Photo: Electric Zoo 2013 Attendees
Despite an announcement to the contrary earlier this week, The New York Daily News is reporting that the EDM festival Electric Zoo may not return to NYC in 2014.
The pre-sale for the festival is to begin on April 29th, but it looks like permits have not yet been secured from the New York City Park's Department. No date was given on when Electric Zoo may or may not be approved.
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On Tuesday, the festival's promoters Made Event announced that the festival would return to Randall's Island. This is the same location as the 2013 festival where two attendees died due to drug overdoses attributed to a MDMA like compound.
As part of the announcement, Made Event (EZ's Promoters) promised to create the "safest festival environment possible" this year. Mike Bindra and Laura De Palma, Co-CEOs of Made Event and creators of Electric Zoo said this in a press release:
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.”
Some of the new security measures they have taken are:
-Increased use of plainclothes undercover security officers
-Hiring off-duty and former NYPD with a background in narcotics investigations.
-The addition of drug-sniffing canines to be placed at all entrances to the festival.
-The institution of background checks of all on-site vendors and employees.
-An increased security posture at the transportation staging areas; initial screenings here.
-An increased use of clear and concise signage listing prohibited conduct and potential penalties.
-An increased and highly visible security presence at the various venues inside the festival.
-An even greater use of social media as it relates to event security.
-A security survey to be sent to each ticket purchaser.
Stay tuned as we bring you more information on this developing story.
Source: New York Daily News