Allegedly, tickets sold out to the Sunday lineup before Friday or Saturday, which would make sense because the two winners of the weekend busted out their sets that day. Calvin Harris‘ Sunday afternoon set created buzz on the ferry to Randall’s Island, but his poppy energy gave way to the first-place winner of Electric Zoo, Snoop Dogg’s alter ego, DJ Snoopadelic. After more than two days of hardcore electronic music, Snoop’s set was the absolute tits. His homies—who included a guy with a dog mascot headpiece and three hilariously cliché ladies shaking their booties—gathered onstage, idly spinning “Who Gon Stop Me” from Watch The Throne before Snoop himself swooped out and asked New York who smokes weed. “Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang” felt like a massage to ears that had been assaulted by bass for, like, basically forever. His tracklist included Joan Jett’s version of “I Love Rock N Roll,” Nena’s “99 Luftballons,” Sister Nancy’s “Bam Bam,” Cali Swag District’s “Teach Me How To Dougie,” Duck Sauce’s “Barbara Streisand,” his own “Drop It Like It’s Hot” and a little bit of 2007 with M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes.” Basically Snoopadelic killed it with a welcome reprieve from this (except for that Duck Sauce track).
Second-place winner was chillwave newcomer Nicolas Jaar, who zonked out with a live band of handsome young men. The four of them—cute drummer, cuter saxophonist, keyboard guy with his back to the audience and adorbz Jaar himself—played in a circle, letting loose saxophone solos, deep beats and real live instruments.
As Diplo “DJed with no clothes on” (no one noticed, dude) in the Hilltop tent, Afrojack crammed the entire weekend into his set. Afrojack might sound like everyone else, but he’s actually high art; his work is pastiche, combining Top 40 tracks with other Top 40 tracks to make…a pastiche of Top 40 tracks. Photographers popped up behind him and Sunday headliner Armin Van Buuren like the Ariel Coil in The Tempest to snap photos, arms extended over their heads, as Afrojack fist pumped and house-music-ed his way through more than an hour. Paired with Van Buuren, the two final main stagers were a tidy end to the weekend, as together they were able to spin music from throughout the festival with panache. Van Buuren played for almost two hours, during which he sampled Samuel L. Jackson’s “Path Of A Righteous Man” monologue from Pulp Fiction, which was pretty cool when coupled with megascreens projecting the latest iTunes visualizer update.