Electric Zoo is trying to take every precaution necessary to prevent any problems after the festival’s final day was cancelled last year because of two MDMA-related deaths. It was recently reported that festival attendees will be forced to watch a PSA about the dangers of drug use in order to attend and now the festival has announced that Camelbaks and empty water bottles will be prohibited from being brought onto festival grounds because, according to festival organizers, “they can easily be used to store illicit materials.” Instead, the festival will provide free cups at all of the water stations and will allow bottles purchased at the event to also be refilled. It’s not clear how large the provided cups will be or whether they will have a resealable lid, which is important if you want to keep attendees hydrated throughout the day. Read Electric Zoo’s full statement about the ban below.
If you venture into the comments on the post, it’s readily apparent that EDM fans aren’t okay with this. “This is the worst idea I have ever heard of for thousands of people standing out in the sun for three days,” said one concerned fan. EDM website YourEDM pointed out, “It is unreasonable to think that fans will leave an amazing spot in the midst of a crowd during a set to go grab a ‘cup of water’ from one of the water stations. It is even more unreasonable to think that a few cups of water per person throughout the festival will suffice to avoid dehydration. It becomes hard for young partiers to prioritize hydrating when hydrating becomes a difficult and rather annoying task.”
Electric Zoo will take place from 8/29-8/31 on Randall’s Island in NYC.