The ultimate guide to the White Isle’s 2019 season
It’s that time again. The summer season beckons and the Ibiza floodgates are soon to welcome in the finest DJs and parties in the world, and the dancers preparing for life-changing moments on the floor.
To help find your way among the chaos, we’ve compiled the ultimate guide to the best clubs and parties you can find on the White Isle in 2019. Check it out below.
[Photo: Roberto Castano]
Address Playa d’En Bossa s/n, 07817 Sant Josep de sa Talaia, Ibiza | Tickets from €35 | Opening times 23:00/00:00–06:00 | Capacity 5,500 | Soundsystem L-Acoustic Getting there From San Antonio, the L3B Discobus will take you directly to Playa d’En Bossa. From Ibiza Town, catch the L14 Discobus
After their crossover sound exploded in popularity last summer, tech-house overlords CamelPhat & Solardo team up with Aussie man-of-the-moment Fisher to front a new residency, BODYWORKS. Electronica’s own modern Mozart, Recondite, is one of the highlights at Tale Of Us’ Afterlife, Latin-leaning night RICHBITCH arrives, Guetta heads up F*** Me I’m Famous! on Fridays, Armin & co. bring the euphoria on Wednesdays, Glitterbox is the Island’s finest house night on Sundays and of course, Black Coffee conjures his unique Saturday sorcery at this state-of-the-art superclub.
HÏ IBIZA HEADLINER (BODYWORKS)
“When we heard Hï Ibiza wanted us to host the Theatre Room this year alongside CamelPhat, we couldn’t quite believe it. With Fisher hosting the Club Room, I don’t think you could have picked three better acts to headline. Because it’s a completely new night, the party is going to look a little different this year. We’re going to bring the stage forward, with people behind us, to the side of us and in front of us when we’re performing. We’re also going to be hosting our pre-parties at Café Mambo. There will be a weekly rotation between us, CamelPhat and Fisher every Tuesday. With this being only our third year in Ibiza, the fact that we’re hosting our own event at one of the premier clubs in the world is a massive achievement for us. I doubt we’ll realise what we’ve done and where we’ve been until the curtains close and the lights come on; I think we’re still caught up in the middle of the whirlwind. But as much as we’re bursting at the seams to get started, we’re also aware of the fact that this is our event, so we’re going to have to be a little bit more civilised when it comes to engaging the party side of Ibiza. That’s the plan, anyway!”
SOLARDO’S TOP 5 IBIZA TRACKLIST:
1. Solardo x Eli Brown ‘XTC’ (Ultra)
“Our next single and a secret weapon in our sets over the past couple of months. It goes off wherever we’ve played it!”
2. Secondcity & A Double ‘Let The Music’ (Sola)
“Proper summer vibes which will work so well in Ibiza.”
3. Mason Maynard ‘Why’ (bootleg)
“Mason’s been killing it over the past 12 months. We’ve closed our sets with this a couple of times.”
4. Max Chapman ‘Formanto’ (Sola)
“I swear this breakdown sends shivers down your spine! It’s gonna go off when we play it in the Theatre Room at Hï.”
5. Dimmish ‘Brain Tornado’ (E1even Records)
“Dimmish’s productions are so solid and we’ve been absolutely rinsing this new one for a while now.”
[Photo: Roberto Castano, Dan Wilton]
Address Playa d’En Bossa 10, 07817 Sant Jordi de Ses Salines, Ibiza | Ticket price from €40 | Opening times 15:00 (ANTS)/16:00 (Elrow)/17:00–23:00 | Capacity 5,000 | Soundsystem Adamson | Travel From San Antonio, board the L3B Discobus to Playa d’En Bossa. From Ibiza Town, catch the number 14 bus to Playa d’En Bossa
Incredible production and fierce DJ line-ups come as standard at Ibiza’s most epic open-air venue. This summer, Carl Cox will play twice at Nic Fanciulli’s new post-apocalyptic rave residency, DANCE OR DIE. Cocoon celebrates its 20th anniversary on 25 May with an unmissable performance from Underworld, while Calvin, Guetta, Garrix and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike unleash the crowd-pleasers weekly. And anticipate a fresh conceptual twist at ANTS, as the island’s biggest techno colony assumes control of a sprawling, sci-fi metropolis.
USHUAÏA IBIZA HEADLINER (ANTS)
“My first trip to Ibiza was also my very first gig on the island. I played the iconic Space Terrace 15 years ago in 2004, and I still get chills every time I think of it. I remember arriving at Space early in the morning and the car park was full of ravers waiting to get back in again after Carl Cox‘s night on Tuesday! My advice for Ibiza first-timers would be to watch out for promo teams on the beach and check out the early deals for ANTS. Then head over to Ushuaïa in the afternoon as the vibe by the small DJ booth is always super nice. Not to mention the fact that you can tan at the same time as dancing! Who cares if you arrive early as long as you’re in? More time to party and make new friends, and that’s what ANTS is all about. Flights to Ibiza can be crazy. I once witnessed a full-on fist fight at 30,000 feet! But I’ve also had some funny flights. Like the time when, all of a sudden, a few rows back, they started screaming my name, improvising a song just for me. I put those guys on the guest list, of course…”
ANDREA OLIVA’S TOP 5 IBIZA TRACKLIST
1. Maceo Plex ‘When The Lights Are Out’ (Ellum)
“So sensible yet so strong. Maceo at his very best!”
2. Laurent Garnier & Chambray ‘Feeling Good’ (promo)
“Potentially the biggest record this summer. The piano makes you feel good for real!”
3. Paul Woolford ‘You Already Know’ (Positiva)
“The perfect rave tune and my personal festival weapon.”
4. Mark Broom ‘Heart’ (Rekids)
“It’s all about the groove here! House music almost in a classic way and I love it!”
Address Carretera de las Salinas KM1, Ses Salinas, Ibiza | Ticket price Standard from €30 | Opening times 16:00–06:00 | Capacity 1,500 | Soundsystem Loud Professional | Getting there From San Antonio, catch the L3B Discobus to Playa d’En Bossa, then take a taxi to the venue for less than €10. A taxi from Ibiza Town will cost around €20
This year’s Circoloco Opening Party line-up read likes a Who’s Who of the international techno scene. Damian Lazarus closing the Main Room, island favourite Davide Squillace returning to the venue where he made his name, Jamie Jones’ Paradise returns on Wednesdays and keep a close eye on Danish newcomer Anastasia Kristensen who is rocking this wilder-than-wild rave den for the very first time.
[Photo: Zeb Daemen]
“I play tracks at DC10 that I wouldn’t normally play anywhere else. During the whole year I’m selecting and saving tracks in a folder especially for DC10! To me, the sets I play there are similar to what I usually do, but the difference is in the details. Depending on who is playing before me I sometimes play a bit slower, less dark. And I also like to show my groovy side. DC10 is not the kind of place where you can just jump in and out for your set. If it’s not too busy I like to dance and enjoy the sets from the artists playing before and after me. My absolute favourite place is in the middle of the dancefloor in the Main Room. It’s nice to stay there for a few hours; I always bump into people I haven’t seen for a while. This is a bit crazy, but my first time on the island was actually to play Circoloco at DC10 in 2017. I played the opening slot in the Main Room. I’m not used to playing the opening slot and had no experience in Ibiza so I felt very nervous. I expected the club to be calm at that time, but the dancefloor was packed within ten minutes! I spent eight months making an opening set playlist for this party, but people literally came in screaming my name – everyone was so excited – so in the end I never got to play any of those groovy warm-up tracks!”
AMELIE LENS’ TOP 5 IBIZA TRACKLIST
1. Joyhauser ‘Galaxy Phase’ (Kraftek)
“I played this at Awakenings. Such a banger.”
2. Shdw & Obscure shape ‘Wächter Der Nacht’ (From Another Mind)
“The melody sticks in my head for weeks after playing it.”
3. Roberto ‘Tiziani’ (Sterac aka Steve Rachmad remix) (Fossil Archive)
“You can never go wrong with Steve!”
4. Johannes Heil ‘EXILE 007 B2’ (Exile)
“One of my favourite tracks.”
5. Amelie Lens ‘In Silence’ (Drumcode)
“I play this to close almost every set!”
[Photo: Elliot Young]
IBIZA ROCKS HOTEL
Address Calle Cervantes 27, 07820 San Antonio, Ibiza | Ticket price Early-bird tickets from €15, standard from €20, VIP beds, tables and sofa from €100pp. | Opening times 14:00–21:00 | Capacity 2,500 | Soundsystem Void | Getting there From Ibiza Town, take bus number 3 to San Antonio. From Playa d’En Bossa, board the L3B Discobus to San Antonio
Spearheading the daytime pool party revolution, Ibiza Rocks Hotel is now synonymous with sunshine disco, house and UK garage. Hot headline acts such as MK, DJ EZ, Sonny Fodera, Rudimental, Craig David and Stormzy are joined in 2019 by SuperFoxx headliner Krystal Roxx and Stormzy’s #Merky Festival hits in July, which is why Ibiza’s next generation continue to make this smash hits hotel their summer ‘daylife’ party base. La Discotheque welcomes Artwork, Derrick Carter, Doorly and 2ManyDJs in August/September.
“I’d actually only ever been to Ibiza Rocks Hotel once before I started my residency there. That was in 2017 for the Elrow pool party. The party was fun and I knew it would be a great place to host a weekly show. Along with my agent, my managers and Ibiza Rocks, I’m very involved with everything that goes on – how my Area 10 Pool Party is going to look and which DJs are playing. Everything has to go past me. I wouldn’t say I’ve borrowed too much from the pool parties I go to in the US, which are mostly standard hotel pool parties. In the US, in terms of size and craziness, there’s nothing really on the same level as Ibiza Rocks. The only thing that comes remotely close to what we’re doing at Area 10 is a place called Splash House in Palm Springs. I played there a few years ago and it has the same kind of set-up: a giant pool bordered on all sides by white hotel balconies. But at Ibiza Rocks, the courtyard is decorated to take the craziness to a whole new level. Which is the way I like it, because having my own residency in Ibiza is a massive thing for me.
I remember playing at Sankeys after DJ Sneak back in 2012. I had no expectations of even playing on the island again; I was just happy to play there that one time. What has happened to me since then has been incredible: a journey you can’t really plan.”
MK’S TOP 5 IBIZA TRACKLIST
1. MK ‘Body 2 Body’ (Columbia UK)
“My new single is kind of sultry and it makes me think of summertime in Ibiza.”
2. Leftwing & Kody ‘I Feel It’ (Toolroom)
“I love this record. It’s going to be a huge track for me this year, for sure.”
3. Nightlapse ‘Changed Minds’ (Area10)
“This new producer/DJ team from Liverpool are amazing. This uplifting song is about changing minds.”
4. Jaksan ‘LaLaLa’ (Dirtybird)
“Dirtybird always kill it, and this bassline really wakes up the crowds when it drops.”
5. Lee Foss, Eli Brown & Anabel England ‘Brazil’ (Repopulate Mars)
“My dream team! So much talent and very cool lyrics.”
[Photo: Pablo Dass]
Address Ctra. Ibiza a San Antonio, Km 5, 07816 San Rafael, Ibiza | Opening times 23:59 to 06:00 | Ticket price from €25 | Capacity 5,000 | Soundsystem V-Prof | Getting there From San Antonio and Ibiza Town, take the L3 Discobus to San Rafael. From Playa d’En Bossa, catch the L3B Discobus to San Rafael. A taxi from Ibiza Town or San Antonio will cost approximately €20
Following a short hiatus at Pacha, Cocoon returns home to mark its 20th anniversary in San Rafael. Anthemic tech-house giants Abode are back after a promising debut season, but not on the same night as Chicago-inspired juggernauts Do Not Sleep, who shift to Fridays. Pyramid’s huge opening party sets the pace with Nina Kraviz, Villalobos and Helena Hauff, while global dominators Elrow (pictured) rule Saturdays at this twin-roomed, laser-lashed rave temple.
“The first time I went to Ibiza was in was July, 1997. Four of my mates were doing a season out there. As soon as we landed, we went straight to their apartment, which was right on the corner of the scabbiest part of the San Antonio strip. The place only had two rooms and there were already six people living there. It felt like there were people stacked on top of each other! But it didn’t seem to matter. After dropping off our bags we went straight to Manumission. The party was sold out and the only way we could get in was to pretend we were workers. So they dressed me up in a jester outfit so we could get in. The next night we went to Amnesia. Back then the DJ booth was in the middle of the Terrace dancefloor. It immediately became my number one club. Walking into Amnesia, it’s the only venue in the world where I still get that same feeling, that same rush of excitement I did when I was a raver. Whenever I arrive I still get whacked in the face by the atmosphere. But mostly I love the fact that you’re either in it or you’re not. The VIP balconies are high above the dancefloor and they don’t intrude. At Amnesia, it feels like you either dance or you go home. It’s really full-on, and that’s what I love about it.”
EATS EVERYTHING’S TOP 5 IBIZA TRACKLIST
1. Dok & Martin ‘Raw Metal’ (EI8HT Records)
“Forthcoming on my new label. It’s a funky, dark techno roller that works every time.”
2. Eats Everything ‘Comatose’ (Kneaded Pains)
“I know Carl Cox and Adam Beyer have been playing the hell out of this. It’s a big room one that seems to do the business.”
3. Mighty Mouse ‘The Spirit’ (Mark Broom remix) (Glitterbox)
“This Mark Broom remix is pure, funk-fuelled techno fire. I fucking love it!”
4. Seb Zito ‘Forever’ (Dub) (432)
“Forthcoming on Richy Ahmed’s 432 label, this is a lovely house record that rolls along in Seb Zito’s inimitable fashion.”
5. Thumpasaurus ‘Space Barn’ (Justin Jay version) (Edible)
“I signed this to Edible after hearing Justin Jay play it last year. It’s a killer record coming out this summer.”
[Photo: Ana Ruiz]
Address Av. 8 d’Agost 07800 Ibiza Town | Ticket price Standard from €30 | Opening times 23:59–06:00 | Capacity 3,000 | Soundsystem D&B Audiotechnik | Getting there From San Antonio, take the L3 Discobus which stops outside Pacha. From Playa d’En Bossa, catch the L14 Discobus. A taxi from San Antonio will cost you at least €30
Over the off-season, EDM heavyweight David Guetta has been replaced by Italian techno powerhouse Marco Carola and his all-conquering Music On brand. Innervisions boss Dixon also arrives to host his first ever weekly residency on the island, leaving house enigma DJ Claptone to complete the vibrant new look at the first and most fabled of all Ibiza’s clubs.
1. What’s the ethos behind Transmoderna?
“Transmoderna is a playground for me to experiment with sound, light, visuals, virtual reality, graphic design, technology and fashion: all things that surround the core element that is my music.”
2. If you were visiting the island for the first time, how would you spend 24 hours leading up to your new party at Pacha?
“I’d stay away from anything connected to nightlife during the day and explore the island, especially the north and north-east. Find a restaurant there and then go straight to whatever party seems the cheesiest one on the island – you can get cheap tickets on the beaches – and after that, come to us and dance the night away.”
3. And the big reason why Ibiza is still relevant is…?
“The people who love it talk about it and the people who hate it talk about it. It’s maybe comparable to football teams like Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Manchester United or Juventus Turin. They are the most loved and hated clubs in their own countries, and the fact that people are still talking about them is a clear sign that they are still very relevant.”
4. Is there anything readers should avoid in Ibiza?
“Listening to a German who tells you what to do!”
5. Within your circles, what’s the big Ibiza talking-point right now?
“Can we turn it upside down?”
DIXON’S TOP 5 IBIZA TRACKLIST
1. Jimi Jules ‘End Of The World’ (Innervisions)
“This is what every house DJ needs in their set.”
2. Gorge ‘Cataleya’ (Dave DK mix) (Pracht)
“Deep, dark and dirty, this gives other tracks the ability to shine.”
3. Trikk ‘Facas’ (unreleased)
“Hear this once and you will not forget it.”
4. Erol Alkan ‘Spectrum’ (Mano Le Tough mix) (Phantasy Sound)
“Amazing sound design to blow your mind.”
5. Spellling ‘Dirty Dessert Dream’ (Sacred Bones Records)
“One for the way home.”
Address Urbanización San Rafael, s/n 07816 San Rafael, Ibiza | Ticket price From €20 | Opening times 23:59–06:00 | Capacity 10,000 | Soundsystem Funktion-One | Getting there From San Antonio and Ibiza Town, board the L3 Discobus to San Rafael. From Playa d’En Bossa, take the L3B Discobus to San Antonio
When it comes to staging inconceivably epic raves inside the world’s biggest nightclub, international techno giants Resistance are the undisputed dons. Scene kingpin Carl Cox and Belgian acid queen Charlotte de Witte are just two of this season’s Resistance residents. Joseph Capriati is also a confirmed starter. PLAYdifferently boss Richie Hawtin is locked down to host a special takeover event in September.
[Photo: Marie Wynants]
CHARLOTTE DE WITTE
“First of all, let me say that Privilege is huge. Last season I had the experience of playing in the Vista Club for Resistance. It’s the size of a small club, but at Privilege it’s only the side room! I never got to see the sunrise there, but everyone tells me it’s amazing, so hopefully I’ll be able to experience that this summer. The Vista Club is a really cosy space with a very intimate vibe, something that isn’t always easy to find in Ibiza because the superclubs are all so big. I think that’s what makes Privilege such an interesting venue: you have the enormity of the Main Room alongside the more intimate space of the Vista Club. This year I’m an official Resistance resident, which means I’ll get to perform on the Vista Club Terrace again. And I’ll also get to play in the Main Room at least once as well. Last year I performed in Ibiza more times than I did in my home country, which is one of the reasons I was actually thinking about moving to the island full time. That would mean spending more time at Ibiza airport, which in the summer is like a slaughterhouse! In the departure hall everyone is lying on the floor, there are people who haven’t slept, people who are still high. It can be quite funny to watch. Unless I’m the one that’s had to rush in from a gig without any sleep at all!”
CHARLOTTE DE WITTE’S TOP 5 IBIZA TRACKLIST
1. Unklevon ‘Schaepmanstraat 192’ (FLASH Recordings)
2. Keith Carnal ‘Van Gogh’ (Second Degree)
“That hypnotic whistle sound makes me go nuts every time.”
3. Len Faki ‘Robot Evolution’ (Charlotte de Witte remix) (Figure)
“I’m extremely excited to be debuting on Figure; this is something I’ve been working towards for a long time!”
4. Nur Jaber feat the culture ‘Beyond The Fear’ (OSF)
“I love playing ambient, experimental tracks to begin or close my set. This is perfect.”
5. Stef Mendelis ‘Gendarme’ (Classe A)
“A pure techno stomper.”
[Photo: La Skimal]
Address 07820, San Antonio, Ibiza | Ticket price Standard from €20 | Opening times 23:59–06:00 | Capacity 2,500 | Soundsystem Void | Getting there From Ibiza Town, catch the L3 Discobus to San Antonio.From Playa d’En Bossa, take the L3B Discobus to San Antonio
Eden’s transformation from shun to fun is largely down to Defected, the house music goliath responsible for reviving after-dark clubbing in San Antonio. What Eden needs now is another huge night to help take up the strain, and it might just have found it in the return to Ibiza of Mark Knight’s Toolroom – look out for the opening party with Hannah Wants. Shine brings the big trance names, including Paul van Dyk.
“I was 22 when I first went to Ibiza. I’d just finished university in Bristol. I got to know a bunch of local lads who’d been going to Ibiza for years, and that summer they invited me to go with them. My first experience was Space in Playa d’En Bossa; Steve Lawler was resident and there was no roof. It was around 2004, the Deep Dish ‘Flashdance’ era. We also did Defected at El Divino, which is crazy because I never thought I’d be playing for Defected all these years later. We also did Subliminal at Pacha with Erick Morillo. Those were the big parties of the day and we tried to do all of them. We also spent a lot of time at Bora Bora, which was a really big thing back then. There were all these body-builders wearing next to nothing, cross-dressers and all the things you’re not used to when you’re a 22-year-old from Bristol! When I went to San Antonio I always seemed to get more drunk. That’s why Defected is so important; it gives the other side of the island a proper party. The line-ups are really strong and even though tech-house is a big deal right now, house music is almost more underground in a way. I think Defected have been really clever in sticking to their guns and supporting proper house music. I’m really happy to be a part of it.”
LOW STEPPA’S TOP 5 IBIZA TRACKLIST
1. Low Steppa ‘You’re My Life’ (Defected)
“I made this especially for Ibiza – say no more!”
2. Redford & Walter Vooys ‘Back On Track’ (Simma Black)
“A lovely slice of old skool-sounding house.”
3. Low Steppa ‘Lift Me Up’ (Simma Black)
“A club stomper with a big-room feel to it.”
4. Kings of Tomorrow ‘Finally’ (Dario D’Attis remix) (Defected)
“This track will never die; it will always have a special place in my heart.”
5. Hatiras ‘Spaced Invader’ (Low Steppa remix) (Defected)
“I’m buzzin’ to play this! One of my faves as a kid.”
Address Carrer des Molí 12–14, 07820 San Antonio, Ibiza | Ticket price From €15 | Opening times 12:00–22:00 | Soundsystem Void | Capacity 1,500 | Getting there Take the L3B Discobus from Playa d’En Bossa to San Antonio. From Ibiza Town, take bus number 3 to San Antonio
Besides the name change from Ocean Beach to O Beach, club life at San Antonio’s principal bottle service beach club remains largely unaltered. The only timetable alteration from last summer sees Ministry of Sound vacate their regular Thursday afternoon slot to make way for UK garage and hip hop promoters ONE.