Posted in dance | music | pictures on September 8, 2010

photos by Andrew St. Clair

Pete Tong fan/ Chemical Brothers / Axwell
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This past Labor Day weekend, a daily (on both Saturday and Sunday) sold out-crowd of 25,000 electronic dance music fans decamped to Randall's Island to enjoy the beats of the world's best house, trance, techno, electro-groove, break-beat and drum and bass DJs. From 11am to 11pm, nearly 70 acts delivered stellar beats to the eclectic attendees...

There were four different stages at Electric Zoo, each boasting their own sets, intelligent lighting and effects, and featuring a varied line-up of similarly-grouped dance music types. The enormous main stage hosted the headliners, from ATB, Benny Benassi and The Chemical Brothers on Saturday, to Moby and Armin van Buuren on Sunday. The large hilltop venue seemed to focus on progressive trance, electro dance and melodic house, and starred killer acts like Kaskade, Markus Schulz, Steve Aoki and Above & Beyond. Under the Red Bull Music Academy riverside stage, talent hovered around hip hop, electro and big beat, including DJ Mehdi, Fake Blood and Diplo. The final venue dished out retro Detroit beats, techno and progressive house from the likes of Victor Calderone and John Digweed. -[Black Book]

It was a busy Labor Day weekend for us. Now that ATP NY coverage is up in 3+ parts, and you read about LA's FYF Fest, we have Electric Zoo coverage coming in at least four posts (there were a lot of artists and a lot of pictures, and we have a review). This is the first part - all from Saturday (but not including everyone that played that day). Part two (Andrew's pictures from Sunday) are HERE. Saturday pictures continue below...

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ELECTRIC ZOO 2010 DAY ONE

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SUNDAY PICTURES HERE.


AND TO BE CONTINUED....

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Comments (33)

holy bonerville

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 12:28 PM

glad to see the retard convention went off without a hitch

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 12:30 PM

admittedly more chicks than ATP, but way more douches too

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 12:32 PM

Top notch festival without a doubt. Big kudos to Made for pulling this thing off without a hitch. MUCH BETTER than Ultra down in Miami.

The crowd was diverse and from all over the place and everyone was having a great great time. Seriously - one of the best, if not the best, US based electronic festivals going.

There are many of us planning for next year already.

Oh and a big fuck you to all of the hates who I'm sure will be out in force starting now.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 12:33 PM

i'm a pacifist, but i wouldn't be opposed to a bomb "accidentally" hitting this

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 12:35 PM

@12:33pm - works at Made

Posted by John Oatess | September 8, 2010 12:42 PM

wonder if there was a strong b&t contingent at this?

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 12:47 PM

Spoiled white people calling their DJ outfit "LA RIOTS?" Seriously? Do privileged, irony-soaked white assholes really get to suck the meaning out of absolutely everything? If that rich douchebag actually even lived in LA during the riots, his mom probably didn't let him leave their big fucking house in the hills. What an insensitive piece of human garbage.

Par for the course at this event, I'm sure. I have nothing against the kind of music these people listen to, but events like these are just gatherings for the lowest common denominator of humanity. A celebration of wealth and machismo, and the complete cartoonization of female sexuality. Have fun next year, rich meatheads!

Posted by bd | September 8, 2010 12:53 PM

djs are not rock stars.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 12:54 PM

It's actually kind of sweet that they have a festival just for retards.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 12:59 PM

let the fools have their tar-tar sauce!

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 1:07 PM

Mr. Boo-urns FTW!!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 1:17 PM

not enough pics of girls... what the fuck>????

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 1:25 PM

As much as I'd hate 90% of the d-bag crowd there, they at least go out and have fun as opposed to some pathetic loser who sits alone in his apt. making hummus comments, constantly refreshing the screen to see how people react.

I love to see some guido meatheads beat the tar out of you hummus nerds!

(insert underwhelming halfwit comment about 'meat'heads vs. people who like chickpeas...f--king losers!)

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 2:00 PM

the first two comments made me lol

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 2:06 PM

This music is only relevant in 2010 if you have massive amounts of ketamine handy.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 2:14 PM

def an abundance of fine poon at this festival

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 2:14 PM

SPOON BACK ONSALE

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 2:30 PM

chick is wearing a Broadcast shirt

Posted by JOEY BUTTAFUOCO | September 8, 2010 2:31 PM

lot of attractive females, thanks

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 3:19 PM

"A celebration of ... the complete cartoonization of female sexuality"

Who is Jessica Rabbit?

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 4:49 PM

It's all gone Pete Tong

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 7:09 PM

douchebag fest!

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 7:18 PM

holy shills batman

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 11:51 PM

The best pictures of the year ALWAYS come from this fest. Next year I'm there. I should've gone for Major Lazer.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2010 12:44 PM

Why post a hate filled comment on a review of a music festival you didn't go to and wouldn't like to attend? I had a great time, and there were a lot of cool people there and a lot of douchebags too. I don't waste my time trolling the internet, waiting to hate on other people's good times. Get a fucking life. Haters gonna hate and everyone else doesn't give a fuck about you. Anyone calling themselves a pacifist who condones the death of thousands, even as a mean spirited joke, doesn't understand the word and doesn't deserve the label. You'd have to pay me to go to Warp Tour but I don't wish any ill on those concert goers.
I hope other attendees enjoy these photos too.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2010 7:34 PM

Had an AMAZING time ...great music.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2010 10:05 PM

on one hand you have super real talent here like Fake Blood, Erol Alkan, Boyz Noise, Chemical Bros, Rusko, Martyn, Mehdi, etc but to really sell tickets you have to book your brainless trance garbage like Armin van burin. Thats just how a big fest works. So yeah the world is not a fair place but at least you have 4 tents to choose from. --At least the guidos just wanna dance, none of them are here hating on your Beached Memory House or Black Crystal Wolf.

Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2010 4:26 AM

Au contraire: djs ARE rock stars.

Posted by Nightstories | September 16, 2010 1:50 PM

EDC ruled over the Zoo . period. but still an awesome time for the east coast

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 7:13 PM

I spent my last dollar to go to this fest and it was worth it. I had a great time and saw rusko, pretty lights, bassnectar,major lazor, the glitch mob, and many many other great dj's and musicians all in two days. There were a fair amount of tools but there were also a lot of great people there. I'm not macho or rich and had great time. Fuck all them haters, fuck all them hoes

Posted by buddrick | September 28, 2010 2:36 PM

Wonderful post and the location is beautiful and elegant in design and information and everything>>> to Favorites
Amazing is an enormous understatement. One of the best electronic shows I've ever been to and I've seen well over a thousand concerts. I had no idea Vladislav Delay was as good a drummer & percussionist as he is- fabulous and he kept everything swinging with a very unique style of playing. If you missed this you missed out big time...
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Posted by يوتيوب القمة | March 2, 2011 2:26 AM

Not everybody who goes to EZ is a spoiled little kid man. Some, as with almost any concerts and music festivals, but a lot are just ravers who are into the music.

I'm poor as fuck but I'm saving up my WORK MONEY to get an EZoo ticket later on this year and party on and dance for 3 days straight!
Hipsters gonna hate.

Posted by defenseattorney | April 14, 2011 9:04 PM

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