Ibiza is the place to release your inner animal, or even demon (depends on what you are hiding inside). Beasts of all sorts, kinds and sizes meet either on Saturdays at the Zoo Project or on Wednesdays at the Channel Zoo parties to enjoy the numerous leisure facilities of the Gala Night garden. We headed there on July 6 and witnessed a funniest carnival to the sounds of techy house under the blue skies and later under the stars.
We arrived just before sunset to catch the start of the big fun. The Zoo opens at 4.30pm, begins to explode at around 7.30pm, and earlier it resembles more of a lounge in the open where you can eat a barbecue, enjoy a massage, dangle your legs in the pool etc. Basically, you can do all of this at any time, but you should be an exceptionally nirvana-oriented person to opt for relaxing in silence while George Fitzgerald or The Mole are spinning.
The other names on the line-up that evening included Medlar, Michael James, Alex Wolfenden, Negghead, Funk E, Nic & Kaleb, Defex and Milou. The Zoo have always been very underground with their bookings, and they don’t really need any celebrity DJs to keep the Seal Pit area packed and the poolside dancefloor running over with the flood of punters.
Because of the adjusting houses whose inhabitants aren’t eager to go bananas twice a week the Zoo can’t deploy their soundsystem at full capacity, but no animal complained about that – they were too busy exploring nooks and crannies of this wonderful playground.
The Zoo is all about details. Hammocks on the lawn, armchairs on the grass, vintage portraits on the walls – every year the venue renders more and more habitable without losing a grain of its wild wild vibe. A few years ago the Zoo Project on Saturdays and the Channel Zoo on Wednesdays were almost the only possibilities to enjoy daytime open air clubbing in Ibiza. Now that every pool claims its own party and every label can hire a marketing agency to invent a philosophical background for a party the Zoo is still incomparable and unbeatable. First, such a match of concept+location can hardly be found anywhere else on the island. Second, the Zoo has built itself a reputation on the word of mouth transmitted through not generations yet, but better to say shifts of clubbers, and it’s much more precious than any advertising.
The project started as a workers’ party and though it’s pretty touristic now, it still retains that cool “insiders” flair. It’s easier to get there from San Antonio, but even if you are staying in Playa d’en Bossa or somewhere else, make an effort to find and reach the Zoo – it’s worth it.
The Zoo Project - Saturday @ Gala Night Ibiza 2013 - Line-up
Benimusa Hills - carrer Romani, Sant Antoni De Portmany, Spain - 07820
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