After Miami’s Ultra Music festival and The Electric Daisy Carnival in New York and Las Vegas, Electric Zoo is the last big festival that EDM fans will get this season. For the fourth year in a row, the Electric Zoo Festival has taken EDM out of the clubs and placed it in New York’s Randall’s Island.
This festival is a little different from others in that it is smaller, giving the performances more of a personal feel. The Electric Zoo festival is also known as one of the more well-run of the big festivals, with everything from controlling the crowds to transportation meticulously planned for maximum efficiency. The artist line-up in 2012 was packed with EDM’s biggest along with many of the stronger up-and-coming acts.
This year saw the line-up of artists performing before Randall Island’s crowds of scantily-clad and costumed fans. Day one saw performances by Gabriel and Dresden , A-trak and Hardwell. Also featured on Friday night was David Guetta, playing an endless set of his hits, and Pretty Lights who enchanted the crowd with his unique version of EDM.
Day two saw Australia’s Nervo perform and Martin Solveig would excite the crowd at the Hilltop Arena with his breakout hit, “Hello.” Steve Aoki would close his act on the Dim Mak Stage with 3D video art like that used by A-trak the night before at the Riverside tent. Also performing on the Dim Mak Stage were 12th Planet and Datsik along with 1990s EDM icon, Benny Benassi.
Electric Zoo would close out on Sunday night with performances by three of the biggest names in EDM currently: Tiesto, Diplo and Skrillex. Also performing were a series of promising newer acts like Paper Diamond and Clockwork. Skrillex was chosen to close out the festivities by performing his charged and forceful set behind the current reigning superstar of EDM, Tiesto.