NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg defends Electric Zoo in wake of cancellation
This past weekend, Electric Zoo cancelled their festival’s final day in cohorts with The City of New York after the death of two attendees, injuries to others, and a high volume of crime. With pressure from the mayor’s office to cancel and cooperation from the event promoters, Electric Zoo 2013 cut the weekend short for the sake of preventing further harm on Randall’s Island. Speaking up on the situation is New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who defends Electric Zoo promoters, attesting that they have a “stellar record.” Bloomberg goes on to applaud the founders for their cooperation with “nothing but good things to say about them,” but instead places blame on the drug usage.
There’s something that he was involved with about a dozen years ago, but we’ve been working with this promoter, organizer, for the past five years and they have a stellar record. I can tell you that when we brought it to their attention, we didn’t need to — they knew they had to put in as good procedures as we could think of and have been nothing but cooperative, and I have nothing but good things to say about them. The bottom line here is that you see people here who are doing drugs that shouldn’t be doing drugs and you see the fatal consequences. They city will have to take a look at every concert to see if the concert can be run safely.