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Electric Forest Clarifies New Alcohol Policy

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Electric Forest attendees have been up in arms recently about a new alcohol policy. Electric Forest HQ released a vague statement days ago stating “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.”

Many believed this new policy was going to ban attendees from bringing in ANY outside alcohol, and many also believed this was just a marketing scheme to get people to purchase the festivals alcohol through monopolization, which outraged everyone. However, this turned out to be false.

In a recent Facebook post, Electric Forest announced that you can bring in outside alcohol into the campgrounds, but only 1 case of beer or box of wine per person.

HQ would like to clarify the confusion that surrounds the comments that surfaced over the weekend regarding the festival Alcohol Policy. We recognize that there was ambiguity in the policy that had been posted for the past few years. Please find clarification below. Our apology for any confusion that may have been inadvertently caused. Thank you to the Forest Family for bringing this to our attention. Please know that the festival experience will be similar to years past.

Here is the official policy that has been updated on the festival guidelines:

You must be 21+ to consume alcohol in the campgrounds. A reasonable amount of unopened beer and wine (limited to 1 case of beer and one box of wine per person), will be permitted to be brought onto your camping area. If, however, in the security’s judgment anyone in the vehicle is intoxicated, or the alcohol is open, then the organizers reserve the right to confiscate the alcohol. Kegs, glass, liquor, or vending of alcohol is not permitted in the campgrounds, and alcohol may not be brought from the campsites into the festival venue.

This is not much different from years past, however festival-goers used to be allowed to bring in bottles of liquor, which is no more. So no – outside alcohol is not banned, but more restrictions have been placed on them.

What do you think about the new policy? Let us know in the comments below!

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