LessThan3 spent a week in Ibiza, and now we’re bringing you the best of what the island has to offer. Kicking things off is Booom!, one of the island’s newest clubs, set in a commanding position by the marina in Ibiza Town. Opening halfway through the season last year, and with a capacity of just 1000, the club has rose to the forefront of the scene in a surprisingly short space of time and is more than capable of mixing it up with the more established names.
Our first visit was for Toolroom, which takes over the venue on Monday nights, making the move from the now closed Eden venue in San Antonio. It’s a decision that certainly seems to have paid off, with the sophisticated yet accessible atmosphere of Booom! matching perfectly with the house vibes of Toolroom. Up on the decks was Mark himself, label mainstays Prok & Fitch, and Dutch techno master Rene Amesz. The tunes ranged from the deeper end of house through to the downright funky, and even into full-on techno–a little White Isle taste of Toolroom’s #RESET campaign.
Things got a bit more native on Wednesday, as Barcelona’s Suara label hit the club for their weekly residency. Headed up by label boss Coyu, and solidly backed up by fellow countryman Ramiro Lopez, the night felt like the real Ibiza. It wasn’t about the names on the posters, it was about the good music on offer, and the crowd certainly reflected this. Everyone in attendance was clearly very dedicated, not least the lady in her 80s who seemed to be having the time of her life–a special moment that showed you’re never too old to enjoy Ibiza.
Booom! may be the new kid on the block, but it stands out from other clubs on the island due to a clear attention to detail. From the full air-conditioning–it’s unique in Ibiza to feel comfortable in a packed club when it’s 80 degrees outside–to the fresh and shiny feel of the place, Booom! is simply a nice place to be. It feels swanky and expensive, but is actually one of the most affordable Ibiza has to offer. It’s a little bit like Pacha used to be, before the insane entry prices and uber-exclusive VIP culture. Sitting just across the road, maybe Ibiza’s oldest club could stand to learn a thing or two from one of its newest, as Booom! will certainly continue to attract the core of what Ibiza is about: venues and promoters who care about the music above everything else.