Top 5 Sets From Electric Zoo 2018
New York City is still in recovery mode because Electric Zoo delivered a festival that was one for the books.
Celebrating 10 years, E-Zoo assembled a stellar all-star lineup that was not to be missed. From Friday through Sunday, there were insane performances that made ravers go hard on all three days. The weather gods were on the big apple's side this year, thankfully. Festival babies were sweating it out, and liking it.
It's always difficult to pick out the best of the best. Music will always be subjective, and we all have our preferences as individuals. iEDM was in attendance, and after careful consideration, we are proud to bring you our top 5 sets from Electric Zoo this year. It wasn't easy because there was an abundance of amazing sets.
Throw on your favorite festival outfit and celebrate your great memories from last weekend, because we are counting down the sets that made NYC turn way up on E-Zoo's unforgettable anniversary.
5. Cash Cash
Every summer, we can always count on Cash Cash to absolutely kill it. They have always been one of our favorite acts at iEDM, and this year is no different. The trio has an endless list of bangers that gets everyone dancing, no matter the hour of the day. We can list them out, but you already know them by heart. The crowd absolutely lost it when they blasted their collaboration with Rozes, "Matches," during their E-Zoo set. Rozes previously talked with us about what the song means to so many people. Cash Cash also showcased ABIR for a surprise performance of "Finest Hour" that got everyone talking. ABIR's vocals were beautiful, and the song will no doubt become a festival anthem for years to come. Cash Cash continues to evolve with the times, remaining a must-watch act at every festival they play.
4. Lost Frequencies
This was the first time Lost Frequencies played Electric Zoo, and did he ever leave an impact. The 24-year-old producer from Belgium showed the world that he is the future in the industry at the festival this year. The crowd kept getting bigger and bigger as his set went on, and insiders took note. Lost Frequencies effortlessly controlled the crowd, and kept them amped the whole way through. For being a young cat in the game, Lost Frequencies carries himself as a vet, and it showed during his big main stage performance. If Lost Frequencies is this good now, can you imagine what he will be like in five years from now? He's already scary good, and he's only going to get better as his career continues to soar to new heights under his new label, Found Frequencies.
Marshmello showed up in a big way, and fans took notice. Mello is an act that attracts, and fascinates outsiders. Just by taking a look at him, music fans know he is different. Visually, he created a brand that cannot be denied, and it keeps growing every day. Knowing this, Marshmello took the main stage at Electric Zoo this year, and made sure everyone left remembering that he is one of the hottest acts in the business. The sea of ravers yelled out the lyrics of "Alone" in unison as the bright lights and smoke continued to add to the experience of seeing Marshmello live. You are doing yourself a disservice if you miss his set. Marshmello is a true main stage headliner, and got the fans in the door.
Everyone knows the name Tiësto. A tested survivor in the ever-changing world of electronic dance music, Tiësto has earned the right to call himself a living legend, if he one day chooses. He closed out the festival on Sunday and sent the crowd home very, very happy. Going through a variety of tracks that captured the spirit of what Electric Zoo stood for this year, Tiësto played anthems that transcend space and time. Ranging from Haddaway's "What Is Love," to Post Malone's "Rockstar," Tiësto had a little something for everyone. That is what a music festival is supposed to be about. The DJ knew how to read a room, and played to an audience that supported him throughout his long career.
There is a good reason why Alesso was selected to represent the artists who played Electric Zoo on Good Morning America last Friday. Alesso knows how to capture the imagination of listeners, both young and old. It's a skill that only a few producers possess. Making his presence known to a national television audience bright and early, Alesso was ready to stun the festival crowd when it was finally his turn to take the stage. Alesso tops our list with the No. 1 performance at E-Zoo this year. How could it not be him? With a touching tribute to his late legendary friend, Avicii, Alesso put on a show that will not be forgotten by anyone that was lucky enough to be in attendance. "Wake Me Up" made the crowd both sing and cry, in honor of one of the best to ever grace the scene. Making sure to end his set on an uplifting note, Alesso also played his biggest hits. The vibrant producer kept the party going strong with "Calling (Lose My Mind)" and "Heroes." Attendees roared for Alesso when it was all said and done, already looking forward to the next time he returns to New York City.
Who were your favorite performers from Electric Zoo this year? Be sure to let us know. Summer isn't over, so make sure you get fresh threads with our rave wear. Take a look at iEDM's Festival Collection HERE.
The banner and Marsmello photograph was graciously provided by Lauren Johnson. You can see more of Lauren's work HERE. The Alesso photograph was provided by Kevin Jackson Jr. You can see more of Kevin's work HERE.