Electric Forest Bans ‘American Indian’ Headdresses For 2016 Festival


Just the other day we were talking about the announced dates for Electric Forest 2016. And now today, we have some news concerning the attire at the festival. As per the EF Guidelines:

No American Indian headdresses*
No threatening signs or apparel*

Now I personally don’t care what people wear, but I do understand how certain articles of clothing, especially American Indian headdresses, would offend people. Electric Forest is certainly not the first, and probably won’t be the last music festival to take action like this, so dress wisely!


*A note on headdresses & threatening messages: at Electric Forest, all should feel safe, comfortable, and welcome.

In this spirit, HQ requests that those who would bring American Indian Headdresses to the festival leave them at home. Out of respect for this community, it is inappropriate to wear headdresses outside of traditional ceremony.

Additionally, while HQ supports diversity in signs, totems, and articles of clothing, words or images that threaten harm to others are not welcome at the festival.

The Festival reserves the right to confiscate items deemed to be in violation of these two policies at its discretion.

In such a creative community, HQ is confident that these requests will open up new, more inclusive creative opportunities for all who attend. Thank you for making choices that support and inspire all members of the Forest Family.

Thanks for sharing fam! Stay in touch!