For NYC electronic music fans, Labor Day weekend doesn’t so much provide an excuse to hit the beach but rather an excuse to flock to Randall’s Island in an annual pilgrimage to the city’s premiere EDM festival, Electric Zoo.
Last year, fans lost out on the opportunity to celebrate and dance the summer away due to COVID-19, but this year is a redemption song.
Electric Zoo is back, and based on the lineup, this 12-year festival did not miss a beat.
Whether you’re a lifelong EDM fan or a casual listener, we’ve compiled a list of what we’re sure will be some of the best performances of the weekend.
Coming fresh off Lollapalooza, this San Francisco-bred DJ and producer is known for his melodic hooks and bass-heavy drops. He’s also known to incorporate live instruments into his on-stage performances. His latest album Fallen Embers dropped in July. The single “Nightlight,” featuring Annik Wells, is a runaway hit. See him on the Main Stage Sunday at 9:45 p.m.
What do you get when you combine a former Australian Pro-Surf World champion and some amazing dance music? You get Fisher, one of Australia's best exports after Koalas. Revered for his off-the-wall grooves and bass-heavy productions as much as his class-clown personality, you can expect his set to get real rowdy. He takes the Main Stage for a special sunset set on Friday at 7:15 p.m.
This woman was made for the Main Stage, and we’re sure she’ll drop all the hits this Sunday. Not only is Jvna an incredible DJ and producer, she’s also an incredibly-talented singer and often blends both skill sets. Her music is emotionally-tinged and full of heavy breakdowns. Be prepared to watch her do double duty on the decks this Sunday as she takes control of the Main Stage at 2:50 p.m.
Do you ever walk around imagining your life as a movie? Well, the guys from Loud Luxury make the soundtrack songs that would play while you’re partying non-stop with friends. The Canadian duo’s new song “Holiday Hills” is a summer-tinged dance-pop jam, offering the perfect way to start off your festival weekend. Make sure to catch them on the Main Stage Friday at 6:08 p.m.
Electric Zoo wouldn’t be much of a NY festival if it didn't support local talent. Enter Mime, one of New York Cities favorite DJs. The masked-talen brings with him the energy of all five boroughs, so make sure to catch his explosive set on the Main Stage Friday at 3:00 pm. Put your hands up and show some local love.
In the world of EDM, this is a man that needs no introduction. A verified hit-maker, the Swedish DJ and producer’s new song “Chasing Stars” features James Bay and Marshmello, and it’s made a big impact on radio and streaming services. This is Alesso’s first New York City gig in two years. If you miss this, you missed everything.
Don't miss a beat of the action this weekend at Randall's Island as Electric Zoo makes its big return Friday to Sunday, Sept. 3 to 5. Tickets are on sale now. Visit electriczoo.com to learn more.
Photography by: Courtesy Electric Zoo, Alive Coverage