Another year down and another year in the history books for Electric Zoo, 2021 edition. We can’t believe the whirlwind has already come and gone, but the one thing we can count on is an abundance of incredible memories. EZOO swept through Randall’s Island in NYC this past Labor Day Weekend, and from September 3-5 the very foundation of New York was shaking as it felt this festival’s energy through and through.
Holding down the reputation of arguably the East Coast’s most beloved festival, EZOO outdoes itself year after year. Ramping up its insane roster of A-list talent, grandiose stage design, creative themes, sensational decor, and delicious arrays of food & drink, this year’s Supernatural edition went above and beyond to deliver the best possible festival experience for returning attendees and newcomers alike. For many, this was the first festival back post-shutdown due to Covid, and it was undeniably the most amazing welcome back imaginable. Organized by the well-respected Made Event, EZOO pays close attention to the small and large details when it comes to organizing an internationally recognized festival properly. Nailing every aspect of detail, EZOO 2021 carries on this brand’s legacy as one of the top North American festivals that tens of thousands of dance music die-hards look forward to each and every year.
Headliners this year included Alesso, Tiesto, Fisher, Illenium, REZZ, KSHMR, Galantis, Andrew Rayel, Alan Walker, and more. Artists from around the world wove across four entirely new stages; Main Stage, Hilltop Arena, Riverside, and the Brownies & Lemonade (Fri) / Sunday School (Sat/Sun) stage. Sub-genres were mixed and matched throughout the stages over the three day celebration. Ranging from bass, to big room, to trance, to house, and all the fantastic sounds in-between, EZOO included an absolutely sensational range of music styles and choices for attendees.
Like any highly respected and capacity-bursting festival, Electric Zoo hosted not only top tier talent and carefully-crafted new stage designs but an enticing mix of play elements. Works of art and picture-perfect installations were sprinkled around the festival grounds for guests to pause and meet up with friends at, snap a few pics for the good times and step back to reflect on the amazing whole. Graffiti plastered across giant shipping crates created the backdrop for the ideal festival-commemorating squad photos. If you traced the edges between each stage you’d find even more fun in the form of VIP cocktail lounges and every type of delicious food & beverage stand imaginable. Of course along the way you’d also find an animal or two lurking behind each turn; a giant elephant, a festive llama, a golden gorilla, a painted unicorn, the list goes on. With all of these individual details pieced together to form a larger picture, it really kicked the vibes up tenfold and the experience score up 100+.
It could be the stellar lineup of globally-renowned DJs and Producers or it could be the fact that this was the first large-scale dance music festival New York City has welcomed back since the pandemic, but all we know is that the energy this time around was like no other. As always we are already missing EZOO and patiently awaiting next year’s follow up beneath the sparkling city lights.
Photos by: Alive Coverage