Electric Zoo Wants to Return to New York City

The EDM festival hired lobbyists to help secure a park's department permit

Electric Zoo Seeking Return to New York City
Electric Zoo is seeking to return to Randall's Island in 2014 Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images
Mike Ayers

New York's Electric Zoo festival, the three-day EDM event that led to two deaths last Labor Day weekend, is looking to come back to Randall's Island this year.

The New York Daily News reports that festival promoters have hired Mike McKeon and Patrick Jenkins, two high-powered lobbyists to help persuade new mayor Bill de Blasio get on board. It just so happens that McKeon's lobbying firm, Mercury Public Affairs, helped raise money for de Blasio's campaign. They're helping to secure a parks department permit, a necessary component for concerts to happen at the Randall's Island venue. Made Events, the production company that puts on Electric Zoo, reportedly also have two target weekends staked out for the festival to take place. 

Last year's festival was shut down early after two college students, 23-year-old Jeffrey Ross and 20-year-old Olivia Rotondo, died from overdosing on ectasy, which set off an intense media scrutiny of drugs and the EDM scene. An overdose at a Zedd concert just days prior didn't help matters much. But last year's tragic events haven't stopped concerts from happening on Randall's Island this year. From June 6 to 8, Jack White, OutKast, the Strokes, Vampire Weekend, and Skrillex will headline the annual Governors Ball. From July 11 to 13, Phish will take over for three nights, which will certainly bring a crowd with a rep for illicit indulgence.

Made Events will have a chance to show it has everything under control this spring, when the company takes Electric Zoo to Mexico City. Skrillex, Chromeo, Above & Beyond, and more are set to perform at the event, which takes place from May 3 to 4.

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