Yes, unfortunately the rumors are true. Outside alcohol will no longer be allowed inside Electric Forest.
The news was announced only after the festival had reportedly sold out, so all the campers who pre-purchased tickets expecting the regular wild Wednesday night tailgate are to be sorely disappointed.
Michigan state law passed the ban just this year, and will most likely be upheld despite the apparent pushback from the festival itself. Rumor has it that the legality of the issue is cloudy. Apparently the law states that while attendees are banned from bringing alcohol from the venue, nothing in the law states any issues with bringing liquor inside. Here is the legislation:
“mcl 436.2021(4) This act and rules promulgated under this act do not prevent a class A or B hotel designed to attract and accommodate tourists and visitors in a resort area from allowing its invitees or guests to possess or consume, or both, on or about its premises alcoholic liquor purchased by the invitee or guest from an off-premises retailer and does not prevent a guest or invitee from entering and exiting the licensed premises with alcoholic liquor purchased from an off-premises retailer.”
The news has been met with cries of outrage. This is mostly due to the fact that all tickets were purchased before the conflict was made known to the public. Electric Forest HQ has issued the following response to the public via Twitter:
While these Tweets fail to address whether or not the ban will absolutely be enforced, Electric Forest updated their FAQ yesterday to reflect the changes.