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Electric Zoo Returns with Increased Security, Health Measures

Drug-sniffing dogs and drug safety videos added to NYC festival following last year's MDMA-related deaths

Electric Zoo 2013
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April 22, 2014 4:30 PM ET

EDM festival Electric Zoo will return to New York City's Randall's Island this summer with increased security and health measures following the drug-related deaths of two attendees last year.

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A press release outlined the new security measures, which include drug-sniffing dogs stationed at all entrances and an increased number of plainclothes security officers specializing in narcotics patrolling the festival grounds, organizers said. Electric Zoo will also shorten the length of each day's show, and provide free water and cheap electrolytes for attendees in need of rehydration.

"The opportunity to again host Electric Zoo on Randall's Island is a responsibility we take seriously, and we look forward to expanding our safety and security measures in order to further improve the concert experience for our fans," Electric Zoo creators Mike Bindra and Laura De Palma said in a statement.

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Along with the "highly visible" security presence inside, Electric Zoo will also be conducting background checks on vendors and employees and administering security surveys for ticket purchasers. Before getting their tickets validated, attendees will also have to watch a drug safety video that's part of "a robust PSA campaign developed by a youth-culture oriented marketing firm and featuring leading artists."

After two attendees died from taking fatal doses of MDMA, the final day of last year's festival was canceled. Electric Zoo, one of Rolling Stone's 40 must-see summer festivals, will return to New York City the weekend of August 29th through the 31st.

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