Forest Fam! It’s been too long, but here we are. We’re only a week away from Weekend One of Electric Forest and we’re more stoked than words can express. Soon, we’ll be back among Sherwood Court; lost, but found, among some of the world’s best visual lighting displays, art, and people. It almost feels surreal that we’re so close, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves… we must prepare! Schedules have to made… bags have to packed, and you don’t want to ruin your vibe because you didn’t plan accordingly. Never fear! Your friends at CityNova are, once again, providing you with the essential guide to everything you’ll need to know for Electric Forest’s first weekend of 2018.

What You’re Bringing

If this is your first time to forest, this is definitely for you! If you’ve learned from past mistakes, this is a friendly reminder of what you most certainly should not forget to bring. Obviously we trust you to bring libations and the basics, but these are some things may be less obvious.

1. Baby Wipes

For the love of all that is good in the universe, please, please, PUHLEASE… do not forget to bring some form of baby wipes with you. Even if you’re planning on using your nice solar shower or one of the portable showers at the festival, you and the thousands of other festival-goers will be thankful for your clean body. In theory, of course, you could also just wait for it to rain (it always rains at least once), but please don’t do that. Just be clean!

2. A Camping Canopy

As we said with our last suggestion, it’s more than likely going to rain at least once and things will get muddy. Your nice patch of campground can quickly become lakefront real estate if the weather gets unfortunate. Luckily, if you play your cards right, you can keep the space closest to your tent protected from the mud with a canopy. Even if there’s sun fo days, you’ll have an escape under the canopy while you chill and wait for the gates to open. You win regardless!

3. A Small Camping Stove

You know what’s easy to make and convenient? Quesadillas! You know what isn’t convenient? Finding yourself hungry af in the middle of the night and not having anything hot and fresh to eat. You can get an easy-to-use, single burner for less than $20. Just make sure not to forget the food stuffs, butane canisters, and non-stick pan, too! Otherwise, it’s chip + beer dinner for you. You don’t want that. Your soul doesn’t want that. Also, small, butane-burning camp stoves are the only stoves you can bring, so don’t bring that portable charcoal grill!

4. A Camelbak or Large Water Canister

When it comes to water, you’re going to need it. No one wants to be in the middle of their favorite artist’s set and realize halfway through that they have cotton mouth, but no water. Luckily, Electric Forest lets you bring in your empty Camelbak or canister so you won’t have to worry about this issue. Just make sure they’re empty before you go in. Holding up the line to get in isn’t the best course of action.

5. Water Enhancers

While you can easily access water from stations all around the festival, sometimes the basic ol’ water just doesn’t cut it. Luckily, you can bring water enhancers with you that are sure to provide supplemental energy and vitamins that are good for your body. This is one that may really help you for those late night set errrr recovery from the previous night’s sets. You won’t want to crash before seeing San Holo on Saturday night. Just sayin…

Sets You Can’t Miss

Time is limited. The lineup is stacked. What are we to do?! Well, we can’t tell you exactly how to experience the forest, as it’s your own, but we can definitely make recommendations on 5 sets you won’t want to miss at Forest. Some of these may seem obvious, but don’t worry. We also have an upcoming article on 7 Underrated Artists You Can’t Miss as well!

1. RÜFÜS DU SOL – Sunday, 11:00 PM – Ranch Area


Here at CityNova, we’ve been bumping this group’s tracks for months now. You Were Right just might be one of our favorite electronic tracks in years, and that’s saying something. Their songs are perfect for just closing your eyes and getting absorbed in the sound. If there was ever an incentive for staying the whole time, it’s making sure that you don’t miss these guys late on Sunday night.

2. ZHU – Saturday, 10:15 PM – Ranch Area


Can ZHU save some talent for the rest of us? Seriously, though. This guy is both a super-talented producer and musician. Getting a chance to see him cannot be missed. While our personal favorite song in his repertoire is Faded, all you have to do is take a quick listen through his Spotify to get why you’ll need to be there when he performs. We know, we know… there’s a lot going on Saturday night, but trust us here. It’ll be worth it.

3. Galantis – Thursday, 11:45 PM – Ranch Area


It’s Peanut Butter Jelly time! Is that joke too outdated? Meh, at least it’s relevant for one of their songs. Anyway, for those folks who are arriving on Thursday, there’s no better way to kick off the best weekend of the year than with these two. There’s sure to be plenty of songs to dance the night away to and, let’s be honest, you probably should take it easy on Thursday, but we know you don’t want that.

4. San Holo – Saturday, 2:00 AM – Tripolee

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It should really come as no surprise that San Holo is among our “can’t miss” sets. Saturday night is going to be amazing and this guy will be the cherry on top. We Rise and Light have been making waves in the community and remixed by other notable producers countless times; which is a testament to what he can do. Tripolee is sure to be a packed house, and the party won’t be stopping until late into the night. We’ll see you there!

5. The Glitch Mob – Saturday, 9:00 PM – Sherwood Court


We believe it’s fair to say, at this point, that The Glitch Mob’s music is pretty much legendary within the genre. It’s hard to believe that it’s been the better part of a decade since they launched “Drink The Sea,” which featured both bangers and chill tunes in Fortune Days and Animus Vox. Luckily, they’ve stuck together and we’ll get to check out one of their epic sets at Forest, and you won’t want to miss out.

Final Thoughts

There are a lot of things that make Forest so magical, and maybe some things are better left to be felt by the soul and perceived with the eyes rather than letting us tell you how best to do thing. There are endless possibilities within the confines of Sherwood Court. So, our final bit of advice in this guide is this:

There are certain times in life when you actually get to feel alive. Electric Forest is a place where you will feel alive. Don’t let those moments pass without notice and remember to breath and make genuine connections. Life is beautiful struggle, but the forest is meant to be both pure and beautiful; no struggle necessary. Enjoy it. 

Oh, and Happy Forest, everyone! Can’t wait to be together again! See you soon!

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…