SCI, Tiësto, Bassnectar, & Pretty Lights Head Electric Forest

The Electric Forest Festival has released their initial lineup lead by the likes of the String Cheese Incident, Tiësto, Pretty Lights, and Bassnectar.

The festival, which will be held at the Rothbury Festival’s old stomping ground of the Double JJ Ranch in Rothbury, MI, will take place from June 30th to July 3rd and feature an eclectic mix of rock, hip-hop, electronic, bluegrass, and more.

In addition to the heavyweight electronic artists Tiësto, Pretty Lights, and Bassnectar, the festival boasts an impressive undercard of electronic dance acts and DJs including Kaskade, Excision, Skrillex, Shpongle, Two Fresh, Beats Antique, Emancipator, Eliot Lipp, and Paper Diamond.

A number of impressive jam influenced electronic acts will also appear including EOTO, The New Deal, Big Gigantic, Lynx, and Break Science.

String Cheese will headline all three nights of the fest which will also offer an array of rock, funk, hip-hop and bluegrass performers including Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, JJ Grey & Mofro, Railroad Earth, Lettuce, The Macpodz, The Pimps Of Joytime, Greensky Bluegrass, Zion I & The Grouch, Toubab Krewe, and the Emmitt-Nershi Band.

REO Speedwagon will also be present at Electric Forest and will partake in “The 1st Annual Saturday Afternoon Special.”

First tier tickets will go on sale this Saturday, March 5th, for a steep $200 and then climb to $240 when the first tier is sold out. While $200 may seem a little pricy for first tier tickets, just imagine $50 of it going to bringing back Rothbury’s legendary Sherwood Forest. Totally worth it.

Three nights of SCI and it taking place at the Double JJ Ranch is enough to hook me; however, the lineup would benefit heavily from some additions like Lotus, The Disco Biscuits, STS9, and Umphrey’s McGee. Check back in the coming weeks for news on lineup additions.

Electric Forest Festival 2011 Lineup

The String Cheese Incident (3 Nights)
Pretty Lights
REO Speedwagon
Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros
Stephen Marley
Shpongle Presents The Shpongletron Experience
Railroad Earth
Laidback Luke
JJ Grey and MOFRO
The New Deal
Emmitt-Nershi Band
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe
Toubab Krewe
Bonobo (DJ Set)
Beats Antique
Big Gigantic
Chiddy Bang
Eliott Lip
Paper Diamond
The Infamous Stringdusters
Zion I & The Grouch
Greensky Bluegrass
Feed Me
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Mat McHugh
12th Planet
The Pimps of Joytime
Break Science
The Macpodz
The Hood Internet
Two Fresh
Kraz (DJ Set)
The Treasures
Panic Bomber
Dragon Wagon