Electric Zoo has exceeded our expectations and is probably one of the best festivals New York has seen in a very long time. We really want to give props and major thanks to the Made team for making this extremely well organized and spectacular event possible ( and of course everyone else who was involved in bringing together the biggest house and techno superstars from all over the world to play these two incredible days on Randalls Island). ( A personal thank you to Betty Kang and Nikola from Plexi PR)! Unfortunately I missed Day 2 , but we have interviewed a mixed group of festival patrons that have provided us with a full report.
Day 1 was packed with a very diverse crowd with different electronic tastes, spanning from Tiga, Martin Buttrich, Dj Mehdi to Deadmau5. Early in the day the dark and rhythmic Paco Osuna and Marco Carola had everyone sweating with their minimal and tech house beats. French Electro House Producer Busy P, (aka Daft Punk's manager) had the "Grove Disco" tent jumping up and down. Afterwards as the sun was starting to set many goers we spoke to loved the first half of Luciano which was followed by a very energetic set by Danny Tenaglia on the Sunday School hilltop. Number 1 selling artist on Beatport and arena titan, Deadmau5 gave an absolute performance on the main stage.
Day 2 apparently was musically a lot better, but ironically less packed and included performers Heidi, Guy Gerber, Audion, Adam Beyer, Steve Bug, Victor Calderone and crowd pleaser Richie Hawtin who all played on the Sunday School Hilltop stage. Following a great set by Gerber was minimal genius Matthew Dear aka Audion who continuously pushes the techno envelope. Other favorites included Tom Middleton who played happy disco house, Steve Bug , James Holden and LCD Soundsystem. They were all very special in their own way. Bug was groovy minimal (like the DC10 sound of 3-4 years ago but fresh new tracks). James Holden was like a symphony, very euphoric, extremely rich sound, some crazy vocals from time to time . LCD Soundsystem were amazingly diverse...from disco, to techno, to soulful house. Plus their attitude was absolutely amazing -very humble, cool, spoke to the crowd a few times for "hanging out with them, when there were so many options etc etc." it was great, they are true enthusiasts of a very wide spectrum of music.