Mayor Bloomberg cancelled The Electric Zoo Festival due to alleged drug overdoses. Sunday would have been the final day of the popular music festival.
The New York Mayor’s office released this official statement:
Due to serious health risks, the Electric Zoo music festival on Randall’s Island on Sunday, September 1st has been cancelled. The City recommended cancellation and the event promoters have agreed.
During the first two days of the Electric Zoo music festival, two concert-goers have died and at least four others became critically ill and have been placed in intensive care at area hospitals. Definitive causes of death have not yet been determined, however, both appear to have involved the drug MDMA (ecstasy, or molly). The Electric Zoo organizers have worked with City officials to reduce health risks at this event, but in view of these occurrences, the safest course is to cancel the remaining day of the event
The annual festival falls on Labor Day weekend on Randall’s Island and features popular electronic music. It debuted in 2009 and was expanded to three days in 2011. David Guetta, Avicii, and Benny Benassi were the big acts for 2013.