With the lineup now released for Electric Forest, it’s time to decide which artists to see. To help, we have put together a list of five up-and-coming artists to check out at this year’s festival during weekend two. If you’d like to check out the full lineup, visit Electric Forest’s website here.

Here are five up-and-coming artists to check out at Electric Forest Weekend 2.

Mikey Lion

If you’re a Desert Hearts Records fan, you know, and most likely love, Mikey Lion. For those who don’t, Mikey Lion is a DJ/producer who specializes in house and techno with powerful tribal, hip-hop and psychedelic components. While his music is fantastic, he’s especially known for his stage presence, being described as an ‘energy controller’ and a ‘freak of nature.’ Don’t miss Mikey Lion, because he’s sure to get your Electric Forest party started.

William Black

The first time I saw William Black, he opened up for Illenium in Austin and San Marcos, Texas. He gave a stellar performance, effortlessly alternating between soft-sounding and heavy-hitting music, like Illenium does in his performances. However, William Black has his own unique sound distinct from Illenium’s. Check out William Black’s most recent release “Daydreamer” below, and don’t forget to catch him at Electric Forest.


CharlestheFirst is not from this planet. His music can best be described as space bass, but it features darker and deeper wubs than you’d hear from Space Jesus, the OG space boss. Do some stretches and prepare yourself to get low to the ground for CharlestheFirst.


For those who are looking for something a little more chill, Shallou is the answer. Shallou is a Los Angeles-based DJ/producer and singer known for his light, ambient sound and soulful vocals. Get ready to feel like you’re walking on air during Shallou at this year’s Electric Forest.


The first time I saw Turkuaz was at Okeechobee this year. I left my friends at Khalid to go see STS9, and as I was walking across the grounds, I got sucked into Turkuaz. Turkuaz is a Brooklyn-based band featuring nine extremely talented and expressive individuals, a splash of flavor and a whole lot of funk. They were incredible at Okeechobee–so incredible that I never actually made it to STS9. However, I have no regrets about this and can hardly wait to see them again at Electric Forest.

Electric Forest Weekend Two will occur from June 28 to July 1 in Rothbury Michigan. More information and tickets can be found here.

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