Following the death of two festival goers at the 2013 Electric Zoo music festival on New York City's Randall's Island, City officials and event promoters have decided to cancel the final day of the three-day event.
Two concert-goers had died during the first two days of the electronic music festival and at least four others are critically ill and have been placed in intensive care at area hospitals, according to press release sent out by fest and city. Though the causes of these deaths have not been determined, it appears that the drug MDMA (ecstasy, or molly) is responsible.
Electric Zoo was celebrating its fifth year in existence. DJs like Avicii, Knife Party, Flux Pavillion, David Guetta, Bassnectar, Hardwell and more had played the first two days, while Steve Aoki, Sebastian Ingrosso, Laidback Luke and Armin Van Buuren were set to headline on Sunday.
"The founders of Electric Zoo send our deepest condolences to the families of the two people who passed away this weekend," read a message from the fest promoters Made Events on the Electric Zoo website. "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."
"Just heard the news," tweeted Laidback Luke after hearing about the cancellation. "I'm so sorry New York! RT @EDMFacts: If you're partying, please remember to stay safe."
— Armin van Buuren (@arminvanbuuren) September 1, 2013
No word on if the festival will return in 2014.