Output, in tandem with Made Event hosted the deeper end of Electric Zoo’s after party’s this year. Friday night saw Hot Since 82 crush a fogged out room with Saturday showcasing a rare b2b techno performance with Gina Turner and hubby Laidback Luke, with support from Kidnap Kid. All was according to the bill, until Sunday’s disastrous weather hit.
Once word got out that the third day of Electric Zoo would be shutting down early due to in-climate weather, the remaining tickets to Output’s official after party were scooped up within the hour. Packed from wall to wall, the club squeezed as many fans as possible into the 400 capacity venue. The Sunday School stage featuring Drumcode artists Alan Fitzpatrick and Joel Mull and Joseph Capriati transplanted their sets from Randall’s Island Park to Brooklyn.
While fans started piling into the venue, Mull started the show on a slower note with his signature style of techno, prepping the audience for what was to be a very long night of dancing. The crowd was a mix – you had the Ezoo leftovers who looked like they were on their last limb, some who were picking up their second wind, and diehard techno fans who came together to dance. After Mull’s two-hour set, Fitzpatrick jumped on for an epic 2:00-5:30am set. His set picked up where Mull had left off, bringing it to another level, with his blend of intense stabbing synths and techno.
Meanwhile in the Panther Room, German house act Âme played a ridiculously groovy set that completely split Output into two different venues. Âme consists of two people but only one of them seems to take on the bulk of the actual DJing, while the other produces. At first glance it seems like no big deal, until you realize that this one guy, Frank Wiedemann, played from 1:00am-5:00am and kept everyone moving the entire time, which is an impressive to say the least.
At this point, a quarter of the attendees had left and the only ones left were the diehards and a sprinkling of Ezoo’ers who were nowhere close to packing it in for the night. Just as you thought the music couldn’t get anymore intense, Joesph Capriati hopped on the decks and brought everyone back to life for the tail end of the night, closing it out at 7:00am.
It’s unfortunate that Electric Zoo had to cancel its last day once again, but this time we can be thankful for Made Event’s handle on safety and Output’s recovery plan.