“Be positive. This island has so much to give. Ibiza is unique in the world. Dance culture has been here for 2,000 years.” – Johannes Goller, Cocoon, on what he learned from summer 2008.
Bad news is easy to find in Ibiza, if you look for it. Tourist numbers are down, people aren’t staying as long, clubs have suffered, bars have suffered… Or so mutter the naysayers.
However, look beyond the slightly dour media pronouncements and the perennial assertions that somewhere else is “the new Ibiza” and you’ll find the summer of 2008 was as packed with adventure,
excitement, flashes of brilliant colour and irreplaceable moments as any in memory.
Not least for Cocoon, who saw attendance figures soar 25-50% compared to last year and amazing
performances from their family of DJs: Sven Vath, Richie Hawtin, Ricardo Villalobos and Luciano.
“It’s been a redefining season for Ibiza and one where the winner was innovation and everything else was the loser, for better or worse. I don’t believe Ibiza likes complacency” – Helen Reilly Donlon, Storm Ibiza on a summer of change.
Looking back now, it seems easy to spot the trends of the summer. But who, at the beginning, would have guessed that SuperMartXe, an upstart Madrileno gay party, would become a textbook success story? Rumour has it Privilege are so thrilled they are considering more renovations to accommodate SuperMartXe’s extravagant stage shows – possibly even a swishy, Moulin Rougestyle
red velvet curtain?
David Guetta’s F**k Me I’m Famous night at Pacha has been another runaway hit in its first season as a weekly party.
“It’s been insane, absolutely massive,” says Pacha manager Danny Whittle.
And Pure Pacha thrived post-Pete Tong with the huge success of the Swedish House Mafia, Fedde Le Grand and the grand old bands of British dance: Faithless and Basement Jaxx.
Elsewhere, tried and tested routines broke down. Manumission struggled to find its place at Amnesia, dropping its ticket price precipitiously during the season.
A warning, if they’re listening, to all involved in the highly public spat that saw DJ Oliver and Baby Marcello leave La Troya at the end of August. Baby Marcello has been the face of La Troya since, oh, forever. And whatever their differences it’s hard to imagine the club without him, or vice versa. They would do well to iron things out over the winter.
“Clubbers are clued up. They know their stuff. People want quality. Next year will be no different,” Gill Nightingale, Cream Ibiza on the secret of their success
Size definitely mattered this summer. Promoters across the board admit that smaller nights have taken a hit, while the established club brands have solidifi ed their hold on the island nightlife.
Cream has had “one of the three best” years in its history on the island on the back of a powerhouse DJ line-up that includes Paul Van Dyk, Ferry Corsten, Dave Spoon and Annie Mac, and a firm finger on the populist music pulse (Eric Prydz UK chart hit ‘Pjanno’ was their biggest tune of the summer).
Some smaller events did flourish by wisely staking out a niche. The Shipwrecked boat parties, which run out of San An, were packed to the gunwales every week with a combination of hard-partying tourists and workers blowing off steam. Other parties like the open-air Zoo Project and Azuli’s secret beach bashes proved there is still an enthusiastic core of clubbers eager to hear underground music in unusual locations.
“The reduced numbers on the island has led to a better quality of crowd. People really want to be here for the music and atmosphere” – David Dunne, Hed Kandi on what’s made 2008 special.
Perhaps there aren’t quite the numbers of previous seasons but if anything that has created a more close-knit, intimate atmosphere. Clubs are friendly, people are getting to know each other, going
out of their way to extend a welcome to visitors. And the clubs have taken to putting on the best possible shows, as a kind of ‘thanks for coming.’
Pacha flew soul star Macy Gray in for a live PA at their end-of-season party (not “closing” because, of course, they are open all year round). While El Divino’s biggest night, Hed Kandi, is planning a post-closing closing party especially for the workers.
Much to the delight of freakydancing fans around the world, DC10 is reportedly (at time of going to press) going to be having its traditional closing bash on October 13th – making it a very lucky Monday should they pull it off. (They ended up being forced to close 10 minutes before their 6th Oct party and subsequently held their closing at Privilege).
Nor will the delights of the season exactly stop there, as locals are already looking forward to Bambuddha Grove’s annual Halloween bash which some say is the real end of the summer.
“They won’t stop coming. People who come to Ibiza are ingenious enough to make their own fun,” Danny Whittle, Pacha on what the future holds.
We couldn’t say it better…
- 15th Oct Ibiza sunset & an end of season closing & winter opening party Apart from fridays non-existent sunset (a little matter of torrential...
- Worlds Top Clubs DJ Magazine published their 50 top clubs in the world...
- closing weekend We ran into our good friend Vaughan (Rock Bar, Funky...
- Ibiza 2007 Closing Parties Some closing party details: El Divino – Kissdafunk Closing Party...
- More developments in Ibiza’s “after hours” The Diario this morning reported that the Island council is...