While the likes of Vegas, Croatia and Miami may offer a challenge for its long-held crown, Ibiza remains the number one hotspot for dance music fans worldwide — and it’s not hard to see why the White Isle still holds such an allure. Nowhere else offers quite the same diversity in places to party or breadth of DJ talent, and that’s without even mentioning the island’s breath-taking beaches and scenery.
With the 2015 Ibiza season fast approaching, we’re taking a look at where will be hot to party—and also revealing some rumours that are sure to get you excited in anticipation of this summer’s shenanigans.
While Ibiza is still relatively down-and-dirty compared to the bells-and-whistles brand of clubbing offered in Vegas, Ushuaia might be the best indicator of where the island could be heading. Recently listed as one the island’s best party hotels, all the action takes place poolside, where the club offers some of the most impressive production in all of Ibiza.
While they’re being tight-lipped about acts for 2015 (all will be revealed at the end of May when they launch their events listing), 2014 saw a raft of the big EDM stars that Ushuaia showcases best. Avicii brought in the masses on Sunday evening — a crowd largely made up of Ibiza first-timers — while Ants on Saturday night catered for a more clued-up clubber with the likes of Hot Since 82, Maya Jane Coles and Nic Fanciulli throughout the season. We know that Ants will be staying for sure, and because of its big success, we predict that Avicii will stay onboard too.
Sankeys — an offshoot of the world-famous Manchester venue of the same name — is another relatively new addition to Ibiza, and has firmly cemented itself since its slow start in 2011. This year, return favourite event nights Viva Warriors and Tribal Sessions will return to Sankeys, as well as other events nearly every night of the week: CUFF on Mondays with Amine Edge & Dance, Tribal Sessions on Tuesdays, Colors on Thursdays, Shelter on Fridays to promote new talent with Ibiza Rocks W.A.R., Magna Carta on Saturdays, and Viva Warriors getting everyone revved for a new week on Sundays.
Sankeys, in a similar vein to DC10, offers a grittier alternative to the lavish experience offered by some of the more established Ibiza venues with Steve Lawler and Ricardo Villalobos regularly cropping up to play the dark-walled and low-ceilinged venue.
At 40 years old, Pacha is the elder statesman of the White Isle — but that doesn’t mean it’s growing up graciously. Expect a varied crowd that includes younger Ibiza holidaymakers to plenty of Ibiza old-timers. You can expect to see a serious contingent of the club made up of over 50s, with the velvet-curtain VIP feel of the space appealing to those discerning clubbers who may have fallen out of love with the sweatbox effect of some of the other the venues.
David Guetta’s ‘Fuck Me I’m Famous’ night was a huge draw last year and Solomun’s set brought an underground flavour to proceedings – along with Steve Aoki they both are a definite this year too. Though the full calendar is yet to be released, the year is off to a great start with parties like Here Comes Summer showcasing The Chronic Cowboys and Manu Gonzalez, and it’s confirmed that Flower Power will return to Tuesday nights to spin some of the best 1960s hits like the Beatles and the Stones for a light, upbeat vibe.
Arguably only Space can rival Amnesia for combining mass appeal with credible line-ups on the island. Rumours abound on the 2015 season—Marco Carola has been the Italian techno superstar to get the crowds going three seasons in a row for this club, rumours are that he’ll be back for a fourth. It’s not confirmed but a strong contender this year is going to be Loco Dice, who’ll host his own party along with German promoter Hyte. But you’ll have to be at the May 30 season opening party to really find out what shows Amnesia will have in store this summer.
Nowhere else on the White Isle holds the kind of cult status afforded to DC10. The club has been serving as an antithesis to the polished experience of the big clubs since its opening in 1999, and provided the likes of Jamie Jones and Seth Troxler with an early platform. DC10 is where you’ll find your real house and techno aficionados, with the high number of Italian and Spanish clubbers in attendance bringing a more continental flavour than some of the other Brit-heavy clubs.
Last year, Monday’s Circoloco was still the main draw and the night is definitely happening again in 2015, with possible additions on other weekdays to be confirmed.
Watch out for more rumours and confirmations! Some of the big clubs, like Pacha, are already open but most start really hotting up around May, and to catch it all in full swing mid June is your best bet. So get your crew together now for some wild nights of summer!