lantern(s) – electric not flame! Try hanging one lantern from the roof of your tent and one from the roof of your shade tent. Leave one on the table for accessibility. (Bonus points for solar-powered or those that use rechargeable batteries!)
  • Headlamp (like you see on miners or night time cyclists – using your phone as a light in the portapotties can end catastrophically.)
  • Spare batteries for everything (if you forget, they are available at the general store!)
  • A battery-powered tent fan is nice to have. They hang from the peak of your tent and keep the air flowing. They also keep you cool enough to take a midday nap or sleep in.
  • Sleeping supplies. The ground isn’t soft. In addition to regular blankets and pillows, it’s nice to have a sleeping pad. Quality rest is key to restoring the energy needed for 4 days of Forest. Camping cots and air mattresses (with battery or car-powered inflator!) are also viable options.
  • Big trash and recycling bags – 60 gallons or larger is best! Pack a lot of them to keep your camp clean and respectful of the land and your neighbors. (Tie them to the legs of your shade tent to keep cleaning up extra easy!)
  • A music player or radio to tune in to EF Radio! You’ll be at your camp for several hours a day, relaxing, eating, or just having some fun. Some people kill their car battery just to play some tunes. Don’t be that person. Just get something loud enough to enjoy over the music of your neighbors and the stages.
  • A flag and flagpole. The campgrounds are large, and it’s always nice to be able to locate your camp from far away. You can get collapsable flag poles for easy travel.


  • Cooler with ice. Fill your cooler at your last stop on the way in (some of the stores close to the festival sell out, so be prepared for that). The fuller your cooler, the less quickly the ice melts, and block ice lasts even longer than chipped! If you run out of ice, your Neighborhood Pod has it for sale.
  • A small propane or butane cook stove with fuel and cooking utensils (if you plan to cook). Note that coal grills are not allowed due to increased fire risk.
  • Disposable or washable eating/drinking utensils (cups, plates, forks/spoons). Washable is the greenest choice – but make sure that you also bring biodegradable dish soap and a tub for the scrub!There is potable water within the campgrounds at your Neighborhood Pod. The sinks for that potable water are all tied into grey water basins. When you are done washing your dishes at camp, please strain out food particles, put the food a trash bag, and dispose of your grey water in a sink!
  • Ziploc bags for your snacks
  • A water resistant container to store dry foods (and keep them dry)
  • Paper or cloth towels to clean up with


There are a huge variety of food vendors at Electric Forest, both in the campgrounds and in the venue. Depending on where you are camping, it could be a long way between you and the venue. You’re probably not going to want to make that walk every time you’re hungry, so a good mix of buying festival food and eating camp snacks is recommended.

Think about what you can prepare in advance that is healthy fuel for your kickass festival body! Unless you’re a bold chef and want to spend a good amount of time and energy preparing hot meals at camp, consider what you can prep before you leave, such as…

  • Pasta salad – already prepared and bagged up with lots of veggies and healthy add-ins
  • Granola & energy bars
  • Fresh fruit and snackable veggies (cool cucumber, anyone?)
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Chips n’ dip, hummus n’ pita, tortillas n’ guac, carrots n’ peanut butter…
  • Muffins or other nonperishable baked goods
  • Cereal and milk/yogurt
  • Instant oatmeal/noodles and a way to make hot water
  • MRE’s – meals ready to eat that are packaged in pouches, like Tasty Bites
  • Sandwich supplies: Peanut Butter and Jelly or Lunch meat & condiments – and bread!
  • Salt + Pepper
  • Prepared proteins (burgers, marinated chicken, etc) and associated dressings


Staying hydrated is the #1 key to success. Period. Keep in mind that any drink with alcohol will dehydrate you, and that you must then drink extra water to regain the balance!

  • Everyone should have their own reusable water bottle or hydration pack – metal or plastic, not glass! Use this water vessel for all of your hydration needs.
  • Water. While bottled water may seem like the most convenient choice, those bottles are wasteful and unnecessary! Bring some reusable, non-glass gallon jugs if you need lots of camp water (there are filling stations all around the camps). Drink a lot of water.
  • Electrolytes. Plants love ‘em (bad joke), but your body loves ‘em even more, especially when you’re demanding so much of it. Products such as Vitamin Water, Gatorade, Emer-gen-c, Coconut Water, and all of the fizzy electrolyte tabs out there are ideal for keeping the vital nutrients and minerals that you’re sweating out flowing through you.
  • Coffee supplies, if you’re a coffee drinker.
  • Tea + honey in case you start to lose your voice.

A note on Alcoholic beverages: Only Canned Beer and Boxed Wine are allowed. No glass is allowed. The limit is 1 case of beer and 1 box of wine per person. You must be 21+ to bring in or consume alcohol. You cannot substitute a case of beer for a box of wine or vice-versa.


Weather can range from 50 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit – you must come prepared for it all!

  • Long sleeves (hoodie, sweater, rain coat)
  • Basic clothing for each warm day (long pants, socks, shorts, underwear, plenty of t-shirts/tank tops, sun dresses, etcetera!)
  • Bonus points: costumes for each day
  • Bathing suit for the waterpark
  • Waterproof footwear that is easy to put on (flip flops, etc)
  • Bandanas
  • Hats to keep the sun off your head
  • Sunglasses
  • Several choices of comfortable footwear. You will be walking and dancing miles a day on rough terrain for 4+ days.


  • A first aid kit (Band-Aids, Blister pads, Neosporin, Pain Reliever, etc.)
  • Earplugs – a set to use when you sleep, and a set to protect your hearing when you dance!
  • Wet wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Your basics (soap, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, contacts (+spares), glasses, fingernail clippers, shaving supplies, etc)
  • Any prescription medications that you may need in the Rx bottle labelled with the name that matches your id
  • A towel
  • A camp solar shower if you would prefer not to use the showers at your Neighborhood Pod
  • Gold bond and/or bodyglide (if you have chafing issues)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Condoms
  • Sun block (use it!)
  • Melatonin (as needed for sleep)


  • Your wristband (which will be mailed to you unless you live internationally – then you go to will call and ignore this suggestion)
  • Your phone (to find your friends, take photos, and use the Electric Forest app. The app has the schedule, artist information, a festival map, sends out important alerts and updates, and more)
  • Plan to use the schedule on the app, or print out your paper schedules at home!
  • Plan to use the map on the app, or print out your paper map at home!
  • A small backpack or bag to carry with you when you go into the venue
  • Map and directions there and back (in case of phone troubles if traveling far)
  • List of important phone numbers (just in case)
  • Spare car keys (one is none, two is one)
  • Cash or ATM card (the consensus is that $50 per festival day works well, with extra for the trip home)
  • Swiss army knife, or a multi-tool (camp setup, fixes, etc)
  • Duct tape (quick fixes, if you feel like being creative, or pretty much anything, it’s duct tape)
  • A USB battery to recharge all electronic devices
  • Water toys (a colorful squirt toy, a mister, or whatever to cool down in the campgrounds on hot days)
  • Yoga mat (yoga happens every morning, check the schedule!)
  • A pen and paper
  • Jumper cables for your car battery, or to help someone else out
  • A hammock (and straps!)
  • Hula hoops or other flow toys (rechargeable or battery-powered if they glow, and any chargers you may need for them!)
  • Body/face paint (and a way to wash it off)
  • Your homemade totem


  • The best way to get to Electric Forest is on a Shuttle. They leave from several major cities, and from Muskegon, Grand Rapids, and Chicago O’Hare Airports. You can get free early entry with the shuttle, and camping in the tent-only campground, which means that you don’t have to walk very far to anything!
  • If you’re travelling far by car, it’s always a good idea to have your car checked before the road trip. Oil good to go? Tire pressure A-OK?
  • Carpool, carpool, carpool! If you’re the only person in your car, you have to pay a lot more to park.
  • If you’re more than one car travelling together, set a plan with your friends (where you’re meeting on the trip, and what to do if something goes wrong). You may want to make your last stop in Muskegon or in the closest city in the direction you’re coming from. While you are there you can check to see if you forgot anything, fill up on ice (although they occasionally sell out), and top off your gas tank.
  • When you arrive to the gates, your vehicle will be searched. Be cooperative and friendly – these search teams are there doing their jobs! They are predominantly looking for glass, fireworks, and weapons. Do not bring these things or any of the things in the festival guidelines that are not allowed.
  • Once you enter, please don’t move your car unless you have to. Driving in the campgrounds is disrespectful and discouraged.
  • Plan to walk or take a shuttle or a pedicab. Definitely bring comfortable shoes!


  • Have your tent ready. Grab it out of your car along with your tarp and claim your spot. Set up your tents, then your shade tents, followed by furniture, flagpole, and accessories.
  • Meet your neighbors, learn their names, where they’re from, and if they’ve been to The Forest before. Nothing makes the campgrounds better than good neighbors!
  • The GA Campgrounds are laid out like a city, with blocks and streets. Each major street, and every block, has its own name.
  • Learn what block you’re on, and what cross-street is nearest your camp.
  • When you leave your camp to explore, all valuables should be locked in your car, and out of sight. Keep in mind that a tent lock is not a major deterrent to those out in the campgrounds harvesting bad karma!
  • Make one of your first trips from camp to your Neighborhood Pod. There you will find information, showers, ice, and more. If anyone needs the help of the festival security or medical teams, bring them there, or head to the nearest Neighborhood Pod for assistance.
  • Clean your campsite daily, picking up any wayward items and trash.
  • The sun rises before 6 am, and sets after 10 pm. Pack your day/night backpacks accordingly for the time that you’ll be inside the venue (sunglasses and hammock during the day, hoodie, lights, and glowy things at night). Or, just use the locker in the venue that you reserved in advance to store all your things once you get inside.
  • Go forth, and welcome home.


  • On arrival to the venue entrance (next to the Ferris Wheel), there are several lines for the search stations. The list of things you can bring into the venue is different than what you can bring to the campgrounds. Check the festival guidelines.
    Start your journey early if you’re heading in to catch a particular artist. The line for searches can take extra time when popular acts are about to perform.
  • If you’re entering with a group, make a plan to meet just inside the venue, as some searches take longer than others.
  • After the search of your bag/pockets, you will scan your wristband by waving it over a sensor and enter.
  • A water filling station will be to your left. If this first water station has a long line, the other water stations will not. Explore a little further or check the map on your phone to find other water stations (the one at Sherwood Court is almost always wide open). In a pinch, food and beverage vendors also offer water for purchase.
  • If you would like to keep things secure inside the venue, you can reserve a locker to use for a day or the whole weekend. It’s a good idea to do it in advance on the website as they sometimes sell out, but you can try to do it in person once you’re there too!


  • Please leave your campsite as clean as you found it – there will be trash pick ups for your bagged & tied trash
  • Take your bagged and tied up recycling to the EcoZone recycling center at your Neighborhood Pod
  • Take it easy Sunday night in preparation for your travel day
  • Arrive with a full tank of gas, and don’t kill your car battery over the weekend
  • If you have any trouble with your car, head to your Neighborhood Pod for assistance
  • You may want to try and leave earlier than most people (before 9 am) for a shorter wait
  • Patience is key as the Forest Family departs – please follow the directions of staff and signs
  • If you need to pull off and sleep at a rest stop once you depart, be safe and do it!


  • The Forest is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. Release yourself from the expectation of seeing everything and doing everything. Take care of yourself and your friends, and the time of your life will find you.
  • Drink water. Lots of water. Water, water, water and electrolytes. Make sure your friends drink water too.
  • Alcohol dehydrates you, which means you have to drink even more water after a beer.
  • Everything in moderation (except for water) – The Forest is a magical place when you’re sober.
  • Electric Forest exists within a wider culture for which sex and consent are topics that need careful learning and loving attention. Please bring the consciousness of consent with you as you celebrate with new (and old!) friends. If you would like to learn more about what consent means, click here for more information from RAINN.
  • If you need help, please ask right away.
  • If you see someone needs help, help them, or alert a staff member right away.
  • Places you can get help include: your Neighborhood Pod, from security at the venue entrances, from security at the front of the stages, at any medical or information booth, and from anyone working for the event.
  • Electric Forest Security Staff will be wearing a unique, numbered laminate and a security t-shirt. Please feel free to share your experience with security by contacting HQ and including the laminate number of the staff member you are referencing. You can do this on site at an info booth, or after the event on the website. If there is a concern, it is always best to know while the festival is happening so that HQ can work to address it!
  • Wear earplugs. Your hearing will thank you for it.
  • Wear earplugs. Your body will thank you for it when you get better sleep.
  • You will miss either lunch or dinner doing what you’re doing. Eat festival food while you’re in the venue. Eat snacks at camp. Stay fueled.
  • Set up your tent before you leave for The Forest so you know what you’re doing when you get there. Take that opportunity to waterproof it with a good spray waterproofer (wet tents can ruin a festival).
  • Do not drive your car in the campgrounds. Technically, you can drive to leave the festival and come back. But please only do so if absolutely necessary. Every campground road is a walkway for Forest Family, and it is disrespectful and can be dangerous to force your car through their yard and path.
  • Plan to walk, take a shuttle, or use a pedicab. The general store in the campgrounds expands every year with the most requested items and more than likely can save you any trips you might make to town.
  • The best choice for your valuables is to leave them at home. Any valuables that you must bring with you should be locked in your car out of sight when you are not using them. Or, you can rent a locker in the festival venue to keep your things cool and safe.
  • A tent lock is not a major deterrent to someone who is out harvesting a pile of bad karma!
  • Glass is dangerous. Be conscientious and don’t bring any.
  • Fireworks are extremely dangerous considering the flammable nature of everyone’s tent and The Forest itself. Do not bring them.
  • Do not bring prayer lanterns (the ones you light on fire to create a tiny hot air balloon). What goes up must come down. They have created fires, killed and maimed wildlife, and leave scrap everywhere around the festival. Even if they claim to burn up or be biodegrade, it’s not true.
  • Pack your backpack once for the day, head back in the afternoon, repack it for night (or rent a locker in the venue.) For day: sunglasses, sunblock. For night: a light, any light up toys, something for if it gets cold.
  • Do not use The Forest as a dump for your trash, recycling, or camping supplies that you no longer want. Respect is essential to the future of the festival, and we can all do a better job of leaving the campgrounds as clean as we found them! Please bag your trash and leave it out for a pick up if it is inconvenient to bring home with you. Your bagged recycling can go to the EcoZone Recycling Center at your Neighborhood Pod.
  • Do not dump your trash in Rothbury, or Muskegon, or Grand Rapids, or at any gas or convenience store along the way. Respect our neighbors – they are important to the future of The Forest! Either bring it all the way home, or follow the instructions you just read above to responsibly dispose of it on site.
  • If you want to do more with Forest HQ, check out the Plug In Programs on the website – they are great opportunities to have a big impact at Electric Forest!