Electric Zoo lobbying for return in 2014
Though it shut down the music in 2013, the New York mayor’s office has been getting an earful recently about Electric Zoo. New York Daily News has reported that the festival has hired lobbyist Mike McKeon to push for the festival’s return. The city has not renewed the event’s permit after two drug-related deaths caused the cancellation of day three in 2013, but organizers are hoping that McKeon – who works for a firm that raised money to help put Mayor de Blasio in office – can sway opinion. McKeon and fellow Electric Zoo lobbyist Patrick Jenkins have reportedly reached out to several key aides in their quest for for a permit allowing the festival to return to Randalls Island this Labor Day. While the Parks Department has only confirmed that the permit is “under review,” with an ever-active web presence, EZoo is holding out hope for a triumphant and tragedy-free return.