It’s that time of the year again folks! The 2015 season is fast approaching, and what better way to finish off the last week in May than with 7 of the best opening parties Ibiza has to offer. Brace yourself though; to get through this marathon you’ll need stamina you didn’t know existed, comfortable footwear, a decent set of earplugs, and tactical naps galore. Right lets dive straight in at the deep end shall we!
1) Sankey’s opening part 1 – Wednesday 20th May 22:00 – 08:00
Part 1 of the Sankey’s opening features a star studded cast of heavyweights in the techno and tech-house scene. The swedes – Adam Beyer and his significant other Ida Endberg – play alongside Sankey’s regulars in the form of Darius Syrossian, Sidney Charles and Manu Gonzalez for what promises to be a banging night in the underground, intimate confines of Sankey’s.
2) IMS Part 1 – Thursday 21st May 17:00 – 00:00
The three day music conference which began in 2007 has now become the unofficial curtain raiser for the season ahead. The event plays host to panel discussions and keynote speeches on the current state of electronic music with these years theme being ‘Consolidation. Co-operation. Curation’. The IMS grand Finale festival takes place over two days, atop the picturesque setting of D’alt Villa in Ibiza Town. The Thursday evening event brings together a plethora of dance music titans including Papa Sven, Luciano, Solomun, Pete Tong, and Damian Lazarus’ new project with the Artic Moons.
3) Space Opening – Sunday 31st May from 16:30
Both Space opening and closing parties are very unique events. Space’s six rooms and the length of the parties allow for a wide spectrum of genres and DJ’s to showcase their talents. In addition, Space open up their car park for the unique open air clubbing experience for which the club was once so famed for. The 20 hour marathon has featured such artists as Deep Dish, Nina Kraviz, James Zabiela and Basement Jaxx in recent years. A word of warning for those purchasing pre-sale tickets – you must be in the club before 9pm, having said that I would advise arriving around the 6/7pm mark as you will want to experience the outdoor vibe in the car park.
4) DC 10/Circoloco Opening – Monday 25th May 15:00 – 07:00
The craziest party on the island Circoloco’ doubles up as the DC10 opening party this year. The mecca of madness that is DC10 and CIrcoloco, has established itself as a ritual every Monday for partygoers the world over. Like Space, DC10 expand their offering for the opening and closing parties by setting up a DJ booth outside, which really adds to the one of nature and uniqueness of this event. DC10 tend to keep their line-up under wraps until closer to the event , but one can expect to see some of the Circoloco family regulars including Tania Vulcano, Timo Mass, Kerri Chandler, Apollonia and Dubfire to name a few. Word of warning, get yourself a set of decent earplugs for this shin dig, I went last year lacking in that department and needless to say I was deaf for about 2 days after!
5) Ibiza Beatz Opening Party Thursday 28th May
You’re in one of the most beautiful places on the planet, on an island in the middle of the Mediterranean, don’t miss the chance to experience what else this place has to offer aboard a 5 star catamaran! Forget about what you’ve seen on t.v. – drunken games, crap music and people rounded onto a small vessel like cattle herd! Ibiza Beatz is an altogether more sophisticated affair. The beautiful catamaran has a capacity to comfortably fit 150 people, and will set sail from PDB harbour at 3pm in the afternoon. The boat has been kitted out with the latest void sound system and LED lighting, a huge dancefloor, and for the opening party expect some fresh beats from guest DJ’s Monkey Safari and friends. The boat also caters for those in the mood to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery and soak up the sun’s rays. Lay back, relax and enjoy a cocktail and some finger food on the plush white beds towards the front of the catamaran. Sun, sea, scenery, soothing beats and sanghria -what more could you ask for!
6) Ushuaia Opening Saturday 30th May 12:00 – 00:00
After all the late nights and early mornings, you’ll be crying out for a change of scene, and what better way to do so than in the plush poolside surroundings of Ushuaia beach club. Having been quite experimental in its musical choice in 2013 catering for a wide spectrum of genres from Loco Dice to Avicci, the club took an altogether different route in 2014 and firmly established itself as the go to venue for EDM as heavy hitters within this genre including Guetta, Aviciii and Hardwell held down summer long residencies.
As has been the case for the last number of years, for both the opening and closing parties the club focuses solely on the techno and tech-house scene as legends such as Paul Kalkbrennar, Marco Carola, Sasha and Joris Voorn have donned the decks. Expect deep sounds, sexy dancers and a stage production that rivals the best of any music festival.
7) Amnesia Opening Party Saturday 30th May 00:00 – who knows…
This is the big one, the mother and father of all opening parties! All that has gone before pales into insignificance when the legendary San Rafael venue open its doors at midnight May 30th. First off, the line-up is ridiculous – Hot Since 82, Guy Gerber, Eats Everything, the French trio Apollonia, and a certain Mr. Maceo Plex (whose sets here at the last two opening parties have been the stuff of legend), bringing proceedings to a close. Second, the venue itself is really special. Anyone who has experienced the terrace in full flow when the suns coming up will know what I’m talking about – it’s on another level! Lastly, this party has a habit of attracting all the weird and wonderful characters of Ibiza which gives those in attendance a taste of what this island is all about, and for many it is the highlight of the season.
You know the score in Ibiza with drinks prices – crazy I know – so why not let Ibiza Beatz take care of the pre party and pre drinks. Every night from 9pm – 12pm Ibiza Beatz in association with Tantra bar in PDB, will be hosting their own pre party for all the big nights. Included in the package are club tickets, a 3 hour free bar (beer, sangria, selection of long drinks and soft drinks), and transportation to the club. Tantra bar is one of the hottest property’s in Playa D’en Bossa. Ideally situated in the heart of PDB the venue is a 5 minute walk from both Space and Sankey’s and regularly plays host to a plethora of top international DJ’s. The Tantra pre-party’s are stuff of legend and are a great way to meet, mix and mingle with your fellow partygoers before you all set off for the nightclub. So forget about you and your mates staying in your room with a cheap bottle of Eroski vodka, get down to Tantra for the best way to kick off any night!
Words: Daniel McCarthy