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Electric Forest Day 3 Recap: SCI, Empire of the Sun, Late Night Surprises

What’s up ya’ll!! Back with a recap of the third day of Electric Forest… ya dig!

The lineup at Electric Forest festival yesterday alone was better than most festivals. It wouldn’t be possible to see it all, but what we caught was another fantastic day of music here in Rothbury.

The Fools Gold Clubhouse had a lineup that looks straight out of a WMC party, with Party Supplies and Treasure Fingers getting things going early on the Tripolee stage. Treasure Fingers, who was notoriously jumped during his set at Bassnectar’s NYE 360 shindig, was playing some groovy, bass-heavy house jams along with a little Disclosure.

Meanwhile, Lettuce was kickin’ things off on the main stage. With Dominac Lalli and Nigel Hall sitting in during the hour and a half set, we saw a lethargic crowd gain their bearings back for the crazy night ahead. Those Brooklyn dudes really know how to get the party going, and Nigel Hall’s Nawlins flair doesn’t hurt either. It was guitarist Eric Krasno’s birthday and Nigel lead the audience in singing happy birthday.

Boombox directly followed and played to a massive crowd in Sherwood Court. It had to have been one of the largest shows they’ve ever played. “Hear The Sound” had a sea of patrons groovin’ out before String Cheese Incident got ready to put on their spectacle.

And there we were, right where we had been given one of the livest Cheese setlists I’ve seen the night prior. Then we got this:

Set 1: Outside And Inside > Rain, Far From Home, Birdland, Sometimes a River, Can’t Wait Another Day, Shine > Colorado Bluebird Sky

Set 2: Bumpin Reel, Desert Dawn, Search > Drums > Search, Colliding, Give Me The Love > Sirens > Texas > Kinky Reggae > Texas

The band was on fire once again last night. They had Dom helping them start things with his saxophone swagger. Shine > Colorado had myself (and a couple thousand others) jumpin’ around and having all sorts of fun.

The second set brought out all the stops. Fireworks, pyro-performance, costumed dancers and all those bells & whistles that come with an Insomniac production. This all happened during a ridiculous “Desert Dawn” that featured the dubstep break they performed last year at Electric Forest.

Sirens > Texas > Kinky Reggae > Texas to end the show was nothing short of phenomenal. The band was on fire and in true entertainment fashion, did not perform an encore. I assume they are saving something special for tonight.

Above & Beyond already had a party of their own going on in Sherwood Forest. The large field was filled with a ravey atmosphere as the duo (usually a trio) gave us all a little Group Therapy. With a solid selection of their own tunes and a notable drop of Velvetine’s “The Great Divide,” the trance DJs brought a magical vibe to the Forest.

Empire of the Sun’s late-night set is probably the only thing that could have gone on that main stage after what Cheese did. The Cirque de Soleil-level production didn’t allow any photographers in the photo pit to keep the over-the-top surprise that they bring. Trippy dancers jumped and danced as the 4-piece band performed those signature indie-pop tunes. “We Are The People,” “DNA,” “Walking on a Dream,” and an “Alive” encore were the highlights for an ecstatic crowd.

Knife Party, A-Trak and Nigel Hall Band (which was comprised of the entire Lettuce band) shut down the main venue with their sets. If ever there was a time I wish to have a couple clones, it was then.

The Good Life camping was still poppin’ off though, with Minnesota making an appearance followed by Griz and Big Gigantic’s Jeremy with a dope set. Nothing like gettin’ your boogie on til the sun comes up.

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