Channel Zoo, Cocoon, secretsundaze, jaunt> and Junk announced for the first ever Zoo Project Festival.

Revered Ibiza gathering The Zoo Project will open its doors for the first time in the UK this summer when it brings its infamous-yet-other-worldly festival experience, not to mention some of the finest DJs, House and Techno institutions to Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, Kent. Taking place 14th-16th September, The Zoo Project Festival have invited many globally renowned brands to host stages across the festival weekend including Cocoon, secretsundaze, Channel Zoo, jaunt> and Junk who will all be programming line-ups at this exclusive party destination.

Creating an entirely unique festival within the grounds of an operational Wild Animal Park, the Ibiza club team will be dishing up a weekend full of ethereal experiences. Teaming up with some of the best brands in the business, The Zoo Project has grown over the past six years into the White Isle’s most sought after outdoor event thanks to the unique vision of the team. Undoubtedly the Ibiza success story of the past decade, The Zoo Project spawned the hugely successful Channel Zoo, the most forward thinking music project to hit Ibiza and a name that has become synonymous with cutting edge new sounds, provided by the unrivalled underground electronic music record labels of the future.

Joining Channel Zoo as a stage host is Cocoon. Set up in 2000, the record label has supported and launched some of the decades most respected and recognised DJs in Techno and House. Beginning with a clear ethos of supporting young DJ talent, allowing DJs to release music without depending on major label structures, the label has flourished commanding respect from the electronic music industry worldwide.

Heading up the Cocoon stage is Raresh, who is a mere 23 years old and has been making huge waves on the DJ scene since 2005 when Sven Vath and Ricardo Villalobos found themselves impressed by his lively, amiable personality, huge eclectic knowledge of music and undoubted technical skills. Now signed to Cocoon, Raresh is highly sought after and travels the world on a weekly basis. Tobi Neumann on the other hand came to DJing a little later than the norm, becoming ‘infected by electronic music’ when visiting Berlin’s infamous Love Parade. This moment made Tobi sit up and change direction from producing commercial jingles and movie soundtracks to a decade of Berlin residencies.

Legendary Cocoon will also be bringing Dinky, aka, Alejandra Iglesias to the Zoo Project Festival. This DJ beauty was born in Santiago, Chile and while growing up the huge musical nature of the Chilean lifestyle had a huge influence over the DJ. Moving to New York as a young adult, Dinky made her mark on the big apple quickly and played at the cities biggest clubs. Reaching international fame with her track ‘Acid in My Fridge’ released on Cocoon Recordings. Also on the bill is native Italian, Ilario Alicante is one of the young guns on the scene, at just 22 he has been making and DJing for the best part of a decade, securing a residency at a mere 15 years old. Released to the world by Italian monster collective Circo Loco, Ilario will be at the forefront of the next decades DJ icons.

Brainchild of Giles Smith and James Priestly, secretsundaze has taken daytime partying into a new realm of experimentation. Breathing new life into a party time that was desperately dying, secretsundaze are now a mainstay of any in the know clubbers weekend. Supporting big and small DJs alike, secretsundaze offers quality to its fans, bringing over lesser known DJs for the first time such as Mike Shannon and Cassy who are now regulars on the UK clubbing circuit. Pulling in fun-loving hedonistic crowds, secretsundaze is a perfect host of the first ever Zoo Project Festival.

secretsundaze will be bringing some of their secret artists to the Zoo Project Festival including Chez Damier, who has played a pivotal part in the growth of house and techno throughout the past decade. Joining Damier is secretsundaze founder Giles Smith. With a reputation that can better any other, Giles has made his mark on the London club scene not only through the infamous secretsundaze but also his own unique style, winning him the Best New DJ Time Out award in 2003. Smith’s partner in crime James Priestley will also be taking to the secretsundaze stage over the wild weekend. A London clubbing icon, Priestley has played both intimate venue as well as Room 1 at Fabric.

Last but by no means least, Warren Brown aka Wbeeza! will be closing the secretsundaze stage with his unique sound. Bringing in his history and lineage of 20 years of house and techno and adding a fresh twist which comes from growing up and living in Peckham, South London. Wbeeza! mixes jacking basement vibes and swinging jazz grooves which will definitely be keeping animals on their feet.

Over the past four years Newcastle brand jaunt> has snowballed in popularity throughout the country, pushing the truly underground to the main stage platform the northern club night has commanded the attention of the electronic community. After two seasons in Ibiza, this forward thinking and musically progressive brand are on the verge of concurring the global clubbing scene. Joining this already astounding host line-up is Junk, nominated in 2011 in the DJ Mag awards as the UK’s best small club, the Southampton collective is on the rise. Known on the South Coast for its intelligent bookings and flawless ability to provide a truly quality clubbing experience.

If this isn’t already enough the seminal Channel Zoo have confirmed a phenomenal line-up including one of their Ibiza favorites, Lee Pennington who is renowned for his British club night riffraff and has a residency at The Zoo Projects very own Ibiza gathering will be joining the throng, as well as duo Nic & Kaleb who will be adding their edgy tech house with a hint of melodic soul to the mix.

The Zoo Project Festival is taking place in the middle of a working Wild Animal Park, the ethos of Ibiza will be encouraged and festival goers will be arriving in a menagerie of animal costumes to release their inner animal. The festival is still to announce at least another five stages with huge artists and bigger brands.













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