At this stage I had been here for about a week with not a lot happening around town, as most of the clubs hadn’t even opened yet. The vibe and hype throughout ‘Bossa gradually built throughout the day, especially with so many in town for the International Music Summit (IMS). Star Wars themed masks, brightly coloured wristbands, and “May the 20th be with you” – the opening party slogan. Sankeys Ibiza was by far the talk of the town.
After being greeted by a few guys in storm trooper suits, I then walked through these two big double doors painted with “CAUTION, EXCESSIVE SOUND LEVELS” signage and a roar coming from within. I had heard from a friend that they had installed a new sound system over the winter, allegedly one of the best on the island. The first time I had taken a step into a club over this side of the world, and I had no idea what to expect.
Back in Melbourne we have our deep dark basements that lie beneath the city where people do their thing until all hours of the morning yeah, but this place took it to a whole new level – from exotic go girls dancing in each corner of the room, to ridiculous light and laser shows… not a bad vibe in sight that’s for sure. I’m calling it early, I think I may have found my somewhat second home.
The opening party festivities was split over two days with more of a techno-y vibe on the Wednesday night, featuring a 5 hour B2B Adam Beyer and Ida Engberg spectacular (the one I was hanging for the most), along with Secondcity, Noir, Tube & Berger, Argy, Manu Gonzalez, Frederico Grazzini, JP Chronic and Frank Storm – the place was well and truly rammed by the time I got there and that was only just past 12.
With Beyer and Engberg jamming at the same time as Noir and Tube & Berger, I was constantly bouncing between both the Lab and Basement, I didn’t even realize there was a third room until I went found myself there again, wanting more on the following night.
Thursday, Part II was a bit more on the houseier side but but was still top notch. After being warmed up by the IMS Dalt Vila party, I eventually made my way over for another round. The lineup consisted of Steve Lawler, G-House heavyweights Amine Edge & Dance, Greg Vickers, Tough Love, Low Steppa, Andy Baxter, Matt Jam Lamont, Sam Holt, Mental Genius and Jozef K (who absolutely smashed his early morning set in the basement).
Unfortunately, Steve Lawler was unable to make it on the Thursday night, he posted on his Facebook page:
“I would like to apologise to all the people coming out to see me tonight at the Sankeys Ibiza Opening for my non-appearance. Unfortunately upon arriving back home after a two week tour my 3 week old baby daughter has been rushed to Hospital very poorly and is currently in HDU being supported by breathing apparatus. for this reason i can not leave her side. I have to be here with my Family. I hope to see you all in Ibiza next week. Thank you for your understanding. – Steve”
My highlight of the opening extravaganza was definitely Beyer. Looking forward to seeing more of what Sankeys has to offer every week in, week out – every night of the week. With Cuff taking place on Mondays, Tribal Sessions on Tuesdays, We Love every Wednesdays, Red Light on Thursdays, Shelter on Fridays, Magna Carta on Saturdays and the much anticipated ViVa warriors to put the cherry on the cake Sunday nights.
It looks like it’s going to be a rather large season – see you on the other side.
Words & Images by: Jiay Mills