Entries tagged with: Randalls Island
It's no secret that drugs are a thing at music festivals, and especially at EDM festivals, but apparently it doesn't stop there. The Washington Post points out that there was a new study done that suggests these drugs could be ending up in our water supply. From the article:
It turns out that massive music festivals might not just be a noise disruption for locals -- they might be causing issues for nearby aquatic life, too. According to a study published Wednesday in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, these events could be introducing dangerous drugs like ecstasy and ketamine into the water supply, leaving traces of them in rivers and soil.In other news, tickets for NYC's Electric Zoo go on early bird pre-sale at 11:59 PM today (1/16). if you didn't sign up for that, the general on-sale begins Monday (1/19). That happens on Randall's Island from September 4-6 this year, so if you see any fish tripping balls in the Hudson that weekend, now you know why.
The study is part of an effort to research so-called "emerging contaminants," (ECs) or things like drugs (both prescribed and recreational) and hygiene products that end up in waste water. According to recent studies, only about half of these contaminants are actually removed during the water treatment process. So eventually, they can end up back in our drinking water -- and in our fish.
Governors Ball (more by Amanda Hatfield)
According to the press release:
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Founders Entertainment, today announced The Governors Ball three-day music festival will return to Randall's Island in 2015 from June 5th-7th. A limited amount of pre-sale tickets will go on-sale Thursday, November 13 at 12pm EST at www.govball.com, and the lineup for the fifth year festival will be announced in mid January.Who do you think is going to be on the lineup this year?
"I wonder how guarded these drug amnesty bins will be at electric zoo?
Cause I want one." - Brian Christopher
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.---
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.
a rainy Electric Zoo emptying out (via @daninthemoon)
NYC EDM festival Electric Zoo began on Friday (8/29) on Randall's Island, but as you can see in the tweet above, the remainder of the festival has been cancelled due to weather. The people at E Zoo continue, "We apologize to fans, but your safety is our main concern" and "please follow all NYPD and #EZoo security instructions. Thank you!"
a scene from The Molly
EDM festivals can't catch a break lately. Every week there seems to be another overdose story in the news, including last week's news that a drug dealer was arrested in connection with deaths at the NYC Electric Zoo fest in 2013. Despite the setbacks, Electric Zoo is returning to Randall's Island this year, but with heightened security and new education measures which now include a campaign called "Come To Life":
"Come To Life - or CTL - is about rolling life, not face. It's about not missing one moment of the lights, the music, the celebration. It's about connecting with music lovers from around the world who've come together to experience the time of their lives. It's about being present and making the right choices. Every moment of Electric Zoo is for you - don't miss any of it!"They go on to say that "Electric Zoo strongly advocates against the use of drugs", and there's a PSA video called "The Molly". Watch that and read the press release below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Number of shows since they last played [Saturday] night's biggest break-out, "My Sweet One": 24. It hasn't been heard live since last October in Virginia.Phish brought their current tour back to NYC over the weekend for a three-night run (July 11-13) on Randall's Island (where Governors Ball happened and where Electric Zoo happens soon), their first time playing there. Among the three covers mentioned in Rolling Stone's by-the-numbers review above were TV on the Radio's "Golden Age" and The Velvet Underground's "Rock & Roll." Did you go to any of the nights? Did you go to all three? If you can remember, you weren't there, amirite?
Number of songs in the encore: 3.
Amount of people who explained how rare it is for the band to play that many songs in the encore: Equal to the number of people I sustained eye contact with on my way off Randall's Island. 40?
Total number of songs played over entire weekend: 57
Number of those that were covers: 3. This has been a tour light on covers.
Number of total songs off [new album] Fuego played over 3 nights: 9 of 10. (They didn't play "Wombat.")
Longest jam of the entire weekend: A 27-minute rendition of "Chalk Dust Torture" on the third night. [Rolling Stone]
More pictures of the weekend and setlists from all 3 nights, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
As helicopters circled above the green at Governors Ball on Saturday (June 7), a flock of fans migrated from the Strokes on the main stage to the small Gotham stage ready in dark blues. As many walked through to catch Spoon on the Honda stage, those that stayed were rewarded with an ominous drone that echoed over the crowd. The noise pop group Sleigh Bells took the stage, as drum beats began the show, Alexis Krauss taking the stage last in her signature look of black leather jacket, white tee, and jean shorts. She moved her hands in the air and two stepped with her hair dangling below, her signature dance move. [Billboard]Our final set of Governors Ball pictures, of a few of the artists from Saturday including Sleigh Bells, are in this post.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Spoon / Jack White / crowd
NYC's 2014 Governors Ball music festival continued on Randall's Island yesterday (6/7) after kicking off on Friday. Saturday included sets from Jack White, Skrillex, Spoon, The Strokes (including Comedown Machine material for their second time and an encore of "New York City Cops"), Disclosure, Broken Bells, Chance the Rapper, Classixx, Lucius, Deafheaven, Tanlines, RJD2, Diarrhea Planet and more. A set of day 2 pictures are in this post (plus more coming soon). Strokes pictures are HERE.
Jamie xx w/ The xx in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
It was recently announced that NYC EDM festival Electric Zoo would be returning this year with drug-sniffing dogs, patdowns, plainclothes security officers, and a required anti-drug PSA after last year's festival resulted in two drug-related deaths (and one reported case of sexual assault and 31 arrests) which cancelled day 3.
Now the initial lineup has been announced and amongst all the EDM heavy hitters is The xx's Jamie xx. Other than that, it's the typical E Zoo type stuff you probably want to steer clear of like David Guetta, Zedd, Armin Van Buuren, Laidback Luke, Kaskade, Benny Benassi, Datsik, and more, plus many more TBA. They've been known to add cool stuff as the fest approaches, so stay tuned.
Electric Zoo goes down Labor Day Weekend (8/29-31) on Randall's Island. Tickets are on sale now. Full initial lineup below...
Phoenix @ Barclays Center, 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
As you may know, the 2014 Governors Ball happens at Randall's Island from June 6-8. Individual day line-ups have been announced with Outkast, Phoenix and TV on the Radio headlining Friday (6/6), Jack White, The Strokes and Skrillex headlining Saturday (6/7), and Vampire Weekend and Axwell ^ Ingrosso headining Sunday (6/8). You can check each day's full line-up (though set times are still TBA) below.
Additionally, individual day tickets go on sale this Friday (4/4) at noon, with a limited Citi cardmember presale beginning Wednesday (4/2) at 10 AM.
Daily Governors Ball 2014 lineups below...
Phish at MSG in 2012 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Hippies rejoice! If the Governors Ball lineup made you say "I'd go to a festival on Randall's Island, but there won't be enough long-winded jams at this one," you're in luck. Phish will do a three-night run on the island from July 11 - 13, which isn't actually a "festival" but may very well feel like one. That three-night run in NYC is only a few days after a three-night run in Saratoga Springs (7/3 - 7/5), and just before a CMAC show upstate (7/15). Tickets for all shows go on sale March 28.
All dates are listed below...
Governors Ball (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Did the drug related deaths at Electric Zoo affect their festival which also takes place on Randall's Island?
The tragic events that occurred at Electric Zoo have lead to new protocols and additional oversight from the City of NYC and the Parks department. More city agencies (and more folks from each agency) are involved in our planning meetings, and we are required to do many additional things, mostly safety related. That being said, the city has been a pleasure to deal with and they have been very professional and practical about things. Safety is their number 1 priority, and we feel the same way, so our interests are aligned there. - TWhat about all that rain and mud last year?
When we first heard about Tropical Storm Andrea it was 8 days out from the first day of the fest. By that time we have a Meterologist on call 24/7 to give us updates on the storms track, it's potential impact, etc. and we used that data to prep the site as much as we could for the coming rain. Unfortunately everything we did to prep the grounds was entirely negated by the massive amounts of rain we received. It was the most rainfall NYC has gotten in a 36 hour period EVER. That being said, during our repairs we did add in a new drainage line to help deal with rainfall, and we have had many convos with all city departments about how to address expected rainfall in the safest and best way possible. We have a new Weather plan which the City of NY have helped with, and we are better suited to deal with rain in 2014. That being said, and just being totally honest here, if we get 6 inches of rain in 36 hours again it will be another crazy year. However, let's think positive - it's gonna be beautiful and sunny and awesome! - TWhat day are vampire weekend and disclosure playing??
Bold question. VW on Sunday. Disclosure on Saturday. -YRAny after-shows?
TONS! And they're gonna rule. Info coming soon! -JWHow did they land the Strokes?
We have tried to book The Strokes every single year that Gov Ball has existed. They essentially have had an open invite to play when they wanted. We got a call from their agent at the very last minute, saying that they wanted to reunite and play at the festival. Dream come true for us. We're New York City kids, and they are the greatest NYC rock band of our generation. BOOM -JWRead much more at Reddit. Check out the whole 2014 lineup and get tickets too.
The Strokes at Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The lineup for NYC music festival Governors Ball was just announced, and included a solo set from Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas, but it's now just been confirmed that The Strokes themselves will perform too! It will be The Strokes' first hometown show since playing MSG in 2011.
Governors Ball 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We already knew that Outkast would be headlining this year's Governors Ball music festival, which goes down on NYC's Randall's Island from June 6-8, and now, one day after the lineup of Firefly Fest was announced, and a few days after we found out who was playing Coachella, the full lineup has been announced. It includes Jack White, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Interpol, TV on the Radio, Julian Casablancas, Disclosure, Spoon, Broken Bells, Damon Albarn, James Blake, Neko Case, The Kills, Grimes, Janelle Monae, Tyler the Creator, Washed Out, Earl Sweatshirt, Kurt Vile, Chance the Rapper, Deafheaven, Run the Jewels and many more.
UPDATE: The Strokes are playing too!
Tickets go on sale today (1/15) at 3 PM. Full lineup and flyer below...
fans at Electric Zoo 2011 (more by Leia Jospe)
A 16-year-old girl was sexually assaulted at the Electric Zoo Music Festival on Randall's Island NYC Park Advocates has learned.The Electric Zoo promoters will also be offering refunds for those who had tickets for Sunday. They write on Facebook:
The teen woke up on Friday under a van in a parking lot with her pants undone and bruises and scratches on her legs, according to several city sources.
Medical personnel at Cornell Medical Hospital later determined she was sexually assaulted.
Thirty-one people were also arrested according to the police including two felonies. Offenses ranged from drug sales, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and possession of controlled substances.
We will be issuing full, automatic 100% refunds for SUNDAY passes. 50% refund for 2-Day FRI/SUN passes, including 1/2 service fees. 33% refund for 3-Day FRI/SAT/SUN passes, including 1/3 service fees. We are processing refunds as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience. For more info, http://support.frontgatetickets.com/ or call 888-512-SHOW.--
Due to serious health risks, the Electric Zoo music festival on Randall's Island on Sunday, September 1st has been cancelled. The City recommended cancellation and the event promoters have agreed.The Daily News adds:
During the first two days of the Electric Zoo music festival, two concert-goers have died and at least four others became critically ill and have been placed in intensive care at area hospitals. Definitive causes of death have not yet been determined, however, both appear to have involved the drug MDMA (ecstasy, or molly). The Electric Zoo organizers have worked with City officials to reduce health risks at this event, but in view of these occurrences, the safest course is to cancel the remaining day of the event
The electronic dance music festival, in its fifth year, was scheduled to conclude Sunday with headlining deejay sets by Armin Van Buuren, Sebastiona Ingrosso, Steve Aoki and Laidback Luke.Our condolences go out to the families and friends of Jeffrey and Olivia.
But over the first two days of the festival, two attendees died from apparent overdoses of MDMA, nicknamed molly, an illegal drug typically combined with other chemicals in Ecstasy pills, officials said.
Jeffrey Russ, 23, of Rochester, was rushed to Harlem Hospital at 3:10 a.m. Saturday but could not be saved.
Olivia Rotondo, 20, of Providence, R.I., was taken to Metropolitan Hospital at 8:45 p.m. Saturday and died about 50 minutes later, police said. Six hours before she was rushed to the hospital, the University of New Hampshire student posted a final message on Twitter.
Back in June, the people behind Governors Ball said they'd be helping to restore Randall's Island, which was left as a giant mudpie after the festival. The restoration (as you can see above) is complete, and the following statement has been given:
The Governors Ball Music Festival is proud to announce the completion of restoration efforts at Randall's Island Park's Event Site to repair the grounds. Governors Ball is making good on their stated goal of leaving the park's event site in even better condition than it was before this year's sold-out festival, which was hit by record rains at the start of the June 7th-9th event.--
Governors Ball is honored to call Randall's Island Park home, and as New Yorkers themselves, the festival promoters at Founders Entertainment are especially dedicated to preserving and maintaining New York City's cherished public spaces. At the conclusion of this year's festival they immediately assumed responsibility for the cost of the restoration work, which included fully scraping, rototilling and then sodding the event site with 9 acres of hearty Kentucky Bluegrass. No time was wasted in this effort, and as soon as turf conditions were dry enough for restoration to go forward, work began. Founders contracted with DeLea Sod Farms, one of the most prestigious local sod and grass companies, for the project. Their long list of esteemed clients include the New York Yankees, among others.
In addition to field restoration, Governors Ball has invested in infrastructure improvements to the Randall's Island Park Event Site that will prevent future flooding and event site damage, including the installation of a drainage system on the west side of the event site. The investment will make the site more functional and better protected from future weather events. The move demonstrates Governors Ball promoters Founders Entertainment's long-term commitment to the park New York City's premier live music event calls home, and their dedication to protecting and preserving the event site so that it is available for all New Yorkers to enjoy for the months and years to come.
"Randall's Island Park is such a beautiful public space, and after this year's record rainfall resulted in lost grass and excessive mud in the event area, we knew immediately we had to restore the event site and leave it in even better condition than it was before Governors Ball took place. As New Yorkers who grew up going to Randall's Island often for sports, concerts, and other special events, the restoration wasn't just an ethical responsibility, it was a personal one. We have worked hand in hand with the Randall's Island Parks Alliance Turf Crew and the NYC Department of Parks to make sure all the work meets their professional standards. We are thrilled with the results, and we can't thank them enough for their support, and hard work throughout this process."
- Tom Russell, Yoni Reisman, and Jordan Wolowitz of Founders Entertainment
Governors (Beach) Ball (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Governors Ball says:
The Governors Ball Music Festival is honored to call Randall's Island Park home and is working closely with the New York City Department of Parks and the Randall's Island Park Alliance to ensure it is in great condition for all New Yorkers to enjoy for the months and years to come. The Governors Ball aims to leave the Park in even better condition than it was before this year's Festival, which was hit by record rains earlier this month.Previously: Backyard Fest cancelled
Sodding work in the entire Harlem River event area will begin soon to the NYC Parks Department's specifications, following preparation work that has been done over the past few weeks. That prep work also was delayed by additional rain this month. Work is being done to make the land more durable in the future, including the installation of a drain to combat over saturation of the field. Governors Ball is working with RIPA and Parks to upgrade some other areas in the event space that were not damaged in this event.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Twin Shadow / Grizzly Bear / crowd
Governors Ball wrapped up on Sunday (6/9) after a very soggy start. Despite the rain on Friday and the treks through the mud that followed for the next two days, it was still a weekend filled with tons of great music, and day 3 was no exception. We already talked a bit about the epic Kanye West set, and just posted pictures of The xx, who also played that day. More pictures of day 3, including sets of Grizzly Bear, Twin Shadow, Yeasayer, Haim, The Avett Brothers, and more, are in this post.
If you haven't been keeping up with our Governors Ball coverage, pictures of day 1 are HERE and HERE, and pictures of day 2 are HERE and HERE. Day 3 pictures (more of which are on the way) continue below...
photo by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher
Kanye West at Governors Ball - 6/9/13
Kanye West wrapped up this year's muddy, yet successful, Governors Ball on Randall's Island with an epic headlining set on the main stage (6/9). If you weren't close to the stage, it was hard to see him, but that didn't even matter because his elaborate light/visual show was a huge spectacle on his own. He had multiple layers of lights across the back end of the stage, and the screens were back and forth between showing ominous images and distorted shots of Kanye performing on stage. He didn't get as crazy as he has in the past with a rant, but he did go on a short one in the middle of "Clique" about how he doesn't care about radio or trying to sell a million records anymore, he just cares about music.
In addition to playing the hits, Kanye also played material off of his upcoming new album, Yeezus, including "Black Skinhead" and "New Slaves," which he did on SNL, and three others, one possibly named "On Site" and another possibly named "I Am A God." Check out videos of him playing all five new songs, along with his full Governors Ball setlist, below. More pictures (like the one above) coming soon.
note: these pictures were posted for about a minute yesterday, but due to a website malfunction, they disappeared. so here they are...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Polica / Beach House / more muddy people
note: these pictures were posted for about a minute yesterday, but due to a website malfunction, they disappeared. so here they are...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher
Dinosaur Jr. / Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs / muddy people
Thanks to the storm that hit us on Friday (6/7), day 1 of Governors Ball got off to a pretty messy start. It wasn't so bad at first, and early sets from Polica and Dinosaur Jr. (who had a bunch of fans there in J.Mascis-style grey wigs) were still enjoyable despite the weather, but later in the day, the rain severely picked up and Feist's set was shut down after one song. Other artists, like Beach House, were cut off early too, and some, like Pretty Lights and Kings of Leon (who ended up playing Saturday instead), had to cancel completely. Still, before then there was much to enjoy, and the Skyy Vodka Tent made for a great place to take shelter and dry off. Plus huge afternoon dance parties from Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Crystal Castles didn't hurt either.
Stay tuned for our continued coverage of Governors Ball, and follow BrooklynVegan on twitter and instagram for live updates (as much as cell phone service permits at least, it gets pretty rough around mid-day). More pictures of day 1 below...
Governors Ball 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
It's rare that a NYC music festival pulls it off, but Governors Ball may do just that this weekend (6/7-9) on Randall's Island (NOT Governors Island). The fest, already basically sold out (I say "basically" because it went back on sale last minute), will feature headlining sets from Kings of Leon, Guns N Roses (who also play Brooklyn Bowl first), and Kanye West, and the rest of the lineup is pretty impressive too (check out our Spotify playlist.) The weather for this weekend isn't looking so hot, but what I'm more concerned about is what is the best way to actually get there.
Events that take place on foreign lands like Governors Island and Randall's Island (this one is on Randall's Island, but is named after Governors Island, where it took place its first year) always present a challenge in terms of transportation. Driving wouldn't be such a bad idea (three-day parking passes are sold out, but single day passes are still available), but it'd be nice to take a more environmentally friendly route (and I don't have a car). So as a New Yorker who loves convenience, and loves to complain, I'm trying to figure out which mode of public transportation is going to cause the least amount of headaches.
Obviously the most environmentally friendly way is walking/bicycling, which you can do across the 103rd St. Footbridge, which re-opened in June 2012. You can easily get there from the 4/6 trains or the M15 bus, and it's about a 20 minute walk across (857 feet). You can also walk across the RFK bridge from Manhattan, the Bronx, or Queens. More info on both of those routes is at Randall's Island's website.
On a normal day, going to Randall's Island is probably pretty easy by taking the M35 bus which runs there from the NW corner of 125th St. and Lexington Ave. Though for this weekend, being that it's Governors Ball, you would instead take the X80 Special Events bus, which leaves from the same location and has an increased fare of $10. Transfer is available from the Lexington Avenue 4, 5, or 6 trains at 125th Street. But that might end up getting really crowded during a music festival - not to mention it's out of the way for many, which is why Governors Ball is also providing other (more expensive) ways of transportation for festival-goers.
One option they provide is taking the Manhattan Ferry, which departs from and returns to 34th St. and FDR Drive. The ferries run continuously throughout the day. If you're not walking distance, your best bet might be to get to the ferry terminal by bus. 3-day passes ($50) and single-day passes ($20) for roundtrip ferry tickets are available.
UPDATE: Maybe not that surprisingly,reports from rainy day one say the ferry and shuttle were long line disasters.
Another, slightly more expensive (but maybe more convenient?) option is the Brooklyn Shuttle, which leaves from Williamsburg venue Brooklyn Bowl. The best way to get Brooklyn Bowl if you don't live close enough to walk is probably the L or G trains. 3-day passes ($60) and single-day passes ($25) for the the shuttle are also available.
What do you think works the best? What's worked best for you in the past? Let's discuss.
Grizzly Bear in Austin in April (more by Tim Griffin)
The festival goes down on Randall's Island this weekend (6/7-9). We also just made a Spotify playlist of many of the artists we're excited to see this weekend. Listen to that below or on Spotify. Full Governors Ball schedule is also below...