Electric Forest has become one of the most innovative music festivals of our time. In the past, the festival has announced its highly anticipated lineup in non-traditional formats, like in 2016, when they mailed out envelopes with names of artists to select fans and let social media do the rest. After expanding to two weekends last year (which demanded a more traditional announcement), Electric Forest is back with another unorthodox lineup announcement for 2018.Electric Forest’s New ‘Wish Machine’ Can Grant Your Festival “Wish” In Exchange For Charity WorkAs detailed by a Reddit thread, on Sunday night, Ann Arbor, Michigan’s Club Necto hosted a special pop-up event put on by the Electric Forest folks, which culminated in a performance by Space Jesus. Electric Forest used the event as a means to begin revealing the artists on its 2018 lineup, transforming the club into a puzzle room of sorts. As told by redditor /u/Supersighs, “Throughout the venue there [were] many posters were on the wall saying “Performer” is playing Electric Forest 2018. There was a special bar menu with clues to different acts playing. A little burlesque show that revealed some acts. There was a different number on each Men and Women bathroom mirror that if you called, had an artist saying they’re excited to be playing EF2018. The toilet paper had a word scramble all over it revealing an act. There was also a word search projected on the building also revealing some acts.”The folks over at Reddit have been keeping tabs on the artist revealed at last night’s pop-up show. Here’s their list of artists confirmed for Electric Forest 2018 (though keep your eyes peeled for more announcements, as there are still upwards of 100 artists left to be announced!):Everyone OrchestraSpag HeddyNonameXavier RuddRufus Du SolKarl Densons Tiny UniverseManic FocusChromeoHayden JamesSodownSunSquabiFruitionClozeeBoogie TLouis the ChildMisterwivesGryffinCookie MonstaG JonesBukuPenguin PrisonYookieEpromJody LitvackSpace Jesus[H/T YourEDM; Photo: Adam Straughn]
Harvard’s leaders welcomed the Class of 2014 Tuesday (Aug. 31), in a convocation ceremony filled with pomp and circumstance. They urged the new students to use their College years as a time to experiment, learn, and discover.
MASON CITY — Despite the COVID-19 pandemic impacting local businesses, there are a number of economic development projects continuing in Mason City. North Iowa Corridor Economic Development Corporation CEO Chad Schreck says while it’s been disappointing to see some things have to slow down and come to a halt across the nation, it’s been exciting to see some of the local projects be able to make some forward progress. Schreck says the Bushel Boy Farms tomato growing facility on the city’s south side continues to progress. “We did have some issues that we worked through with them on trying to make sure they could get their contractors from the Netherlands here. Obviously with all the travel restrictions that was a major concern. We have to monitor that situation, but as long as we are able to get them here this summer, everything will continue to move forward as planned, and as they initially had hoped to get things up and running by the fall, that still appears to be on course and ready to go. That’s going to be bringing in 45 to 50 jobs here hopefully by the end of the year, and obviously that couldn’t happen at a better time with everything hitting us as it has.” Schreck says the $63 million addition to the Kraft Heinz facility in the northwestern part of Mason City continues to move forward. The expansion is being done to produce a new slate of dessert products. “They wanted to get operational by this summer. They may run into a few minor delays but nothing of major significance or concern to this point. We’re excited to see them continuing that project and ramping that up.” Schreck says construction is also continuing on Talon Development’s $16 million housing development, placing 113 apartments and 20 town houses on the site that used to be the overflow parking lot south of Southbridge Mall. “That’s one of those that you have to drive by to see, because if you haven’t in the last month, you’ve missed a lot. It’s already up to the fourth floor, they’ve got most of it enclosed, both in the apartments and the town homes. They’re even putting up siding and things. That’s a project that despite everything is continuing to move forward full speed and it looks to be on course like planned to be done by the end of the year or early next year and start getting people in there.” Schreck made his comments on Mason City mayor Bill Schickel’s weekly social media update.