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Published: 2013/09/01

Electric Zoo Cancelled Due to "Serious Health Risks"

Photo via Electric Zoo’s Facebook page

The annual electronic music festival Electric Zoo has cancelled its final day due to “serious health risks.” As of press time, two fans have died of drug-related causes at the festival and several others have been placed in intensive care. New York’s Randall’s Island has hosted Electric Zoo since its inception in 2009. This year’s lineup featured A-Trak, Big Gigantic, Diplo, Bassnectar, John Digwood, Four Tet and many others.

A message from the city’s official homepage reads:

Due to serious health risks, the Electric Zoo music festival on Randall’s Island on Sunday, September 1st has been cancelled. The City recommended cancellation and the event promoters have agreed.

During the first two days of the Electric Zoo music festival, two concert-goers have died and at least four others became critically ill and have been placed in intensive care at area hospitals. Definitive causes of death have not yet been determined, however, both appear to have involved the drug MDMA (ecstasy, or molly). The Electric Zoo organizers have worked with City officials to reduce health risks at this event, but in view of these occurrences, the safest course is to cancel the remaining day of the event.

Electric Zoo was slated to run through this evening. A note from the festival’s promoters says, “The founders of Electric Zoo send our deepest condolences to the families of the two people who passed away this weekend. Because there is nothing more important to us than our patrons, we have decided in consultation with the New York City Parks Department that there will be no show today.” Refund information will be made available soon.


There are 9 comments associated with this post

Cloudy Knight September 1, 2013, 15:13:16

Jesus, what’s in that stuff? A girl died in Boston and 2 were hospitalized in serious condition this last week, apparently after taking this shit. So glad I outgrew street drugs.

Befuddled September 1, 2013, 18:03:57

And 3 people ODd at the STS9 show here in Boston last night. Not 100% sure if it was Molly, but still, it’s not good.

Sidjohn1 September 1, 2013, 22:08:50

Am I the only person who noticed that Jeffery wasn’t rushed to a hospital till 3:10am. EZOO was over @ 11p. Saddly Jeffery also looked like the kid i saw in the grass with the EMS hooked up to an IV as my group left round 11:10p. Waiting 4hrs after the event ended to rush an OD’ed patient to a hospital sounds medically negligent and Electric Zoo is left holding the blame /w EDM fans out a final day of awesomeness.
I have been to major festivals all over the US, and I can say EZOO did a lot more than other events to ensure a safe festival enviroment. From the announcements to be safe, the free water refill stations, the guys spraying down the over heating masses @ both main stages raging hard and the numerous and well posted help stations. Managing to do serious damage to yourself at this event required multiple failures. You failed to lookout for yourself, your friends failed to lookout for you and possibly in the case of Jeffery the emergency services failed to react in a timely fashion and waited 4hrs to take you to a hospital.
To my entire EDM family, lookout for yourselves, lookout for others, if your doing drugs, test them first and never do drugs on an empty stomach. Most importantly, a little PLUR goes a long way.

Veruca Salt September 1, 2013, 23:33:02

Bath Salts’d

Bossum September 1, 2013, 23:47:37

Sidjohn1, hit it spot on. I was there and have been to many festivals, and I have never seen so much staff on site and safety precautions taken to ensure safety. I also find it incredibly inappropriate that news releases specifically single out “MDMA” as a likely cause of harm. They don’t know at this point if that is the actual chemical that caused this harm. Just because it was likely sold as that doesn’t mean it was MDMA. In all likelihood it was probably bath salts. The other thing is this festival got too big and you have many inexperienced ravers who are first timers who hear that going to e zoo and taking “molly” is the cool thing to do. They don’t research the drug before hand, end up buying fake stuff, and terrible things happen. The mistake Made Event made was that it got too popular and for its own good. Stick to the small fests people.

Kenny Elsbree September 2, 2013, 12:41:45

How about idiots stop doing dangerous drugs that they have no idea what they really are? I don’t know why all this BS dj music gets promoted on a jam music site, but maybe if we all ignored this dumb shit instead of giving it a place on the scene it would go away. Their bodies may have just reacted to the horrible “music”.

Please September 3, 2013, 03:25:58

Be safe everyone. Test everything. Research and educate yourselves and others.

Kenny Loggins September 3, 2013, 09:08:46

It really is horrible to hear about consistent deaths on the scene, however EDM is fucking Bullshit and almost 90% of the Fan-base DOES NOT KNOW SHIT ABOUT MUSIC. Maybe People need to die to sift out all the garbage being promoted as “Music”, and a scene that is turning all the bland un-unique people in to even bigger sheep than they already are.

Tom September 3, 2013, 10:58:27

That post doesn’t belong anywhere on this board. Saying people should die because they like different music than you is beyond pathetic. I’m sure you’re probably blowing it out of proportion to drive your point home, but maybe your point would be better recieved if you actually write it out instead of just saying, “that stuff sucks and you should die if you like it lulz.” If you don’t like it, don’t listen to it. I’m not a big fan of EDM, but if people are getting off from that music the same way I do with the music I love, then who am I to judge? I can just as easily not listen to EDM; if you’re still listening to it after deciding you hate it so much then that is your own fault, idiot. So save all the garbage about EDM is for sheep, people should die, etc. for another forum. This community doesn’t need people like you and the negativity you brought to an already sad story. And before you tell other people that you’re all about peace and love and going to shows and all the positive vibes they bring, just remember who you really are—the loser sitting behind a computer with nothing else better to do that say people deserved to OD and die because of the music they chose to like.

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