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Review: Zoo Project ft. Monika Kruse at Benimussa Park, 20th September

Ibiza, BBQs, bumblebees and Boy Boy Boy....

I had been looking for an excuse to get back to the Zoo at Benimussa Park - the weird, wild and wonderful party outpost in the hills outside San Antonio - and it came last Saturday in the form of one Monika Kruse, a longtime heroine of the German and global techno circuit.

Whilst Kruse and the ever-eccentric Zoo Project vibes were the main draw cards, I must confess there was another motivation for making the trip cross island: the famous Zoo BBQ plate nom nom nom! Arriving at 9, I bee-lined past the fist-pumping sparkly giraffes, the drinking lions, upside-down umbrellas, swinging hammocks and spiritual energy circles and headed straight for the Zoo BBQ, where I quickly secured a plate with “absolutely everything please” and sat down with a Smirnoff Ice (when in Rome) to have my nosh.

Twenty minutes later and supremely satisfied, I walked past the TreeHouse stage, where sparingly dressed young things were sweating all their pretty body pant off to tech house tunes, and made my way on to the Seal Pit. The amphitheatre style dance floor was full, and Kruse was in the opening stages of a high energy tech-heavy set. In keeping with the fast moving, intense atmosphere of nighttime Zoo Project, Kruse moved through a variety of different styles quite quickly, including raucous build-ups which mobilized the masses across the narrow pool.

Kruse weaved slow and chunky house grooves into tribally snare sessions, for example in the aptly named Snare City, by Gabry Fasano and Riccardo Ferri, later moving on to slightly more progressive tech sounds with Marc Marzinet's Run Wild, then towards the end bringing in funky and melody focused tracks like Andim's Boy Boy Boy, released last year on Monika's own label Terminal M.

The dark stalls were illuminated by roving disco lights which caught flashes of glitter paint from the colourfully decorated crowd, whilst stage side was a riot of activity with leopard suited dances stalking along the floor, tribally adorned acrobats flipping across the stage and starting crowd-clapping alongs with their legs, mermaids flapping their legs in the pool and blowing bubbles and even a bumble bee (of the female human variety) descending on a rope from the roof and startling the smiling and laughing Kruse as it/she abseiled down the wall over the DJ's shoulder.

As always, the Zoo Project provides something unique and Ms Kruse rose to the occasion. It's about so much more than just the music, stimulating the senses and bringing out one's playful side whilst still maintaining a very high quality of DJ bookings. Next week is the Project closing and your last chance to get your sparkly animal on… Giraffes, tigers and snakes are popular costume choices, but I'm thinking hedgehog.

WORDS | Jordan Smith PHOTOGRAPHY | James Chapman


Full summer listings for The Zoo Project Sundays - 2019

Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

Sun 12 May
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The Zoo Project

Sun 19 May
Benimussa Park

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Sun 26 May
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

Sun 02 Jun
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

Sun 09 Jun
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

Sun 16 Jun
Tree House
Seal Pit
Living Room | G13 Music
Roller Disco
Rabbit Hole
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Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

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

The Zoo Project

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

The Zoo Project

Sun 07 Jul
Tree House
Seal Pit
Living Room | G13 Music
Roller Disco
Rabbit Hole
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Benimussa Park

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

The Zoo Project

Sun 21 Jul
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

Sun 28 Jul
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

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

The Zoo Project

Sun 11 Aug
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

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

The Zoo Project

Sun 25 Aug
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

Sun 01 Sep
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

Sun 08 Sep
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

Sun 15 Sep
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

Sun 22 Sep
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

Sun 29 Sep
Tree House | Hector's Birthday
Seal Pit | Defex's Birthday
Living Room | G13 Music
Rabbit Hole
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project Closing Party

Sun 06 Oct
Tree House
Line Up TBA
Seal Pit
Line Up TBA
Living Room
Line Up TBA
Rabbit Hole
Line Up TBA

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