Electric Zoo music festival on Randall’s Island canceled after 2 deaths

Posted at 10:30 AM, Sep 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-03 09:39:44-04

(PIX11) — The final day of a music festival on Randall’s Island has been canceled after two apparent drug overdoses, according to the NYPD.

The Electric Zoo festival had begun on Friday at Randall’s Island, but during the time since, two people who attended the festival died of a possible MDMA overdose, and four other persons ended up hospitalized in intensive care.

“Definitive causes of death have not yet been determined, however, both appear to have involved the drug MDMA (ecstasy, or molly),” according to a statement released Sunday morning by the NYPD and the mayor’s office.

City officials reached out to concert promoters with their concerns, and the organizers agreed to shut down the festival in the interest of public health.

“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,” the statement continued.


The Electric Zoo organizers posted on their website their deepest condolences in the deaths of Jeffrey Russ, a 2012 Syracuse graduate and 20-year-old Olivia Rotondo, a student at the University of New Hampshire from Providence, Rhode Island.

Artists set to perform at the music festival took to Twitter to express their condolences.

And while many concert goers said the city did the right thing by canceling the last day of the festival, the party moved on to Libation on the Lower East Side, with the manager keeping an eye out drugs.

Tickets to Sunday’s shows cost $179 each. Organizers have yet to announce ticket refund procedures.