While Electric Forest continues to pull its annual guests back to its magical display of lights and sounds over and over again, some folks may be hitting this up for the first time. For this reason, we’ve assembled an incredible team of festival vets to give you some crucial pro tips so you don’t blow it. These tips come from a serious amount of trial and error, so don’t take this advice for granted. We take pride in knowing what’s up, so check it!

1. Spicy Pie


If you’re a seasoned veteran, you already know what this is about. If not, well… prepare to find yourself in pizza heaven real soon. You’re going to get hungry. You’re going to get Spicy Pie. You’re going to be a very happy camper. End of story.

2. Bring the Canoe… or come prepared…

Without fail, it’s going to rain at some point. Either you come prepared or you end up with swamp ass and a soaked tent interior. Seems like a pretty easy decision for us. Essentially, along with your tent, you’ll need to bring a tarp, some duct tape, and clothing to keep you dry when it inevitably starts pouring. You’ll be glad you did.

3. Expect the Unexpected

When everyone you ask tells you the same thing, you can look past this cliche life advice and realize that it just might be true within the enchanted confines of Sherwood Forest. Keep an open mind and good things will happen. This much you can be sure of.

4. Late Night Disco

Long after the last act leaves the stage each night, the party must go on. Get acquainted with others and they’re sure to lead you on the late night adventure you’ve been waiting for. After all, there’s nothing quite like dancing the night away with hundreds of your newest friends!

5. Hydrate… then Rehydrate

Even though it’s shaping up to be incredibly temperate and right around what we’d consider the perfect weather, you can never have too much water on deck. A lot of people bring camelbacks for good reason, and we think they’re on to something. Avoid the constant quest for water by snagging one off Amazon. Your hydrated soul will thank you.

6. Trust the King of Pop


Just like Spicy Pie, King of Pop is here to give you everything you’ve been missing in your life. No, they’re not just another popsicle cart: they’re so much more. If you want to cool off or simply munch on something cold and refreshing, don’t go anywhere else. You can count on King of Pops, always.

7. Dancesafe/BunkPolice (You Can’t Trust Everything)

We’re not your oblivious media outlet. We know what you animals are up to. All we ask is that you be safe and make sure that you know what you’re messing with before you mess with it. Why? Because we love you. That’s why. If you buy/try something, check it first. It’s for everyone’s best interest.

8. CARL?!

The man, the myth, the… Carl? Just look into this one. Oh, and don’t be annoying about it. It’s funny the first couple of times, not the hundredth of Day 1.

9. Secret Sets, You Say?

Remember what we told you about the unexpected? Well, one of the best aspects of that comes in the form of stumbling upon an epic secret set that you had no idea about. Past secret sets have featured a ton of shenanigans and world-class talent. Make sure to keep your ear to the ground. You never know what you might discover…


Have any other more tidbits of advice? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Matt Teaford is a meatatarian, craft beer enthusiast, and follower of his spirit animal, which he believes to be a Kodiak Bear. He can often be found hiking in the backwoods of Kentucky or bragging about both his hometown of Cincinnati and expansive knowledge of music. Except Polka. He knows nothing about Polka.

Matt founded CityNova because he wants people to experience life for all that it’s worth. He also thinks that nap time should be offered by all employers. Since he found no such opportunity, he thought a startup might be his best chance.

He’s also a political Independent who vies for true transparency and accountability in government, but that’s neither here nor there…