When: 6:30 – 9:30pm
Where: The Empire Hotel Rooftop, 22 West 63rd St.
Where: The Vault at Pfaff’s, 643 Broadway, Manhattan.
Where: Sky Room Times Square, 330 West 40th St.
When: 10pm – 4am
Where: XVI Lounge, 251 West 48th St. New York.
Randall’s Island Park is a beautiful waterfront landmark, located conveniently in the East River between Manhattan and Queens, and has been the home of various recreational events since the 1930s. As one of the most unique parks in New York City, patrons can enjoy a scenic walk around the island’s 4.5 mile shoreline, play tennis at one of the 20 state-of-the-art courts available, play 18-holes of golf, or mellow out at a music festival. Spanning a total of 480 acres, the park is frequently inhabited by picnic goers, athletes, as well as locals and tourists.
September 2, 3 & 4 - Friday through Sunday - will mark the 3rd annual Electric Zoo. Over one hundred of the worlds most talented electronic artists, from live acts to DJ's, will take to several stages to create the hottest dance party this side of...anywhere.
Electric Zoo takes your classic club night and infuses it with the fashion and raw energy that can only be summoned through a full weekend of the freshest dance music out there. For three straight days and nights, Randall's Island Park, New York City, will be taken over by the best of the best in house, dubstep, trance, techno, electro, indie dance and more. This is New York's Electronic Music Festival.
Electro fans from around the world gathered on Randall's Island Park this past weekend to get their dance on at New York City's own Electric Zoo. Despite the "dustboogers", the lineup was unbelievable, the weather was perfect, and the crowd came ready to move their feet.
The Chemical Brothers
Dubbleyou.Tee.Eff! What happened to you guys? Although this set was highly anticipated by Electric Zoo goers, it was quite the disappointment. The performance lacked emotion and “umph”. It was kind of, well, boring. But hey, at least the visuals were cool!
Dancing leads to dust on Randall’s Park Island – a lot of it. Dust leads to dustboogers. Gross.
Less Is Not More
The crowd was bigger, the lineup was better, but the venue needs to step it up. There needs to be more signage regarding parking and where to walk, more water stands, more porta-pottys, more everything! It’s also time to start “enhancing” the grounds a bit, please refer to Ultrafest or Rothbury for ideas.
One Place At A Time
Because choosing between artists is so difficult sometimes, we wanted to see them all!
When Diplo got on the 1's and 2's at E.Zoo, he didn't forget his A-game. The Red Bull Tent was bursting with energy both from the DJ and the crowd, who fed off of one another for the entire set. Diplo's unconventional integration of hip-hop favorites like "Beamer, Benz, & Bentley" with hard-hitting beats kept the crowd on their toes, literally - consistently amped and begging for more.
Kaskade’s sound is unfailingly emotional and heartfelt. His set this year at E.Zoo was no different. The music clearly connected the mass as they sang “Move for Me” and “Angel on My Shoulder” in perfect unison. Kaskade is a DJ who performs music that you not only hear, but feel, time and time again.
Above & Beyond
A&B’s set was packed with high-energy tunes like “On a Good Day”, "Road to Nowhere", and "Love Comes Again". They kept up crowd interaction by writing messages out on their laptop and holding it up for all to read – a gesture that was both unique and appreciated. At one point they wrote “Can you sing?” which was happily, and loudly, obliged. Towards the end of their set, they even hugged one another, and who doesn’t love that?
Fedde Le Grande
It was Fedde's first time at Electric Zoo, but it certainly will not be his last. Bringing energy from start to finish with intense visuals and lively mixes of "We Are Your Friends", “Walking On a Dream” and "Zombie Nation" amongst others, Fedde proved to be one of the best performances of the weekend.
If you came to party, you know to go to Aoki’s stage. Steve knows how to get you absolutely out of your skull, with both his music and his antics. His set included his own anthems “Turbulence”, “Pursuit of Happiness”, and his newest “BRRRAT!” (with Armin Van Helden). Amazing music, mind-blowing visuals, his signature champagne showers, and a dive into the crowd made Steve Aoki the perfect finale to a perfect weekend.
This year’s festival was considerably more sizeable than last year’s, a testament to electronica music and to festival culture. We like this at Joonbug. With the music pumping and the crowd jumping, we can’t wait till next year! Wahoo!
Slideshow photos by Electric Zoo