Festival season for 2017 has begun and is in full swing! There are more and more festivals popping up every year, but a solid returning fest worth mentioning is taking place over Labor Day weekend in NYC. Electric Zoo is in its ninth year and takes place on Randall’s Island in the East River. It’s NYC’s largest electronic music festival and that’s saying something!
This iconic music and arts festival is known for it’s zoo theme and for bringing in the heaviest hitters in the EDM scene. There are countless reasons why this festival is one to check out so we’ve compiled the top five reasons for attending this year.
NYC’s Own Festival
This event is perfect for New Yorkers because it takes place right in your backyard. Being able to sleep in your own bed at the end of a long day of dancing is something every festival goer dreams of. Located in the heart of New York City, the views from EZoo are what makes it so unique.
There are many different ways to get to the event: bus, train, subway, ferry ride, or walk over one of the bridges connecting Randall’s Island to Manhattan. The idea of a festival placed in a park in the middle of a major city is so unique that there are very few venues who can achieve this perfect storm of a location.
EZoo always manages to draw in big names and a diverse lineup, so there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re a bass-head, or more into melodies, every genre of EDM is represented at this festival. The headliners for Friday are DJ Snake, the Trap legend, and Galantis the House gods.
On Saturday the House vibes will be coming in hot with Above & Beyond and Zedd. Finally, Sunday will close out the fest bringing the GOAT Deadmau5 back and better than ever. This return will bring out a crowd because he hasn’t been performing recently. He will be going back-to-back with Eric Prydz and then Armin Van Buuren to close.
Cashless Payment System
The anxiety of carrying around cash all weekend while trying to unplug and let loose is eliminated by this cashless system. Many festivals have shifted from using cash and cards to make the payment process more enjoyable for festival goers. The wristband is activated before you enter the grounds so that you can purchase any event merch, epic rave glasses, food & beverages, and other products with the flick of the wrist.
NYC is considered the melting pot of the world, and couple that with a diverse lineup of artists, and you’ll be sure to encounter people from all over the world! Much like a normal zoo has a variety of animals on display, so will Electric Zoo. Don’t forget to bring your candies to speak the universal language of PLUR.
On-Call Medical Care
They say anything is fine as long as it’s in moderation, but some people get a little carried away. For anyone in danger of hurting themselves or others, there are medical tents placed throughout the fest. They are fully staffed with experienced New York medical personnel who can offer you anything from a bottle of water or band-aid to pump you full of an iv to rehydrate your body. Since the event is in September, it can get pretty hot out there so the medical staff tries to help everyone who walks, stumbles, or gets carried in.
Re-entry is not allowed so once you finally leave the zoo, be sure you don’t leave anything but footprints behind. This festival is unlike anything you’ve ever seen and so purchase your tickets before they sell out! You can buy single day tickets, or splurge a little and go for the whole weekend!