New York City’s iconic Electric Zoo Festival has come and gone once again. The three-day Labor Day Weekend affair was filled with good times, good music and good people. There was a lot to take in over three days, so we put together a list of our five favorite moments from this year’s festival. Check it out below and get ready for Electric Zoo 2020.
Is it just me, or have the past few years been filled with loads of bad-weathered festivals? From Mudson Project to TomorrowWorld and more, it seems like festival attendees haven’t been able to catch a break. Luckily, Electric Zoo was the exception. This year’s festival was filled with warm weather that extended through the night, providing for what might be the most ideal festival weather I’ve experienced in years. Thank you, weather gods!
Of course, the music was the star of the show. Electric Zoo never fails with their lineup picks, and this year was no different. From a top-of-the-line mainstage lineup to curated stages from the likes of Brownies & Lemonade, Gud Vibrations, Eric Prydz and more, there was never a dull moment. Some of my favorites included a high-energy set from Alison Wonderland, a bass-heavy performance from Blunts & Blondes and, of course, a headbang-worthy set from Excision as he gears up for his very own Lost Lands. Plus, you can never go wrong with a sunrise set from Kaskade.
If you somehow made it through each day with some energy to spare, then Electric Zoo was there to reward you with some seriously stacked afterparties. On Friday, Brownies & Lemonade showed New York what the west coast is all about with an unofficial sold-out party featuring the likes of Zeke Beats, Slumberjack, Nitti Gritti, Wuki, 4B, ACRAZE, Whethan and more. On Saturday, you could take your pick of Green Velvet, Benny Benassi, Cash Cash or Shaq’s Bass All-Stars + AMF at the legendary Avant Gardner, which offered performances from Shaq, Borgore, Destructo and more. Finally, Sunday presented some last-minute celebrations from Eric Prydz, Gud Vibrations, Good Times Ahead and R3HAB.
Food and Drinks (Sorry, Mom)
These had to be mentioned. For some reason, many festivals tend to have the bare minimum when it comes to their bar offerings. Electric Zoo, on the other hand, has always presented some great drink choices. From champagne in a can (accessibility, people) to various wines and delicious mixed drinks, this year’s bar was a hotspot. Drink prices were relatively high, but hey, it’s worth it. Food options were pretty great as well thanks to massive mozzarella sticks and donut ice cream sandwiches. But if you’re reading this Electric Zoo, please bring back the fried cookie dough next year or I’ll never forgive you.
Finally, the production was the cherry on top of this year’s festival. With generally limited space on Randall’s Island, Electric Zoo made the most of it. Stages were all easy to walk to and from, which accounted for some sound bleed, but that was easily avoidable. The lighting, visuals and fireworks against the New York City skyline were all excellent and contributed what was an overall enjoyable festival experience.
Fall is almost here, but I am already looking forward to next year’s Electric Zoo. As long as they get this year’s security issues in order, they’re looking at a long and fruitful future in The City That Never Sleeps. Visit them at electriczoo.com.