So you say you love EDM, huh? And you can party all day and night like a pro, right? If that’s you, then you’re the type of fan who wouldn’t miss a massive 3-day festival like Electric Zoo no matter what! The end of summer is always sad for us beach-goers and educators who have nothing to do but work on our tans and lay by the pool like a bum. We’ve got our music turned up loud because usually nobody is around to yell, “turn down that damn techno music”! However, the end of summer always means that we get to go out with a bang for three full days and nights of house, trance, dubstep, and everything in between on Randall’s Island.
Last year E-Zoo fans enjoyed huge improvements by Made Event across the board, especially the flooring in the tents to eliminate the dust problems from the previous year. With more than 80,000 in attendance over the weekend, there was music for every taste, food for every taste bud, and an experience so awesome that we all couldn’t wait until 2012.
Luckily, we’re less than two months away from the big 2012 Electric Zoo event. Here’s my preview of what I’m most looking forward to at this year’s event, and which DJs are on my must-see list:
DAY ONE: Friday, August 31, 2012
I’m going to be at the Main Stage for a good chunk of the day, it seems. I caught Nicky Romero down in Atlantic City recently and he was impressive, so I wouldn’t mind seeing him again at all. Hardwell, however, is one who I’ve been dying to see since my first show of his last year at Electric Zoo when I thought the tent was going to collapse! I’m glad to see he’s been upgraded to the main stage this year, and I’ll be right there to enjoy his set. Laidback Luke is the most skilled craftman I’ve ever seen behind the decks, and his shows are always a blast. His stage presence, equipped with robot moves and big smiles, is a nice bonus to his constant mixing between all four CDJs. You won’t want to miss him!
I will leave the main stage to catch Tommy Trash at the Riverside: Fool’s Gold Clubhouse, if there isn’t a schedule conflict. I also caught the Aussie trash man recently and was impressed by his electro-heavy sound, complete with heavy-metal style head banging in the booth. Most likely, I will close out my night at the Sunday School Grove with Luciano and the Vagabundos. He’s another artist I fell in love with at last year’s E-Zoo, and am glad to see he’s returning this year. Day one will be awesome, for sure!
DAY TWO: Saturday, September 1, 2012
Similar to my first day, I might spend a lot of my time at the Main Stage, but will jump over to Hilltop and Sunday School also. For me, this day will be all about the headliners: Wolfgang Gartner, Benny Benassi, Bingo Players, and Axwell. But before I talk about them, let me mention my other possibilities. Angger Dimas and Autoerotique are two names that I haven’t seen and definitely pique my interest. I’m a big fan of Sleepy & Boo, so I’ll definitely try to catch them at the Sunday School tent. Mord Fustang and DallasK are also two names I haven’t seen but I might want to let rip my face off at the Hilltop Arena. Lastly, the Nervo ladies and Sander van Doorn are two I’ve seen before and really loved their sets, so they’re on my E-Zoo radar as well.
Now let’s talk headliners… I haven’t seen Wolfgang in forever. Every time he’s in town, I have another show to go to and miss him. He’s freakin’ awesome! Benny, who is a legend, is one you just can’t miss because you’re gonna hear all kinds of goodness from that set. Bingo Players opened for Tiesto a few months ago and we were really impressed by their heavy duty electro style and high energy performance. I’m looking forward to seeing them again, for sure. However, ending day two with Axwell is an absolute MUST! Axwell hasn’t been around much at all for the last 18 months, so I can’t wait to see him again. I was disappointed that he wasn’t on the lineup last year, so I’m ecstatic that he’ll rejoin the 2012 E-Zoo lineup. The Swedish flags will be flying around that night… mine included.
DAY THREE: Sunday, September 2, 2012
After two full days of partying, we’ll all be exhausted on the last day, but there are a few must-see artists on this agenda. For starters, I am thrilled to see Umek for the first time. His podcast has been one of my favorites for a while now, and tech house has taken over the majority of my heart. You’ll definitely find me ‘behind the iron curtain’ on day three with Umek.
When I come out, I’ll hit the main stage to let Porter Robinson and Knife Party melt my poor, tired face off… if it’s still intact by then. Porter blew me away last year at E-Zoo, and I’ve looked forward to seeing him live again ever since. He’s another artist who has been back, but due to schedule conflicts, I’ve had to miss him. I’m also looking forward to attending my first Knife Party. Do they distribute earplugs at their shows or what? From the sounds of their music, I think I’ll bring an extra pair just in case. Bring on the beats, boys!
I’ll happily close out my 2012 E-Zoo experience with the man we all love, Tiesto. His big festival performances are always incredible. I think Tiesto is the perfect way to end the weekend because you should save the best for last. Since his house transformation, he’s solidified himself as one of my top ten DJs and I have enjoyed seeing him at least five or six times in the last year.
Now, before I wrap this up, I’d like to comment on the lineup overall. Some people love it, but there are an equal number of people I’ve heard complaining about it. Here’s the bottom line: there’s something here for everyone. Made Event has done a great job in providing us with an unbelievable music festival year after year. In a perfect world, we would get to see every single DJ on the lineup that we love. In reality, we get many of them in one place, for three full days. We really shouldn’t complain.
Who am I most upset to not see make it to this year’s lineup? There are many: Sebastian Ingrosso, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Gregori Klosman, and more. However, the biggest disappointment for me is not having Carl Cox. The Sunday School tent won’t be the same, and I’m really sad that he’s not performing this year. I even missed him at EDC because they scheduled him during Sebastian Ingrosso’s set. *SIGH*
The 2012 Electric Zoo festival will be incredible, any way you look at it. We get the opportunity to make lots of new friends, listen to music we love, discover new artists, eat great food, and take photos and video clips on our cell phones to cherish forever.
See you there!