DJ Times’ Can’t-Miss at Electric Zoo 2014

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It’s been a bit of a bumpy road since the much-discussed incidents and investigations of 2013’s Electric Zoo, but the festival is set to make its grand return to New York City’s Randall’s Island Park this weekend. With over 145 performers, six stages, and three full days of music, Electric Zoo will acts as a booming playground for electronic music fans making the trek across the East River.

With so much to do, it can be overwhelming to plan what you and your crew need to see. To assist with this task, DJ Times offers its Can’t-Miss list for Electric Zoo 2014:

The Main Stages’ Lineups
Despite the ever-growing list of bells and whistles being announced to every festival under the sun, there’s nothing as integral to an event than it’s lineup, and Electric Zoo has that more than covered. With a roster busting at the seems from sheer size and talent, Electric Zoo packs a pair of Main Stages that features a slew of dance superstars, including David Guetta, Knife Party, Armin van Buuren, Zedd, and America’s Best DJ 2013 Kaskade.

The Tents
In addition to the main stages, the festival will also host open-air four tents—Hilltop Arena, Beatport Riverside, Sunday School Grove, and Vinyl Only—that offer a staggering range of different genres and styles. The Hilltop Arena rivals the Main Stages in sheer power of its lineup, with ATB, Seven Lions, Madeon, and Destroid among the headliners. The Beatport Riverside stage will showcase a rotating set of genres, with Tensnake, Gorgon City, and Bonobo dropping disco-flavored beats while Sunday’s lineup will drop a trapped-out. Underground fans will find themselves in House Heaven in the Sunday School Grove, with Sasha, Danny Tenaglia, Nicole Moudaber, and Joseph Capriati all slated to perform. Go here for the full schedule.

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Vinyl Only
There’s no denying that Electric Zoo’s two Main Stages are stacked wall-to-wall with world class talent, but those looking for a trip out of the norm should head to the Vinyl Only stage. Put on under the Sunday School brand, the stage will feature three days of analog-only DJing, giving fans the opportunity to see performers going back to basics. A different performer will curate the lineup of crate diggers each day, with Behrouz, Frank & Tony, and Josh Wink set to host Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, respectively.

Cashless Payments
There’s nothing quite as frustrating as missing your favorite act while you’re stuck in a mile-long beer line as the person at the front fumbles around with a handful of pennies. This year’s Electric Zoo cuts out that problem entirely with its cashless EZ Bucks systems, relegating all transactions to a simple tap of a wristband. After registering their wristband online (a prerequisite to enter the festival), attendees can add EZ Bucks to their pass either online or through the official app. Users can sign up for automatic top-ups for when their balance gets too low and can also refill at stations around the grounds. Any unused funds will be refunded to attendees after the festival.

The Afterparties
The bass will stop pumping at 11 PM each night on Randall’s Island, but there’s no shortage of late-night fun to be had with the official set of Electric Zoo Afterparties. With a pair of parties—one at Manhattan’s Pacha and another at Brooklyn’s Output—set for each night, fans can pick their poison from a varied roster of performers. With the list of confirmed acts including Hot Since 82, Fedde Le Grand, and Arty, there’s a little something for everyone. Head here for more information.

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