Electric Zoo marked its 10-year anniversary with a grand celebration on Randall’s Island Labor Day Weekend (Aug. 31-Sept. 2) with some of its festival favorites and a spry crop of newcomers who thrilled crowds tens of thousands strong.
The festival first landed on Randall’s Island in 2009 as a two-day event with about 50 DJs and has since grown to three days. In that time, it’s taken several forms and morphed as business and dance music has shifted around it. Many of E Zoo’s original headliners — like Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, deadmau5, Luciano, Richie Hawtin, and Tiga — remain at the very top of electronic music, but today’s crop of artists like Alesso, Marshmello, Virtual Self (Porter Robinson) or Martin Garrix were barely a blip on the radar screen back then. Electric Zoo has been an integral part of the dance music calendar for the Tri-state area and has woven itself into the community and become a vital festival to bookend the summer each year.
The festival has always had its finger on the pulse of electronic music, adapting to the current trends and seeking to push music forward in the right direction. Over the last decade, it’s done so with a balanced lineup, booking both for the biggest acts while making sure the underground gets a proper place at the festival.
We now take a harder look at 2018, recapping our 10 favorite sets from the weekend in alphabetical order.