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Ibiza Clubbing – Then and Now

Known as the ‘White Isle’, Ibiza is just as famous for its music scene as it is for its glorious beaches. Each year celebrities mix with holidaymakers as they dance to the latest tunes. So, we think it’s time to celebrate Ibiza’s clubbing scene by taking a look at the last 35 years in dance music.

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In this decade the island was more popular with Spanish and German tourists as opposed to British. However, the club scene was just beginning to heat up.

Ku – Clubbers headed to KU, which at the time was the world’s largest outdoor discothèque. This hotspot boasted a huge Olympic size swimming pool and Paul Oakenfold started his career here.

Pikes Hotel -In 1983 Wham! filmed their music video for Club Tropicana at Pikes Hotel which is now known as the famous Ibiza Rocks Hotel. This hotel had a reputation in the 80’s and was often associated with the rich and the famous . Freddie Mercury held his birthday party here in 1987, which like Freddie himself was a very lavish and flamboyant affair.

Amnesia – The club Amnesia opened its doors in the late 80’s. This former farmhouse was converted into a club and still pulls in the crowds today. Argentinian DJ, Alfredo was in charge of the club in 1982 and by the late 80’s DJs such as Nicky Holloway, Paul Oakenfold and Danny Rampling belted out tunes by Cyndi Lauper, Talking Heads and Bob Marley. It was these DJs who introduced house music to Europe.

Space – also started in 1989 when Pepe Rosello took over the club. This club is situated in Playa D’en Bossa so offered something for holidaymakers who wanted to visit the club scene, but who weren’t staying in San Antonio, the island’s nightlife capital.

Top Tunes

Erasure – Who Needs Love Like That

Chris Rea – Josephine

Eurythmics – Love Is A Stranger

Prefab Sprout – The King Of Rock And Roll

The Human League – Love Action


KU was still very popular with the arrival of DJ Pete Tong who was controlling the dance scene at this time. In 1995 the club changed its name to Privilege after new ownership.

Amnesia – Cream and Joseph Mullen took over the club in 1995 and subsequently won the award for Best Global Club from 1996 to 1999. It was still a very important venue for clubbers and would hold more than 5000 people most nights. The place soon became a hotspot with top DJs and celebrities, and was still an open-air club at this time.

Space – In 1991 Alex P started playing chilled house tunes on the club’s roof terrace. In 1993 Brandon Block arrived and this is when Space Terrace was formed. A year later Red Bull was introduced to Ibiza and Space held their launch party, making it a legendary spot for Ibiza’s launch and closing parties.

Top Tunes

Chicane – Offshore

Moloko – Sing It Back

Livin’ Joy – Dreamer

Ultra Nate – Free

CeCe Peniston – Finally


Privilege – Live acts were hugely popular here with stars such as Moby, Kylie Minogue and All Saints taking to their stage. In 2007 Cocoon arrived at Privilege and in 2008 SupermartXé filled the floors, two of their most famous nights.

Amnesia – Techno was very popular here in 2001 with Dance Valley and DJ Frankie Wilde who used Amnesia as the filming location for his 2004 movie, it’s All Gone Pete Tong. Kevin and Perry Go Large was also filmed here in 2000 and Armin Van Buuren recorded Universal Religion in 2008.

Space – Awarded Best Global Club at the International Dance Music Awards in 2005, 2006, and again in 2012 and 2013.

Pacha – James Blunt released his hit 1973, which is about the club; this was then remixed by Pete Tong who also hosts All Gone Pete Tong here every Friday night. Pacha started out in 1973 but made a name for itself in 2000 with its endless list of big name bookings.

Top Tunes

Bob Sinclar – I Feel For You

Depeche Mode – I Feel Loved

Junkie XL Vs Elvis – A Little Less Conversation

David Guetta – Just A Little More Love

Deep Dish – Flashdance


The season opens this month so here is what you can expect for clubbing in Ibiza Summer 2015.

May – On Tuesday 19th you can join the water party at Es Paradis Ibiza.

June – On Wednesday 10th Loco Dice and crew take up residency at Amnesia for Hyte Ibiza 2015.

July – On Saturday 11th Pure Pacha has celebrity guests including Bob Sinclar and Idris Elba.

August – On Tuesday 25th go to one of the island’s hottest parties at Amnesia with Together and Defected Ibiza.

September – Wednesday 30th Martin Solveig will be at Pacha for My House Ibiza.

October – Sunday 4th hosts the infamous Space closing party which charts the end of the Ibiza season. The line-up has not been announced yet but we’re sure it’s going to be pretty spectacular.

Top Tunes to watch out for this season – This isn’t known yet but we suggest you look out for artists such as Clean Bandit, Kygo, Michael Calfan, AVICII and Ella Eyre

I hope this gives you a nostalgic insight into Ibiza’s ever-changing music scene. Can you see yourself getting stuck into some Ibiza clubbing this summer?