Day 3 of the Electric Zoo music festival has been cancelled “due to serious health risks.” According to the NYC mayor’s office, there have been two deaths in conjunction with the event this year, and four other serious hospitalizations.The official release says that the city “recommended” cancellation, and promoters Made Event have agreed. “Electric Zoo has been cancelled today Sunday, September 1st,” the festival announced on their Facebook page at around 9.30am this morning New York time. “More information to follow.”
ITM heard unconfirmed rumors of a death on day one, but the festival went on as planned yesterday. Throughout the day, the Electric Zoo mobile apps sent notifications to attendees reminding them to be vigilant to those in need and to stay hydrated. “Look out for people around you – we’re all in this together…,” read one of the blasts. “Get help early!” stressed another.
This year’s festival marked Electric Zoo’s fifth anniversary, which also featured an additional main stage and expanded grounds.
UPDATE: Made Event posted an official statement to its website earlier today: “The founders of Electric Zoo send our deepest condolences to the families of the two people who passed away this weekend. Because there is nothing more important to us than our patrons, we have decided in consultation with the New York City Parks Department that there will be no show today.”
UPDATE 2: Kerri Mason at Billboard cites statements from Made Event founder Mike Bindra made in May 2012: “Putting together the safest electronic music festival possible is of the utmost importance to us,” he said at the time. “We consistently staff well above and beyond what is recommended.”
Mason also notes the impending IPO of Robert Sillerman’s SFX Entertainment, a dance music conglomerate that listed Made Event as a “planned” acquisition in its regulatory filings.