5 Things You Can’t Miss at Electric Zoo 2023
New York’s premier electronic music festival, Electric Zoo returns this weekend with a wild time in store for attendees.
Featuring brand new stages, expanded festival grounds, unique stage curators and a genre-bending lineup, there’s plenty to be excited about. To tame decision paralysis, here are five things we think you should sink your teeth into.
Kx5 East Coast debut
Two of the biggest names in electronic music, Kaskade and deadmau5, are making the East Coast debut of their collaborative Kx5 alias at Electric Zoo. Expect nostalgic hits like “Move for Me” and “I Remember” alongside cuts from their debut album.
Artists as iconic as Kaskade and deadmau5 don’t come together often, so this is a rare opportunity to see them perform side by side.
Say farewell to electronic music’s favorite saxophone-wielding superstar. GRiZ is taking an indefinite hiatus from touring this October to spend more time with friends and family.
Electric Zoo attendees will be treated to not one, not two, but three GRiZ sets. A fitting New York send-off, GRiZ performs his sultry "Chasing The Golden Hour" act on Friday, headlines The Continuum stage on Saturday, and closes the festival with a bass-heavy B2B alongside Zeds Dead on Sunday.
House and techno B2B galore
Speaking of B2Bs, there are plenty of them to boot at Electric Zoo, especially across the house and techno spectrum. Seeing your favorite DJs come together on stage feels special, bringing forth unexpected track selection, and of course, untamed energy.
Chris Lake & FISHER, John Summit & Dom Dolla, Nore En Pure & Franky Wah, Hi-Lo & Eli Brown, Dubfire & Ilario Alicante, and the Desert Hearts crew (Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, Porky) incorporate an exceptional programming of B2Bs at Electric Zoo this year.
An influx of B2Bs isn’t the only thing welcoming house and techno fans to Electric Zoo. With the MegaMirage stage, Avant Gardner’s acquisition of Electric Zoo is bringing the flair of New York’s most famous electronic music venue to the city’s most prized electronic music festival.
MegaMirage will host top-tier talent, offer separate entrances and exits from the rest of the festival, encompass a location on newly expanded festival grounds, and present the production prowess Brooklyn Mirage is revered for.
CamelPhat, Cloonee, Mau P, Green Velvet and Stephan Bodzin are a few of the 20-plus acts taking the decks at MegaMirage across the weekend.
Set times for Electric Zoo have been published on the festival’s official mobile app and the conflicts might have you pulling your hair out. Fear not, for lightning strikes twice in The City That Never Sleeps.
Plenty of the festival’s headliners—including FISHER, GRiZ, Madeon and Tiësto—are playing afterparties across celebrated New York venues like Superior Ingredients, Webster Hall, Elsewhere and Avant Gardner. Dancing into the AM is the New York way.