This weekend, electronic dance music event production company Made Events presents Electric Zoo 2010, a two-day dance music festival on Randall’s Island. Last year, good weather and a stellar line-up of 67 artists from 13 nations resulted in an attendance of over 26,000 people throughout the weekend. Many participants commented positively on the smart festival lay-out, impressive organization and awesome drink and food options. In a way, Electric Zoo put New York City on the map of the world’s best dance music festivals.
On Saturday, the Main Stage will be headlined by The Chemical Brothers, who are on the heels of their latest release Further. Italian electro favorite Benny Bennasi, German trance king ATB, veteran German trance duo Cosmic Gate, Trance titan Markus Schulz, British electronic dance music pioneer Pete Tong; along with prolific artist Kaskade supporting his sixth album Dynasty; and Dutch electro/trance superstar Sander van Doorn.
On Sunday, Armin van Buuren returns for a headlining set on the eve of his new artist album Mirage; along with Moby, playing a rare Main Stage DJ set. The Hilltop Arena will be headlined by Grammy nominated artist, globally acclaimed DJ, and perennial NYC favorite Paul van Dyk, as well as UK trance trio Above & Beyond. The Red Bull Music Academy Tent will feature Colorado’s self-publishing machine Pretty Lights and his electro organic cutting-edge party Rocking Beats, and San Francisco’s freeform artist Bassnectar. Finally, the Sunday School Grove returns with its signature school buses, featuring techno innovator Richie Hawtin and Bedrock maestro John Digweed. Those in need of a warm-up can listen to Electric Zoo Radio on Sirius XM’s Area channel every Thursday at 8:00 pm, with rebroadcasts on Sundays at 7:00 pm, now through Thursday, September 2nd. Hungry Electric Zoo attendees can breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that this year’s festival will dish out gourmet grub, catering to even the fussiest foodie. Organizers offer a unique selection of 20 appetizing and international, locally produced, kosher, gluten-free, vegan and organic choices. Booth vendors such as Ruthy’s Bakery (Middle Eastern/Italian/ vegetarian), Vegetarian Oasis (Mexican/Carribean/Thai/falafel/burritos/jumbalaya) PizzaMoto (wood oven pizza/ice cream that is locally produced) and Sigmund Pretzelshop (handmade and vegan pretzels/sandwiches) will keep those dancing bodies nourished and fully-charged. A variety of mobile trucks and cars will also be parked around Randall’s Island, such as Rickshaw Dumplings (Pan-Asian/Pacific Rim), Kwik Meal (Indian/Mediterranean/pitas) and La Cense Beef (steak burgers from natural grass fed beef).
After the sun has set and the gates of Randall’s Island Park close Electric Zoo, revelers can continue the party at Midtown super club, Pacha, with official after parties on both nights. On Saturday, September 4th, beat-master Sharam and Juicy Music’s Robbie Rivera will keep the party going. Saturday’s line-up will also include sets from Dresden & Johnston, techno duo Italoboyz, a special live performance from Heartthrob, and New York’s own Taimur & Fahad.
Those taking advantage of the holiday Monday, can dance ‘til the wee hours on Sunday, September 5th, when Israeli melodic techno king Guy Gerber headlines with a surprise guest from the festival’s main stage, along with many more to be announced. Follow Electric Zoo on twitter for all the up-to-the-date after party information.