Electric Zoo, the annual EDM festival owned by SFX Entertainment, has announced a slew of new security reforms for its 2014 edition, which the dance conglomerate holds on New York's Randall's Island, the last day of which was cancelled last year following the drug-related deaths of two attendees as well as four others becoming critically ill. As Billboard noted, it was the first major EDM festival cancellation at the time.
Following the tragedies, Electric Zoo announced: "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 [the festival's third and final day]." The tragedies spurred other festivals initiated their own reforms.
Stefan Friedman, a spokesman for Electric Zoo, told Billboard that the review of the fest's safety and security protocols was put in motion "pretty quickly [following last year's event]. A board was put together over the course of six to eight months. Quickly after the events of last summer -- not only at Electric Zoo but up and down the Eastern Seaboard -- there was a desire to act."