LessThan3 recently spent a week in the clubbing capital of the world, the legendary island of Ibiza. With an almost overwhelming offering of EDM from every genre filling the island’s plethora of nightclubs, we present the best of what this mecca of dance music had to offer when we were there.
Full On Ferry at Eden, San Antonio
Having teamed up with Judgement Sundays in 2012, Ferry Corsten and his Full On brand took center stage this year at San Antonio superclub Eden. The venue underwent a massive refurbishment over the winter and is now one of the best looking clubs on the island. Joining Ferry on the decks during our visit were Sied van Riel, Bassjackers, and John O’Callaghan. In addition to his own set, Ferry also joined the latter two behind the decks for a bit of b2b action, with some legendary trance tracks being thrown out, including recently revived classic Gouryella. O’Callaghan continued the theme with a new remix of Binary Finary’s 1999, proving that while trance has a history, it also has a very bright future, especially with these guys behind it.
A State Of Trance at Privilege, San Rafael
If you’ve never been to Privilege before, it’s a little hard to describe. The largest club in the world, the size of an aircraft hanger and filled with ten thousand people, it’s a sight that has to be seen to be believed. Monday nights this season once again played host to the A State Of Trance brand with the man himself headlining as part of The Expedition tour. As you’d expect, Armin was on top form with a set which ranged from some very new uplifting trance, to some remixes of classics. It was also a special night for Armada, as co-founders Mykal Peyron and David Lewis joined Armin on stage for a heartfelt embrace as he announced the 10th anniversary of the label. Among those who also graced the stage were Markus Schulz–who blew the crowd away with an unidentified remix of Fatboy Slim’s Praise You—alongside Aly & Fila and Andy Moor. We were lucky to catch the 2013 ASOT Privilege season before the tragic event that forced the cancellation of the final party. Our hearts and thoughts go out to the victim’s family and friends.
Wisdom Of The Glove at Pacha, Ibiza Town
As the oldest and arguably the most famous club on the island, no Ibiza holiday would be complete without a trip to Pacha. The VIP list may be the most exclusive in the world, but the club was filled with people simply keen to enjoy Guy Gerber’s tech-house vibes as his Wisdom Of The Glove brand took over the club on Wednesday night. Joining him were German producer Reboot and Swedish techno queen Ida Engberg. It provided easily one of most dedicated crowds of the week with the dance floor absolutely packed with a plethora of house music aficionados looking to enjoy some decent grooves.
Cream at Amnesia, San Rafael
Thursday nights on Ibiza are all about Cream, who this year played host to several Anjunabeats nights courtesy of Cream regulars Above & Beyond. Part one of their closing party saw an emotional set from Paavo, who kicked out the some of the group’s biggest hits alongside some of the label’s hottest new tracks, all backed up by some emotional messages courtesy of his laptop, thanking an island that clearly means a lot to him. Backing him up were uplifting king Jordan Suckley and resident Gareth Wyn, with Orjan Nilsen sadly unable to play due to illness. Cream is still one of the “must see” nights on the island as evidenced by the rammed dancefloor. The occupants are periodically treated to some refreshment due to another Ibiza legend–Amnesia’s ice cannon, which literally takes your breath away.
dirtybird at Sankeys, Playa D’En Bossa
Deep in the bowels of Playa D’En Bossa in the south of the island is Sankeys. More familiar to many as a Manchester based club, owner David Vincent decided to close the UK venue down and concentrate solely on the Ibiza outlet, for this season at least. The main room is dark and sweaty with a low ceiling and a simple lighting set-up, making Sankeys a far cry from the superclubs in the center of the island, a welcome taste of the underground and a night that’s all about the music that throbs through the venue. This year saw US label dirtybird host Thursday nights at the club, with label owner Claude VonStroke bringing some of the finest talent in the US over to the island for the summer. Sankeys was often cited as a favorite by various people we spoke to around the island and looks to become one of the all-time Ibiza greats.
Garlands at Eden, San Antonio
Unless you’re from Liverpool or are an Ibiza regular, you might not have heard of Garlands. Based in the UK’s finest city, the Scouse legends once again set up camp in Eden for the entire summer, continuing a long presence of the Garlands name on the island. Offering up a range of house music, from the deep and funky to the progressive and pumping, Ant Chandler and fellow Garlands residents provided what is easily one of the most underrated nights on the island and one which should remain a firm fixture for many seasons to come.
If you’ve never been to Ibiza before, you’ve probably considered it. As most people who’ve been will testify, it’s not the cheapest place on earth, but then again neither are any of the major music festivals, and Ibiza makes most fests look like a small gig on a wet Monday in April. It’s everything EDM has to offer, on a small island with a pleasant climate, good food, stunning scenery, wonderful beaches, and the most diverse and friendly group of people you’ll find anywhere on the planet. It really is one thing you have to experience in life, but make sure you’ve got a decent source of income, because once you’ve been, you’ll be hooked for life.