10 Years of Electric Zoo
In honor of our 10th edition of Electric Zoo, we are taking a walk down memory lane and diving deep into the memories created and shared over the last decade. We will be adding a new chapter each week – one for every previous edition of the festival – as we make our way to Labor Day Weekend 2018, and celebrate Electric Zoo: The Big 10.
Expect stories and insider memories, beautiful photos and enchanting videos, as well as a curated playlist weekly, as we transport you back in time through every medium.
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2014 Don't Rain on Our Parade
2015 The Transformation
Two difficult years for our festival marked time for change. And from the ashes rose a Phoenix – literally. In 2015, we decided that it was time to shake things up and take our already legendary production in a bold new direction. In partnership with our sister brand ID&T, the producers behind Mysteryland, Sensation, Tomorrowland and TomorrowWorld, to create the first of our wildly loved, wickedly awesome, animal-themed stages. The Phoenix marked a new beginning for Electric Zoo, and we Transformed in more ways than one.
As Dancing Astranaut wrote, “…when Electric Zoo: Transformed rolled around this Labor Day Weekend, expectations for Sunday were all over the place. By the end of day two, Zoo had already blown those expectations out of the water with allnewproduction, crowd control, festival grounds carefully arranged in attendees favor and flooded by performers andart; Awakenings and blessings from the techno gods, VIP lounges fit for even New York City’s most daring partiers, fireworks that could’ve woken up neighbors all the way in New Jersey, and not to mention af*cking massive Main Stage that will now be put in the conversation with the Ultras and Tomorrowlands of the world.”
Electric Zoo: Transformed also featured a three-part end show, “The Transformation”, over the three days of the festival. Catch Sunday’s finale below.
2016 A Walk on the Wild Side
Following our Transformation, we decided to continue with themed editions and took it one step further and branded 2016’s festival ‘Electric Zoo: Wild Island.’
Who can forget the sleek, omnipresent gaze of the “Temple of the Cobra” Main Stage? And the fact that the cobra shot lasers from its eyes? Certainly everyone who got done on the dance floor will never forget the gaze of the serpent looking down.
Wild Island marked influential LA imprint Dim Mak’s 20-year anniversary, which they celebrated by taking over the Riverside Stage on Saturday. Label boss and cake-launching provocateur Steve Aoki played a last minute, back-to-back set with SBCR, aka The Bloody Beetroots. And of course, there was cake.
The Chainsmokers, who were washed out by the rain in 2014, rose to mainstage status by 2016, playing just before our closer, Hardwell. The funky-fresh duo tapped into the nuances of millennial culture and made their stage graphics look like the Stranger Things logo, a reference that didn’t go unnoticed by fans who like to Netflix, Chill, and party.
The hype surrounding the weekend must have convinced last-minute music fans’ heads to turn and head over to Randall’s Island, because by the time Sunday rolled around, we’d sold out the final day of show and announced we’d be back for 2017.
After two years of successful shows, we weren’t ready to stop. By 2017, we’d introduced something entirely unheard of to New York. Check back next week to see the lengths we were willing to go to make Electric Zoo a mainstay in the Big Apple, paying homage to the city by becoming it’s 6th Boro.
2017 NEW YORK, WE LOVE YOU
You probably know the five New York boroughs by heart: Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. By 2017, we’d been in the Big Apple long enough, we decided to add another – The 6th Boro – to pay homage to our hometown, and solidify our relationship with the city we love so dearly.
Randall’s Island is positioned perfectly in the heart of the city, and on our island home we wanted to showcase what makes NYC the greatest city in the world. The 6 Pointz stage, for example, paid tribute to the famous 5 Pointz graffiti spot, with some of the finest artists spraypainting throughout the weekend.
To close out a wild weekend one could only experience in New York, the King of Trance Armin van Buuren enchanted the tens of thousands of party animals, followed by legendary artists Deadmau5 and Eric Prydz going deep in playing a very rare back-to-back set.