Electric Zoo: Wild Island Festival has become one of the biggest electronic dance music festivals in the country, and the party coming up on Labor Day weekend should be one of the biggest Randall’s Island Park has ever seen. EDM is one of the fastest growing genres in the world due to its up tempo beats and positive vibes that the music offers to its listeners.
The beautiful Randall’s Island Park hosts this 3-day event, and it seems to be gaining popularity everywhere. The 9-mile stretch of this beautiful park is located in between Queens and Manhattan right on the East River, making it one of the most scenic festivals to go to. With the amazing music, unique views and numerous food vendors, there is nowhere else you’d want tot be on Labor Day Weekend in the city.
There are five stages at Electric Zoo (Main Stage, Hilltop Arena, Riverside, Sunday School Grove and Treehouse), and they’ll have a plethora of talent hitting each one of them on all three days.
With so much talent in one place and five stages to choose from we’ll try to pick the acts that everyone needs to see as well as some up-and-coming acts that deserve some attention too.
The Chainsmokers – Main Stage, Sept. 4th
Definitely in the running for breakout band of 2016, The Chainsmokers will be on the top of everyone’s list to see live at Electric Zoo. The DJ duo of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall has taken the EDM scene by storm and their two certified platinum hits, “Roses” and “Don’t Let Me Down,” were major hits on the radio and in the club. The duo has a straight up approach to their music and their lyrics, and want to encourage all of their fans to be themselves and embrace who they are. Their shows are must-see and their “real” approach to music has seen them go from relative unknowns to one of the biggest names in the game. Check out the video below and be sure to catch The Chainsmokers live at Electric Zoo, you won’t regret it!
Juicy J – Hilltop Arena (Buygore Stage), Sept. 4th
Definitely did a double-take when I saw this name on the lineup, but with a motto like, “We trippy mane,” Juicy J will fit right in at Electric Zoo. Usually the life of the party, Juicy J has performed at numerous EDM festivals but this will be his first appearance Electric Zoo. His set should be at a much slower pace than the rest of his stage mates, but the switch-up should be a welcome one. There’s also a great chance Juicy J will recruit a number of different DJ’s that will help him perform songs such as “She Knows” and “23,” two of his songs that have been remixed in the past. This has a chance to be one of the wildest sets at Electric Zoo, make sure you’re there to witness it.
Steve Aoki – Riverside (Dim Mak 20th Anniversary Stage), Sept. 3rd
If you’re interested a show you’ll probably never forget, then Steve Aoki at Electric Zoo is probably at the top of the list. One of the pioneers of the EDM scene, Aoki has been producing electric house music for 20 years now. The stage will be dedicated to his label, Dim Mak Records, which opened in 1996, and has led to the EDM genre gaining stability and eventually taking off. Aoki is popular in all genres of music as he has worked with artists such as Kanye West, All-American Rejects, Robin Thicke and Snoop Dogg. Aoki will pull out all the stops for the 20th anniversary of his label, and this is a show that needs to be circled by every EDM fan.
Jackmaster – Sunday School Grove, Sept. 3rd
As the stages get smaller, the acts get a little more obscure, but that doesn’t mean they’re not loaded with talent. Jack Revill, who will perform by the stage name Jackmaster, is one of those lesser known talents. Jackmaster has been an EDM DJ for almost a decade, but has yet to breakout in the US. Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, he had numerous residencies at popular nightclubs in Europe. In 2010, he won the award for “Breakthrough DJ” at the Best Of British Awards. He followed that up with winning “Best DJ” at the same award show in 2014. He should kill it at Electric Zoo, and will catch most of the fans there by surprise with his spin skills.
Agent Orange – Treehouse, Sept. 3rd
Agent Orange, a true veteran of the EDM scene, deserves a real fan’s attention at Electric Zoo this weekend. Agent Orange is an NYC native, and has been grinding and touring the world for two decades. The New York DJ has graced the stage at Ultra Music Festival in Miami, and Zoo Project in Ibiza. Known more for his production skills and business savvy as the label owner of Gotham Grooves, Agent Orange still brings it every time he hits the stage as a DJ. He has worked industry giants like 50 Cent, and to music connoisseurs his skills have not gone unnoticed. If you’re looking for an EDM history lesson at Electric Zoo, check out Agent Orange, a DJ that paved the way for the many of the headliners taking the stage this weekend.
Electric Zoo: Wild Island Festival will be one of the best ways to spend your Labor Day weekend. With so many talented musicians descending on Randall’s Island Park you can pick any of the five stages and still have an incredible time. Electric Zoo: Wild Island Festival tickets for the 3-day weekend pass are available right here at TicketNetwork!