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EZoo 2013 Cancelled: 2 Deaths at Electric Zoo Festival Ends Further EDM Events?


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(Photo : Twitter/@EDMWorld_) EZoo2013 canceled due to 2 deaths from drug overdose

One of the most popular festivals on the East coast, Electric Zoo Festival, was cancelled over Labor Day weekend due to two deaths linked to drugs. Could this affect further EDM festivals from continuing their annual celebrations?

At EZoo 2013 in New York City, a young woman named Oliva Rotondo, 20, and a young man named Jeffrey Russ, 23, died from overdosing on MDMA, also known as molly, according to

Russ was taken to the hospital on Friday and died there early on Saturday morning. The New York Times reported that ample security was available on Saturday following the death, but Rotondo had trouble on Saturday night and was taken to the hospital in the evening and died later that night.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s press secretary addressed a statement regarding future events and whether or not an issued permit will be provided to host EDM events again.

“From Simon and Garfunkel to the Black Eyed Peas, concerts in parks and public spaces have been part of the fabric of New York City for decades,” said Marc LaVorgna. “We are examining what occurred at this weekend’s event.”

The New York City Parks Department opted to shut down the final day of the festival rather than to move forward as planned. The city released an official statement canceling the event.

“During the first two days of the Electric Zoo music festival, two concert-goers have died and at least four other became critically ill and have been place 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.”

Organizers will be issuing full refunds for single-ticket holders on Sunday, and those with three-day passes will have one-third of their ticket prices refunded.

Despite the incidents over the weekend, this doesn’t stop other EDM festivals from hosting their events. Ultra Music Festival will being having their annual event on March 28, 29, 30, 2014 in Miami. Tickets are now on sale.


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Sep 03, 2013 01:37 PM EDT