Electric Forest 2017 is drawing ever closer, bringing with it some of the best artists for two jam-packed weekends of fun in Michigan. With this year's impressive lineup, the festival has made sure to offer both the finest electronic acts, while also mixing in a variety of more traditional bands and musicians. Whether you're an aficionado of EDM or are just coming with friends, you should find something to love amongst our selection of the five must-see artists playing this year.
1. Thievery Corporation
Set time: Sun., July 2, 8:30-10:30 PM, Ranch Arena
The world-music tinged electronic group Thievery Corporation is surely one of the big guns poised to play at Electric Forest. The group tours less frequently these days, so fans should jump on the opportunity to see them live in what is sure to be a spectacular show. In addition to Electric Forest, Thievery Corporation are headlining Red Rocks on August 5.
2. My Morning Jacket
Set time: Sat. Jun. 24, 9-11:45 PM, Ranch Arena
One of the more traditional bands playing in a lineup of widely electronic acts, My Morning Jacket will be a welcome treat for those wanting to mix things up a little. MMJ has been together since 1998 and has become a cult favorite, so get your nostalgia on with what's sure to be a strong and varied set. After their show at Electric Forest, My Morning Jacket will be headed to New York's Forest Hills Stadium for a headlining concert on July 15.
Set time: Fri. Jun. 23, 5-6:15 PM, Ranch Arena and Sat. July 1, 6-7:15 PM, Ranch Arena
Yet another one of the unique offerings Electric Forest is including in their schedule this year, Matisyahu is sure to offer a good time with his reggae-tinged inspirational songs. He has ditched the religious orthodoxy that many remember from him, so even those not inclined to spiritual Jewish rap will still enjoy. If you miss him at Electric Forest, Matisyahu will be playing with UB40 at LA's Greek Theatre on July 6 and in Redmond, WA on July 13.
4. Alison Wonderland
Set time: Fri. June 30, 11:30 PM-12:45 AM, Tripolee Stage
Coming over from Australia to perform at Electric Forest, Alison Wonderland has garnered a reputation as one of the best DJs working today. Her near-midnight set will give fans the chance to dance the night away, serving as a perfect night cap or a pre-party to shows even later in the night. Over Labor Day Weekend, Alison Wonderland will be headed to the Mad Decent Block Party at Red Rocks on Sep. 3.
Set time: Thu. Jun. 22, 9:15-10:15 PM, Jubilee Stage
Banks recently wowed us at Firefly, and now attendees at Electric Forest can get in on her visually astonishing show. The singer has one of the best voices of anyone playing Electric Forest, and her stage presence is a wonder to behold. For those not able to make it to her show at Electric Forest, she has a plethora of other shows coming up, so be sure to get tickets here.