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Photographer: Peter Zebak
Writer: Vanessa Diaz

Now in it’s third most anticipated year, the Electric Zoo festival landed in full force this past Labor Day weekend on Randalls Island, NYC. With high expectations, electronic music fans gathered for the 3 day long marathon beginning Friday, September 2nd through Sunday, September 4th bringing together over 85,000 an attendance. With the air giving way to heavy bass from over 100 DJs and live acts from around the globe, festival goers had the opportunity to lounge and crowd hop through the 24-acre island for 12 hours each day.

Main stage view of massive crowd from VIP tent

For the first time this year, the festival added an additional day for attendees to pre-game. We took the opportunity to survey the production enhancements that included new security RFID wristbands, increased light productions, hard floor mats in the Red Bull, Hilltop, and Sunday School arena tents, emphasis on premium food vendor options, and an increased size VIP tent with lounge and bleacher seating.

DJ Moby

Day one featured inspiring sets by Moby dropping “Rave Is King” (Fukkk Offf), hip house inspired “Turn The Music Up (AC Slater), and am extended remix of “Play” (Moby). Tiesto closed on the main stage with a well crafted set presenting “C’mon” (Tiesto vs. Diplo), “Hello” (Martin Solveig feat. Dragonette), “Otherside” (Red Hot Chilli Peppers), and ending with “Maximal Crazy” (Tiesto) that exhilarated the crowd into cheers.

Closeup in the pit with Tiesto

The second day offered a bevy of talent- we did’t have the opportunity to catch Chicago’s own Kid Sister or London based beatboxer Beardyman in the Red Bull arena, but was able to make up for it with an electro-dub dirty set by Skrillex in the jam packed Hilltop arena at 5:15pm. Mixes included “Kill Everybody” (Skrillex), “In For The Kill” (La Roux), and “Promises” (Nero & Skrillex remix) that nearly made the tent melt.

Skrillex plays to a massive crowd in the Hilltop arena on day two.

Back on the main stage the British group Above & Beyond played the crowd pleasing anthem “Sun & Moon” (Above & Beyond feat.Richard Bedford) dropped courtesy by member Paavo Siljamäki daughter. As the night time air finally broke it’s way through the humidity, the man of the hour french House music producer David Guetta put on an hour and a half long set to a monstrous crowd. With a video/camera crane looming high above, the laser light and pyrotechnic show began with the opening of “Lunar” (David Gueta feat. Afrojack),”Getting Over You” (David Guetta), a sample drop of “Aerodynamic” (Daft Punk) into the classic “Galvanize” (Chemical Brothers feat. Q-Tip) was pure magic. As confetti shot into the sky he closed to a standing ovation to “Without You” from his fifth new album Nothing But The Beat.

French House music DJ/Producer David Guetta puts on a stellar performance

The third and final day proved to be a test of endurance and the most humid day as crowds disseminated onto the battered field for one last celebration. We made our way just in time to catch the last fourty five minutes from the electrofunk duo, Dave-1 and P-Thugg of Chromeo. With live instrumentals and 3 lovely female back up singers they performed such tracks as “Tenderoni”, “Hot Mess”, “Bonafide Lovin”, and closing with “You’re So Gangsta”.

Chromeo performed on the third day with an electrofunk infused set

Returning back to the Hilltop arena we set up for Diplo to perform, and he didn’t disappoint with his dub heavy-reggae-moombahton selection of beats that ended the last night and event for us. A well crafted, thought out event production in part due to the good folks via Plexi PR we thank you. Special not of thanks to B.E.from team Red Bull for her support. To get a look at the full event scoop take a look at the gallery below. See you next year!


Diplo drops dub heavy & moombahton beats