Feed The Animals Pt. I (Electric Zoo Review)
Well it’s over. Our bodies are in shambles. We have the hearing of 80-year-olds. And our brains are more or less mush. But we did it. 3 days of Electric Zoo madness. There is so much to tell so I guess I dive right in…
My friends and I arrived to the first day of Zoo via the 103rd St. footbridge from Manhattan around 3pm. First thing I noticed was the layout. It was ideal. Each stage had its own setting, with hardly no sound leakage between them. The Main Stage was naturally enormous and could be heard far out into the large grassy expanse of Randall’s Island Park. Next was the Red Bull Riverside tent, which along with the Sunday School Grove tent, provided Zoo-goers with a much more intimate and confined venue to see their favorite artists up close. Last was the largest tent, the Hilltop Arena, aptly named for its ability to project sound clearly onto the shaded hilltop that lay on the other side of the festival field (pictured below).
Apart from the well-organized stage layout, Electric Zoo also made sure to have every other raver amenities conveniently located. Bathrooms were plentiful, food stands were diverse and not too expensive (for a concert), and most importantly, water was readily available at free fountains as well as general drink stands around the park (you could even cash in 10 empty bottles that you picked off the ground for a free water, #smart). I’ve been to plenty of other festivals and I have never seen one run as intelligently as Electric Zoo, so ‘hats off’.