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Review: The Zoo Project opens its gates

The Ibiza animal kingdom descends on Benimussa Park

It's been a long day for those of us who pre-partied on The Zoo Project's Noah's Ark - but the already half-partied-out animals, with their slightly smudged paint, join the freshly painted at the bus station as we head towards Benimussa Park for round two. We pack into the disco bus and we're like overexcited, caged animals, chanting and whooping all the way to the wilderness of the Zoo Project, located in the forest hills.

There's an overwhelming sense of togetherness at one of Ibiza's best venues - I'm flooded with a sense of gratefulness to have the chance to party where jungle giants could have lived. There are cages with feathers winding along the bars and the legendary seal pit is transformed into a unique dance square - it's all a bit too much to take in at once.

I stand on one of the higher steps as Zoo resident, Defex, opens the seal pit. Out of nowhere a pack of tribally adorned performers leap between the crowd, roaring into the faces of those appreciating the music. Their aura adds to the jungle vibe and there's an immediate confirmation that this is one of the greatest parties on the island. The heat drives me towards the pool where I'm the first one to break the ice and jump in. More follow my lead and it quickly turns into a pool party, giving us time to chill before the night takes over the zoo and the lasers paint themselves across the aztec walls. Michael James has recovered from playing the boat party and has taken to the tree house stage, continuing his Zoo legacy.

As night sets, fairy lights powered by bicycles begin to illuminate. I wander off and stumble across what I later decide to be my favourite area - the Mandala Garden. A circle of spiritual hippies are playing the bongos around feathered dancers surrounded by candles and warm smiles. I'm pulled from my stool and handed a maraca, and joining the dancers we perform a tribal-esque rain dance. On my way out I hear the faint techno beats produced by The Ripe Banana Music Academy, because bananas are the best instruments to play these days.

Lee Walker, who's already the talk of Ibiza thanks to his track, ‘Freak Like Me', has unsurprisingly filled the seal pit, and he's working his magic for a fulfilled and happy crowd metres above him. I just catch some of Michael James and then us animals are lead from the zoo before closing time. There's talk of an after party but my legs can take no more, I'm happy to go home with the motto “Love Music, Love Family, Love Zoo” ringing in my ears.


WORDS | Ruby Munslow PHOTOGRAPHY | James Chapman

Fechas, line-ups y tickets de The Zoo Project Sundays - 2019

Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

dom 12 may
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

dom 19 may
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

dom 26 may
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

dom 02 jun
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

dom 09 jun
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

dom 16 jun
Tree House
Seal Pit
Living Room | G13 Music
Roller Disco
Rabbit Hole
More TBA
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

dom 23 jun
Tree House
Seal Pit
Living Room | G13 Music
More TBA
Roller Disco
Rabbit Hole
Special guest TBA
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

dom 30 jun
Tree House
Seal Pit
Living Room | G13 Music
Roller Disco
Rabbit Hole
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

dom 07 jul
Tree House
Seal Pit
Living Room | G13 Music
Roller Disco
Rabbit Hole
More TBA
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

dom 14 jul
Tree House | Real Gang
Seal Pit
Living Room | G13 Music
Roller Disco
Rabbit Hole
More TBA
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

dom 21 jul
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

dom 28 jul
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

dom 04 ago
Tree House
Seal Pit | Sunflower
Living Room | G13 Music
Roller Disco
Rabbit Hole
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

dom 11 ago
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

dom 18 ago
Tree House
Seal Pit
Living Room | G13 Music
Roller Disco
Rabbit Hole
Line Up TBA
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

dom 25 ago
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

dom 01 sep
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

dom 08 sep
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

dom 15 sep
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

dom 22 sep
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

dom 29 sep
Tree House | Hector's Birthday
Seal Pit | Defex's Birthday
Living Room | G13 Music
Rabbit Hole

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