|Tuesday, 15 September 2009 14:46|
This past Labor Day weekend in New York presented one of, if not the most, successful outdoor EDM event thrown in the city. The Electric Zoo Festival brought in people from all walks of life, from the neon colored kandi kids to the more adult clubbers and loungers. The event definitely gave everyone a delectable feast of different electronic genres that spanned across the park grounds of Randall's Island. Tents filled with people dancing away to the sounds of Steve Aoki, Roger Sanchez, Second Sun, Richie Hawtin and ATB. At the main stage, there were the big ticket acts, such as Armin Van Buuren, Ferry Corsten and Deadmau5.
I was extremely impressed by promoter Made Event by the set up of the event grounds. Plenty of shade from the park's trees plus sitting areas covered by tents to keep shaded from the New York City sun. The music tents were spaced out enough so you didn't get that annoying sound bleed making things sound like a train wreck. A nice added bonus was the fact that we GSCers were able to bring in glowsticks even though we weren't "allowed" to. The vibe was amazing as well. Who would've thought that ravers, guidos, and hipsters could all get along in one area? I was surprised to see that there weren't any epic 300-like wars taking place. Security was very helpful and made sure that everyone was having a good time by not imposing.
The artists at the event were just amazing. On the first day, the Riverside Arena stole the show until Kaskade appeared on the main stage. Sleepy N Boo opened up the Riverside Arena with a great bassy progressive set, followed by Second Sun whom I've personally never seen live. They tore it down with their hard hitting set. Chris Lake went up after them and gave a nice and funky-electro inspired set. After that was Roger Sanchez who answered the prayers of the tech-house heads that were in attendance.
As the sun was going down, I headed over to the main stage to see the end of Ben Watt's housey set, which gave way to Kaskade's. Opening with a remix of his hit, "Move For Me," gave an amazing feeling of ease while the sun went down. Deadmau5 was up after Kaskade and he, in his mau5ey glory, did his thing. Closing off the night on Saturday at the main stage was the one and only Armin Van Burren, who had everyone jumping up and down and feeling like little children who tasted ice cream for the first time.
Now here we are on Sunday. Back to the Riverside Arena I go to see popular progressive NYC DJ, Jason Jollins, open up the day. As always, he gave an impressive set, and afterwards he posed for pictures and talked to the many fans that approached him while he made the transition from amazing dj to regular party-goer and fan. Jersome Isma-Ae followed after Jollins, stealing everyone's hearts. Playing his remix of Stranger in Moscow by Michael Jackson had everyone whooping and screaming at the top of their lungs. Menno de Jong was up next with his hard hitting trance giving the crowd their money's worth by spinning one of the most energetic sets of the day. The one and only Josh Gabriel, of Gabriel and Dresden fame, followed, giving a powerhouse set that touched the souls of everyone in the immediate area. After that, back to the main stage I go to see the last 30 minutes of Steve Angello, who gave the people what they wanted by dropping the Show Me Love/Be mash-up. After that it was 2hrs of amazing trance music with Markus Schulz followed by Ferry Corsten who both made me glowstick with an energy I haven't felt in a while. After that, I went back up to the Riverside Arena to end the night with the one and only legend, ATB. He ended the night just right leaving people wanting more as they chanted his name for about 3 minutes straight. After parties followed at Club Pacha and Love where our resident Glowsticking DJ, MadRaverRai, earned the respect of seasoned DJs like Menno De Jong and Marcus Schossow.
All in all, the weekend was a success for Made Event, paving the way for future outdoor EDM events in NYC. Let's keep our fingers crossed for a bigger and hopefully longer Electric Zoo Festival for next year. As well as maybe seeing other huge promoters such as Insomniac to take notice that there is a huge EDM following here in NYC.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 September 2009 15:01|