Electric Zoo Aims To Transform In 2015
July 2nd, 2015Sarah Ribeiro
With a seven-year-long run and a strong lineup of past performers, Electric Zoo has become a staple Labor Day event for New Yorkers in the electronic music scene. The weekend-long festival, traditionally taking place on Randall’s Island park, wraps up festival season with a smorgasbord of electronic acts and art installations in the middle of the East River — a “zoo” of festival-goers set across from the juxtaposing Manhattan skyline. Taking place this September 4th, 5th, and 6th, this year’s festival promises a better experience than ever before.
After two years of unfortunate mishaps leading to cancellations, Electric Zoo (EZoo) is taking a new approach to its festival, dubbing it “EZoo Transformed.” With a new focus on artwork, a more serious approach to crowd management, and a new partnership with world-renowned production group ID&T, EZoo promises a new experience for all festival-goers. This year’s festival includes “tech and house marathon displays,” fuller production value, a broader variety of music for all to enjoy, and a more interactive environment to enjoy throughout the weekend.
Headliners Alesso, The Chemical Brothers and Above & Beyond lead the pack this year, surrounded by up-and coming names like The Glitch Mob, Amine Edge & DANCE, Brillz, and 3LAU. Festival favorites Zeds Dead, Madeon, Gramatik, GRiZ, and Headhunterz return to New York to round off the mainstream sound. More experimental acts RAC, Mija, Orjan Nilsen will attract fans across the board, from trap to house to techno, with their underground sound (and respective fanbases).
This year’s focus on transformation is highlighted by the North American premiere of the Dutch festival Awakenings, with a stage featuring the likes of Adam Beyer, Alan Fitzpatrick, Carlo Lio, Marco Bailey, and The Martinez Brothers and bringing techno to the forefront of the festival for the first time in its seven-year run. Pete Tong and Thomas Jack will be curating their own stages alongside Sunday School.
With its location at Randall’s Island Park, the festival is ideal for travel — guests can access the park from Manhattan, Queens, or the Bronx, with multiple travel options based on location. The grounds is a walkable/bikeable distance from all three points via the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, but Electric Zoo also offers ferry service from East 35th Street as well as the “EZoo Express”, a direct shuttle from local areas such as Hartford, Philly, Boston, and Grand Central.
Ticket packages for this year’s Electric Zoo are extensive: attendees have the option of single day, two-day, or full-weekend passes, the latter of which includes VIP packages as well as full-travel deals that include hotel bookings. VIP ticket holders are granted their own viewing decks, private toilets, an open bar, cell phone charging stations, passed hors d’oeuvres (really), and even their own on-site host. Be sure to grab your tickets in advance though, as ticket prices will increase on Friday, July 25th at 11:59pm.
Above & Beyond
Amine Edge & DANCE
Black Tiger Sex Machine
Hot Since 82
Keys N Krates
Kill Them With Colour
Riggi & Piros
The Chemical Brothers
The Glitch Mob
The Martinez Brothers
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