Freddie Mercury wasn't lying when he sang "The Show Must Go On." Electric Zoo's people are now saying that, too. The festival announced after much speculation that they have finally been issued permits to hold the festival this coming summer. The festival, which is set to take place on August 29-31, 2014 at Randall's Island Park, will feature acts from around the globe and tickets are now available at discounted pre-sale price with payment plan available, for a limited-time only.
The news comes after reports that Electric Zoo had planned to beef up their safety measures, but also after we reported that Electric Zoo had hired lobbyists to protect the festival. The cynic here might see this and say "aw man, money talks and they bought those permits off" and they might be right. That doesn't make it a bad thing, though, because in my perspective, Electric Zoo's revival and perseverance are momentously important to the long-term survival of global dance music culture. When Electric Zoo was cancelled last year, the entire dance music world was shook not only by the tragedy itself, but by the significance of what it meant. Amid the catcalls and exploitive tabloid blogging, the world of dance music was hurting. We can not let stigmas of drug use and terrible stereotypes about the dance community dictate who we are and how we respond to tragedy. We're only as strong as our last move and this one is great.
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