NY’s Electric Zoo song fest close down by storms

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NEW YORK (AP) — The Electric Zoo song festival was close down in a face of absolute thunderstorms Sunday, forcing thousands of people to leave a island environment and imprinting a second termination in as many years.

As some of electronic music’s large names — including Kaskade and Jack U, a partnership of Grammy Award-winner Skrillex and DJ Diplo — prepared to play a three-day event’s final night, organizers and city officials called it off and systematic Randall’s Island evacuated around 4:30 p.m., organizers said. The National Weather Service had released flash-flood warnings as downpours and lightning loomed.

“We apologize to a fans, though eventually a categorical regard is for a reserve and confidence of all attendees, artists and staff,” orator Stefan Friedman pronounced in a statement.

The festival’s final day was axed final year after dual fans died of overdoses of MDMA, also famous as molly or ecstasy, total with overheating. Organizers attempted to set a safer, some-more security-conscious tinge this year, cutting any day by dual hours, constrained festival-goers to watch a video about MDMA and adding drug-sniffing dogs, peers examination for people feeling ill, a cooling hovel and other measures.

This year, a termination came about 3 hours into a final day, with throngs of music-lovers already during a 27-acre venue in a East River. Many had to house ferries or convey buses to get off a island.

Organizers pronounced a depletion was orderly. Police had no evident information. The glow dialect hadn’t gotten any reports of injuries during a festival or a evacuation.

As fans headed for a exits, some tweeted their frustrations, observant that it was a second year in a quarrel that a show’s final night hadn’t left on. And some artists posted their regrets.

“I can’t trust this!! we was so looking forward” to personification Sunday night, tweeted a Swedish DJ Alesso, one of a night’s headliners.

The Australian twin What So Not, meanwhile, wrote, “Sadly won’t be personification NYC today. … Who wants to strike a bar?”

Earlier Sunday, Friedman pronounced there hadn’t been any vital problems, with some fans creation use of a cooling tent and other reserve features.

Police had no evident information on either there had been any arrests.

The 5-year-old Electric Zoo has turn a renouned stop on a circuit for fans of electronic dance music, a flourishing participation in cocktail in new years.

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Reach Jennifer Peltz on Twitter @jennpeltz.

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