New York’s Electric Zoo Festival returns to Randall’s Island Park to celebrate its 10th birthday this weekend, upping the ante for the special occasion.
In previous years, the festival dropped hints, clues, even full-blown video promos, for stage designs. The towering elephant, mighty phoenix, raging cobra, and spiralling octopus were some of the most spectacular stages of the festival. With “The Big 10” theme, however, things are quiet. Nevertheless, the mysterious stages will soon tower over attendees this weekend, and knowing the creativity and zeal of the Electric Zoo team, they will dazzle and stun.
One thing we do know for sure is that the lineup is fantastic. Huge performers like Marshmello, Martin Garrix, Tiesto, Kaskade and Alesso headline the festival, while an eclectic array of other acts offer sonic pleasure all across the electronic music spectrum.
There’s plenty of house with artists like Anna Lunoe, Chris Lorenzo, AC Slater, Destructo, Justin Martin, Brohug and Noizu. Pete Tong, Matthias Tanzmann and a special Chris Liebing B2B Dubfire performance make way for a solid offering of techno.
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Bassheads can get their dubstep craving courtesy of Zeds Dead, Zomboy, Kill The Noise, Boogie T and Squnto. Plus a rare 12th Planet B2B Doctor P set! Looking for something experimental? Rezz, Space Jesus, G Jones, Eprom and Luzcid, and are there to take you to another dimension.
Chill out with Gryffin, Medasin, Manilla Killa, San Holo, Illenium and Said The Sky. Or, raise your trap arms with Boombox Cartel, Troyboi, Slander, Herobust and 4B. Not to mention, a special Andrew Bayer B2B Ilan Bluestone B2B Jason Ross. Trance heaven.
The festival has come a long way from its first event in 2009, where pre-cake Aoki, fresh-faced Deadmau5 and late legend Frankie Knuckles were on the bill. Since then, Electric Zoo has hosted astounding artists like Carl Cox, Moby, Skrillex, pre and post “Worlds” Porter Robinson (plus Virtual Self this year!), Pretty Lights and Avicii, to name a few.
Over the year, the festival has even been barraged by dust storms, hurricanes, and heavy rain. Though there’s been plenty of clear skies and sunshine to compensate! It’s travelled to Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Tokyo and Shanghai for global events. It’s debuted Green Velvet and Claude von Stroke’s first performance as Get Real, brought Dutch techno powerhouse Awakenings for their first appearance in the US, and partnered with ID&T, the producers behind Mysteryland, Sensation, Tomorrowland and TomorrowWorld.
But most importantly, it’s seen dance music ebb and flow. The underground exploded into the mainstream, EDM made waves in the US, big room took over, bass music grew ever more popular, and techno stayed cool all the way through. Electric Zoo was along for the ride, with a seat in New York City, a haven for culture shocks and dance music of all kinds.