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Review: Four weeks of The Zoo Project Ibiza

Let's do it like they do on the Discovery Channel

On Saturday 4 June, The Zoo Project opened its doors for the first time this season, heralding the start of another long, hot summer and the 10th year of this unique fiesta at Benimussa Park. To celebrate, we're taking a look back at the first month of the spectacle, stepping boldly into the animal kingdom to give you a little taste of what to expect. The Zoo Project is a feast for the senses - the line-up boasts unannounced surprise guests each and every week for unadulterated aural pleasure, artistic performers parade dressed in a variety of spectacular costumes, revellers can relax at the dedicated chill-out area, The Mandala Garden, before dancing the night away at one of the many stages, and if your hunting skills are off kilter, you can even get your paws on some ready-made barbeque action.

Over the past four weeks, Benimussa Park has been a hive of activity. Resident Defex kicked things off in the first week at the infamous Seal Pit – a stage where the DJs replace performing animals on stage. At the Treehouse, fellow regulars Karina & Michael James charmed the crowd before Italian duo System of Survival got involved with proceedings - while Columbian Eli Rojas rocked the Living Room. Back in the Seal Pit, everyone's favourite freak, Lee Walker closed out an excellent first day.

Week two saw Javi Bora and Samuel Deep in the Seal Pit, as Kekahuma took over for the day. Adding to the chaos were giant hopping rabbits, a fierce looking woman resembling a predatory feline and a man who looked like a cross between the mad hatter and the Cheshire cat, complete with maddening grin. Up in the Treehouse the UK's Laura Jones wrapped it up as the animals below feasted on deep house tracks like Secret Mummy's 'The Mole'.

By week three, The Zoo Project's unique mayhem was properly underway. Federico Grazzini closed out the Seal Pit as an array of performers - some dressed as odd zebra-looking cats - pranced in the foreground to the sound of Michael Jackson's 'Wanna be Startin' Somethin'. Across in the Treehouse, Evan Baggs delivered an uplifting journey that had every animal in the kingdom united in euphoria.

In week four, we entered under the cover of darkness, wandering through the meandering paths to find The Mandala Garden. We sat around in a circle with friends and strangers alike, an unbeatable vibe created by the amalgamation of old acquaintances and new. It was then time to head to the Seal Pit for Detroit techno hero Stacey Pullen who predictably had hyped up ravers begging for more. Buoyed by his performance and the unbeatable Zoo vibes, the party continued long into the night. The Zoo Project is a unique experience - one that should definitely be considered as you plan your days out here this summer. Like Alice in Wonderland, you'll be diving down the rabbit hole when you enter – how far down you go is entirely up to you.


WORDS | David Fleming

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Full summer listings for The Zoo Project Sundays

Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project Opening Party

Sun 06 May
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

Sun 13 May
Tree House | El Licoreta Club
Living Room
Rabbit Hole
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

Sun 20 May
Tree House | Jack's House
Living Room
Rabbit Hole
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

Sun 27 May
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

Sun 03 Jun
Tree House
Living Room | Real Gang Soundsystem
Rabbit Hole
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

Sun 10 Jun
Tree House | Vitalik
Living Room
More TBA
Rabbit Hole
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

Sun 17 Jun
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

Sun 24 Jun
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

Sun 01 Jul
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

Sun 08 Jul
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

Sun 15 Jul
Tree House
Seal Pit
More TBA
Living Room | G13 Music
Line Up TBA
Rabbit Hole
Special guests TBA
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

Sun 22 Jul
Tree House
Seal Pit
Living Room | G13 Music
More TBA
Rabbit Hole
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

Sun 29 Jul
Tree House
Special guest TBA
Seal Pit
Special guest TBA
Living Room | G13 Music
Line Up TBA
Rabbit Hole
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

Sun 05 Aug
Tree House
Seal Pit
Living Room
Zoo Roller Disco
Rabbit Hole | Highpath Recordings Showcase
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

Sun 12 Aug
Tree House
Seal Pit
Living Room
Zoo Roller Disco
Rabbit Hole | Knostra Music Showcase
Line Up TBA
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

Sun 19 Aug
Tree House | Jack's House x PIV
Seal Pit | Sunflower Showcase
Living Room
Zoo Roller Disco
Rabbit Hole | MATE Showcase
Line Up TBA
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

Sun 26 Aug
Tree House | Real Gang x Slap Funk
Seal Pit
Living Room
Zoo Roller Disco
Rabbit Hole | Real Gang x Slap Funk
Line Up TBA
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

Sun 02 Sep
Tree House
Seal Pit
More TBA
Living Room | G13 Music
Rabbit Hole
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

Sun 16 Sep
Tree House
Seal Pit
Living Room | G13 Music
More TBA
Rabbit Hole
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project - Not Normal

Sat 22 Sep
Tree House
Living Room | El Licoreta Club
Rabbit Hole | Ibiza Club News
Line Up TBA
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project

Sun 30 Sep
Tree House
Seal Pit
Living Room | G13 Music
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Rabbit Hole
Benimussa Park

The Zoo Project Closing Party

Sun 07 Oct

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