Posted in dance | music on September 2, 2014

"I wonder how guarded these drug amnesty bins will be at electric zoo?
Cause I want one." - Brian Christopher

Drug Amnesty
Drug Amnesty
photos by Scott Lynch for Gothamist

As you probably heard on the news, NYC EDM festival Electric Zoo, went down without a single reported overdose over the weekend. This may have been in part due to their major effort to educate people and stop drugs from getting in, and maybe.... thanks to the drug amnesty bins that were placed on premises. I wonder if anyone really dropped anything in to one of those. More pictures like the two above by Scott Lynch, at Gothamist.

Electric Zoo was not without its problems though. Its third and final day was shut down early due to fear of rain. Many have taken to Facebook to voice their frustration, where so far all the fest has said is: "Many of our fans have asked about refunds for today's show. We appreciate your patience. More info will be posted soon".

One angry comment on their page has been liked over 450 times, and reads:

Today was my fiancé and I's 2 year anniversary. If it weren't for our good friends, you'd have ruined it. Thanks for nothing. And if you delete this comment, I'll make it a review. Also: your security is horrid. Imbeciles in red shirts roving around looking for people stumbling over themselves (i.e. everyone dancing). You made my fiancé go to the medical tent (front for the NYPD) and detained her for over and hour in handcuffs without asking me (her fiancé), what the situation was. She had only had two drinks, but tripped on the ledge of the barrier at GRiZ while walking backwards. You bruised both her arms (we have pictures!) and only released her after finding out I was in the military. Your red shirts went from telling me to "Go f!%# myself to thanking me for my service." Awful. Shame on all of you.
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Billboard points out:

There were about six hours of music remaining when the event was called off, and organizers emphasized there would be no re-entry. Sunday's storms passed within an hour, leading many fans to lambast organizers on social media for jumping the gun, especially as the Made in America festival soldiered on just two hours south in Philadelphia. But the risk of pushing through the inclement weather was probably too high. (Remember what happened at the Hudson Project in July.)

Still, eager to make the most of the long weekend, many of the DJs who were scheduled to play Sunday night -- Kaskade, Bingo Players, Fedde le Grand -- took to Twitter to assure fans they were in talks with city clubs to play make-up sets. Slake, a relatively new venue near Penn Station, scooped the most impressive last-minute party lineup with a bill that included What So Not, Chase and Status, Heroes x Villains, Milo & Otis, LOUPVCK, Netsky, Mat Zo, Alex English, and more. Tickets reportedly sold out in less than 30 minutes. Elsewhere, Fedde le Grand performed at Pacha and ATB played club Marquee.

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Comments (19)

who fucking cares

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2014 7:31 PM

This thing needs more zyklon b

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2014 8:29 PM

boo hoo hoo

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2014 8:56 PM

dunno. just looks like bins of free drugs to me.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2014 9:25 PM

drug amnesty bin = any outdoor traschan directly next to a security guard at terminal 5 gate before any show. one could literally walk up, take the trashbag out and walk away with probably $10-20k worth of drug amnesty.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2014 9:36 PM

bullshit post for your site. no one cares.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2014 11:17 PM

I hate to sound like a dick, but if shitty music is your thing then you kind of deserve getting rained out (it's for your own good)

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2014 12:48 AM

Brian Christopher is so sophisticated and funny that his tweet def deserved being published by BV.

Posted by ME | September 3, 2014 2:39 AM

That army douche from facebook sure likes the word fiancé...

Posted by ME | September 3, 2014 2:41 AM

Hmmmm...so since you can bring illegal drugs to an event and get "amnesty" for possessing them by dropping them into a "drug amnesty bin" can one possessing drugs on the street be afforded the same opportunity?

'Love the selective enforcement of drug possession like this:

Mostly white kids with molly (which people have died from overdoses of) = off the hook if you drop it in a bin.

Single black man possessing marijuana (which no one has ever died from overdoses of unless it was laced with something) = jail with or without prison time even if you offer to give the marijuana to officers for them to dispose of it.

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Posted by KariCSmith | September 3, 2014 5:44 AM

Excited for EZOO 2014 in NY! YEEEEEEEEE =D

Posted by Mac Decal | September 3, 2014 6:20 AM

5:37 needs to take his self-absorbed white guilt back to Akron or Ames or wherever the fuck he grew up in his segregated, safe community.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2014 7:44 AM

241, agreed, loved that he felt the need to clarify in parentheses that he was the other person's fiance after he had already explained that several times

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2014 11:13 AM

Yo fuckface 7:44pm I'm from NYC born and raised and I know a double-standard when I see it, besides that I can speak out against racism and favortism.

If EZ was an event where mostly black people or non-white people attended there would be no "drug amnesty bins" but because it's mostly white kids on molly, they're given a pass. Too bad your white denial that racism exists and plain ol' dumbass can't grasp that.

I have no "guilt" or "white guilt", but you can think I'm standing up for black people to be cool if it makes you sleep better.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2014 1:00 PM

Rock The Bells, a hip-hop fest held on Randall's Island, has never had a drug amnesty bin.

Why Electric Zoo? Or is it because EZ attracts mostly white middle-income or higher people? Yep.

Why is Randall's Island openly allowing drugs to even be brought to their events?

What if someone overdosed on RI before entering EZ?

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2014 1:07 PM

1:00/1:07 = grrrrrrrrrr

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2014 1:09 PM

gas the whites race war now

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2014 2:34 PM

Why would you dump your drugs ?

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2014 3:46 PM

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