The Official GDD™ Guide to Electric Zoo NY 2012

This coming weekend marks the fourth year that the Electric Zoo Festival will take over Randall’s Island in New York and we can’ t wait! Featuring three days of amazing music and your favorite artists as well as great green initiatives and a fantastic mobile app, this festival promises endless fun and an experience you’re definitely not gonna want to miss. We at Gotta Dance Dirty have compiled our guide to the festival including our artist picks, thoughts on the app, and our top choices for after parties below. Keep an eye out for GDD’s own Burn Unit & Olyvia, who wrote this handy guide up for you, and if you’re wearing GDD merch they just might have some stickers for you. Check it all out after the jump… – Olyvia

Friday Picks:

Netsky [305PM – Main Stage]

Dillon Francis [445PM – Riverside Tent]

Luciano [8PM – Sunday School Grove]

Saturday Picks:

12th Planet [540PM – Riverside Tent]

Dada Life [605PM – Main Stage]

Sasha [800PM – Sunday School Grove]

Sunday Picks:

Boys Noize [800PM – Sunday School Grove]

Porter Robinson [445PM – Main Stage]

Djedjotronic vs. Strip Steve [1245PM – Sunday School Groove]

Mobile App:

One of the things I hate most about festivals is trying to figure out how I’m going to see all my favorite artists. First world problems aside, it’s always a hassle to try and figure out who goes on when and where, and how to budget my time between sets. However, after playing around with this year’s Mobile App, I’ve got to say it’s pretty damn convenient. Available for free download for both iPhone and Android it not only allows you to choose the artists you want to see, but it also arranges them chronologically and includes the tent they will perform in, maps of the venue and alarms to make sure you don’t miss your top choice sets. On top of all this they also pinpoint food, merch, bars and other essentials on the map and include a nice little radio feature so you can listen to music from your favorite EZoo artists on the way there.

With over 12 different parties and afterparties to choose from this weekend it’s almost impossible to decide which to attend each night. However a few of these parties feature some of the same artists as the festival itself, giving you an opportunity to still catch the artists that you might have missed during the day. Here are our picks:

Friday (31st)
12th Planet, Netsky, Zeds Dead @ Best Buy Theater [official afterparty]
Ferry Corsten, Michael Woods and Gabriel and Dresden @ Roseland Ballroom [official afterparty]
Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano @ Pacha

Saturday (1st)
Markus Schulz with KhoMha @ Best Buy Theater [official afterparty]
Benny Benassi, Bingo Players, PeaceTreaty @ Roseland Ballroom [official afterparty]
Danny Tenaglia @ Pacha
Sunday (2nd)
Hardwell, Zedd, Bart B More @ Roseland [official afterparty]
Aly & Fila vs John O’Callaghan with Jochen Miller and Jaytech @ Best Buy Theater [official afterparty]

Burn Unit & Olyvia.