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Favorite This[PREVIEW] Everything you need to know about Electric Zoo (New York, NY - Aug 29-31)

Published: August 22, 2014

By: Alexandria Wojcik

This Labor Day Weekend, myriad neon party animals will descend upon New York City to rage against the dimming summer light at Electric Zoo.

In its sixth year, EZoo features over 135 of the world’s top producers and DJs across six stages on Randall’s Island Park, the island nestled in-between Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx. The brainchild of Made Event, EZoo was born and raised in NYC; for the past six years it has proven magical enough to transform the former home of a string of horrific 19th-century orphanages and asylums into quite literally an electronic zoo-of-sorts.

While offering native New Yorkers a long-weekend glimpse of our beloved concrete jungle through exponentially rosier glasses (lest we ever forget how much we really do <3 NY), EZoo also gives dance music fans from all edges of the earth another reason to visit the city so nice they named it twice.

The lineup itself is pretty much synonymous with EDM. With two open-air main stages and several curated tents, it’s like a mash-up of literally years of techno headliners across subgenres from all over the world. Artists like Zeds Dead, A-Trak, Knife Party, Armin Van Buuren, and Kaskade, just to name a few, will rage the Main Stages while Madeon, Zomboy, Keys N Krates, Pete Tong, Josh Wink, What So Not, Bonobo, and so many more take over the Hilltop Arena, Beatport Riverside, and Sunday School Groove (featuring two stages, one of which is Vinyl Only) tents.

The lineup is so diverse it’ll be worth the sweat frolicing between stages and tents to catch as many sets as possible. If you're having trouble deciding which of the smaller acts to see, let us help you with our Top 10 Undercard picks.

In light of the recent storm surge of drug (and alcohol)-related incidents and accidents that have flooded music festivals as of late, EZoo promoters Made Event launched its Come to Life campaign, announcing this week that all attendees must watch a two minute film--"The Molly"--before entering the festival gates. The PSA, created by the writer behind the TV series Dexter and his 19-year old daughter, is at once anxiety-inducing and probably a good idea--last year’s EZoo was cut short following the deaths of two fellow fans. The emphasis is on being totally present, in the moment on the dancefloor. To help facilitate the positive vibes, “Zookeepers” will be there to help EZoo animals stay safe with water and electrolytes on hand. Seriously though, you want to “come to life” with the bass and flashing lights so you can be the life of the after parties (which are all over the city all weekend).

3 -Day General Admission Passes and Single-Day Admission Passes are available here: Most of the Ferry passes have already sold out, but it’s a super-short ride across the East River anyway. Check Air BnB for comfy places to stay and get some beauty sleep in the City that Never Sleeps.

Tags: DubstepHardcoreElectroHouseDrum and BassLivetronicaTrance