Randall's Island sits at the tip-top of Manhattan. You have to take a bus from Harlem, over the river and walk under a highway to get to it. When you get there, it can be a dusty or muddy field depending on whether it's a sweltering or soppy Labor Day weekend. In other words, it's perfect for a super-concentrated rave-athon like Electric Zoo that packs almost as many acts and styles as beats per minute into a single New York moment.
The Zoo may lack the gloss of Miami's seaside Ultra festival or Coachella's painted desert romance, but it's an ideal festival for New York: it's loud, it's fast, it's crowded and it's wildly diverse. This year, headliners include Moby, Rusko, Tiesto, MSTRKRFT, Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, John Digweed, Chromeo, Diplo, Skrillex, Crookers, Armin Van Buuren, Afrojack to name a few. Nicolas Jaar and Sebastian will be turning out live sets. So let the silicone-enhanced, credit-addled masses sit in traffic on the way to the Hamptons, Fire Island or the Jersey Shore this holiday weekend. Grab your Metrocard and get down like a real New Yorker at the ultimate end-of-summer-in-the-city party that's actually in the city.