Electric Zoo New York 2014
- AddressRandalls Island Park, New York
About Electric Zoo
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 has received International Dance Music Awards nominations in 2010, 2011, and 2012 for “Best Music Event“, as well as press coverage from major media outlets CNN, New York Times, Huffington Post, Village Voice, Time Out New York, New York Post.
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 “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.” On September 3, 2013, Bloomberg made a statement on the matter, lauding organizers for being “nothing but cooperative” in the wake of the tragedy. On September 12, 2013, the medical examiner’s office confirmed that the deaths were caused by hyperthermia and an overdose of MDMA.