Electric Zoo announces individual stage lineups ahead of 2019 installment

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New York’s annual Labor Day Weekend celebration of electronic dance music, Electric Zoo, will return to Randall’s Island from August 30-September 1 for another high-action installment. The 2019 chapter in the long-running festival’s vibrant sonic saga will see artists divided among a number of stages. As in past years, the event’s Main Stage, Hilltop Arena, and Riverside stages will be present.

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Electric Zoo will also host several specially curated stages. Eric Prydz will present his Prydz Arena, and Seven Lions, Ophelia. Fans will also find formidable sets at DESTRUCTO‘s ALL MY FRIENDS stage, and at Brownies and Lemonade‘s Riverside stage takeover. NGHTMRE and Slander‘s Gud Vibrations Hilltop Arena occupancy rounds out EZoo’s robust series of branded stages.

Tickets to Electric Zoo are currently on sale, and can be purchased, here.

Friday, August 30 

Main Stage: Eric Pydz, Diplo, Kaskade (sunset set)Oliver Heldens, Whethan, Destructo, Bijou 

Hilltop Arena: Excision, Ganja White Night, Liquid Stranger, Dion Timmer, Sullivan King, Subtronics, Kompany, Mark The Beast

Riverside (Brownies & Lemonade): Getter, 4B, Peekaboo, Yultron, Nitti Gritti b2b Wuki, Slumberjack, Kittens, Tails 

ALL MY FRIENDS: Malaa, Walker & Royce, Josh Butler, Golf Clap, Omnom, Franklyn Watts, MIME 

Saturday, August 31

Main Stage:  Above & Beyond, ZEDD, Afrojack, Diesel b2b Borgore, Tritonal, Benny Benassi, Armnhmr, EDX, Kream 

Hilltop Arena (Pryda Arena): Eric Prydz, Joris Voorn, Yotto, Cristoph, Ben Böhmer (Live), Miss Jennifer 

Riverside: Flux Pavilion, Cookie Monsta b2b Funtcase, Bear Grillz, Riot Ten, Mastadon, Blunts & Blondes, Shlump, Zeke Beats, Minesweepa, Decadon 

ALL MY FRIENDS:Anti Up, Wax Motif, Volac b2b Phlegmatic Dogs, Weiss, Dom Dolla, Dombresky, Born Dirty, Croatia Squad, Gerry Gonza, Matt Medved

Sunday, September 1

Main Stage: Dog Blood (Skrillex :: Boys Noize), Armin van Buuren, Alison Wonderland, Boombox Cartel, Cash Cash, R3hab, Droeloe, I_O, Midnight Kids 

Hilltop Arena: Nghtmre & Slander present: Gud Vibrations: Nghtmre b2b Slander, Boogie T b2b Squnto, GTA, Saymyname, 1788-L, Whipped Cream, Wavedash, Kaivon, Lick, Shadient, Yako 

Riverside: Seven Lions Presents Ophelia: Seven Lions, Kill The Noise, Said The Sky, Jason Ross, Dabin, Mitis, Blastoyz, Wooli, Crystal Skies, Dimibo 

ALL MY FRIENDS: Camelphat, Nora En Pure, Kyle Watson, Solardo, Eli Brown, Noizu, Charles Meyer

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Electric Zoo Announces Full Day By Day Lineup Including B2B Nights With Eric Prydz

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The 11th edition of Electric Zoo will be the biggest and best yet and now they have revealed the day by day breakdown as well as the exclusive news that progressive king Eric Prydz will be at the festival play not once but twice. Electric Zoo: Evolved once again returns to the iconic Randall’s Island Park

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Kaskade talks new ‘Destinations’ compilation series, the translation of a place into a sound, and plans for upcoming spotlight cities [Q&A]

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If a specific place could be translated to sound, then just what might that place sound like? Kaskade envisions an answer to this question on his latest project, Destinations: Tulum, the inaugural installment in the producer’s newly conceived Destinations compilation series. Destinations: Tulum debuted on Kaskade’s Arkade imprint in August. The production sought to embody the spirit of Tulum, crafting a sensory listening experience emblematic of the distinctive personality and aesthetic of Mexico’s coastal getaway spot.

The project’s 18 tracks, hand selected by Kaskade, comprise the first edition of the newly minted series and befit both the character of Tulum, and the larger vision of the Destinations concept. Kaskade describes the actualized product as the result of, “traveling the world and becoming emotionally attached to different locations.” Dancing Astronaut caught up with Kaskade just before his main stage set at Electric Zoo‘s tenth anniversary edition in September to chat about the veteran producer’s newly emerging series.


The first installment of Destinations is out on Arkade and it’s a hefty offering. 18 tracks really gives you a breadth with which to recreate that sensory experience of ‘walking through the town’ or ‘sitting on the beach’ as you’d stated was your objective.

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It’s a really dynamic concept. When it comes to translating a place through sound, I’m imagining that the song selection process is different for each compilation. So what were you specifically looking for when it came to choosing the tracks for Destinations: Tulum?

I think I was just trying to capture the mood of that. I’ve been to Tulum, I’ve visited Mexico many, many times, and I came up with the idea for the compilation while sitting in Tulum in a cool café which I don’t know the name of, and they had this DJ playing this really chic, cool music, and in my head it sounded like what’s on the compilation now. It’s been a few years, so I don’t know if it’s actually like that, but it paints a picture in your head. It was this really laidback and chill groove, and I’m sitting at the beach drinking lemonade with my family, and hanging out and I was like, ‘this is amazing,’ and I think the idea for the compilation was just to kind of capture that moment.”

But even if it’s changed you crystallized and froze that moment in time. What is it about these locations — Tulum being the first — that make them canvases for upcoming editions of the series?

I kind of have this theory, and a lot of people agree with me, that you’re inspired by what you’re surrounded with, right? People, places, things, food, you know, family, whatever is happening around you. I think the idea for the compilation is just to have moments, sonic moments, that kind of weave this tapestry and make for something memorable. Then later you’re like, ‘oh my gosh yes, this reminds me of this time I went here or when I went there,’ so yeah I started with Tulum, and we’ll see what comes next, I haven’t started on the next one yet.

So you’re kind of making it up as you go.

Producers are reaching out to me and being like ‘dude, Iceland should be next,’ all these cool places that people want to travel and see and I’m like take it easy! You know, like let’s get the first one out. People have been really receptive to the idea, and other producers who want to contribute. Yeah, I don’t have a place chosen yet, but I have a short list going.

Your Chicago roots — might they lead to a Destinations: Chicago compilation?

There definitely should be a Destinations: Chicago, for sure. 100 percent that needs to happen.

Your Redux shows provide a really intimate and immersive live experience. Destinations seems like it could expand and really lend itself well to a live experience, maybe in a similarly intimate style.

That’s the idea, I hope it grows and expands and people are open minded and want to listen to different locations and what they might sound like, all through the filter of my brain. I’m here letting it unravel and seeing where it takes me.

On the subject of travel, what is your absolute, number one go-to travel essential, the one item you can’t travel without, however general or unusual it might be?

I carry a beanie whether its summer or winter, it doesn’t matter. I travel with those compression socks, it’s kind of a unique thing since everyone else is going to say the same thing, iPhone whatever. But I travel with compression socks, I started doing that before it was cool because now everyone makes compression socks, Nike makes them, Stance, I travel with Stance compression socks since I like them a lot.


While Kaskade returns to the studio to plan the next stop on his musical itinerary, listeners can stream Destinations: Tulum sans jet lag and compression socks here.

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Electric Zoo removes plastic straw use from festival

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In an effort to save oceans and raise awareness, Electric Zoo festival has made a commitment to be plastic straw free for this year’s event. The National Academy of Sciences estimated that up to 71% of Seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics inside their stomachs. The plastic from the straws that

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Electric Zoo unveils first phase of tenth anniversary lineup

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Made Event’s New York-based electronic veteran, Electric Zoo will reach double-digits this year. Slated to return to its long time home of Randall’s Island Park on Labor Day Weekend from August 31–September 2, Electric Zoo’s celebration of a decade of production will see dance music titans Kaskade, Marshmello, Martin Garrix, and Virtual Self as event headliners.

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The first phase of the festival’s supplements its superstar headliners with an array of supporting talent, including 3LAU, Alan Walker, Justin Martin, Illenium, REZZ, and many more. Electric Zoo’s ‘Big 10’ bash will additionally feature stages curated by Anjunabeats, Deadbeats, Hyperhouse, and Sunday School.

Tickets to Electric Zoo’s tenth birthday party are currently on sale to the general public, and can be purchased here.

Electric Zoo announces 10 year anniversary dates & pre-sale ticket information

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New York City’s pre-eminent electronic music festival Electric Zoo has announced the dates for its milestone 10th anniversary edition.

Taking place Labor Day weekend August 31 – September 2 at Randall’s Island Park, Electric Zoo: The Big 10 promises to be a birthday blow-out of the most epic proportions. The Big 10 will celebrate the wild ride the festival has seen over the years, featuring the world’s finest DJs and mind-melting production.

Pre-sale launches February 15 at 11:00 am ET here.

Electric Zoo Announces Official Dates, Logo, Presale & More For 10th Anniversary Of The Festival

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2018 marks New York City’s pre-eminent electronic music festival Electric Zoo’s 10th birthday and be sure that it will be the biggest, wildest fiesta ever thrown down in its history. Taking place August 31, September 1 & 2 at Randall’s Island Park, ELECTRIC ZOO: THE BIG 10 will be a blow-out of epic proportions, featuring

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Electric Zoo 2017: Thomas Jack on the ‘discovery and curation’ that drives his career [Interview]

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Thomas Jack is in the midst of a transformative musical journey. The Australian DJ and producer rose to prominence in early 2013 after coining the term tropical house and leading the trend in the buoyant and breezy melodic genre. The evocative atmospherics of the genre grew so quickly, in fact, that it could be heard in every corner of the globe, eventually finding its roots in mainstream pop music.

However, for someone who has a taste for consistent experimentation, Thomas Jack’s leading status in tropical house was only one phase in his course for creative ascendancy.

Last month, Jack released The Versus, a genre-defying EP, which showed off a more embellished side of his artistic sense. The project, which built upon songs from RY X and The Acid, communicated a heavier, more profound scope of his musical intuition — something that has, until recently, only been witnessed through his assorted deep and progressive house performances. The Versus solidified the Jack’s steps toward a broader range of directions that will, ultimately, see the artist presenting his extensive proficiencies both in his production and behind the decks.

As Thomas Jack returns to this year’s edition of Electric Zoo, fans can fully anticipate a gratifying and colorful display of the artist’s mellifluous catalog of music. Leading up to his set, the forward-looking artist connected with Dancing Astronaut about his new music and anticipation for his headlining Sunday performance at this year’s Elrow stage at “The 6th Boro” of New York.

Read our interview with Thomas Jack below.

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This isn’t the first time you’re performing at Electric Zoo. Do you have anything special planned to set this weekend apart from other festival sets?

I think all sets I play are different but for sure have some surprises and loads of new tunes for this one. For me, it’s a real honor to be asked to close Elrow. I am such a big fan of their party – so there will be some fun vibes for sure.

What excites you most about joining the elrow lineup this year? What is it about the legendary party series that differentiates it from rest of the stages at Electric Zoo?

I think its got its own special vibe of crazy shit going on I’ve been going to them for awhile and always had a good time. They have such a long tradition and legacy of entertaining, they really understand all the elements that combine to make a great party, and how to make it fun for the artists and the fans. It’s a special group of people!

With this year’s festival theme as ‘The 6th Boro,’ what’s your favorite part of playing to NYC crowds? What’s your favorite thing about the city that never sleeps?

Normally when I’m in New York I stay in Brooklyn. Love all the food around that area and the night life. This is one of the world’s best cities, and it has such a rich history of electronic music and clubbing – from disco, to house and techno. It’s always fun to come back, and great that we get to play a festival of this size in the city.

The new ‘The Versus’ EP that you released last month presents a shift from your former tropical house output. Compared to your previous releases, what made you want to switch things up in this EP?

I always want to continue to evolve throughout my career and for me I felt this was the vibe I wanted to go, there’s loads more to come. Tropical house for me was just a moment in time, a new sound I found. That’s really what I’m all about, discovery and curation, it just happened that one blew up. But I’ll always be searching for what’s next, and the chance to get to work with folks like Ry-X and The Acid was so exciting, they are amazing talents I’ve admired for years.

If you could give some advice to your past self just entering the music business, what would it be?

Don’t second guess yourself, do exactly what you think you should be doing. I’m enjoying living my own advice at the moment!

What are your plans for the future of Thomas Jack? Any exciting releases or performance in the works?

Yeah there is load of new music, I haven’t toured as much this year so I’ve had a lot more time to create. I’ve filled my studio with analog gear which has been amazing. I have been in Europe at Hi with a residency all summer, and that’s been really inspiring to be based over there. I’m really excited about the future, and eager to hear what people think of the new stuff.

Photos by Neil Favila.

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