Get ready to let out your inner animal (be it mammal, fish, or reptile) because New York’s annual Electric Zoo is literally days away. Made Event released set times for the Zoo earlier this week, so if you plan on going (or have friends who do), you likely have a daily itinerary of artists you wish to see. As for me… most of, if not all of my time will be spent amongst the Main Stage and Riverside tent, as the lineup amongst those two alone are any house/electro fan’s dream. We’re gonna follow up Artwurk’s Part 1 preview with my daily schedule between those two stages, so maybe I can help you pick yours (or you can stalk me). So toss on the new Pretty Lights track and check out these two juiced up stages as we all get that much more pumped up for this year’s Zoo.
Friday opens up with Nick Catchdubs, who I had a chance to see earlier this summer, so I can attest that he is going to start the day with fat, dark, electro beats. If you’re there at 11 when this guy goes on, you’re in for a real treat. Catchdubs is followed by another Fool’s Gold familiar in Treasure Fingers, who always brings his party-infused brand of woozy-disco. Things get tough after that, as I have to choose between Marcus Schossow, one of the strongest talents in trance and progressive, and Bromance co-founder Brodinski, who is the pretty much the epitome of techy-electro, another favorite of mine. I’ll give both sets a chance; we’ll just have to see whose is more gripping.
Starting at 2:15 my heart lies with other Bromance co-founder Gesaffelstein, who is going to genuinely pummel us into the ground at the Riverside tent with his raspy, beat-driven house. He’s followed by Nadastrom, a killer pair of producers, but a pair that I’ll likely miss some of for the sake of catching D&B phenom Netsky over on the Main Stage, who comes on the heels of the release of his second full-length album, 2. Things get real housey on the Main Stage after this, with Nicky Romero, Hardwell and Laidback Luke all in succession, some of which I’ll likely catch, but I’ll be more focused with what OWSLA monsters Dillon Francis and Jack Beats are doing over at Riverside.
The sun should be going down after Jack Beats, which at Zoo means it’s only time to crank it up as heavy hitters Tommy Trash and A-Trak close out Riverside’s first day. I want to catch both of their sets (there’s no reason to ever miss A-Trak, really), but I’ll definitely be want to see some of David Guetta (who really is a great show), before Pretty Lights (another must see) closes out the first day entirely with retro samples and crunk beats.
I doubt I’ll make it to Electric Zoo bright and early on Day 2, but I do hope to make it there in time to catch local trance favorite Eco, who after four years finally grabbed a spot not just at Electric Zoo, but on the Main Stage. Following Eco I see myself at the Riverside Tent for a good chunk of the day, as Mustard Pimp, Autoerotique and Angger Dimas one after another guarantee the hair on my head to stand up straight. That and there being something about electro outdoors during the afternoon that I find snazzy.
Come 3:30 though, Destination: Main Stage, as Bingo Players’ style of booming Dutch beats gone melodic is a definite big stage killer. I’ve seen them throw countless wild shows on the West Coast, but Bingo Players on a big stage over here should be insane. The day continues to get crazier with Dirtyphonics live over at Riverside, unless you’re looking for something a bit chiller, as trance and prog house legend Sander van Doorn will be taking over the Main Stage simultaneousely (Note: I said a bit chiller; Sander is likely to blow your mind as well, just not as aggressively as Dirtyphonics). Things stay almost exclusively bassy over at Riverside following Dirtyphonics, with 12th Planet, Kill The Noise, and Datsik dropping constant bombs until Steve Aoki comes on to close out at 9. During that time we’ve got Dada Life and Axwell over on the Main Stage, both of which I’m not too interested in seeing, if only for catching them multiple times earlier this summer. Definitely see Dada Life if you haven't caught them this year, though; those guys pull off a hell of a show.
Things cool down a bit as Above and Beyond closes out the main stage with their second set of the festival (checkout their Group Therapy stage on Friday for their first set). Being on the Main Stage, I expect them to pump this one with big, energetic hits, while the night before might fall into a more chill, progressive feel.
Two days down, one to go! At this point you might be feeling the strain of a 3-day festie, but with acts like Zedd, Knife Party and Tiesto on the horizon, does fatigue really matter? Like Saturday, if you’re able to arrive before noon you’re in for a huge treat. LA’s Clockwork opens up on the Main Stage. If you checked out his latest release, Titan, you should have an idea what you’re in for with this guy. Fat crisp house beats with purring electro bass, this guy is a serious prodigy! He’s followed by Pierce Fulton, an electro up-and-comer who’s been given a great opportunity on Zoo’s Main Stage. If you’re a trance fan, you’ll likely continue to spend a big chunk of day on the Main Stage, as Dash Berlin and W&W fill almost a 3 hour chunk with their thumping takes on trance. As for me, I’ll likely spend a good portion of that time seeing what up and coming bass group Krewella brings to the table in a live setting; if it’s anything like their studio productions it should be madness.
As Day 3 is cast into darkness the lineup only gets that much juicier. If you’re an electro fan then you’ll likely find yourself bouncing amongst Riverside and the Main Stage, as starting at 4:20 you have sets from killer artists playing on both stages. Starting at Riverside and alternating with the Main stage my night goes as follows: Bart B More, Porter Robinson, Zedd, Knife Party, Benga, Tiesto, Zeds Dead, Diplo and Skrillex. Attend Electric Zoo on Sunday and you literally have the chance to see that all-star lineup within seven hours.
Every year the guys over at Made Event beef up their now world-renowned NY massive. It’s clear that these guys are on point with the lineups year after year, and the on-site amenities have only improved. I look forward to seeing what Made Event and NY as a whole has in store for this year’s Zoo, as it is annually a festival to remember.