Electric Zoo Celebrates 5 Years of Dance Music in NYC and What You Won’t Find on This Year’s Main Stage(s)
Compared to festivals like Ultra and Coachella, both having celebrated their 15th anniversaries in 2013, Electric Zoo is a infant. Yet the impact made by the festival cannot be overlooked. What started as a relatively small celebration of dance music in 2009 with only 26,000 attendees has grown to be one of the largest destination festivals in the country and expects to see well over 100,000 fans in attendance this year. As comes with recognition and tradition, the lineup has grown to almost 140 DJ’s and artists announced for this year’s event to date, with a few surprises sure to crop up in the coming month.
Having personally attended three of the five years of Electric Zoo, I have, like many others, come to experience the transformation of the festival from a niche celebration of dance music to a (sometimes gross) representation of the enormous popularity of “EDM” and the droves of young, irresponsible kids and illicit drugs that it attracts. And while this may have led many purists to turn their back on the festival to avoid such things, the fact remains that Made Event, the NYC-based promoters of the festival, consistently put their best foot forward to deliver an experience and a lineup that can appeal to just about everyone.
In order to accomodate what will probably be their biggest crowd yet, Electric Zoo has implemented two main stages this year in addition to the regular players: the Hilltop Arena, Riverside and Sunday School Grove. Perhaps also to host what may be their most massive lineup as well. Delivering almost every major DJ in the world in one three-day weekend, Electric Zoo promises to satisfy the mainstream EDM fan’s wildest dreams, at least until they get to the scheduling conflicts.
But if hearing Avicii drop his latest electro-country track or seeing David Guetta press play on his decks isn’t your bag, Electric Zoo makes up for it with a long list of must-see artists spread across the stages. Here’s some of my picks for each day, away from the madness of the main stages: