Electric Zoo Festival

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Electric Zoo Festival
Electric Zoo Festival 2011.jpg
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Dates Labor Day Weekend
Location(s) New York City, NY, United States
Years active 2009-present
Founded by Made Event
Electric Zoo Festival 2011 at night
Hilltop Arena
Arty at the Electric Zoo Festival 2011

The Electric Zoo Festival is an annual electronic music festival held over Labor Day weekend in New York City on Randall's Island. The festival represents all genres of electronic music, bringing top international DJs and live acts from multiple countries along with hometown favorites to four stages.

In its 2009 inaugural year, 26,000 people attended to see artists Armin van Buuren, Deadmau5, David Guetta and Ferry Corsten. In 2011, Electric Zoo expanded to a 3-day festival and hosted 85,000 attendees. Electric Zoo received International Dance Music Awards nominations in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 for "Best Music Event".[1]

Electric Zoo 2009[edit]

Electric Zoo 2009 was held during Labor Day weekend on September 5 and September 6, 2009. It was the inaugural launch of the event that turned out to be successful. It featured 55 artists over the course of the 2 days the event spanned.

2009 Lineup[edit]

Source: Last.fm

Electric Zoo 2010[edit]

Electric Zoo 2010 was held on Labor Day weekend on September 4 and September 5, 2010. 66 Acts spanned the 2 day festival giving attendees a wider variety of music than the year before.

2010 Lineup[edit]

Source: Plexi PR

Electric Zoo 2011[edit]

Electric Zoo added one more day to the event from previous years, leading to the event being 3 days (Friday/Saturday/Sunday) instead of 2, which led to the performances of over 100 artists (expanding from the 66 of the previous year). The dates of the event were September 2, September 3 and September 4, 2011. The overall attendance for all three days is 85,000.[2]

2011 Lineup[edit]

Source: Heavy

Electric Zoo 2012[edit]

Electric Zoo 2012 was the largest festival yet as over 110,000 people attended over the three days (8/31/12 - 9/2/12) with sold out crowds on Saturday and Sunday. The event was headlined by Above & Beyond, Pretty Lights, David Guetta, Laidback Luke, Dada Life, Tiësto, Porter Robinson and Skrillex.[3] Made Event offered free water refill stations, designated help points and employed security staff.[4]

2012 Lineup[edit]

Electric Zoo 2013[edit]

2013 Lineup[edit]

Deaths and cancellation[edit]

On September 1, 2013, it was announced that the final day of Electric Zoo 2013 would be cancelled due to "serious health risks," and that attendees who purchased tickets for Sunday would receive refunds. The cancellation came following reports that four attendees had become ill and two, Jeffery Russ and Olivia Rotondo, died during the first two days of the festival as a result of drug usage. The Government of New York City stated that "[while] definitive causes of death have not yet been determined, both appear to have involved the drug MDMA (ecstasy, or molly)." The organizers of the event and a number of performers provided their condolences to the victims. In response to concerns that the incident could affect future music events in the city, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's press secretary Marc LaVorgna stated that while the city would investigate the incident, live music events "have been part of the fabric of New York City for decades."[5][6] On September 3, 2013, Bloomberg made a statement on the matter, lauding organizers for being "nothing but cooperative" in the wake of the tragedy.[7] On September 12, 2013, the medical examiner's office confirmed that the deaths were caused by hyperthermia and an overdose of MDMA.[8]

Electric Zoo 2014[edit]

In response to the incidents that occurred at the 2013 edition, festival organizers worked with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to conduct a review of Electric Zoo's health and safety practices.[9] A stronger security and medical presence was present at Electric Zoo 2014, with a particular focus on preventing illegal drugs from being brought into the festival grounds, and to provide treatment for attendees who are under the influence of drugs, exhausted, or dehydrated. All attendees were required to watch a two minute-long, anti-drug public service announcement before they entered the festival. Additionally, to minimize sun exposure, the festival's daily start time was pushed forward to 1:00 p.m. ET from 11:00 a.m. ET.[9][10]

The festival was called off part-way through its final day—August 31, 2014—due to severe thunderstorms hitting New York City and the United States northeast.[11][12]

2014 Lineup[edit]

Electric Zoo 2015[edit]

In December 2014, it was announced that the 2015 edition of Electric Zoo would be "transformed", and with ID&T (a fellow promoter acquired by SFX) as a "creative partner".[13]

Electric Zoo Mexico[edit]

On December 15, 2013, Made Event announced the first edition of Electric Zoo outside the United States. Electric Zoo Mexico took place May 3rd and 4th, 2014 in Mexico City. [14]


In 2010, Made Event donated $42,000 to FLOW, an outdoor art exhibition project in coordination with The Randall's Island Park Alliance (RIPA), The Bronx Museum of the Arts, and Rockefeller NYC Cultural Innovation Fund. The organizers of Electric Zoo also donated $2 from every ticket sale in 2011 to the project.[15] In 2011, Electric Zoo also partnered with Music Unites, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, to auction off a Pioneer CDJ-2000 signed by Electric Zoo artists, and helped bring music education to underprivileged children in innercity school systems.[citation needed]

In 2011, Electric Zoo introduced an on-site recycling program for all trash, water in cardboard containers, compostable plates and utensils, began using 100% biodiesel alternative fuel from NYC fryer grease, and required that all food vendors source only organic, hormone-free, humanely raised animals.[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 28th Annual International Dance Music Awards - Winter Music Conference 2013 - WMC 2013
  2. ^ "Electric Zoo: 85,000 Electronic Music Fans Attend 3-Day Festival + Gallery of Photos". Plexi PR. 2011-09-22. Retrieved 2013-09-03. 
  3. ^ Official EDM Lounge Electric Zoo Preview - Blog - EDM Lounge | Electronic Dance Music, News, and Reviews
  4. ^ Electric Zoo Marks The Perfect End To The Summer of Electronic Dance Music in America, WhiteRaverRafting
  5. ^ Yee, Vivian; Rashbaum, William K. (September 1, 2013). "Weekend Revelry Cut Short After 2 Die at Electronic Music Festival". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Electric Zoo Festival Canceled After Two Deaths". Billboard. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Mayor Lauds Electric Zoo's Record". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 19 January 2014. (subscription required (help)). 
  8. ^ Mckinley Jr, James C. (September 12, 2013). "Overdoses of 'Molly' Led to Electric Zoo Deaths". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "A Bit of Caution Beneath the Thump". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "Electric Zoo to Clamp Down on Drugs This Year". Wall Street Journal. 28 August 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Electric Zoo Festival Canceled Due to Severe Weather". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  12. ^ "Storms in Northeast Shut Down Concerts, Delay Flights". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "Electric Zoo Partners With ID&T For 2015 'Transformation'; Pre-sale Tickets Announced". Music Times. Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
  14. ^ "Electric Zoo makes the move to Mexico, May 3rd and 4th". 
  15. ^ Electric Zoo Gives Randall’s Island a Positive Charge | Observer
  16. ^ Electric Zoo is Going Green!

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