Escaping the clutches of Hurricane Irene, Electric Zoo 2011 emerged this Labor Day Weekend in full force, with 85,000 attendees from 102 countries and 51 states, enjoying beats from the world’s best electronic dance music artists over three sun-drenched days on Randall’s Island Park in New York City.
More than 100 DJs and live acts provided the finest techno, trance, house, dubstep, electro and indie dance music across four stages. From iconic headliners Tiesto, David Guetta and Armin van Buuren along with Moby, John Digweed and Richie Hawtin, to newer talents like SBTRKT, Porter Robinson, 12th Planet, Michael Woods and Arty, Electric Zoo celebrated America’s exploding obsession with dance music. Skrillex’s epic stage dive, Tiesto’s confetti shower, thousands singing along to David Guetta’s tunes, an appearance by Snoop Dogg’s DJ alter-ego DJ Snoopadelic, and Armin van Buuren’s closing set complete with fireworks are just a few notable moments from what’s now established as one of the premiere electronic music festivals in the world.
To top off its stellar lineup, Electric Zoo went next level with spectacular visuals, from the Hilltop Arena’smassive custom-designed concave LED wall and the Red Bull Riverside’s mixed media playback cubes to Gizem Bacaz’s meditative Garden of EZ with Kate Raudenbush’s laser-cut steel Braindrop. Not to mention the dust-free tents, plethora of organic food choices, and no lines at the festival entrance, thanks to RFID wristband technology.
Check out our official Electric Zoo gallery of photos from 2011 here.
We’re already looking forward to Electric Zoo 2012, and we want to hear your thoughts. Fill out our EZ 2012 Artist Wishlist to tell us who you’d like to see next year and provide any feedback on the festival. And don’t forget to commemorate this year’s experience with Official Electric Zoo 2011 Merchandise — our online merch shop is open now!
“Only the most serious-minded electronic music fans stream onto Randall’s Island. Now in its third year, the good-natured festival continues to offer a smart, varied crew of the best D.J.s and live dance acts in the world.” –The New York Times
“Randall’s Island became a multiplex of temporary dance floors, with a stadium-scale stage for headliners and three tents with club-quality surround-sound systems.” –Jon Pareles, The New York Times
“Capping off a summer that saw the biggest electronic music events in U.S. history, Electric Zoo marked its third and biggest year yet.” –Billboard.com
“The fest that began as a modest weekend event was something more, drawing crowds that were large even by music festival standards.” –The Wall Street Journal
“The three-day dance party on Randall’s Island had no shortage of new: New acts, new tracks and new grass (really!) filled the 24-acre island for 12 hours a day over Labor Day weekend… Despite the record number of attendees — over 85,000 fans showed up — Electric Zoo didn’t lose its sense of ease and comfort. Thanks to an increased number of restrooms, a variety of food vendors and the use of RFID wristband technology, which minimized entrance time, there were no lines to be found. And when you wanted to dance deep inside the tent, there was an actual dance floor and ample space to do so. When you’re talking about music marathons, these are small details that many festival producers overlook, the small details that can turn a great event into an exceptional one. “ –Huffington Post
“While it certainly is a spectacle, Electric Zoo was probably the happiest place on earth last weekend.”—Village Voice
“…A line-up that reads like a who’s who of the electronic music world with Tiesto, David Guetta, Richie Hawtin and Luciano all playing.” –Mixmag
“I felt like I was playing the finals of the champions league or the superbowl. It was THAT big. WOW!” –Armin van Buuren
“Electric Zoo was sick! The crowd was unbelievable and brought an incredible energy to the city.”—Tiesto
“As last year, Electric Zoo was totally amazing. To play in such an amazing city like New York, in front of ten thousand dancing and screaming people is a real highlight of my year I really enjoyed.” —ATB
“It’s incredible to gather all those people for an EDM event like Electric Zoo. I’m very excited to follow the progression of house music in US when events like this turn out they way it did.” —John Dahlback
“We’ve watched EZ become in 3 years something with a lot of promise into a festival that is paid attention to all over the globe. The line-ups are a good cross section of what’s really happening in dance music as well as a few cool and interesting surprises.” —Gabriel & Dresden
“It was massive, and as an artist is always nice to be part of that, sometimes you look around and say, ‘wow I’m playing here’.” —Guti
“I felt like playing Electric Zoo advanced me as an artist.” —Porter Robinson
“It was not only incredible as a performer but so much fun as a spectator. The collection of artists that performed was one of the best lineups I’ve seen in a while, let alone been a part of.” —Nick from Super Mash Bros
About Made Event
Made Event, helmed by Mike Bindra and Laura De Palma, working with a team of industry leaders, is committed to excellence in the programming, promotion, and production of electronic dance music events. They stand at the vanguard of their field due to the world-renowned caliber of entertainment and expert production values they bring into a variety of distinctive and innovative venues. In 2009, Made Event launched the inaugural Electric Zoo and was nominated for “Promoter of the Year” by URB magazine and “Best Music Event” and “Best Event Promoter” by the International Dance Music Awards for the best of 2010. With over 25 years of combined experience, and over 400 successful events produced in New York City and Miami, Made Event continues to set the bar for quality electronic music events. For more info, please go to www.MadeEvent.com.