NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Made Events announced that they have secured the necessary permits from NYC Department of Parks and Recreation for the return of the electronic music Electric Zoo Festival to Randall's Island on Labor Day Weekend Friday Aug. 29—Sunday Aug. 31.
"We are incredibly excited to bring Electric Zoo back to New York. Over the past five years, Electric Zoo has grown tremendously, becoming a critically acclaimed, internationally recognized music festival. The opportunity to again host Electric Zoo on Randall’s Island is a responsibility we take seriously, and we look forward to expanding our safety and security measures in order to further improve the concert experience for our fans.” festival founders Mike Bindra and Laura De Palma of Made Events said in a statement.
In an effort to prevent additional incidents like the unfortunate tragedy that marred the 2013 edition of the event, Made Events plans to tighten security at the festival, and reportedly drug sniffing dogs, undercover police and pat-down checks will be employed to deter drug use. Electric Zoo organizers are also considering using amnesty bins at the entrance, allowing festival-goers to discard illicit substances without penalty before being subjected to a search at the gate.
As well, festival organizers are planning to shorten each day of the festival, as well as providing free water and cheap electrolytes for attendees.
The new safety plan for the festival was developed by an advisory board of doctors, security consultants and performers that was empaneled by the festival n the wake of the 2 deaths last year. SFX Entertainment, which acquired Made Events in 2013, intends to tailor the board's recommendations for use at all of their festival events. – Staff Writers