On day two of Electric Zoo, we arrived mid-day and wandered around the festival, exchanging kandi and conversation with other festival-goers. We wanted to take it relatively easy since we went hard on day one. We caught various sets but found ourselves back at the mainstage (of course) where they let out the zoo creatures of the night during Borgore’s set. Borgore brought out Getter to join him in the booth, which was awesome. After leaving the main stage, we made our way to the Hilltop Garden stage, where we caught some of Big Gigantic. In all honesty, I was kind of disappointed that we didn’t completely skip out on Borgore to see the full set. They absolutely brought out the fire, along with all the energy they had for their performance. I noticed that their set was more “dubby” than funk, which is what I’m used to hearing from Big Gigantic - it was a nice change up from the norm. Leaving the Big Gigantic set, I caught a few minutes of Steve Aoki on my way to see Porter Robinson at the mainstage. Steve’s set was inspirational and full of energy, as per usual, but seeing Porter do his thing really had me in a state of euphoria. To top it off, who better to see close out day two than the man himself, Tiesto. I’ve been lucky enough to catch him a couple of other times at various festivals, but never forced myself to see him like I did at Electric Zoo, and am I glad I did! His set was freeing, magical, with a perfect mix of old and new tunes.
ZOO by: AMBER LYNN
3 Y A D I wasn’t sure how day three could top off the first two, but it did. Electric Zoo planned some of the biggest names in EDM for Sunday. After mingling and making new friends, my first stop of the day was to see GTA (Good Times Ahead). We stuck around for Juicy J, who I knew was a legend. I never actually sat down and listened to his music, but I sure am glad I stayed. His set was straight fire, and tons of fun! Feeling pretty tired, we wandered around to the main stage yet again and listened to The Chainsmokers throw down. After rejuvenating and quenching our thirst, we caught up with Hardwell. He definitely wowed the crowd, and there were even some times I had to stop and catch my breath, in between shedding a tear or two. Beyond outstanding - his set made me feel warm and weightless. His music hit my soul just right. It’s hard to say which set of the weekend was my favorite: Hardwell, Bassnectar Tiesto or Big Gigantic. Another festival for the books and Electric Zoo gets two thumbs up. The weekend was not only magical and beautiful, but I felt something more than I have ever felt and that was love - love between the people, love from the artists for their fans, and most importantly, interconnected and universal love that was shared by everyone in attendance. I love you, New York. Until next time!