Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Fancied monkeying around in a wood with an Ibiza rave feel & other animals this summer? Georgie Fantazia managed it

Festivals were plentiful this summer once again but the Fantazia Crew were drawn to try some UK style Ibiza action with added animals and at a place near a lot of raver memories. Read on for Georgie Fantazia's review...

As the return of September hits us hard it signals the end of summer for many of us. However, not for the Fantazia team, who brushed the cobwebs off our tents once again and braved the English weather for the second year of The Zoo Project Festival, which was held in the not so unfamiliar Castle Donnington, on 30/08/2013!

I was desperate to see how the UK festival would compete with the epic location the Ibiza based brand has to offer an abandoned zoo. Nevertheless it was clear to see the production team had pulled out all the stops.

Thus turning the site into an out of this world, ‘Safari’ experience. Their slogan ‘Expect the unexpected’ proved to be true! Everywhere you looked there was something to blow your mind. Acrobats, gorillas, stilt walkers and not to mention monkeys who looked as if they’d stepped off Savile Row, suited and booted!

After seeing how mental The Zoo Project is over in Ibiza, the British crowd really got into the festival spirit. Hordes of people kitted out in animal onesies; everywhere you looked!

On the left on the right there were zebras, lions, crocodiles you name it, there was someone who’d thought of it and this made for a great atmosphere. I can’t think of anything better than raving in a comfy Onesie especially at night when it got quite chilly! If you were one of the ravers not quite prepared for the dress-up side of things, you needn't worry, Zoo Project had that under control! They’d brought over their amazingly talented body art artists, ready to paint you up and make you look the part!

The actual size of the festival was quite small, it meant the camp site was about a comfortable three minuet walk. There were two stages and one arena but that meant everything was so close; no trekking in between arenas, or missing the DJ’s you paid to see. So a tight crowd, with a mood that was was contagious, meant  ‘Zoo’ families sprung up all over the bush.

Not a lot of difference between VIP camping and standard as you would hope. However paying for VIP tickets gained you entry to the private chill out lounge in the festival, with its own bar.  The music was epic, best underground sounds I've heard all summer.

If you can’t afford Ibiza, Zoo UK will bring the island to you. The festival was full of carnival beats, deep house and electronic sounds. Grandmaster Flash, James Zabiela, George FitzGerald and Dusky were just a fraction of the insane musical bliss that Zoo Project had to offer. It would be great to see a little more variety though, maybe some Old Skool!?

Fantazia's willing if asked!  Mix it up a bit guys.

Overall, Zoo Project killed it! They know how to get the crowd hyped with their lavish props, decor and holiday sound, this had real Ibiza party vibes!

Fantazia will denitely be back in 2014! See you there.

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