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Electric Zoo 2012: On the island

Here's the day-by-day rundown of what you'll be partying to when Electric Zoo hits Randalls Island.

Photograph: Jordan Loyd
Electric Zoo on Randalls Island

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Electric Zoo 2012 Day One

Critics' pick

Made Event's Electric Zoo has, in just four years, become one of the country's leading electronic-dance-music hoedowns. This year's edition of the megafest once again services both the mainstream and—to a lesser extent—the underground. Today's kickoff lineup has the likes of David Guetta, Above and Beyond, Laidback Luke, Hardwell, Nicky Romero and Ferry Corsten representing the former, and Luciano, Argy, Reboot, Frivolous, Mendo and Robert Dietz (all playing at the Cadenza label's Vagabundos tent) holding it down for the latter. And then there's the Fool's Gold tent, featuring A-Trak, Jack Beats, Tommy Trash, Brodinski and many more.

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Fri Aug 31

Electric Zoo 2012 Day Two

Critics' pick

The festival continues with another massive (and varied) assemblage of electronic-dance-music elder statesmen and young guns banging out their booming beats. Axwell, Sasha, Above & Beyond, Sander Van Doorn, Paco Osuna, Benny Benassi, Maya Jane Coles, Frank & Tony, Koze, Claude VonStroke and Steve Aoki are all playing—and that's just a small sampling of what's in store. Check the website for the full lineup.

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Until Sat Sep 1

Electric Zoo 2012 Day Three

Critics' pick

It's over already? Yes—this is the final installment of Electric Zoo's three-day run. But there are still a ton of major-league dance-music artists and DJs to enjoy: Tiësto, Knife Party, Bloody Beetroots, Excision, Andy C, Diplo, Zeds Dead, Marco Corola, Apparat, Dixon, Mt Eden, the tag-teaming trio of Martin Buttrich, Davide Squillace and Matthias Tanzmann (do not miss them), and many, many others. Oh, and some guy named Skrillex is going to be there as well.

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Until Sun Sep 2