Electric Forest Festival 2016

The Sherwood Court stage during the day

The Sherwood Court stage at night

The Forest Stage featuring Poseidon and marble faux finishes

New graphics ATOMIC produced for The Hangar

The Electric Forest entrance

The new steampunk-esque Ranch Arena front of house area

Ranch Arena stage and new front of house area

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Electric Forest Festival, a weekend of electronic music and jam bands on the Double JJ Ranch in Michigan. ATOMIC returned for the fourth year to design and refurbish multiple stages and areas. The festival goers, artists and music all demand creative stage designs and raise the bar each year.       

Tom McPhillips and team redesigned the Sherwood Court stage this year, centering the design around the existing elephant motif. McPhillips wanted a culturally eclectic look for the stage including elements from India, Tibet and Baroque and Victorian time periods. The stage featured printed graphics and scenic paint finishes from the Set Construction team. 

The Forest Stage was also redesigned and featured marble faux finishes from the Scenic Paint Department. The design boasted a Poseidon on the top of the stage and vines created by ATOMIC’s Soft Goods team wrapped around the faux finished columns. Electric Forest Festival is the biggest job each year for our Scenic Paint Department allowing them to show off their finishing skills and fine arts background. Each stage is a mashup of historic styles and cultural art and allows for so much creativity in the design and build process. 

This fun, challenging, creative job wouldn’t be possible without amazing partners. Thanks to Jeremy Stein and Michael Sampliner of Madison House and Hadden Hippsley of LAMBDA Productions, the Electric Forest Production Managers. Kudos to the Lighting Designers Travis Shirley (Ranch Arena and Jubilee) and Jeff Ravitz (Sherwood Court and The Hangar) who make our designs and stages look truly amazing.