The third day of the annual Electric Zoo festival in NYC was cancelled due to two ecstasy-related deaths. Four other individuals are reportedly hospitalized in critical condition also after taking the drug ecstasy.
"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," read a statement issued by New York City officials. "Definitive causes of death has not yet been determined, however, both appeared 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."
In addition to the two deaths and four overdoses, The New York Daily News reports that a 16 year-old girl was sexually assaulted, and 31 attendees were arrested (including two felonies) for drug-related charges such as drug sales, controlled-substance possession, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.
Electric Zoo organizers have told festival-goers there will be a full refund for the cancelled third day. Customers that bought a three-day pass will receive a 33% refund, those that bought a Friday/Sunday combo pass will receive a 50% refund, and Sunday pass holders will receive an immediate, full refund.
Sunday's headliners were scheduled to be Armin Van Buuren, Steven Aoki, Laidback Luke, Diplo, and Zedd, among others.
The Electric Zoo festival is an annual end-of-summer three-day party celebrating Electronic Dance Music (EDM) held on Randall's Island in New York City's East River.