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Electric Forest eyes 2021 dates

Rothbury Village Council approved June dates, and two alternative weekends in August.

ROTHBURY, Mich. — It's still early in 2021, and a lot could happen between now and June but the Electric Forest music festival has approval for June dates which could be considered a first step towards holding an event.

The festival is considering June 24 through 27 to return after a year off due to the coronavirus cancelation in 2020.

The Rothbury Village Council recently approved the June dates, and two alternative weekends in August.

The backup dates for Electric Forest 2021 are Aug. 12-15 and Aug. 19-22.

The last public comment on a possible 2021 festival was made Dec. 17th on the Electric Forest website.

If the large outdoor music festival attracting between 30,000 and 40,000 fans from around the country can be held at the Double JJ Ranch in Oceana County it would be the festival's 10-anniversary celebration.

"While we are holding our typical June timeframe, we have to consider health and safety guidelines as well as artist, infrastructure, and vendor availability. These all play a part in confirming a date for Summer 2021," festival organizers said in the Dec. 17 post.

A Rothbury Village official tells 13 ON YOUR SIDE the cancellation of the 2020 Electric Forest meant the village missed out on about $250,000 of revenue from a ticket surcharge that's part of every ticket sold. The surcharge funds village improvements. If the event is held in 2021 revenue from the ticket surcharge might pay for road improvements, a new police car, and new storage building for village equipment.

The Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals have been canceled for the second straight year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision, made Friday, comes on the order of the head of the health department in Riverside County, California.

Coachella was scheduled for April 9-18, and Stagecoach was set for April 23-25. No makeup dates were immediately announced.

Electric Forest is produced by Colorado based Madison House Presents.



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