Electric Zoo is aiming to be a safer festival this summer following the drug-related deaths of two fans at last year’s event.
The three-day fest, traditionally held in New York on Randall’s Island, is set to include a myriad of safety precautions come Labor Day weekend, according to the Wall Street Journal: drug-sniffing dogs, undercover security officers, pat-downs and possible amnesty bins, in which festival-goers can deposit any illegal substances before entering the show — penalty-free.
Fans will also be required to watch an anti-drug message online, featuring EDM stars, in order to activate their festival wristbands.
In addition, promoters Mike Bindra and Laura DePalma told the WSJ that the festival will be shorter this year to prevent sun exhaustion. The pair has yet to get a permit for the event.
“We don’t want to be finger-wagging,” Bindra told the publication. “’Just say no to drugs,’ we can all agree, has been ineffective in the past.”
Last year, the final day of the three-day-long Electric Zoo festival was canceled after two fest-goers in their 20s died after taking ecstasy. At least four more fans were placed in intensive care.
Despite providing free water and medical care at last year’s event, the promoters, wary after the 2013’s tragedy, are aiming to do more the next time around. The aforementioned proposed measures were decided upon after meeting with a team of doctors, DJs and security professionals.
What do you think festival organizers can do to ensure the safety of fans? What measures would you like to see put in place?