Electric Zoo 2011 Preview | New York City

Written by @partyreport | Photo Credit: Made Event

Whether you’ve gone to see Deadmau5’s premium-priced Hallowe’en one-offs at Roseland Ballroom, spent the morning hours pulsating in synch to the slinky basslines of the Marcy Hotel, been a Cielo Deep Space regular since before Pioneer CDJ-1000’s existed, can name all the resident DJs at Club Love’s Dub War (R.I.P.), or threw a bottle-service Pacha NYC birthday party to the sound of Victor Calderone, you’ve heard of Electric Zoo.  Without a doubt.  Now in its third year, Made Event’s Electric Zoo festival has been able to attract electronic dance music aficionados of all stripes so successfully that on Labor Day weekend (Sept. 2-4), Randall’s Island morphs into a fairly accurate profile of the Tri-State area’s EDM ecosystem.

Banking off it’s sold-out success from 2010’s edition, Made Event has taken notes, done its homework, and seems to be on track for another hit.  EZ 2011 has been expanded to three days from two, added another VIP area, and reinforced the dance floors to avoid the out-of-control dust clouds that party-goers had to brave last summer.  This is in addition to the usual food options, portable toilets, and First Aid center.

Local-leaning artsy types who are wary of Electric Zoo’s success have no fear- Made Event is collaborating with (i.e., a portion of your ticket is paying for this) the Randall’s Island Sports Foundation and The Bronx Museum of the Arts to produce FLOW.11, an outdoor art installation project by five artists.  So you will be able to contemplate Native American-influenced fence tapestry while chomping on a vegan gluten-free sandwich to compliment Daedalus’ daytime set.

Those in or around the Big Apple who missed the flight to the Miami Conference, didn’t save up enough vacation time for DEMF, and are not in the right tax bracket to even consider going to Ibiza, this your last real chance of the year to get that open-air house & techno fix.  For more information and tickets, click here.

Hot picks for Electric Zoo 2011:

Don’t miss:  Plastikman (Live)
Usual suspects:  Loco Dice, Josh Wink
Personal must-see:  The Martinez Brothers
Avoid at all cost:  Tiësto

Don’t miss:  Luciano
Usual suspects:  Steve Bug, Carl Craig, Reboot (Live)
Personal must-see:  SBTRKT
Avoid at all cost:  Tommy Lee & DJ Aero

Don’t miss:  Nicolas Jaar (Live)
Usual suspects:  Richie Hawtin, Gui Boratto
Personal must-see:  Carte Blanche
Avoid at all cost:  Armin Van Buuren

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