Posted in music | tour dates on April 22, 2014

by Wyatt Marshall

Fans at Electric Zoo 2011 (more by Leia Jospe)

Electric Zoo may be going to Mexico, but it turns out the EDM fest will also be returning to NYC over Labor Day weekend (Aug 29 - 31) at Randall's Island. But things will be a little different this year thanks to the two drug-related deaths (not to mention one reported case of sexual assault and 31 arrests) which cancelled the third day of the 2013 edition.

The Wall Street Journal reports the safety measures at Electric Zoo this year are pretty all-encompassing. The new security measures will include drug-sniffing dogs stationed at every entrance, plainclothes security officers that specialize in narcotics, thorough patdowns, and more. "Amnesty bins" will be placed at the gates, where concertgoers can get rid of whatever they shouldn't be bringing in without punishment before going in. Oh, and to get in, concertgoers will need to watch an online anti-drug PSA delivered by electronic musicians in order to activate their wristbands. The new safety measures are coming in the wake of festival organizers Mike Bindra and Laura DePalma selling their promotion company, Made Events, to the conglomerate SFX Entertainment.

The festival will also be several hours shorter and start later in the day in order to reduce sun exposure.

While the line-up hasn't been announced, tickets to Electric Zoo 2014 go on presale on April 29.

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Comments (36)

Time for everyone to admit that most of this music just plain old sucks ass without being high out of your mind. Like...who the hell would want to listen to fucking Tiesto or David Guetta sober?

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2014 6:18 PM


anal probes please
butt plugs $5.00 at the merch booth

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2014 6:21 PM

who the hell are the drug sniffing dogs even aimed at? Seems like only weed smokers would be affected by that (or can dogs smell ecstasy?)....

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2014 6:29 PM

and its not like the weed smokers are the one's dying...totally ridiculous.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2014 6:30 PM

Any sort of MDMA powder would have a scent--all that shit has some sort of scent that must be able to be matched by a dog.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2014 6:32 PM

That foot idiot's "cityfest" will be better than this.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2014 6:39 PM

Bros and hoes

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2014 6:51 PM

Glad they are still having the festival.

Looks like a lot of cool bros go there. Canceling this would be so not chill.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2014 6:56 PM

Ima just hang outside the gates n scoop up whateva I can get from them damn nasty bins and then sell dat ish for mad dough

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2014 7:03 PM

Sounds like a ball.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2014 7:21 PM

Plain-clothes cops wearing puppet-backpacks and carrying glow sticks.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2014 7:37 PM

If you gotta have all this security and you're gonna make everyone watch a PSA before they can activate their wristbands, then you know what the deal is! This event brings in people who wanna do drugs and dance and get crazy. Fine. Own that. Have the festival the way you always do, but have more medical staff there. I don't see anything bout having extra paramedics on hand. You think a kid ain't gonna OD on something or pass out cuz of dehydration at this event? PLEASE. More EMT's or just cancel the fucking thing once and for all.

Posted by Doc | April 22, 2014 8:29 PM

Why even bother?

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2014 8:46 PM

i'd rather be at lilith fair

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2014 9:00 PM

i love when little white suburban druggies get arrested. here's hoping a black cop with an inch wide finger straps on the gloves and violates your asshole, assholes!

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2014 9:59 PM

so dumb. you're just gonna end up with all the people doing drugs beforehand and you'll end have people overdoing it because they want to make sure it lasts enough time.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2014 10:17 PM

LSD doesn't have a scent a dog can smell. However, every other drug does. MDMA, ketamine, cocaine, weed, shrooms, and even methylone (shit people try to pass off as molly) has a scent. You can be sure these drug dogs will be trained to find them. Once a dog sits down next to you, that's probable cause for police to search you.

Lesson of story: if you intend on going to this shit show of a festival, bring acid. I guarantee pat downs will be intense, but acid fits neatly behind your balls.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2014 10:41 PM

>>who the hell are the drug sniffing dogs even aimed at? Seems like only weed smokers would be affected by that (or can dogs smell ecstasy?)....


Oh dear.

Friend. I feel you owe yourself some quality time to not only go over proper sentence structure, but please lend an ear and eye to the ability of what a dog is capable of detecting. A human possesses approximately 5 million olfactory receptors. A dog has 220 million.

Put that in your pipe and smoke it, friend.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2014 11:04 PM

there have been many studies showing that dogs get it wrong over half the time (in traffic stops) but their lack of precision isn't what matters. All the dogs do is provide probably cause to search you. They could literally have a tarot card reader sitting there pointing to people and they would get it right some of the time and it would be a success.

The police state is absurd. I agree with the earlier post, EMTs and free water stations would be good. Also, if everyone could purchase good drugs that weren't cut with shit, then the overdoses from last year wouldn't have happened.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2014 12:01 AM

^ I'm fairly certain tarot card readers are not certified members of police and military departments around the world. But nice try, friend. Back to the bong for you.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2014 12:23 AM

9:00 PM, YOU WIN !!

Posted by ME | April 23, 2014 3:50 AM

If any of the Electric Zoo organizers are reading this, I VOLUNTEER TO MAN AND EMPTY THE "AMNESTY BINS".

Thx.

P.S. Id rather be at H.O.R.D.E (and I hate Phish)

Posted by Vape Pens Dont Smell | April 23, 2014 8:56 AM

This is going to be a Saturday Night Live skit.

So fucking stupid.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2014 9:32 AM

Seriously, who would want to experience this without drugs?

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2014 9:59 AM

Easy targets.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2014 10:07 AM

Just ban bro dudes...They have these festivals in Europe every year without all these issues.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2014 10:23 AM

11:04, 12:23 = the hipster cop (and also a grammar nazi on internet message boards. Who knew?)


go kill yourself dude - you're pathetic

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2014 10:34 AM

Mrs Potato Dick is headlining.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2014 10:42 AM

so basically only the people with the shitty street molly get busted, and those with pharma molly get in. i guess that actually is safer.

also, 0.00001xface day of show, 1,000 arrests

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2014 11:51 AM

Um....Just go late and eat that shizz before you go in.
Get your furry boots ready muthas!

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2014 1:42 PM

I just wanted to say that I'm in the band Drug Sniffing Dogs and we're SOOOO EXCITED to be headlining this year's Electric Zew~!

CU ALL there!

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2014 12:06 AM

^ LOL

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2014 1:27 AM

The promoters don't give a shit about 2 dead acid heads who got sucked into a k-hole and couldn't get out. Without the new security
measures they wouldn't be able to get a permit. No permit means no show, no bros, no hos.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2014 7:23 AM

aka, how many macbook pros can we fit on one stupid sweaty mid-western frat party island?

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2014 11:00 PM

Sounds like a ball.

Posted by Burger King Gift Card | April 26, 2014 6:20 PM

I like these guys!!!

Posted by Paisley Wilde | May 27, 2014 3:59 AM

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