Electric Zoo making comeback with tighter security after last year’s drug overdose deaths

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NEW YORK (PIX11) — Plans are in full swing for an Electric Zoo 2014.

Tickets go on sale April 29th, but organizers have yet to get a permit from the city to hold the Labor Day weekend electronic music festival, which is essential after last year’s tragic turn of events when two concert-goers overdosed on the club drug known as Molly, and died on Randell’s Island.

At least four others were hospitalized. Organizers then pulled the plug was pulled on the final day.

EZoo creators put out a statement which reads in part, “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.”

Two festival goers died of drug overdoses at last year’s event on Randell’s Island.

Efforts now to tighten security include more plainclothes officers, drug sniffing dogs at every entrance, background checks on vendors and employees, and a greater use of social media as it relates to security.

Also, people will be required to watch a PSA about drug safety before getting their tickets validated.

Organizers applied for a permit last December, just four months after the drug related deaths.

A spokesman for the agency said their application is still under review.

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