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Animals Come Out To Play For Sixth Edition Of Electric Zoo Festival 2014



August 6th, 2014

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As Labor Day weekend approaches, the anticipation of New York’s longest running electronic festival grows closer and closer. Electric Zoo, which takes place on Randall’s Island in NYC over Labor Day weekend, will be coming back with an impressive lineup in 2014. Entering its 6th year, EZoo features over 125 different artists, including some of the worlds biggest headliners like Armin van Buuren, Knife Party, Laidback Luke, JackU, and Kaskade among others.

 

Randall’s Island is the perfect home for Electric Zoo, offering multiple different areas that enhance the experience.

 

Made Event, the company behind EZoo’s previous five years, was one of the many companies to be purchased by SFX Entertainment over the last year. As their website states, SFX has been acquiring and consolidating production groups across the globe to “create the global platform for electronic dance music.” Over the last two years, SFX has shown a fast and furious approach to cornering the dance market, snatching up companies such as ID&T (the company behind TomorrowLand, TomorrowWorld, and Q-Dance) and Sensation among dozens of others. By acquiring Made Event last November, EZoo has become another member of the SFX-owned collection of festivals. The increase in production content is already visible; last year, there were 5 stages, including 2 massive main stages. This year, Made Event has added another stage: The Vinyl Only stage. It was a huge hit at this year’s Mysteryland in Bethel Woods, NY (where three stages were hosted by Made Event’s Sunday School concept), so the techno-and-house addicted party people involved have decided to bring the Vinyl Only idea to Randall’s Island this year.

electric zoo 2014 main from above

It’s tough to argue that Electric Zoo 2014 doesn’t have one of the most versatile lineups in its history, though it has always been a diverse festival, electing to bring top acts in virtually all genres of electronic music together in one weekend. As the electronic dance music community grows, New York City is becoming one of the worlds central hubs for the varied world of electronic music. As the electronic music fan base diversifies, so should festivals; Electric Zoo is one of the few electronic music festival to recognize the wide range of music and as a result, one of the first cater to the ever-changing music tastes of fans.

   

This year’s Main Stage East and Main Stage West feature artists spanning multiple genres; in addition to those mentioned above, you can expect to see mainstream artists like Nicky Romero, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Zedd, Dada Life, Alesso, Dash Berlin, and David Guetta pump out festival anthems. The schedule leading up to the closing acts is just as impressive, including Zeds Dead, Wolfgang Gartner, Clockwork, Benny BenassiFedde Le Grand, and Mat Zo among the plethora of acts scheduled. Remember: this is just what’s slated for the main stages. The decisions will be tough for fans to make considering how many fantastic overlapping sets they will have to choose from.

 

Last year’s Main Stage set-ups blew attendees minds (understandably).

 

The other stages this year have just as many great artists slated for the weekend. The Hilltop Arena has some filthy bass lined up, including sets from Zomboy, Datsik, Sub Focus, Kill The Noise, and Dirtyphonics. The Hilltop Stage also has one of the most diverse lineups of the festival. The biggest acts in trance, electro, and funk will be representing their respective crowds as ATB, Madeon, Seven Lions, and GRiZ will rock the tent.

 electric zoo 2014 hilltop arena

The Riverside Stage has an interesting blend of artists stepping up over the course of the weekend as well. Beatport, one of the most reliable names in online music distribution, has decided to host the stage for the entirety of the 3 days. As stated by Beatport Executive Creative Director Clark Warner via an official release, “the Electric Zoo Festival is renowned for featuring the widest range of performers and music, which makes this a perfect match. We’re beyond proud to lend our name and support to this legendary event.” Warner put it mildly; over the course of the weekend, house and tech house acts Gesaffelstein, Jeremy Olander, and Fehrplay are slated to play on Friday, trance acts Paul Van Dyk, Cosmic Gate, and BT play on Saturday, and drum and bass acts Chase & Status, and Netsky play on Sunday.

 electric zoo 2014 riverside stage

The Sunday School Grove is returning again as well, bringing the best in techno and house music from acts like Sasha, Dubfire, Chris Liebing, Victor Calderone, Nicole Moudaber, and NYC legend Danny Tenaglia. The addition of the Vinyl Only stage will also add a retro spin to the festival, allowing artists Behrouz, Frank & Tony, and Josh Wink to educate attendees on how the art of DJing originated. The dark beats will be coming in full force, so make it a goal to check out one of these tents during the festival.

electric zoo 2014 sunday school buses

For many festival goers, this years’ edition of the Electric Zoo Festival offers a chance at redemption. One year removed from last year’s tragedy, where two festival goers passed away after drug overdoses, the safety expectations from both the city of New York and the fans in attendance will be higher than ever. The security at the festival is expected to be increased after last year’s incidents and the website says that the zero tolerance policy will be “strictly enforced.” According to the FAQ section, they are cracking down on what can and can’t be brought to the festival; for instance, this year totems are banned, as well as e-cigarettes and backpacks that are over a certain size. That being said, it is clear that this festival is supposed to be fun; the “What Can I Do At Electric Zoo” question lists “boogie,” “pretend you’re a zebra,” and “get her number” as options – hopefully attendees get the chance to do all of these things at some point during the weekend.

electric zoo 2014 preview

When it comes to tickets, Electric Zoo is pretty pricey. For a three-day GA pass, expect to shell out $425 after fees. The ticket does include a shuttle bus pass in the price, so getting to and from the island is taken care of. Given that the festival is less than a month away, three-day GA passes with ferry included are understandably sold out. VIP tickets cost a little more money; after “service fee’s”, tickets cost around $668 for a three-day pass (transportation included). This option still has the ferry shuttle option available, for this interested, as well as the shuttle bus option. The “Platinum Package” is the priciest of all at $1385 for those who are looking to ball out for their Labor Day. Single day tickets are as follows: GA Friday is $99 while Saturday and Sunday are $140 a day. VIP Friday tickets cost $179 while Saturday and Sunday cost $279. Platinum Friday tickets cost $549 for each day.

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The weekend is rapidly approaching and nobody will want to miss out this year. Randall’s Island is a beautiful venue, and although it is sometimes criticized for being too small for this event, it has been home to EZoo for five consecutive years. The music this year is up to par with any previous year – if not the best yet – and we’re all waiting to finally see Jack U tear it up in NYC. Make sure that you close out summer the proper way by embracing your inner animal and spending the day at the zoo.

   

Friday, 8/29

Main Stage West:

David Guetta
Dada Life
Carnage
A-Trak
Tritonal
Candyland
DVBBS
Firebeatz
New World Sound

Main Stage East:

Nicky Romero
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
Zeds Dead
Wolfgang Gartner
Arty
Caked Up
Otto Knows
Wolfpack

Hilltop Arena:

Destroid
Datsik
Zomboy
Brillz
Dirtyphonics
Figure
Hook N Sling
Ookay B2B Kennedy Jones
Proxy

Sunday School Grove:

Dubfire
Chris Liebing
Andrea Oliva
Apollonia
Carlo Lio
Hot Since 82
Stefano Noferini B2B Sian

Riverside:

Gesaffelstein
Jamie XX
Bonobo
Fehrplay
Gorgon City
Jeremy Olander
Tensnake

Vinyl Only:

Behrouz
Burchan
Leon
Now Serving (Ron & Borali)

Saturday, 8/30

Main Stage West:

Armin van Buuren
Zedd
Benny Benassi
W&W
Dyro
Borgeous
MAKJ
MOTi
Thomas Newson

Main Stage East:

Knife Party
Laidback Luke
NERVO
Cazzette
Clockwork
David Solano
Oliver Heldens
TJR

Hilltop Arena:

Madeon
Sub Focus
Kill The Noise
Gladiator
GRiZ
Keys N Krates
Kill Paris
Pegboard Nerds

Sunday School Grove:

Sasha
Danny Tenaglia
Josh Wink
Kidnap Kid
Moon Boots
Pete Tong
Scuba

Riverside:

Paul van Dyk
Cosmic Gate
BT
Felix Cartal
Late Night Alumni
Le Castle Vania
Robbie Rivera
Sick Individuals
Swanky Tunes

Vinyl Only:

Frank & Tony
Daniel Bell
Halcyon Soundsystem ft. Dahlia & Lauren Ritter
Norm Talley

Sunday, 8/31

Main Stage West:

Kaskade
Alesso
Bingo Players
Fedde Le Grand
Mat Zo
Alvin Risk
D.O.D
Henry Fong
Myon & Shane 54

Main Stage East:

Jack U
Dash Berlin
Showtek
Dirty South
Deorro
Danny Avila
The Chainsmokers
Vicetone

Hilltop Arena:

ATB
Morgan Page
Seven Lions
Audien
Deniz Koyu
Feenixpawl
Paris Blohm
Sandro Silva

Sunday School Grove:

Victor Calderone
Nicole Moudaber
Alan Fitzpatrick
Âme
Joel Mull
The Magician
Joseph Capriati

Riverside:

Chase & Status
Netsky
Been Trill
Heroes x Villains
Kove
LOUDPVCK
Milo & Otis
UZ
What So Not

Vinyl Only:

Josh Wink
Elon
Jenö
Terrence Parker

 

 

 

  Written by contributor Matt Reynolds. Find him on Twitter here. Photos via Electric Zoo’s Facebook.



Matt Reynolds is a music enthusiast on a mission to share his musical knowledge with the masses. Born and raised on the hard streets of suburban North Jersey, Matt was diagnosed with an irreversible addiction to electronic music in 2009. Since then, he’s pledged to discover and share his experiences with clubs, festivals, and the world of electronic music. Situated minutes from NYC, Matt has traveled from Massachusetts to Miami and everywhere between chasing music and making memories. When he isn’t writing for MASS EDMC, he’s either reading, writing fiction, or (most likely) booty-shaking on the dance floor.