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5 Reasons You Should Go To Electric Zoo

Saturday, August 16, 2014
Shendy Hershfield

Electric Zoo is back in 2014! The event is set to take place again this year on NYC's Randall's Island over Labor Day weekend. So, what can fans look forward to at this year's festival?

1. Good Music and Lots of It

The festival this year boasts six stages and spans just about every genre of electronic music from Techno to Trap to Deep House. With over 135 DJs and artists performing, there is sure to be something for everyone. Some sets that you probably should not miss are listed by day below, pending it doesn't interfere with a set time of one of your personal favorites. For the full daily lineup head to the Electric Zoo website.

Friday, August 29th: Nicky Romero, A-Trak, Tritonal, Hook N Sling, Chris Liebing, Bonobo

Saturday, August 30: Armin Van Buuren, Clockwork, TJR, Danny Tenaglia, Sick Individuals

Sunday, August 31: Kaskade, Jack U, Deorro, Audien, Nicole Moudaber, Seven Lions

2. The Sunday School Stages

[caption id="attachment_24337" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Danilo Lewis for Danilo Lewis for[/caption] Have you been to Sunday School? Yes, you probably have. But, have you been to Sunday School at Electric Zoo? If you have you know this is probably where you will be spending most of your time during the festival. If you haven't, just know ahead of time that this is probably where you will be spending a lot of your weekend. One of the biggest hits at Mysteryland's USA debut was the Sunday School: Vinyl Only Stage. And lucky for everyone going to EZoo they are bringing it to Randall's Island this year! This stage aims to bring back the lost art of actually spinning records. It will take us back to the roots of the music we have all grown to love.

3. The New Friends You Will Make

[caption id="attachment_24339" align="aligncenter" width="588"]Christopher DeMairo for Christopher DeMairo for[/caption] One of the very best things about festivals is that everyone is there for the same reason: to enjoy the music and have a blast with friends. Whether you came with a group or alone, you will make new friends. They may just be your friends for the festival or you may create a friendship that will last a lifetime. Either way, you have created awesome, new memories with these people, and those memories you will have for the rest of your life.

4. The Afterparties

There is no shortage of afterparties Electric Zoo weekend.  This year the official continue-to-dance-your-butt-off-bashes will take place at Pacha NYC and Output in Brooklyn. Headlining the after parties at Pacha are: Arty, Dyro and Fedde Le Grand. If you feel like venturing to Brooklyn, go to Output to see: Hot Since 82, Laidback Luke & Gina Turner and Alan Fitzpatrick. If you go to Output's make sure to take note of their strict no-cellphone rule. It's about the music here, not the selfies. Need tickets? You can get them here.

5. The Food

Yes, this is a music website but all the animals in the Zoo need their energy to keep dancing the day away, so food is a necessity. One of the best things about a having a festival in New York City is the access to amazing and delicious food, and this year will be no different. Look forward to trying some of best that the Big Apple has to offer over your three days at the Zoo. So, if you have your passes already, all you need to do is show up and have a good time. If you don't, there are still tickets available. Single and three-day passes can be purchased here. And while we are at it, just in case you are still on the fence about going, here's the trailer for this year's festival. This might convince you to head to The Zoo for Labor Day:

So the question remains, which animal will you be at The Zoo?