Electric Zoo 2012: The EDM Festival of New York City


Earlier this year, Electric Daisy Carnival debuted its first event in the Northeast. EDCNY was one of the first top-tier EDM festivals to hit Northeast, but the pioneer of the EDM festival in NYC is undoubtedly Electric Zoo.

History of Electric Zoo

Electric Zoo Festival, an EDM event run by Made Event, debuted in 2009 at Randall‘s Island and is the only large scale outdoor EDM festival that’s hosted in NYC (EDC New York was actually in New Jersey).

In 2009 EZoo was a two day event and consisted of 55 acts with headliners such as Armin van Buuren, ATB, Axwell, deadmau5, David Guetta, Ferry Corsten, Kaskade, Markus Schulz, Richie Hawtin, Roger Sanchez, Steve Angello, Steve Aoki, and Victor Calderone. EZoo 2009 was a huge success and Made Event decided to host EZoo 2010 at Randall’s Island again. Made Event experienced great success in 2010 again and pioneered the EDM festival scene in New York City with Electric Zoo.

Last year, Electric Zoo 2011 spanned over three days and hosted over 100 performances. Made Event hosted the biggest and most well-run EDM festival New York City had ever seen. The event attracted over 85,000 attendees and featured headliners such as Above and Beyond, Afrojack,  Armin van Buuren, Arty, ATB, Big Gigantic, Calvin Harris, Carl Cox, David Guetta, Danny Tenaglia, Dirty South, Diplo, Datsik, Ferry Corsten, Gareth Emery, Hardwell, John Dahlback,  Markus Schulz, Michael Woods, Porter Robinson, Richie Hawtin, Sander van Doorn, Sidney Samson, Skrillex, Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano, Tiesto, and many more.

Made Event’s Societal Responsibility

Also, in the past, Made Event has taken various initiatives to help society. In 2010 Made Event donated $42,000 to FLOW (outdoor art exhibition project in coordination with The Randall’s Island Park Alliance), The Bronx Museum of Arts, and The Rockefeller NYC Cultural Innovation Fund. In 2011, Made Event again donated $2 from every ticket sale towards the outdoor art exhibition project.

Not only has Made Event given back to the community, but Made Event also took initiatives to help preserve the environment. In 2011 they introduced an on-site recycling program, served water in cardboard containers, utilized compost able plates and utensils, used 100% biodiesel alternative fuel from NYC fryer grease, and required all food vendors to only use organic, hormone-free, humanely raised meats.

Electric Zoo 2012

The manner in which Made Event has scaled Electric Zoo in the past years is very impressive. The festival transitioned into a three-day event in just two years, expanded its festival parameters, and now hosts performances by the majority of all the top EDM artists.

This year, Electric Zoo will begin on August 31, 2012 and end on September 2, 2012. There will be four different stages every day and the line-up is absolutely incredible. Three day passes are still available for $300 and individual day passes range from $115-155.  There are six official after parties which will be held at the Best Buy Theater and Roseland Ballroom each night.

Looking at how Electric Zoo has improved over the past several years, our expectations for EZoo 2012 are very high. With a jaw dropping lineup(picture slider at the top) and extremely complex production elements, Electric Zoo 2012 is will be NYC’s EDM event of the year.

It has been a monumental year for the EDM movment globally, and more so in New York City.

Electric Zoo 2012 will be the perfect way to celebrate the end of another amazing Summer in New York.

Press Release from Made Event

Set Times Announced via Official Electric Zoo 2012 Mobile App
Now available for iPhone and Android, this year’s Electric Zoo app includes more useful and fun features than ever before. Featuring a custom schedule of set-times, abililty to set reminders so you don’t miss your favorite artists, and map of the festival site so you can locate the nearest bathrooms, face painting or a delicious food vendor, the new app also includes:

●      Zoo Radio from Slacker Radio: built into the app, so you can listen to music from Electric Zoo artists on the go.
●      Push notifications to get important late-breaking festival news updates.
●      A festival camera that lets you put a fun Electric Zoo frame around your photos and share them with friends.
●      Information about food and art at the festival.

Electric Zoo 2012 Green Initiatives
Like previous years, Electric Zoo is also proud to include several green initiatives for its fourth edition, including:

●     On-site recycling program for all of the trash.
●     50% of on-site generators are running on 100% biodiesel alternative fuel from recycled NYC fryer grease and the rest are on a B50 blend of 50% biodiesel from recycled NYC fryer grease and 50% diesel.
●     All of the site equipment is running on a B30 blend of 30% biodiesel from recycled NYC fryer grease and 70% diesel.
●     No factory farmed meat products are permitted for sale at Electric Zoo.
●     All of the food products and beer will be served on compostable ware (including plates, cups, napkins and utensils).
●     Free water will be available from refill stations.

Sponsors and Media Partners
Electric Zoo would like to thank this year’s sponsors and media partners:
Coors Light: The World’s Most Refreshing Beer returns to Electric Zoo for the third year in a row!  Perfect for cooling off after all-day dancing in the sun, Miller Coors offers a selection of domestic and imported beers.
Trident:  As the official gum of the Electric Zoo Festival, Trident is the spark that will help liberate even more fun in your festival experience.
Hi-Chew: Stop by the Hi-Chew airstream to kick back in our lounge and recharge with Hi-Chew fruit chews; the best fruit chew candy out there. It livens you up!
Mobli: A Supporting Sponsor of the Official After Parties at Best Buy Theater, Mobli is a photo and video-sharing app built to connect awesome content with captive audiences. Find yours on Mobli!
Virgin Mobile: Be sure to check out the Virgin Mobile Truck at Electric Zoo. We answer to a higher calling!
BILLY BOY: Germany’s #1 condom brand has landed in America and returns to Electric Zoo once more. BILLY BOY is proud to be the sponsor of 3D glasses at The Riverside Tent.
CMJ 2012: Don’t miss the annual CMJ Music Marathon on October 16-20 in NYC.
ReverbNation: The world’s largest independent music marketing website, hosted an opportunity for a performance slot at this year’s Electric Zoo, to which over 600 eager DJs submitted. We’re pleased to announce the winner Julien Loreto who will be opening the Main stage on Friday, August 31st.
SiriusXM: Live broadcast and artist interviews from Electric Zoo Festival on subscription satellite radio.
SPIN: Since 1985, SPIN has given the first national exposure to many of history’s most important cutting-edge recording artists, while vividly documenting the culture surrounding music.
Yelp: Connects people with great local businesses and community happenings. Visit Yelp.com/nyc to see what’s buzzing in your hood.
Integral Sound: Custom professional sound systems renowned world-wide for their purity, precision and high performance.
NEO: Audio cables created by Oyaide.

At A Glance

August 31 – September 2
Set Times

3-Day passes and single day passes are still available
6 official after parties at Best Buy Theater and Roseland Ballroom
11am-11pm All three days
You can take the Ferry or Shuttle Bus to Randall’s Island
All Ages
ATMs will be available
Bring Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect.

More Details

Be Electric, enter the Zoo.  We’ll see you there ;)

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