Posted in dance | music | pictures on September 12, 2010

words by Kon Glikos, photos by Zach Dilgard

Flying Lotus / ravers
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As we were saying, This past Labor Day weekend saw the second installment of the Electric Zoo festival, taking place on Randall's Island. The two-day festival boasted a line up of over 70 artists on 4 stages, catering to most genres of electronic music. The line up ran the gamut. Commercial dance DJ's/acts such as: The Chemical Brothers, Moby, Armin Van Buuren, and house and techno staples the likes of: Richie Hawtin, Claude Von Stroke, and Steve Bug found themselves along side each other on the bill. In addition, artists such as Martyn, Erol Alkan, and Aeroplane represented genres like dubstep, electro, and nu-disco.

Highlights on Saturday included a blistering live techno set from Reboot, taking place in the Sunday School tent. In the evening, Major Lazer brought the crowd into a frenzy with their all-encompassing musical mash-ups. Over on the Red Bull Academy stage, Flying Lotus's much anticipated set had its moments of brilliance, namely a re-edit of Radiohead's Idioteque towards the end of his set. The Chemical Brothers closed out the night on the main stage, starting off with a string of new songs, signifying a musical directional change, giving way to older crowd favorites. Additionally, the visual production paired with their music, made their performance memorable for the thousands that listened in.

Day 2 started off on a high note, with Jon Hopkins's thoroughly original take of a live electronic set, which seemed largely improvisational. The next time slot called for witnessing a meeting of the techno minds back at the Sunday School tent. Techno heavy weights: Martin Buttrich, Mattias Tanzmann and Davide Squillace performed a track for track DJ set that was mainly composed of their favorite techno classics. It quickly became one of the highlights of the weekend. On the main stage, Moby played his DJ set to a sea of people in full on festival mode. His set was a retrospective, made up of tracks from dance eras gone by. What he played was a nice contrast to the seemingly endless stream of commercial trance and progressive house sounds coming from the main stage all day long. He was one of the top main stage performances all weekend.

While the aforementioned performances made up what I thought to be some of the most significant of the weekend, there was no shortage of cringe-worthy music being performed. For example, the countless musical crimes being committed in the Hilltop Arena tent (aptly re-named the Jersey Shore tent by many), aided in shedding some of the festival's musical credibility. Still, the premise of this festival seems to be that there is something for everyone because "you get what you pay for". Only time will tell if this is the electronic music festival that New York City deserves.

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As promised, here are more pictures from last weekend's event. Part 1 is HERE. Part 2 is HERE. Part 3 continues below...

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Claude Von Stroke

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Mike Bindra & Laura Depalma (Electric Zoo founders)
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Paco Osuna

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Steve Bug

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Major Lazer

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Day 2

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Glitch Mob

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Dixon

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Jon Hopkins

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Cosmic Gate

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Martin Buttrich, Matthias Tanzmann, Davide Squillace

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Savoy

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Moby

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Boys Noize

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MORE PICS
: Part 1 is HERE. Part 2 is HERE.

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Comments (32)

eugenics ftw (in this situation).

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2010 12:26 AM

These pictures make me hungry for hummus

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2010 12:46 AM

To say that these people are any more cultured or intelligent than juggaloes is class prejudice.

Posted by bd | September 13, 2010 12:47 AM

what a freakshow.

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2010 12:47 AM

eh... I dunno, I enjoy some of this music. But this whole thing seems so contrived. The Whole Ecstacy/HOUSE/DUB party getting a wee bit old now :-\

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2010 3:29 AM

Looks like heaven on earth. Lots of good energy, fun. I can't say I have ever really expressed my self with outfits and accessories so much, but I bet it feels good. I know I would like talking to a lot of those girls since I'm cool hot stud.

The comments above are truly hellish and deserve no merit. I think it is the same person for more than one of those comments above me. Well, yeah. That's all folks.

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2010 3:34 AM

Y do deez gurls have pacifiers in their mouths. Is that like suppoze to be cools LOLZ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2010 3:38 AM

I remember seeing an episode of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia that was just like this thing, weird....

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2010 3:39 AM

mucho nego loco!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2010 5:39 AM

Wee bit old? Please then tell me what the appropriate replacement is? PLEASE!

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2010 6:54 AM

If you couldn't get laid at this fest..quit living

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2010 8:58 AM

goofy ass shit.

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2010 9:57 AM

Wow, some of these people must really wish they'd been born early enough to experience 1991.

No more fake people, please.

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2010 10:34 AM

The '60s were cool because people invented their own thang. The '70s, too. The '80s pop fashion scene took some cues from the '50s, but it was still inventive. Then we have today when people just recycle garbage precisely from other decades without any sense of innovation.

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2010 10:37 AM

This looks like my worst nightmare.

Posted by John Oatess | September 13, 2010 12:18 PM

looks like a after party for the casting of saved by the bell. Does day glo make things more fun?

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2010 12:27 PM

@10:37am....couldn't have said it better myself

Posted by Anna | September 13, 2010 1:56 PM

These people are their own negative comments

Posted by coleman | September 13, 2010 3:13 PM

they should've had this party in Guantanamo Bay. Thats where this shit belongs.

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2010 5:21 PM

Guantanamo Meh

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2010 5:22 PM

Electric poo

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2010 2:54 PM

I went to this, and was in a k-hole for the entire thing doing liquid moves.

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2010 5:58 PM

looks like a dayglo herpes coctail

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2010 1:43 PM

WTF..are these actual pictures of Hell?

Posted by BRAIN AIDS | September 17, 2010 4:20 PM

weekend warrior poseurs that wouldn't know good music if it bit them hard on the ass. get real...

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2010 4:44 PM

Congratulation a very interesting ads.

Posted by RCA ieftin | September 19, 2010 3:12 AM

This is what happens when people are irresponsible with hummus consumption.

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2010 1:22 PM

wow, that looks fun and sorta annoying

Posted by mike | September 24, 2010 4:27 PM

If you put your head close enough to the screen you can actually hear the guys offering to give you a back rub

Posted by exxtasy | September 28, 2010 7:11 PM

goooooood Maaan
ThaaaanKs

Posted by صحيفة | October 2, 2010 3:03 PM

Congratulation a very interesting ads

Posted by وظائف | October 2, 2010 3:08 PM

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