Why You Should Attend Electric Zoo This Year
by Danielle Desmond & Mike Zadjelovich
As we near the end of festival season, NYC’s annual Electric Zoo electronic music festival returns this Labor Day weekend as a perfect way to conclude the summer. The festival has seen many changes over the past six years, especially after two people died and others hospitalized as a result of MDMA use at last year's festival. This year features over 135 acts across multiple genres of music - EDM, House, Techno, Trance, Dubstep, Electro, Trap, and Indie. The festival will consist of six stages across the 24 acres of Randall’s Island: two Main Stages, two Sunday School stages dedicated to underground house and techno, and one dedicated to Vinyl Only.
Top 5 Artists Not To Miss
With so many amazing artists performing and the option of self-cloning still not available, selecting a schedule is key! Luckily, the Zoo features the perfect distance between stages where you can move from stage to stage within minutes without any sound-bleeding interrupting the groove. To help you decide, here are 5 artists we feel you cannot miss.
1) Gesaffelstein [FRI / BEATPORT RIVERSIDE STAGE]
The tag team set between the French techno legend and his homeboy Brodinski from last year's Electric Zoo may have been the best set from last year's show. Fast forward to 2014 and with the ability to showcase not only the tunes from his amazing "Aleph" album but all of the new music he has been working on, it would be in your best interest to close out Friday with the well-dressed Frenchman.
2) Laidback Luke [SAT / MAIN STAGE EAST]
Of the hundreds of reasons we were disappointed to see Sunday of 2013's Zoo be cancelled, one of the biggest was missing the man with the Double L's, Laidback Luke. An Ezoo veteran (only missing 1 year of the show's run) Luke always brings a special show to NY, as witnessed by anyone who attends his "Super You & Me" Summer party at Governor's Island. Add to Luke's amazing energy the setting of Main Stage East, which made it's debut last year to our delight and you have a perfect way to close out your Saturday at the Zoo.
3) Alesso [SUN / MAIN STAGE WEST]
As part of our 2013 review, you may remember how we described the absolute RUSH of people who ran towards Main Stage West as Alesso began his set. it truly showed that the young producer had arrived to superstardom. A year later with every other major festival's main stage under his belt, it's now time to watch this young producer tear the roof up, literally at the traditional setting of Main Stage West. Last year's intro was cinematic, and it will be interesting to see if he can top it!
4) Gorgon City [FRI / BEATPORT RIVERSIDE]
Kye Gibbon and Matt Robson-Scott, better known as Gorgon City, are a relatively new group creating some major noise across the global dance floor. In essence, they are the Disclosure of 2014...you probably have heard their irresistable single "Here For You" a.k.a. the perfect summer club track that you absolutely can't not sing along to, or their first big chart hit, “Ready For Your Love” featuring MNEK on the vocals, which landed at #2 on the UK chart earlier this year. Gorgon City's debut album "Sirens" is due for release on October 6th. Get familiar and do not miss this performance at Electric Zoo.
5) Knife Party [SAT / MAIN STAGE EAST]
It's a tough decision between Armin and Knife Party who share the same time slot, but we are going balls to the wall (it is THE Electric Zoo after all) with the bass slashing Australian duo Knife Party. The boys are back at the zoo after a two-year hiatus. With their new single "Abandon Ship" dropping on the 25th (might we add for free) and a new album coming shortly thereafter, we expect a ton of new music during their set and can't wait to see what these guys have in store for us.
In Addition, DO NOT MISS:
The Food [VENDORS / FOOD TRUCKS]
Although some Zoo attendees are too busy dancing to even think about food, a full day at the Zoo is best when you experience one of the many food vendors who can be found on the grounds. With so many different options to choose from, with vendors as well as food trucks, the lines are almost never long and you can plop down on the grass and enjoy anything from burgers to tacos, BBQ to Chinese, Smoothies to Shakes and of course all the free water you can (AND SHOULD) drink.
The Art [EVERYWHERE]
Aside from the iconic lights lining the trees near the entrance of the Zoo's grounds on Randall's Island, there is art everywhere to check out, and best, take fun pictures with. It's not everyday you can take pictures with a neon blue tiger and Instagram it.
The Atmosphere [EVERYWHERE]
Probably our favorite part of Electric Zoo and what sets it apart from other shows and festivals that come to the NYC area is the absolutely beautiful setting that Randall's Island provides and that Made Event helps maintain. There is always a free spot on the lawn (no matter how packed) to sit down, relax and take in the show. We really cannot think of a better way to reflect back on what has been a great Summer 2014 and end it in style than at Electric Zoo.
ANYTHING [BE PRESENT]
By now most of you have seen the PSA that Made Event has produced imploring attendees to "Be Present" and "Avoid the Risks" and the unfortunate deaths of 2 Zoo-goers 1 year ago is still fresh in many people's minds. With the amazing DJs & music, the unparalleled production and stages, and scenic setting that Randall's Island provides, that should be all you need to have the time of your life! Be sure to be responsible, as no one thinks something can happen to them, until it did to two people last year. Party safe, and don't miss a moment of this show.
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See you at the Zoo!