One of New York City’s top music festivals was cancelled today because of the death of two attendees, The New York City Mayors office announced Sunday September 1.
The Electric Zoo Festival takes place annually during Labor Day weekend and is held on Randall’s Island. The three day event was cancelled on the last day of festivities leaving many party goers out of over $100 for a one day admission ticket.
The festival was shut down due to two deaths and at least four other people who were hospitalized due to drug use during the festivities.
The festival-goers who died were identified as 20-year-old Olivia Rotondo and 23-year-old Jeffrey Russ.
The City of New York provided an official statement addressing the unfortunate incident.
"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 hosts of the event also released an official statement via their website on Sunday September 1.
“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.”
Among the biggest acts of this year’s event included David Guetta, Avicii, and Benny Benassi.