Year after year, Electric Forest Music Festival in Rothbury Michigan plays host to a gathering of some of the most dedicated and unique flow artists in the Midwest and beyond. The very first time I experienced Electric Forest in 2014, I knew it was something unique. That year I received some of the best light shows in my life. The only regret I have from that year is that I didn’t record the fire.
This year, I came prepared and I now have video evidence of the artists responsible for burning down Electric Forest.
My top 10 favorite light shows from EF 2017 in no particular order…..
With the next FNL Level Up happening in just a few short weeks, I wanted to share my experience from the first event with everyone, and encourage you to attend so you can see it for yourself!
The first FNL Level Up occurred just a few short days after I released my blog post about bringing the roots back to gloving, so I figured it would be good for me to be present at the event to not only interact with the new generation of incoming talent, but to witness first-hand how much the scene has evolved over the last several years.
I’ve attended many different variations of glover meetups and events—all the way from the very first FNLs in random parking lots, to the packed & sweaty events at the first EL store in West Covina, and of course IGC, the largest gathering of both recreational and competitive glovers from around the globe. FNL Level Up was easily one of the best gloving-based events I’ve attended so far.
Things have positively progressed since I last stepped foot into an event like this, and it was extremely well-organized and fun. I definitely will attend again, and wish glovers around the globe could experience this—I have high hopes that we’ll get there in due time as our community continues to grow!
Anyway, let’s get into some details.
“Glovers give me a smile when you are ready!” …These were the words I heard as I smiled anxiously walking across the room. I knew everyone was ready, but was I? I carefully watch as I saw a group of glovers breathe in deeply while the others yelled out their team names for support. You could feel the crowd’s energy in the air. I gripped my scoreboard tightly, nervous of what could be this year’s outcome. I remember seeing a glimpse of a pink flamingo dancing around in a corner. I caught myself chuckling at it and turned my head to see Mary laughing about it as well. From that point on, I knew this Miami BOSS was going to be one for the record books. With many unexpected guests from out of state like Blitzen, Brian Lim and Krusty, I knew that many glovers were anxiously awaiting for this day.
Being at FNL Level Up was amazing to say the least. Fire was being thrown and people were having fun, this is what gloving is about.
My initial plan was to go to the Philippines and wow the locals with my light magic. Turns out I was a more than a little late to the party! There was already an established gloving scene in Manila, and some glovers had as much as 3 years of face melting experience.
As a testament to gloving’s progress in the Philippines, URBN Nightclub and Rave N’ Flow in Manila hosted the first ever major gloving competition in the Philippines and possibly the first tournament outside of North America.
Glovers were placed in headlocks. Fights broke out over security attempting to confiscate rare chips, and Facemelt Crew glovers [TNT] Havok and [PM] Cypher lost their gloves due to Insomniac’s strict “no gloving” policy at Dreamstate this past weekend.
[PM] Ice Kream Teddy, who has seen Insomniac’s ban on gloving escalate in the past 6 months, commented on security’s treatment of glovers at the festival:
“Never in my life have I been so shocked at the blatant disregard for the rights of a festival goer. I understand that gloves are not allowed, but what I saw was deplorable. People getting shoved, bullied and put in headlocks.”
Hello Gloving Universe!
There is always a lot of talk among glovers about what a real light show is. In my opinion, there is no wrong way to throw a light show, and I credit [PM] Pro Heavy for pointing it out a few years ago. Gloving is a type of personal expression, and there is no way to tell someone how they can and cannot express themselves.
The two most common types of light shows are competition and festival light shows. With the passing of IGC and another festival season, let’s take a look at the difference between the two. Shall we?
IGC has come and gone. The 5th year of competitive gloving gives us a chance to look at what we’ve built as a community and reflect on everything that has gotten glovers to this point.
This year we had a star-studded event that featured cash prizes and some of the biggest names in gloving and dance, but most importantly, we celebrated our community coming together and gathering as friends for one of the biggest and best tournaments ever thrown.
Don’t worry, we’ve got full video coverage of IGC coming soon, along with an event recap article, but for now I just wanted to share some amazing photos from our friend Jason Fenmore at Oh Dag Yo Photography.
This guy is a true professional, it takes skill to be able to tell stories through photo the way he does. I’m not sure if gloving has ever been shot so vividly.
[S>] Blitzen has been in the lab. Well, more like the studio. This gloving idol, who also runs the GetBlitzed project, features a bass heavy sound that will amp everyone up before Bear Grillz hits the stage. Her set starts at 4:30 PM and will be the backdrop for open gloving time during the afternoon.
Buckle up. Give her Pre-IGC promo track a listen.
IGC is tomorrow. Are you ready?