Electronic Music Festival Is Canceled After 2 Deaths

The Electric Zoo music festival on Randalls Island was canceled on Sunday, after city officials said two concertgoers had died and at least four others had fallen critically ill during the first two days of the event.

The dead concertgoers were identified as Jeffrey Russ, 24, of Rochester, and Olivia Rotondo, 20, of Providence, R.I.

Citing “serious health risks,” the city recommended canceling the event, hours before the third day of the multiday electronic music festival was to begin, and the festival’s organizers agreed, the mayor’s office said. The announcement said that both deaths had appeared to involve the drug MDMA, also known as ecstasy or molly, though the causes of death had not been determined.

“The Electric Zoo organizers have worked with city officials to reduce health risks at this event, but in view of these occurrences, the safest course is to cancel the remaining day of the event,” the mayor’s office said in a statement.

This was the fifth year that the Electric Zoo festival was held over the Labor Day weekend; last year, it drew crowds of more than 100,000 people to Randalls Island Park, according to the event’s Web site. The festival was to feature more than 125 electronic music acts this year, including Avicii, David Guetta and Krewella, as well as a series of official after parties, according to its Web site.

The festival is organized by Made Event, a concert promoter that has also staged concerts on Governors Island. The organizers announced on Twitter on Sunday morning that the event had been canceled, but did not give a reason.

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