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Labor Day Weekend 2012 promises to be exciting for anyone heading to Randall's Island for that annual event known as—Electric Zoo Festival 2012, an outdoor electronic music concert featuring an array of talents. Listen to 12th Planet, Adventure Club, Brass Fergie, Frivolous, Mat Zo, Paper Diamond, Reboot and more.

Enjoy the performances of many talented artists.

Located along the East River, Randall's Island Park serves as a scenic host to many athletic events within its numerous ball fields, running tracks, tennis courts and other facilities.

Schools and recreational activity clubs in the nearby boroughs occupy the island during the weekends for their practices and games.

Students play soccer during the weekends.

Soccer field with a scenic vista.

The John McEnroe Tennis Academy

The island is home to the iconic Icahn Stadium, which hosts championship track and field events for some NYC schools and other local, national and internationally renowned athletic competitions.

City Championship track meet for schools in the five boroughs at Icahn Stadium.

And of course, the island is the place to go for many cultural festivals and concerts, such as the Electric Zoo Festival. Starting Friday, August 31 through Sunday, September 2, 2012, Randall's Island Park will be abuzz with lights, pyrotechnics and music from talented bands. Buy your tickets via this link. But, don't delay. Special general admission tickets with ferry or shuttle bus transportation options are expected to sell out by Saturday, June 30.

Once you've purchased your tickets, check their list of what to bring and what's not permitted so you're well prepared. For instance, while you're inclined to bring your professional SLR or DSLR camera, leave it at home—it's not allowed at the concert.

But, don't forget to take the kids or your group of friends with you. Keep in mind that droves of music lovers will flock to this multi-genre event, so arrive early and grab a spot under the open air tents, or bring a picnic blanket and enjoy the merriment al fresco.

And when your party gets hungry, don't worry that outside food and beverages aren't allowed. Vendors for burgers, pizza and hot dogs, plus some vegetarian items will keep everyone energized. For those over 21 years old, there's wine, beer and Champagne.

Check their website for details on ferry service or other modes of transportation.

Check out their website for full details on how to get to Randall's Island. Should you wish to drive, purchase your parking pass ahead of time—parking is limited.

You've arrived at Randall's Island Park.

Once you're on the island, just follow the signs and cool sounds. Mingle with the crowd and enjoy. Don't be surprised if you're smiling and singing various bands' tunes for many days after the festival has come and gone.
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Why? Enjoy your summer with music and revelry at a scenic setting.
When: Friday, August 31 to Sunday, September 2. Doors open at 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. Rain or shine, depending on safety issues.
Where: 20 Randall’s Island Park, New York
Cost: Ticket options and food items vary in price.
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