A Night At The Zoo

Posted on May 31, 2014

Words: Lena Kochetkova

This year Ibiza club openings are planned in such a nice and user-friendly way that for every day there is a big opening. They don’t overlap, you don’t have to toss a coin choosing which one to visit or crash your head against the wall lamenting you can’t be present at two or three places at the same time. Wednesday May 28 meant the Zoo opening for all the underground heads of Ibiza, and all the roads that afternoon led to the Benimussa hills. By the way, the venue where the Zoo Project and Channel Zoo take place has been rebranded and from now on should be called not Gala Night but Benimussa Park. However, if your tongue slips or you simply forget the official name, it’s not a big deal – just mention the Zoo to your taxi driver and he won’t make a mistake because this project is just too unique and incomparable.

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It’s true that the Zoo is like a mini-festival in the open-air and each year the spectrum of entertainment activities on offer becomes more and more diverse. If you’ve been visiting this party since its early days, you’ll probably first and foremost think of two dancefloors. For the opening both of them have seen a bit of renovation. The DJ booth by the infamous swimming pool has got a wooden façade and resembles a shack now, and the booth in the Seal Pit now looks like a futuristic sculpture of white rocks. On the way to the Pit there is a bar that we definitely don’t remember from last summer. But what impressed us the most was the World Peace Action stage, located opposite the Barbecue area, that is to say on your left as soon as you enter. We still remember the times when this arena used to be empty, and now you can easily spend a few hours there being unable to distract yourself from everything that’s going on. On Wednesday, the performance on stage consisted of ethnic dances, freaky ballet and live music. In a tent nearby, healers were giving massages and another smaller tent was occupied by a tarot specialist. This part of the Zoo had an exquisite oriental flavour, and a heady scent of incense was floating in the air. The influence of Eastern cultures on Ibiza is undeniable, but nowadays rare a promoter bothers to remind the audience about the roots of hippie chic and Balearic cosmopolitism. Exploring this aspect of Ibiza heritage, the Zoo team has created a totally amazing concept that really made our day!

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The main line-up for the opening consisted of Spencer Parker, Burnski, Federico Grazzini, Acid Mondays, Funk E, Lee Pennington, Defex, Jeancedric, Jonathan Tena and Milou. The smallest stage was given to Emerging Ibiza festival and was soundtracked by Zohki & Roozlee, Maher Daniel and Davis. Since the weather was a bit cooler and windier than you’d expect from the last days of Balearic May, it took some time for the party to take off – but when it did, both dancefloors were really on fire. All in all, we’ve been waiting a whole year to experience the Zoo once again! Those who ran out of energy could have a snack in the barbecue area or buy a hamburger. Many were smoking shishas, giving another nod to the enchanting orientalism. And the most amazing thing about it all was to realise that we have a whole summer of partying like animals ahead of us… As always, the Zoo will be open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and the notorious Noah’s Ark boat party will furrow the seas to the beats of the most refined house music. Among the special events planned for this season at the Zoo Project are showcases by ManMakeMusic, BLK Market Membership and 2020 Vision, while the programme for Channel Zoo is yet to be revealed. And in fact, all the best is yet to come – Ibiza summer is just getting started!

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