If you're looking to escape the predictable superstar DJ line-ups at most Ibiza clubs this summer and catch some underground acts about to break big, Channel Zoo is the place to be. Hosted at Gala Night on Wednesdays by the guys behind the Zoo Project, Channel Zoo is arguably the most forward thinking party in Ibiza right now. And that’s not just down to its label showcase concept or the acts it chooses to fill the bill; it’s how it continues to offer something fresh at each and every party. No week is the same.
Addicted caught up with Nic from Channel Zoo to get an exclusive peek at what is on the line-up from now until the end of the season. Here are this summer's Top 5 underground Ibiza acts appearing at Channel Zoo. Make sure you don’t miss out.
5. Cadenza Records
The atmosphere is set to boil on Wednesday 29th July as the inimitable Cadenza Records take over the open air Zoo to conduct a Latin, folk, tribal, house and techno infused orchestra. Label head and production legend Luciano sits proudly at the top of bill, amongst numerous members of the Cadenza family. These include Reboot who will play an exclusive live set; the emerging subtle melodies and tribal drums from Mirko Loko, and the emotive minimal flair from Lee van Dowski and Alex Picone.
4. Moon Harbour Recordings
Famed for signing records from acts like DJ T and Martin Landsky, Moon Harbour will less than subtly take over at Channel Zoo on 5 August. It’s the imprint’s head honcho Matthias Tanzmann who’ll ensure that everything about this night runs deep and underground, along with label regulars Dan Drastic and Martinez.
Both The Zoo Project and Channel Zoo fans are that of mixed nationality, personality, sexuality and anything else you think of. This transpires to its taste in labels and next up on 12th August is the Italian Planet Funk and label don Alex Neri; the deep, jackin’ house sounds of Ilario Alicante, and the experimental minimal sounds of Federico Grazzini.
2. Freak n’Chic
Dan Ghenacia’s Freak n’Chic is a label that quite simply sets trends in charting tracks from the unquestionable talents of Steve Bug, M.A.N.D.Y and a library of others. Parisian sounds of house and techno will be weaved into the surroundings at the old abandoned Zoo for this showcase taking place on 19th August.
1. Cecille Records
The final party Channel Zoo are revealing to us comes hosted by the German techno label, Cecille Records. Conceived between the musical brains of Nick Curly and Mark Scholl, this night will take place on 26th August where label signings Robert Diez and Lemos (the latter in a live set), will weave a tapestry of deep, minimal house and techno.
Channel Zoo takes place every Wednesday at the old abandoned Zoo in the Benimussa hills near San Antonio. This outdoor setting amongst the old seal pits and abandoned animals cages is like no other in Ibiza. Fans of the night can also be entertained by fire eaters and stilt walkers, a short films cinema, CD promo giveaways and a BBQ, sun lounger and swimming pool area. Try it and you just might not want to return home