Following a previous show cancellation in Boston last week due to injuries, Day 3 of Electric Zoo (9/1) has been called off this morning due to serious health concerns. Concert organizers had continuously urged festival attendees on social media through the weekend to stay safe and hydrated with messages to “get help early” and to “look out for others.”
The city of the New York has released preliminary information for the abrupt cancellation:
Due to serious health risks, the Electric Zoo music festival on Randall’s Island on Sunday, September 1st has been cancelled. The City recommended cancellation and the event promoters have agreed.
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
UPDATE: Made Event has updated the Electric Zoo site with a message of condolement:
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.
REFUND UPDATE: Made Event releases refund policies for would-be festival attendees:
Full refunds for Sunday passes to Electric Zoo 2013 will be issued automatically. Customers who bought a 3-Day Pass will receive a 33% refund, and those who bought a Friday/Sunday combo pass will receive a 50% refund.