One of Electric Zoo’s most iconic elements, Sunday School Groove, is set to take the Labor Day Weekend festival by storm as the stage is hosted by some of the most respected DJs in the industry. Since the 2009 inaugural EZoo, the Sunday School stage has served as an environment to hear classic house music and deep techno beats. Prepare to be schooled by DJs such as Dubfire, Hot Since 82, Danny Tenaglia, and others at the uniquely designed wood and mirror Spiegeltent; Mysteryland USA 2014 debuted the stage at its Sunday School mini-fest.
The Wall Street Journal expressed their outlook on Made Event’s infamous Sunday School Groove: "The stage is known for its more underground feel, featuring house and techno styles that can sometimes be harder to find at a big festival. The idea is that fans will be “schooled” by some of the most-respected names in the scene, such as Carl Cox and Danny Tenaglia, as well as 'unsung underground heroes.'" Sunday School Groove presents the perfect opportunity for any festivalgoer finding themselves in need of escaping music under the mainstream umbrella.
If you happen to be unfamiliar with the underground scene, you can listen to Made Event’s Sunday School Sessions podcasts from various underground talents including Andrea Oliva, Joseph Capriati, Alan Fitzpatrick, and more. This week, Electric Zoo 2014 artist Sasha released an exclusive mix that will be sure to get you into that groovy Sunday School vibe.
EZoo6 has formulated the perfect expansion of the underground influenced stage, introducing their leading edge Vinyl Only stage. EZoo’s newest stage provides an intimate club feel within a large festival, which can admittedly be quite hard to find at most large-scale events. Many within the dance music community agree that vinyl has become a lost art and should be something every EDM fan enjoys. If you happen to stumble across the Vinyl Only stage, you’ll go back to the good days with Behrouz, Frank & Tony, and Josh Wink, delivering that rich analog sound you can’t experience anywhere else.
Sunday School performers have also scheduled various official Electric Zoo Afterparties. On Friday, Brooklyn’s Output hosts Hot Since 82. Laidback Luke will go B2B with wife DJ Gina Turner on Saturday. The last night of EZoo will wrap up with techno stars Alan Fitzpatrick and Joel Mull in the main room, with a newly announced DJ set from Âme in the Panther Room.
As an attendee of the sixth installment of New York’s Electric Zoo, be sure not to miss out on discovering hidden talent at Sunday School Groove or the Vinyl Only stage. It can be refreshing to remove yourself from the typical big-room feel and really connect with the DJ and their set in an intimate atmosphere. Festivals have drastically changed over the years, and it can be hard to stray from the names you’ve come to know. This is your opportunity to step outside of your comfort zone. This is the time to explore new musical findings.