Electric Zoo 2012 is upon us. As awesome as this event is, it unfortunately means the summer of 2012 is coming to an end. If you’re like me, you’re going to want to rage hard and celebrate the culmination of another amazing summer in New York City. Now as someone who’s been to a lot of these festivals, there are a lot of important tips and partying strategies to keep in mind. So, I’m going to bestow upon you the benefit of my years of party experience. Always remember the 6 P’s “Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Partying.”
I present to you Haute Nights’ Electric Zoo Survival guide.
Make a Schedule
A majority of the world’s top DJs are going to be performing in a 72 hour span. While the organizer’s over at Made Events have done a pretty good job with scheduling, decisions will have to be made. Check out the lists of set times HERE. Now its easy to just go with all the names who jump out at you. David Guetta, Tiesto, Skrillex ect. However, there are a lot of really amazing lesser known DJ’s that are worth checking out. Artists that aren’t in NYC as often as the bigger names and it might be your only chance to see them without traveling to Ibiza. So do your due diligence and research some of these other DJ’s tracks to see if they fit your tastes.
There are also a few must see DJ’s that are playing at pretty much the same time. For example David Guetta , Luciano, A-Trak, and Above & Beyond all have overlapping sets on Friday. My advice is to go with one you haven’t seen already or do 45 minutes at one and give yourself 15 minutes to walk over to catch the last hour of another. Unless you prefer to wander aimlessly chasing beats, you’re better off making a schedule for yourself in the notes section of your phone. Set alarms to remind you of your favorites, so if you get too sloppy you don’t end up missing one completely.
Festivals are a marathon not a race. If you plan on lasting all day or better yet all three days you have to know your limits. Don’t pre-game too hard, if you’re showing up early. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Don’t forget to eat there will be plenty of great vendors selling food. Check out the full list here We all know drinking out in the sun tends to make you tired faster. Know your limits. I’m assuming this isn’t your first rodeo. It’s the last weekend of the summer but overcompensating and blacking out by 3pm is a good way to end your weekend before it starts. Think about your friends. Do you want them to have to carry your sloppy lifeless body around Randall’s Island or even worse end up leaving you passed out covered in your own vomit in a dirty port-o-potty. Sounds horrible right? Exactly! So do yourself a favor and DON’T BE THAT GUY!
Conserve Your Battery
Randall’s Island typically has crappy service so be prepared. Pace yourself on the texting, tweeting, and instagramming. I know, you want all of your social network to know how much fun you’re having right as its happening. However, keep in mind you have to be there all day and power outlets aren’t exactly accessible. Now may be a good time to go out and buy a phone charger case to give make sure you have some extra juice. They also sell disposable phone chargers. So those are definitely worth looking into. If you’re on an iPhone make sure to close out programs when you’re not using them. If they’re running in the background it will drain your battery faster. Also turn all “Notifications” to manual in the settings area on your phone. When you’ve lost your friends and you still have enough juice to find them you’ll thank me.
Dress For the Occasion
This weekend is going to be hot. Check the 3 day forecast here Girl’s Bikini tops are definitely the move. Also, couldn’t hurt to rock a TMG Halo to get that flower child look, though if you don’t have one already you probably will have trouble getting one in time for this weekend. It’s an EDM festival so I expect to blinded by neon and I’m cool with that.
Guys, tank top and shorts is the way to go. Make sure to load up on sun block if you burn easily because it can get pretty toasty out there. Sunglasses are a must, however try to bring two pairs. One with lenses, one with out, you don’t want to be that douchebag that everyone mocks for “wearing sunglasses at night” once it gets dark. Don’t have room to carry it, bring cheap ones that you don’t mind popping the lenses out of once the sun goes down. Also music festivals are the one event where it’s you won’t be mocked if you wear a fanny pack. So you can always pack extra supplies in there if you have one.
I’ve met so many great people at these festivals. It’s not like being at a nightclub where its cliquey and people just stick to their tables and crews. Don’t be afraid to start talking to random people. These connections and experiences, more than anything else are going to be what you remember most about your weekend. Mix it up, just don’t be obnoxious and overly drunk.
Guys this does not mean you should start grabbing random girls. There are so many easy ways to start conversations with girls in the crowd. Compliment their outfit. Talk about the music, they’re obviously here because they enjoy it as much as you do. There is plenty of common ground to start organic interactions.
Don’t Go Over Board With The After Parties
The lure of all the post E-zoo after parties will be great however if you hope to make it through the whole 3 day festival I would be strategic with which ones you attend. Personally, I will only go out after the festival on Saturday. I can operate on one night of no sleep but not two. Don’t ruin the actual festival for yourself by overdoing it with after parties. Plus do you really want to throw your money away by oversleeping because you couldn’t call it a night. Especially for Saturday there will be such an amazing lineup you do not want to miss much there.
If I were to ignore the inherent connection between music festivals and drug culture I would be being disingenuous. I’m not advocating the use of illegal drugs but their presence at these kind of events is pretty much a given. If you do choose to party in this manner, try to be as careful as possible. Make sure to stay hydrated, but don’t over hydrate. If you don’t typically party like this, air on the side of caution you’re better off not taking enough than taking too much. Again you must pace yourself, it’s a 3 day festival you only have so much serotonin to go around. Always try to have at least one sober person in your crew in case you overdo it.
In conclusion be smart, prepared and ready to have fun. These kinds of events are going to be the times you remember thirty years from now, when you’re old and hard of hearing from the abuse you’re about to put on your eardrums. So, make sure to make it worthwhile.