Electric Forest Music Festival returns after two years

Drivers beware: Michigan State Police say they expect a heavy influx of traffic from the usual part of the area.

ROTHBURY, Mich. — For the first time since 2019, music fans from across the country are heading to West Michigan. The Electric Forest Music Festival starts on Thursday, but some guests started showing up on Wednesday.

“It’s the best festival of the year,” says Butch Phenicie, who visits music festivals across the country. “Even those that are twice as big are better.”

He went to Rothbury several times.

“I’ve been to everyone, starting with Rothbury Festivals,” he says.

From Maryland, he travels to almost every music festival in the United States every year, selling last-minute tickets at discounted prices.

“If I can earn 20%, I’m happy,” he says.

And he will have a good opportunity to do so this weekend.

Michigan State Police say they expect a heavy influx of traffic from the usual part in the area.

“I would say at least four times the number of vehicles,” says Lt. Michelle Robinson. “They expect all the tickets to have been sold out.”

MSP anticipates this impact on traffic, encouraging travelers on the 31 to stay in the left lane if they are not coming to the festival.

They also blocked several roads in the area to keep traffic flowing.

“We ask anyone coming to attend the festival to follow the plan given to you by the festival,” says Robinson. “Don’t try to rely on your GPS, it could lead you away.”

The police will also be inside the festival site to help with security if needed.

“It’s a very friendly festival where people will take care of each other,” she says.

Denver’s AK Delladohr is looking for a ticket to what would be his first electric forest.

“I just found out a few days ago,” Delladohr says.

Like Phenicie, she also travels to festivals around the country, interested in seeing how they work. And the people who told him to come to Rothbury had nothing but the best to say.

“It looks like it’s just going to be an epic event,” Delladohr says.

The festival starts on Thursday and ends on Sunday.

MSP also informs that traffic will be high again on Monday when festival-goers leave.

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