Around 8:45 a.m. this morning, the Mayor’s Office announced the cancellation of the third and final day of Electric Zoo. The City cited the deaths of concertgoers and other hospitalizations that took place at the dance music festival on Randalls Island earlier this weekend.
The website for Electric Zoo now redirects to a message from the event’s organizers. “The founders of Electric Zoo send our deepest condolences to the families of the two people who passed away this weekend,” the statement reads. “Because there is nothing more important to us than our patrons, we have decided in consultation with the New York City Parks Department that there will be no show today.” The statement from the Mayor’s Office is more specific about the reasons for canceling the event, citing “health risks” and MDMA. The drug, a form of ecstasy also known as “molly,” is becoming more mainstream, with even Miley Cyrus singing about taking it.
Some of the musical acts scheduled to perform today expressed sympathy for those concertgoers who were hospitalized or killed.
“My thoughts go out to families and the people who died at Electric Zoo in New York,” tweeted performer Sebastian Ingrosso.
Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren tweeted, “I feel really sorry for everyone that was looking forward to my show today. I’m really sorry but this is beyond my control.”
Event organizers have yet to post about refunding tickets, but a “disclaimer” page for general ticket conditions stated that in the event of cancellation, the value of the ticket will be refunded, excluding fees and service charges. That page now redirects to the message about the event’s cancellation.