Electric Forest has announced their 2014 initial lineup headlined by 3 nights of String Cheese Incident, STS9, Zedd, Steve Angello and Ms. Lauryn Hill. Flying Lotus, cut/copy, The Glitch Mob and Booka Shade (Live) will be sure to get the dance parties real trippy and interesting in between the usual DJ sets, while Papadosio, Zoogma, Conspirator and Anders Osborne will have to satisfy the jam crowd, along with STS9 and Cheese, of course.
And speaking of DJ sets: Dusky, Poolside, Perseus, Soul Clap, Cashmere Cat, Justin Martin, Catz n Dogz, J. Phlip, and Chrome Sparks are all making their Electric Forest debuts. It’s awesome to see that deeper, avant-garde house and disco are going to have a strong presence on the festival lineup.
But I can not go any further without expressing my excitement and optimism for the Ms. Lauryn Hill Incident. Imagine Lauryn Hill spicing up the usual SCI covers like “Boogie on Reggae Woman” or “Voodoo Chile.” Or imagine Cheese laying down some funky improve to spice up “Ready or Not,” “Everything is Everything,” and “Doo-Wop (That Thing).” I know the Zac Brown Band had mixed reviews, and so will the Ms. Lauryn Hill Incident, but the opportunity to see one of jam music’s premier acts play a one-off, unique set with an artist of her caliber is special.