Electric Zoo Festival 2012: What You Need to Know – The Basics & Friday: Main Stage

Believe it or not, EZF 2012 is only 2 weeks away! Until that fateful day comes, we’ll be taking a look at what each stage has to offer on each day of New York’s top EDM festival. This in depth coverage will have you primed and ready to navigate the zoo that Randall’s Island becomes for 3 days each summer.

The Basics

Randall’s Island Park has played host to EZF for each of its four years in existence. The island is located along the East River nestled between Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx. The grass (soon to be dust field) event space sits at the top of the park and spans a accommodating 24 acres.

The formula is simple, gates open at 11 AM each day and the show ends at 11 PM each day. Rain or Shine.

Transportation to the festival is a little different this year. Each pass comes with round trip ferry or bus service, guaranteeing massive lines to board each.

The Ferry– Ferries will be running to and from Randall’s Island throughout the day all weekend. Departures leave from East 35th Street Ferry Landing located at the intersection of East 35th Street at FDR Drive. Service should be running every 15 minutes or so.

Shuttle Buses– Shuttles, like the ferries, will run throughout the day to and from Randall’s Island all weekend. Pick up and drop off will be at East 124th St in Manhattan between Madison Ave and Park Ave.

Subway– A great alternative is to just take the subway uptown on the 4,5,6 line to 125th street. A quick ride and a 15 minute walk east will take you right to the festivities.

After Parties– For those who survive the daily ragefests, official after parties will be hosted at the Best Buy Theater and Roseland Ballroom on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Performers include, Ferry Corsten, Zeds Dead, Markus Schulz, Benny Benassi, Jochen Miller, and Hardwell.

Check out our other guides for Friday and beyond!

Friday: Hilltop Arena (Group Therapy)
Friday: Riverside (Fools Gold Clubhouse)
Friday: Sunday School Grove (Vagabundos)

Saturday: Main Stage
Saturday: Hilltop Arena
Saturday: Riverside (Dim Mak)
Saturday: Sunday School Grove

Sunday: Main Stage
Sunday: Riverside
Sunday: Hilltop Arena

Now, let’s dive into Friday after the jump!

Who You’ll See

Who You Can’t Miss

Nicky Romero – Back in January we named Nicky Romero our #1 artist to watch in 2012, and wow has he delivered. His release catalogue this year alone features scene renowned bangers like ‘Generation 303’ and ‘WTF!?,’ not to mention collaborations with David Guetta (‘Metropolis’ & ‘Oval’) and Avicii (‘Nicktim’). Everything the young Dutchman touches is turning to gold, and his set at EZF should be no different. DO NOT MISS OUT.

Nicky Romero – Camorra
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Laidback Luke – Easily one of the most fan friendly and chatty artists in the game right now, LBL always brings something fresh to his sets, along with tons of energy. His collab, ‘1234,’ with Martin Solveig and Chuckie has received tons of support and came with a kitchy, one of a kind music video. A veteran to the EDM world, Luke just flat out knows how to put on a great show and should deliver a top notch performance to start an amazing weekend of sound.

MSTRKRFT – Heartbreaker (Laidback Luke Remix)
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Under the Radar Artist

Adrian Lux – You may know his name from this year’s breakthrough hit, ‘Fire,’ but Adrian Lux has been a master of progressive indie-house for years. His productions go beyond the mainstream anthems churned out by some of today’s top talent and he is surely a respected name among his DJ peers. His debut album dropped earlier this year and naturally garnered much praise. Lux’s sound should be welcomed by the ears of any festie that simply wants to dance, spanning the indie, progressive, and even electronica realms. Check him out and you won’t be let down.

Adrian Lux – Burning (Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl Remix)
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Who You Can Pass On

David Guetta – Ok. Hear me out. David Guetta is a musical powerhouse, that is a hard point to deny, but he is not the same artist that brought him to greatness. After last year’s release of his double album ‘Nothing but the Beat’ and now regular radio play, the pioneering Frenchman is basically another pop artist. His early evening set at EZF 2011 was littered with top 40 remixes and there’s no reason to believe this year will be any different. There are better ways to close out day 1 of EZF 2012 (**cough cough** Above & Beyond **cough cough**, and we recommend you check them out.

What We Want to Hear

Hardwell & Nicky Romero- Beta (Original Mix)
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Fedde Le Grand & Nicky Romero- Sparks
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Marcus Schossow – Never Say Never
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Check back tomorrow as we continue our stage by stage analysis of the Electric Zoo Festival!


  • August 16, 2012

    Chris T.

    your Guetta analysis is spot on.
    Here is what Cocoon’s Johannes Goller recently said about SHM:
    “…Swedish House Mafia … it’s mainstream, commercial dance music…”,
    and that is sadly so true in this case, as you demonstrate by his 2011 set.

    And it goes for Top 40 of ANY era, not just today’s Top 40, I don’t even want to hear many Top 40 songs from the last decades either, I can listen to classic rock stations and pop stations and imagine the mix if I want that!

    So yes, Above & Beyond it is!

    A plug for something on 9/2:
    And instead of the official A-P’s that day, I recommend the Cocoon Residency that evening in a big way to anyone reading this (they’re bringing the dirty turk and the romanians!). Will be epic: 10h of Zoo, then another 6 of Cocoon…

  • August 16, 2012


    whats with all these american festivals ending at 11? is this legal?

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