Electric Zoo 2011 In Review

By Ravi in Glow Blog
Thursday, September 8, 2011, 4:10pm. (Updated: 9/09/11 at 2:06am) Add comments

With a lineup rivaling the best festivals around the globe,
New York’s Electric Zoo Festival went off in a big way!

Sander van Doorn Electric Zoo 2011

Even at 3:00 on day 2, Sander van Doorn had the main stage packed!

Day 1

Carl Cox and Markus Schulz at zoo

Decisions, decisions. Carl Cox or Dirty South? Markus Schulz or Rusko? Or 30 minutes of each?

Feed Me churned out world-class electro at the Red Bull Riverside tent. He was followed by Busy P, who jammed out with retro hits before joining the crowd to pose during “Basshead.” Markus Schulz, Rusko and Victor Calderone simultaneously competed to command the crowd’s attention on day 1. Gareth Emery stayed true to his genre but stopped short of delivering the anthem-like feel most revelers were expecting.

Moby was undoubtedly one of the best sets of the day, slaying the speakers with thumping, upbeat electro, highlighted by a rework of “A Milli.” Both MSTRKRFT and AN21 & Max Vangeli also destroyed it on day 1. Although his Plastikman stage show was unable to go up, Richie Hawtin nonetheless performed an amazing live PA in the Hilltop Arena. Carl Cox ripped the Sunday School tent apart and day 1 headliner Tiesto had tens of thousands in front of him on a New York City night 😉


Fans at Electric Zoo 2011

Who doesn't love NY?

Most would’ve paid big money just to watch Day 2’s lineup. Andy Moor and ATB delivered earth-shaking trance while Sidney Samson annihilated the Hilltop by incorporating dubstep into a set that was primarily hard house.

The widely popular, bass-wobbling genre which was still in its US infancy last year found its way into the majority of track lists this year. When 12th Planet brought Skrillex on stage to drop Skrillex feat. Penny – All I Ask of You (12th Planet Remix) the crowd went absolutely bonkers!

A mass of body paint, inflatable animals on poles and furry boots sprinted towards Red Bull Riverside when Joachim Garraud blasted Darude’s “Sandstorm.” A little hardstyle done well rarely fails to bring a crowd into raving ecstasy. True to their style of taking audiences to the highest level of EDM nirvana, Above & Beyond posted inspirational messages while feeding the hungry crowd hit after uplifting hit.

After David Guetta was finished infusing the crowd with some sexy French house, the Bloody Beetroots launched an unexpected yet nonetheless epic live set of love-it-or-hate-it tech and drums. Ferry Corsten, wrapping up Day 2 at Hilltop Arena, broke all zoo animals out of the cage with his latest anthem, “Check It Out.”

Day 3

Afrojack at Electric Zoo 2011

Afrojack was a clear-cut crowd favorite from the entire weekend. Just wait until you hear what one fan said in our official video!

Fans still rolling on the momentum of Alesso and Super8 & Tab were pulled in every direction as Fake Blood wrecked the Hilltop Arena while 50 yards over, EDX, Michael Woods and Gabriel & Dresden went off one after another.

Gabriel & Dresden’s return from 3 years of solo work was without question one of the highlights of the entire weekend. Arty deserves special mention as a relatively new face, arguably one of the best trance acts of Electric Zoo ‘11. He electrified an overflowing tent with hits like “Rebound,” “Punk,” and “Around the World.”

Armin van Buuren delivered a deep yet uplifting trance set with tunes along the lines of Eric Prydz’s remix of “Personal Jesus”, while introducing classics like Andain’s “Beautiful Things” to a new generation of EDM fans. Fireworks commemorated the unforgettable weekend with one last blast of energy with Armin’s very own “This Light Between Us.” As a raver’s outstretched arms reached for the heavens, a 50 year old man wearing pink neon turned to the people next to him and exclaimed, “I will NEVER forget this!”

Electric Zoo festival crowd 2011 mainstage

Looks about right... 🙂

True to his word, no one will ever forget Snoop Dogg yelling “Where the WEED at?!” or the exuberance ignited by the explosion of confetti at Tiesto’s finale, or the cheers of the euphoric mass as Paavo from Above & Beyond lifted his daughter up to the crowd to spin “Sun & Moon.” No one will ever forget Electric Zoo ’11, the happiest New York has ever been. The countdown for Zoo ’12 begins!

The Defining track of Electric Zoo 2011? Sebastien Ingrosso & Alesso – Calling.
Everyone played it: EDX, Afrojack, Alesso, Dirty South, Sander van Doorn, Tiesto, Hardwell, Robbie Rivera, AN21 & Max Vangeli and that’s just what we found on YouTube.

Review by Zoe Disselkoen

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