Electric Zoo: Day three of the dance-music festival cancelled

After two deaths earlier this weekend, the mayor's office recommended calling off Sunday, September 1's event and organizers agreed.

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The final day of electronic dance music festival Electric Zoo has been cancelled, due to the deaths of two people over the first two days. A statement from the mayor's office read:


"During the first two days of the Electric Zoo music festival, two concert-goers have died and at least four others became critically ill and have been placed in intensive care at area hospitals. Definitive causes of death have not yet been determined, however, both appear to have involved the drug MDMA (ecstasy, or molly). 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."


Made Event, the promotions company behind Electric Zoo, have posted this message on their website: "The founders of Electric Zoo send our deepest condolences to the families of the two people who passed away this weekend. 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."



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