Electric Zoo Festival Cancelled After Two Deaths From Suspected Drug Overdoses

UPDATE: Refunds will be issued after the two onsite deaths led to the cancelation of the last day of the Electric Zoo Festival held in New York this past weekend. Full refunds are available for those who only bought Sunday passes and for those with three day passes, a 33% refund will be given— for those who purchased Friday and Saturday entry a 50% refund will be issued.

More refund information is available here. Gothamist also reports that a 16-year-old girl  woke up under a van in the parking lot on Friday with scratches and bruises on her legs. She was taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell where it was confirmed that she had been sexually assaulted. Aside from the deaths and this reported assault, 31 other arrests were made at the festival, mostly related to drug sale and possession.

The Electric Zoo Festival, held at Randall’s Island in New York City, has been cancelled after two people died from suspected drug overdoses. Today’s lineup included Diplo, Steve Aoki, Zedd, and Carnage. It would have been the final day of the three-day event.

According to the New York Post, law enforcement sources say the man and woman, 23 and 20, died from a suspected ecstasy overdose, while four other attendees were hospitalized.

A press statement on the festival’s website says:

The founders of Electric Zoo send our deepest condolences to the families of the two people who passed away this weekend. 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 city’s 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