Sep 04, 2014
Electric Forest Spot Secure For 10 Years

A new deal signed between event organizer AEG Live and owners of its longtime home at the Double JJ Ranch has locked in Electric Forest‘s location for the next decade.

According to Michigan news outlet MLive, the deal was confirmed Sept. 2 by Norm Halbower of current ownership group Antler Bar Amusements LLC. The resolution comes after a lengthy legal dispute over the ownership of the property itself. The former owners of the property failed to pay $7 million in debt before a May 19 deadline, leaving a new ownership group in charge amid a flood of reports that Robert Sillerman’s SFX was attempting to take control. Halbower assured, however, that the festival will continue as usual.

While the current owners of the property appreciate the financial value of the festival, they appreciate its cultural value as well. Halbower attended the festival this year and summarized his experience for MLive:

“I’m 72 years old and I attended the festival this year,” he said. “It was such a pleasant experience. I met educated people from all walks of life, including architects and brilliant minds of stage and theater. The show the festival puts on is a sight to see.” With their new deal, this is a sight both parties can enjoy for the next decade.

Check out the full lineup here, although tickets have completely completely sold out.

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