Posted in dance | music | pictures on September 8, 2009

photos by Zach Dilgard

Frankie Knuckles / actual members of the crowd
Frankie Knuckles
Steve Angello

"This past labor day weekend in NYC, thousands of dance and electronica music fans gathered together for the first, and hopefully annual Electric Zoo Festival on Randall's Island to celebrate Electronic Music. The festival lineup featured over 50 acts which included Steve Aoki, Busy P, Danny Tenaglia, Benny Benassi, Deadmau5, David Guetta, Markus Schulz, Tom Middleton, Kaskade, and Armin Van Burren over the course of two days....

...On the second day of the festival, house music icon DJ Frankie Knuckles alongside Andy Butler (Hercules & Love Affair) blessed the turntables with a raw and authentic classic house music set that made you feel nothing short of spiritual...

..."Music belongs to everybody," Frankie says after stepping off stage from his Electric Zoo DJ set. "Believe me, If I had the ability I would really just make it possible so that any and everybody could just show up (on the dancefloor)...a lot of times that's all you got to hold onto." To that end, it seems rather fitting that his biggest commercial hit was the ethereal and optimistic Whistle Song, which just might make him the pied piper of dance music who tries to leads the masses to a state of bliss.

Dropping next month is Frankie's Motivation Too album, which is his first compilation in six years. When asked about his own personal tactics for motivation, Frankie notes: "I normally get up early in the morning, like seven or eight o'clock. Musically I'm listening to things that are very spiritual and classical while I'm moving through the morning and getting myself together. I pretty much block out a lot of things that could possibly feed me any kind of negative energy, because my day has to be right...I figure why not get up on the right side of the bed and focus and maybe I'll get through the day and it will be alright."" [MC2D Magazine]

You saw Ryan's pictures from Sunday. More of Zach's pictures from both days of the fest (where he unfortunately missed Lindstrom, James Murphy, Al Doyle, Pat Mahoney, Busy P, DJ Medhi, Junior Boys, Holy Ghost, JDH, Dave P, Andy Butler, and others) (but did capture lots of scariness), below...

SATURDAY

Electric Zoo Festival 2009

Electric Zoo Festival 2009

Electric Zoo Festival 2009

Electric Zoo Festival 2009

Electric Zoo Festival 2009

Electric Zoo Festival 2009

Electric Zoo Festival 2009

Electric Zoo Festival 2009

Electric Zoo Festival 2009

Armin Van Buuren

Armin Van Buuren

Ben Watt

Ben Watt

Ben Watt

Ben Watt

Ben Watt

Ben Watt

Ben Watt

Ben Watt

Ben Watt

Deadmaus

Deadmaus

Deadmaus

Deadmaus

Francois K

Francois K

Francois K

Kaskade

Kaskade

Kaskade

Kaskade

Kaskade

Luciano

Luciano

Luciano

Luciano

Luciano

Luciano

Luciano

Luciano

Luciano

Marco Corola

Marco Corola

Marco Corola

Marco Corola

Marco Corola

Marco Corola

Marco Corola

Paco Osuna

Paco Osuna

Paco Osuna

Paco Osuna

Paco Osuna

Robbie Rivera

Robbie Rivera

Robbie Rivera

Seth Troxler

Seth Troxler

Speedy J

Speedy J

Speedy J

Steve Angello

Steve Angello

Steve Angello

Steve Angello

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SUNDAY

Electric Zoo Festival 2009

Adam Beyer

Adam Beyer

Adam Beyer

Adam Beyer

Electric Zoo Festival 2009

Electric Zoo Festival 2009

Audion

Audion

Audion

Electric Zoo Festival 2009

Desyn Mesiello

Desyn Mesiello

Desyn Mesiello

Frankie Knuckles

Frankie Knuckles

Frankie Knuckles

James Holden

James Holden

James Holden

James Holden

James Holden

Nathan Fake

Nathan Fake

Nathan Fake

Nathan Fake

Nathan Fake

Richie Hawtin

Richie Hawtin

Richie Hawtin

Richie Hawtin

Richie Hawtin

Richie Hawtin

Richie Hawtin

Richie Hawtin

Richie Hawtin

Steve Bug

Steve Bug

Steve Bug

Steve Bug

Steve Bug

Steve Bug

Steve Bug

Victor Calderone

Victor Calderone

Victor Calderone

Victor Calderone

MORE PICTURES HERE

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Comments (51)

i was gonna say why the f' would you even have a second post of this but you prove me wrong once again.....these pics are claaaassssssssiiiiiccccc
what can i do to make your day sexy....wow...that's just.......wow.....i love it

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2009 12:08 AM

House sucks hard

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2009 12:20 AM

what the fuck are all these guidofags doing here? isn't this an indie blog of sorts? or did you start documenting Akon and Jaeger as well?

Posted by Ray | September 9, 2009 12:41 AM

...

wow...

...

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2009 12:48 AM

the guido shots are the best ones ray!

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2009 12:48 AM

i don't know what's worse... this or the Juggalo Gathering?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6V-4jbto2C8

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2009 12:49 AM

BV is a mostly Indie blog with an open mind for music. That isn't an attribute of most of its readers unfortunately.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2009 1:03 AM

@ 12.49

wow. so much ugly. the global IQ quotient would go up a point or two if that bunch were let go.

Posted by quilty | September 9, 2009 1:04 AM

"what the fuck are all these guidofags doing here? Isn't this an indie blog of sorts?"

Hey Ray, aren't there any blogs for homophobe racists you could be commenting on?

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2009 1:04 AM

look at these nerds

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2009 1:09 AM

I've decided that I hate everyone.

Tough decision.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2009 6:55 AM

These photos are absolutely amazing. Fantastic crowd shots!

Posted by diana | September 9, 2009 7:59 AM

The late-90s ruled!!! BRING BACK RAVES!

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2009 8:41 AM

@Anon12:08 - To top it off, Seth is actually the man! A talented techno artist and party-thrower from Detroit who is on a one-man, hellbent campaign to help bring debauchery and fun back to the electronic music scene. Along with Derek Plaslaiko and his girlfriend, Seth is one of the lucky few in the non-performance photos above who don't come off completely cheesy. Glowsticks, candy bracelets and fuzzy fake fur leggings...yikes!

Posted by blackhat | September 9, 2009 8:48 AM

where is al qaeda when you need them?

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2009 8:49 AM

you mad cus the guidos are styyyyylin on you.

Posted by virgil | September 9, 2009 9:04 AM

hotchickswithdouchebags.com sponsored the event. i turned down free tickets to this. so glad.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2009 9:15 AM

^^^ Piggyback joke from last post. You're lame as shit.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2009 9:19 AM

Burning Man East

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2009 9:20 AM

12:08 I actually like this photo set better than the last one. Crazy crowd shots!

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2009 9:23 AM

Brilliant pictures, it was a great time.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2009 9:28 AM

Douchebags indeed

Posted by Sacdedouche | September 9, 2009 9:31 AM

guidos, hipsters and freaks UNITE!

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2009 10:00 AM

missed pics of TIga and Van Buuren

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2009 10:03 AM

@10:00, you are spot on.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2009 10:07 AM

@8:49, you are spot on.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2009 10:12 AM

Electric Dooche

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2009 10:16 AM

fucking douches!

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2009 10:16 AM

wow... if someone put a gun to my head and made me choose between going to this thing and going to a girl talk "concert"... i'd probably choose girl talk.

oh who am i kidding? I'd choose the bullet.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2009 10:25 AM

@10:25,
Hoping it takes less than a music concert.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2009 10:32 AM

my god do i hate guidos. i mean i fucking hate them. it is becoming an epidemic around here.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2009 10:42 AM

Superb crowd shots...awesome...

Posted by Travis | September 9, 2009 10:49 AM

Cocaine blows girl...hi...

Posted by Travis | September 9, 2009 10:50 AM

Sounds like many of the commenters here are suffering from a severe case of the "too cool" blues.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2009 11:02 AM

no... this just looks "too annoying".

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2009 11:15 AM

Sounds like many of the commenters here are suffering from a severe case of the "too cool" blues.


Too cool, too stupid, same thing. I'd like to see what their shangri-la looks like. Fuck the haters who can't stomach difference. You're just as uptight as the knuckleheads you denounce.

Also, Nathan Fake makes awesome music. Drowning in a Sea of Love? Yes please.

Posted by dola | September 9, 2009 11:39 AM

@10:25 that's a tough one....i do love teenage white girls but i might just pick this just so i can see these (party) animals in their natural habitat

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2009 11:56 AM

Thats me wearing that Cocaine Blows shirt, I must say it was a HIT!

Posted by meghan | September 9, 2009 12:36 PM

Wow do these people look awful

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2009 12:48 PM

Actually, this looks pretty fun.

Posted by Aaron | September 9, 2009 1:18 PM

I'd rather put my balls in a vice than attend this festival.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2009 1:32 PM

i don't usually do the rave thing but i went on saturday and had the time of my life.. of coarse i could have done without the swarming amount of juiced up guidos, but i still thought it was amazing.. if u like a sick party u would have felt the same way. get wasted or pop a couple rolls and dance ur fricken heart out and enjoy the show.. deadmua5 and benni bennassi owned it..

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2009 2:53 PM

cocaine blows should do more cocaine to help her lose that kangaroo pouch.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2009 5:45 PM

In other words MEHghan..I'd hit you though..fyi

"cocaine blows should do more cocaine to help her lose that kangaroo pouch."

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2009 6:23 PM

lacking the self confidence to dance is not a good-enough reason to hate dance music.

attending this festival was more fun than almost any indie band i've ever seen live.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2009 6:29 PM

AWESOMEshots...

festival was fuckin great

Posted by Ollie | September 9, 2009 9:09 PM

these photos are great, but this still looks like hell on earth.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2009 10:20 PM

It really is sad how people can actually tolerate listening to repetitive loops of music that isn't even produced using a real musical instrument (let alone talent). I love the guys wearing the sunglasses at night too, along with the fact that NONE of the DJ's in those pics are even spinning vinyl- two perfect compliments to the ever increasing idiocracy in this country.

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2009 4:38 AM

Wow.. Yeah.. You're all right.. the people in these pics are terrible-looking. Maybe if they came from Ohio, wore Buddy Holly black-rimmed glasses, styled their hair as if they just got out of bed and then put on an Obama "Hope" t-shirt you'd be more accepting of them. Glad you all stayed home for the Zoo, keep it that way next year too.

Posted by Matt | September 14, 2009 10:19 PM

This is a great blog to follow through on. Thanks for putting it together.

Posted by Mark Lewis | September 24, 2010 7:59 PM

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