UPDATE: A statement from Electric Forest reads, "HQ understands there has been some confusion regarding the festival alcohol policy. Thank you for your patience while HQ works to clarify the FAQ in the coming weeks. It is fully expected that Electric Forest's campground experience will be very similar to the way it has always been in the past. Together, we all look forward to coming together in June for another amazing experience in Rothbury." They did not say that patrons would be allowed to bring alcohol, but any clarification will help ease the confusion that many ticket holders are currently experiencing.
It has been confirmed that Electric Forest is banning patrons from bringing alcohol into the festival this year. The new rule has caused an uproar from the general public who are confused as to why EF is choosing to enforce it.
“Per Michigan state law, any alcohol that is found during the search of your vehicle on entry must be confiscated. This applies to both the campgrounds and the festival venue.”
Within the past year, supposedly a new law was enacted that prohibits patrons from bringing alcohol into certain venues, but as more people looked into the new law, it didn't seem like EF fell under the same classification as the venues which the law mentions. There are in fact exceptions to the law and from what we can gather, Double JJ Ranch, the site of Electric Forest, is a privately owned property and therefore is not in violation. You can read the legislation here:
“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 law is indeed difficult to understand and we are not experts in the legal realm. We do not want to assume that EF is taking advantage of this law in order to capitalize financially from selling beer at the festival, but many are not happy about the new rule. As of right now, no outside alcohol will be allowed inside the festival. We'll have more information for you as the story picks up.