What is the one sentence that is sure to kill your vibe every year around this time? You guessed it, “the summer is almost over“. As much as we’ve all enjoyed the hot weather, trips to the beach, and of course our endless weekend excursions to dance floors in NYC, Philly, Jersey, and Atlantic City, the sad truth is that all good things must come to an end. Fortunately, there’s always one positive way to look at the end of the season, and that is our annual 72-hour, unleashing of the animals fun fest, that is, Electric Zoo on Randall’s Island Park.
With EDCNY being an overall disappointment in the eyes of the thousands who attended, as well as my own opinion, I think it’s safe to say that we’re all looking forward to the one festival that never seems to disappoint, and gets a little bit better every year. For the five year anniversary, as we’ve all seen, the Made Event crew has added a 2nd main stage, and the lineup is beyond impressive with some of the biggest headliners in the business, my own personal favorite of all time included!
Now, I’ll take you on a quick journey of some of the artists you’ll want to check out and where I’ll be during the three day rage extravaganza…
DAY ONE: Friday, August 30th
The first day of Ezoo is always pretty relaxed for me personally, and I try to capture all of the best fan photos during this day before everyone is exhausted and beat up from the overload of dancing non-stop. As always, there’s a great variety of artists to please every dance music enthusiasts palate. Names like John O’Callaghan, Baauer, Ferry Corsten, Dog Blood, Cassy, Orjan Nilsen, Otto Knows, Showtek, Flux Pavilion, and the four major headliners of Avicii, Above & Beyond, Knife Party, and Benny Benassi, are sure to excite the thousands of fans ready to kick off the festival on a high note.
For me, I’ll be wandering around checking out artists I haven’t seen before in the Sunday School tent (my favorite tent), as well as my favorite Refune boys, Deniz Koyu and Alesso. I’d like to catch Dannic too, since I’ve heard a lot of hype around this guy for a while now. Danny Tenaglia will likely be the highlight of my day one, since you won’t catch me singing along to folk tunes over at the Avicii stage.
When the day is over, there’s no question that I’ll be at the Toolroom Ten official afterparty at Pacha NYC with Gina Turner, Mark Knight, and one of my favorite tech house producers of all time, Stefano Noferini.
DAY TWO: Saturday, August 31st
The second day hosts more fan favorites like Congorock, Mat Zo, Kyau & Albert, Boys Noize, A-Trak, Cazzette, Bingo Players, Sander Van Doorn, Hardwell, and again, the massive headliners being Tiesto, David Guetta, Bassnectar, and Dada Life.
I had the pleasure of seeing Fehrplay at Mister East back in May, so I’m definitely going to check out the Pryda label star on day two, as well as Dyro and Henrix, who I haven’t seen before but have also heard great things about. I’ll also enjoy seeing two of my favorite party boys, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, and end my day with David Guetta, because the haters get converted every year when they hear the crazy good beats he plays within the first 20 minutes of his set alone. Check him out and you’ll see he’s not so bad.
DAY THREE: Sunday, September 1st
Exhausted, sore, and any other problems in my world will disappear when the final day arrives and I get to end my day and festival weekend with the best DJ in the world. No, not Armin… Sebastian Ingrosso! I’ll be in my “Team Ingrosso” glory, undoubtedly, and looking forward to the massive reaction to the unbelievable festival set he’ll give us that night. If you don’t know what “GFTNITP” stands for, look it up, and prepare yourselves. That’s all I’m going to say about that.
Most fans will enjoy big names like Hard Rock Sofa, Carnage, Markus Schulz, Fedde Le Grand, Swanky Tunes, Aly & Fila, W&W, Tommy Trash, Victor Calderone, Zedd, KhoMha, and several others. On this Sunday, I’ll appropriately spend most of my day in the Sunday School tent, catching three favorites I saw earlier this year, Joris Voorn, Nicole Moudaber, and Adam Beyer (as long as his set doesn’t interfere with Seb’s, hopefully). I’d like to see Firebeatz too, since I heard positive reviews on recent sets.
In summary, the 2013 Electric Zoo festival will be incredible, any way you look at it. We get the opportunity to make 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. Speaking of cell phones, do yourselves a favor and invest in one of those portable cell phone battery chargers that add 4-5 hours of extra life to your phone, and try to avoid using it much anyway since cell reception is rough and you should just put it away and enjoy unleashing your inner zoo animal one last time to end the summer.
See you at #Ezoo5, everyone!
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