Electric Zoo 2011 Preview

by Marcos Colón
08.29.2011


It's that time of year again, when bright lights and massive production crews take over Randall's Island to set up for the audio experience of the year; Electric Zoo. Known as one of the most prominent electronic music events in the world, it's hard to imagine that the festival is in its third year, already expanding it's previous 2-day format into 3-days of non-stop fist pumping music that's enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.

"Electric Zoo is the culmination of our many years in the industry," said co-Executive Producer of Electric Zoo, Mike Bindra. "As fans of electronic music ourselves, we strive to bring you the best of what's happening within this realm - from the big names to the hottest new talent and the underground scene."

While 2009, their inaugural year, brought in upwards of 26,000 fans, this year the chances are that they'll exceed that number easily as they've introduced an entire new day of music, which will also amp up tickets sales. Although there is no camping allowed at the festival's location, Randall's Island, this does lead to an increase in hotel bookings throughout Manhattan and surrounding boroughs, a major plus in the city's eyes. It only helps that the festival takes place on Labor Day weekend. Dance music fans from around the nation come into town for the big event, as well as Euro vacationers looking to enjoy the last bit of sun in NYC before Fall creeps up and Winter arrives.

This year's line-up is looking to be the best yet for festival promoters, Made Events. With headliners including Tïesto, David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren, Moby, Afrojack and Benny Benassi, it's no wonder this year's expected to sell out once again. There's no shortage of talent at Electric Zoo 2011, with all sub-genres in dance music being represented.

"We are thrilled to finally bring a proper electronic dance music festival to NYC," said Laura De Palma, co-Executive Producer of Electric Zoo. "For our third year we have expanded to three days and we are expecting a sellout or near sellout at 35,000 per day."

From the legendary techno names (Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, Dubfire) to prominent tech-house artists (Loco Dice, Joris Voorn, Nic Fanciulli) they've got all the bases covered. Some sets you definitely shouldn't miss include a special performance by Plastikman, an amped up set by Skrillex and Moby's DJ set because...well, it's Moby.

While some may think that Randall's Island isn't the best location, it's New York City, and you really won't be able to find anything as close to the city, offering as much space with such a beautiful backdrop of Manhattan. So long as the weather holds up, this year's festival is looking to be yet another massive success for Made Events and every artist that's a part of the show.

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