Fans of electronic music will descend on New York this Labor Day weekend for Electric Zoo Festival. Held on August 29th, Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st of August, the annual festival has capacity for 150,000 revellers to drink, dance and enjoy international DJs and live music from across the globe.
It's is held on Randall's Island, which alongside Ward's Island forms part of an island in Manhattan. Although they have different names, the two islands are actually the same piece of land, separated from the rest of the borough by the Harlem River. All genres of electronic music are represented across six stages, with this year's headliners including David Guetta, Dada Life and Nicky Romero.
The festival runs from 1 – 11pm on all three days (and tickets are still available to buy online, either for the full weekend or for single days). Tickets include round trip transportation to and from Manhattan, either by ferry or shuttle bus. Alternatively, you can walk across the pedestrian footbridge – from the shore of Manhattan, it's a 20-25 minute stroll.
Whether you're attending the festival for the full duration or just one day, there's there's plenty of opportunities to link up a trip to Electric Zoo with a New York Big Bus Tour. With departures throughout the day, you can hop on and off any of our bus tours before heading to Randall's Island to see more than 125 of the world's leading electronic music artists.
Our Big Bus Tours New York include more than 30 stops, taking in some of New York's most iconic landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty (stop 12) and Times Square (stop 1). The Empire State Building is the second top on our red tour. It's open from 8am to 2am, meaning you can head up to the viewing platform for amazing views across the city either before or after your day at the festival.
We also have several stops around Central Park – the perfect place to chill out before a weekend of partying. Check out the animals at Central Park Zoo (stop 28) or take in some culture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (stop 26) or The Guggenheim (25). The Museum of the City of New York is stop 24 on the blue route, and the Electric Zoo site is about an hour's walk from here, if you'd like to talk in some of the sights and sounds of East Harlem en route.