The US event has been cancelled after two revellers reportedly died of drug overdoses.
As the New York Times and NY Daily News report, an official statement from the New York City Mayor's office revealed that two people died and four more were taken to hospital seriously ill as a result of an MDMA overdose. The victims were later identified as 23-year-old Jeffrey Russ, of Rochester, N.Y., and 20-year-old Olivia Rotondo, of Providence, R.I.
The Mayor's office statement read: "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 festival, which was scheduled to run from August 30th through September 1st, takes place at New York City's Randall's Island Park. Electric Zoo promoters released their own statement, which read: "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."