9 Acts Playing Electric Forest for the First Time in 2022

As temperatures rise and a million trees stretch their broad leaves skyward, the call of Sherwood Forest grows stronger.

We’re officially less than two weeks away from the highly-anticipated 2022 edition of Electric Forest! After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Forest is back with a dazzling lineup of music, food, and curated experiences.

Anyone who has ever stepped inside the mystical Michigan woods can attest to the sheer number of possibilities it has to offer. Even seasoned veterans can return year after year and still discover new things— like new friends or a new favorite artist.

Some of the artists on this year’s lineup, like Louis the Child and TOKiMONSTA, are returning fan favorites. Others are taking to the stages of Sherwood Forest for the first time. Here are nine artists making their debut appearance at Electric Forest 2022.

Moore Kismet

Moore Kismet has been on a hot streak lately. Last year, they became the youngest artist to perform at EDC Las Vegas. They have collaborated with heavy hitters like WHIPPED CREAM and toured with the likes of ILLENIUM. Now, on the cusp of releasing their debut album, the 17-year-old non-binary artist will make their first appearance at Electric Forest. On Friday, June 24, Moore Kismet will appear on the Tripolee stage as part of the festival’s Bassrush curated event.

Moore Kismet recently sat down with MP3 MAG to discuss their upcoming album, as well as their journey to self-love and acceptance. You can read that interview here.

Of The Trees

Of The Trees is a musical mastermind who creates otherworldly realms with sound and harmony. The Denver-based producer has become a fan favorite in the world of experimental bass with EPs such as Harvest, Tanglewood, and most recently, The Tale of Elegos. This summer, Of The Trees will bring his mesmerizing sound to Electric Forest. You can also catch him on the Tripolee stage as part of the Bassrush takeover.

To learn more about Of The Trees’ latest projects, check out MP3 MAG’s interview with him for our May issue.

Sylvan Esso

This North Carolina-based duo has previously performed at Coachella, Bonnaroo, and other festivals. This summer, they make their Electric Forest debut as one of the Friday headliners (along with GRiZ). Sylvan Esso has wowed fans the world over with their distinctively dreamy electro-pop sound. Their talents earned them a Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronic Album for their album, What Now.

Their latest release is a single titled “Sunburn,” which you can listen to below.

LSDREAM

Bringing all the high vibrations to the Forest is the king of Peace Love and Wubz himself: LSDREAM. If you consider yourself a spiritual being having a human experience, this is one artist’s set you won’t want to miss. But that’s not all! LSDREAM will also bless us with LIGHTCODE, his guided meditation and sound bath experience.

LSDREAM recently collaborated with wobble kings, Ganja White Night, on a new single called “BADMAN.” You can stream it below.

QRTR

If dance music is more your speed, you’re in for a treat! Brooklyn-based producer QRTR creates music that is reminiscent of the motion of the ocean: soft, rhythmic, soothing, yet powerful and full of emotional depth. ‘

In a recent interview for MP3 MAG’s June issue, the artist described her musical aesthetic as follows: “I definitely am always trying to find ways to have my music be soothing, you know. I want people to dance, but I want people to have kind of an emotional connection to it, too.”

A Hundred Drums

Another artist making her debut appearance at Electric Forest is A Hundred Drums, a dynamic producer whose sound incorporates elements of dubstep, reggae, experimental hip-hop, and indigenous hand drums. Her talents have earned her more than 350,000 streams on Spotify, as well as spots on festival lineups across the country.

So far in 2022, she has released two singles, “If I Have To” and “Dream State,” and her 2021 EP Enough is Enough takes a direct approach to confront the status quo. With her seamless blending of deep bass and the sounds of nature, A Hundred Drums is sure to make an indelible mark on the Forest that will stick with fans for the rest of the year.

Night Tales

Coming in from Down Under is Night Tales. The duo, which consists of Kam and Aaron, is a force to be reckoned with in their native Australia, as well as worldwide.

After moving to the US and signing with new management, Night Tales has been on a hot streak ever since. In 2021, they were invited to play Electric Zoo. This summer, they will make their Electric Forest debut ahead of a fall tour to promote their album. Night Tales’ sound combines deep, emotive beats with introspective lyricism. If you’re into deep house and dancing into the night, this is one set you won’t want to miss!

Read MP3 Mag’s interview with Night Tales.

MIZE

Bringing the heat of the Deep South to the Michigan woods is Alabama-based producer, MIZE, whose genre-coalescing sound blends heavy bass with hip-hop, ambient downtempo, and melodic dubstep. You can catch him at the Tripolee stage on Friday night as part of Bassrush. His latest single, called “Switch,” should give you a taste of the energy that MIZE will bring to the Forest.

Supertask

Finally, bringing the West Coast chill vibes to the Forest is Oregon-based producer, Supertask. Supertask has previously appeared at festivals such as Okeechobee and Sound Haven. He has cemented himself as a rising star in the experimental bass scene—consistently blowing minds with banging beats, ethereal vibrations, and trippy visuals. You can also catch Supertask as part of Lab Group, along with fellow bass producer, Potions.

MP3 Mag was honored to interviewed Lab Group last year. Read the interview here.

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Ashley is a multimedia journalist based in Nashville, TN. She holds a Master of Art in Journalism from USC and a Bachelor of Music from Vanderbilt. With nearly 10 years of music industry experience, Ashley is well-versed in reporting, editing, artist interviews, and podcast production. When she's not headbanging at the rail to filthy wubz, you can find her in the garden, hiking, or sipping herbal tea while she writes in her dream journal.