Electric Zoo Festival, Made Event's fourth annual EDM get-together, will be hitting New York's Randall's Island again come Labor Day weekend. It's estimated that nearly 85,000 fans attended last year's three-day affair. And while fans eagerly await the chance to catch some of the biggest names in dance music performing just off of New York's East River, MTV News was tickled to learn that some of the stars slated to perform are just as pumped about playing to their fans in the Big Apple.
"I love the New York crowd," returning performer and Swedish House Mafia member Axwell revealed. "And I haven't done a big festival there since I last did Electric Zoo. So I can't wait to come back!"
"It is an awesome festival in one of the most incredible settings in the world," Dutch EDM icon Tiësto explained. "How often do you get to play with the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop? It is a special experience, being in the middle of a city with such a huge, energetic crowd. If you'd told me this would be possible 10 years ago, I wouldn't have believed you."
Cakes and boats are also bound to bless Electric Zoo this year as on Saturday, September 1, EZ's Riverside tent is set to go Dim Mak.
"This year, I have my own curated Dim Mak stage at Electric Zoo," Steve Aoki explained. "This is important because EZ represents the New York dance scene and community and it is one of the best communities in America. I'm extremely excited about this. There is nothing like playing to a New York EDM crowd. They are amazing!"
Flux Pavilion & Doctor P, Zeds Dead, Above & Beyond, David Guetta, Dada Life, Knife Party, Sander Van Doorn, Porter Robinson, Benny Benassi, Nicky Romero, Bloody Beetroots, Wolfgang Gartner and Luciano are but a few of the 65 artists performing at this year's Electric Zoo as of press time (the final count may be different). The festival runs from August 31 to September 2; general admission, VIP and Platinum three-days passes (priced at $299, $649 and $1199, respectively) are available at Made Event's website.