Taking place at the beautiful Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent, July sees the debut of the Zoo Thousand music festival where over 100 top live acts, bands and DJs will appear among the amazing surroundings.
Catering for a range of musical tastes, Zoo Thousand and Eight ( ZOO8 ) will feature indie, dance, UK hip-hop, drum and bass as well as more family-friendly chart sounds, including Brit award-winning headliner Mark Ronson.
Other acts confirmed are Mercury prize winner Dizzee Rascal, The Cribs, Funeral for a Friend, British Sea Power and The Rumble Strips.
The list of bands continues with the likes of Athlete, Hadouken!, The Young Knives, The Rascals and Little Man Tate, but for a full list go to the ZOO8 website here.
The festival will accommodate 20,000 revellers and camping is onsite, meaning that it will be among the largest music festivals in the South East. And keeping in mind its location, ZOO8 will be one of the greener festivals on the calendar.
Port Lympne Wild Animal Park is run by registered charity The Aspinall Foundation and the festival is making a donation to the Foundation to help pay for the upkeep of the animals and their enclosures. A car-sharing scheme will be in place to minimise the number of visitors arriving by vehicle, and there will be a tree-planting initiative to take part in.
While the animals will be kept at a safe distance from the crowds and artists in the 600-acre site, festival-goers will be able to visit the animal park for a reduced price which is home to the biggest gorilla enclosure in the world and the largest breeding herd of black rhino outside Africa as well as Siberian and Indian tigers, African elephants and many other endangered species.
For more info go to www.zoothousand.com
Now also confirmed to be playing at ZOO8 are The Hives, Gallows, The Holloways and the mighty, mighty Ash! Check out the full, frankly awesome, line-up here.