The Electric Zoo Festival was thrown into disarray on Sunday night, as it reached its maximum capacity unexpectedly due to unforeseen circumstances. This led to festival-goers attempting to breach the gates, resulting in pandemonium at an event that had already faced significant challenges since opening day.

Around 6 p.m., security personnel ceased entry, turning away even those who had purchased tickets for the highly anticipated Electric Zoo event. Tensions ran high, and videos on social media captured the moment when frustrated fans forcibly pushed their way past barriers, swarming the gates, vaulting over security checkpoints, and making their way into the festival grounds.

The sheer number of people attempting to enter left law enforcement officials powerless to maintain order at Randall’s Park, the venue for Electric Zoo. Access to Randall’s Island from the Triboro Bridge was also shut down for both pedestrians and vehicles.

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The disappointment among festival-goers had been building since Friday when the festival’s first day was abruptly canceled due to supply chain disruptions affecting the construction of the main stage. Saturday’s schedule also got off to a late start, further testing the patience of attendees. Sunday marked the festival’s third and final day, and the turnout exceeded the organizers’ expectations.

Eyewitnesses shared their experiences, with some attendees who had purchased Electric Zoo tickets months in advance never managing to gain entry. Others described the chaotic scene as a “stampede,” comparing the rush of people to the fear and panic typically associated with an active shooter situation. Consequently, many attendees decided to leave the festival early for their own safety.

John McGuire shared his perspective, saying, “We just saw all of the equipment, the tents, stuff like that being knocked down, so we didn’t know what to do. It was a crazy situation. And after that, it was impossible to get to any of the sets. So after that, it was hard getting out last night, so we thought, might as well just get out of there.”

Cicero Clamor added, “They will refund us the money that we spent, so I’m fine as long as we’re safe, so we’re good.”

In response to the situation, the Electric Zoo organizers released a statement around 6:30 p.m., expressing their deep regret: “It is with deep regret that we need to inform you that due to the challenges caused by Friday’s cancellation, we have reached our venue’s capacity earlier than anticipated for today, Sunday. For the safety and well-being of everyone on site, we will not be admitting any additional attendees today.”

The statement reassured affected ticket holders that they would receive refunds and promised to make amends to disappointed fans. However, on social media, festival-goers expressed their frustration not only with the capacity issues but also with concerns about security measures and the festival’s ability to deliver on its promises.

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As of now, there have been no reports of injuries or arrests related to the chaotic incident at the Electric Zoo Festival.