Flower Power opening at Pacha, 4/6/13

June 5th, 2013 - 2:22 pm Posted in ibiza | Comments (0)

flower-power-pachaLast night we went along to the opening of Flower Power, Pacha’s new regular party for Tuesday night. Previous years the party was always held once a month, so this was a big step by Pacha to increase it to a weekly party. Flower Power harks back to the spirit of the 60s. It was one of the original parties when the club opened in 1973, and Pacha co-founder Piti Urgell is still its resident DJ. Flower Power reflects Pacha’s alternative, hippy roots. With a soundtrack spun by Piti that features predominantly rock, soul and disco from the sixties to the eighties.

Outside the club, we were greeted by a large Flower Power sign adorned with flowers, and illuminated hearts, CND signs (the organisation which was behind the ‘ban the bomb’ campaigns in the 60s) and flowers were suspended from the palm trees. There was even a shrine to The Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper album, decorated with an abundance of fresh flowers and burning incense sticks. Something to keep us entertained whilst we were queuing to get in.

Once inside, we were greeted by market stalls giving makeovers and selling accessories (jewellery, bags, flowers and the like), and girls giving out flowers. People are encouraged to dress up, and many girls wore headbands and flowers in their hair, and there were a lot of people wearing colourful and afro-style wigs.

flower-power-pachaPacha had pulled out all the stops with the decorations in the main room. There were large hearts, CND and other signs hanging from the ceiling, and hearts with images projected onto them that changed constantly. Fabric was draped across the ceiling to create a more intimate atmosphere, and there was confetti everywhere, which was periodically sprayed onto the throng of people dancing on the dancefloor. Go-go girls danced in white lacy mini-dresses and white knee-high platform boots in round cages decorated with flowers and fairy lights. And in true Pacha style, outrageously dressed dancers and characters danced and mingled their way around the club through the punters.

Musically, we were treated to a mix of well-known classics including tracks by The Beatles and The Stones, and unusually for a club, people were singing along. People were dancing everywhere – you couldn’t tell where the dancefloor started and ended. I’m sure there were people dancing on the tables too.

We also visited The Funky Room (El Cielo), which indeed was intimate and funky, and in The Global Room with Eva djing, we were treated to live performances from a singer, sax player, keyboardist and guitarist. We left to the sound of Donna Summer’s ‘I feel love’, which was a perfect end to a great night and which summed up the feeling of the party.

What was really refreshing about it, was that it really had a ‘party’ atmosphere – it wasn’t like being in a club, even though you knew you were and it was packed out. You heard lots of music you knew and could dance to, and there wasn’t a dull, monotonous dance record to be heard. If you’re in Ibiza on a Tuesday during the summer, it’s definitely the place to go, especially if you like dressing up and having a bit of fun.

Words & Photos by ClaireB

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