This Labor Day weekend, New York City’s Randall’s Island Park will come alive with the sights and sounds of the top international names in electronic dance music. Since 2009, the Electric Zoo music festival has called the Big Apple home, bringing together thousands of music fans, ages 18 and over, from around the world for a celebration of music. Along with DJs and live performances, the festival grounds are transformed into a colorful escape with art, interactive displays, vendors and fun activities to explore while you wait for your favorite acts to take the stage.
Get ready to dance the weekend away, as the festival makes its return on September 2, turning Randall’s Island into a “Wild Island.” Festival-goers will have the chance to enjoy three days jam-packed with music at multiple stages placed throughout festival grounds. Before you head off to “Wild Island,” check out this complete guide on what to expect at this year’s event. From the must-see performances to important tips for attendees, this guide will help you create a schedule and navigate the festival like a pro.
The Electric Zoo Lineup
Electric Zoo is noted for its diverse roster of performers and this year is no different, with more than 100 DJs and live acts scheduled to take the stage. Helping to curate this year’s festival lineup are a number of noted EDM collectives and labels, including Dim Mak, Anjunadeep, ANTS and Elrow. Instead of rushing between stages to catch the nonstop music acts, we’ve rounded up some of the must-sees to include on your festival schedule. Once you’ve perused our picks, head over to the Electric Zoo lineup page to finalize your schedule.
A frequent performer at music festivals, Bassnectar will close out Friday’s festivities with his noted turntable stylings. Releasing more than 10 chart-topping albums, Bassnectar is known as one of the most influential members of America’s electronic music community. Billboard reports that he performs more than 150 nights a year, and is known for dynamic live performances in which he combines various moods, tempos and electronic music beats for an exciting blast of bass and fun. He’s sure to have festival-goers dancing into the night, setting the tone for a weekend of memorable electronic dance music moments. If fans are lucky, his may even include a performance of one of his top hits, “Bass Head."
If you’re in the mood for an evening of endless dancing, then globally revered DJ Tiësto should be a highlight on your Saturday schedule. His live performances are beloved by fans for blending elements of electronic dance music with pop. According to Billboard, some of his past concerts have lasted nearly five hours, giving fans a chance to move along with each and every one of their favorite tracks. You’ll have to see his performance at Electronic Zoo 2016 to see how long his latest dance party lasts, but you’re sure to hear a number of songs from his 2014’s chart-topping album, “A Town Called Paradise.”
Hardwell’s festival performances are legendary, with millions of fans from around the world joining in on the fun during frequent live-streams of his DJ sets. Luckily for Electric Zoo attendees, they’ll be able to see this Dutch house and electro DJ perform live on Sunday. At the age of 18, he signed his first record deal and has since gone on to international acclaim. The DJ has made quite the name for himself among EDM fans with his full length album and several mixtape compilations that feature collaborations with Jason Derulo, Lil John and Fatman Scoop. It's likely his Sunday setlist will include a fan favorite track, “Call Me A Spaceman." For your final night of Electric Zoo, close out the weekend on a high note, dancing along to his electronic music that combines elements of pop and hip-hop with frenetic instrumental samplings.
Tips for Electric Zoo Festival
Now that your schedule is set, it’s time to start preparing your festival essentials. Whether you’re a frequent festival-goer or a newbie, here are some tips to keep in mind to have a fabulous time on “Wild Island.”
Before you pack your purse or festival bag, check the Electric Zoo’s FAQ page for a complete list of what you can and can’t bring. The list will help you remember essential items like your ID, sunblock, lip balm, sun glasses, a rain poncho and dancing shoes. If you forget anything, there’s a general store and vendors on-site with items for purchase. Before the start of each day, remember to bring along extra cash for merchandise and goodies from the many vendors, and charge your phone to capture every moment for all your friends back home to see.
Always take care of yourself during the festival, and hydrate often. Electric Zoo attendees can bring an empty refillable water bottle or purchase water on-site. Stop to refill your water bottle at free hydration stations throughout the grounds.
Most importantly, remember to have fun. Take a moment to relax on the festival’s grassy hills and listen to the music or admire the art around you. With a picturesque backdrop of the New York City skyline, this is one musical experience you won’t ever forget.
Back to Reality
There’s no reason the sounds of Electric Zoo have to end once you wrap up your weekend at “Wild Island.” Slip away from the daily grind and let daydreams take you back to a weekend of pure electronic music bliss with the help of the GTK-XB7 EXTRA BASS speaker. Incorporating Bass Booster technology, this speaker is tailor-made to make the throbbing, deep bass sounds of your favorite electronic artists come alive for you and your friends. Optimized for bass playback, this speaker may make the countdown to next year’s Electric Zoo music festival a little more bearable.