Go behind the making of the Zoo Project, the Ibiza festival known for bringing unknown talents and plenty of sunshine and all-around-euphoric vibes. Having celebrated its 10th anniversary, Zoo Project festival in Ibiza gets an in-depth feature from Resident Advisor's Carlos Hawthorn.
"Everybody's the same... That is the only core principle we've got. If you come and you're open to everybody else, and you're up for having a good time and listening to some good music—that's all we do here," Zoo Project talent buyer Graeme Stewart told RA.
As the Ibiza season wraps up for another year, Carlos Hawthorn profiles a party that for the last ten years has been doing things a bit differently.
Late last month, Ibiza Spotlight published a short video recap of a closing party that wouldn't square with most people's idea of clubbing in Ibiza. The clip whisks the viewer through ceremony circles, past busy bars and up pitch-black paths. At one point, the camera hovers before a dazzling red arrow pointing to the right; in the background to the left, the frantic flash of purple lights suggests a rave in full swing. Moments later, you're in the middle of a lively dance floor, zig-zagging past couples making out, and looking up at a DJ, who seems to be playing in a tree. As the clip nears its conclusion, you travel up more dark passages, emerging into a smoke-filled amphitheatre teeming with hundreds of clubbers. The video has no sound, but you can still sense the noise and the energy.
The Zoo Project, which this year celebrated its tenth anniversary, is the closest event Ibiza has to a dance music festival. It says as such on its flyers, promising five open-air arenas, a swimming pool, massages, meditation and more at Gala Night, a sprawling, picturesque venue not far from the popular tourist town of San Antonio. Every Saturday between June and September, thousands of people flock to Zoo for a clubbing experience unlike any other on the island. It's colourful, relaxed and affordable, with a programme that features some of the best acts in underground house and techno...