Ibiza’s closing parties are the stuff of legend, where top-billing DJs have one last hurrah, playing the tunes that got dancefloors thronging throughout the summer and ensuring you end on a high that should carry you through the coming winter.
With the exception of Pacha, which stays open year-round, Ibiza’s big clubs and promoters pull down the shutters by October, so many of the season’s biggest bashes are the closing parties thrown throughout September and early October. Many clubbers time their holidays around them and some clubs have even been known to grant free admission once it gets to a suitably messy hour.
Go big before you go home, with our pick of Ibiza closing parties 2014.
Wednesday 31 August, Privilege
The return of day-glo trance and progressive house behemoth Gatecrasher to Ibiza has been one of the big talking points of this season and after what’s sure to be a stonking season, they’re intending to go out with a bang. Global dance music pioneer and original Ministry of Sound resident Paul Oakenfold tops the bill, with sets from the hyperactive Dash Berlin, who’s frequently name-checked as EDM’s ‘fastest rising star’ and the ever-inventive Marco V, a regular fixture in DJ Magazine’s annual top 50 list, who’ll be bringing his innovative multimedia show The T.A.O Sound to the world’s biggest club.
Together Closing Party
Tuesday 23 September, Amnesia
Together has carved out a niche for itself this year with some diverse line ups and ferocious bass-heavy mayhem, thanks to the presence of celebrity producer remix duo Chase and Status as residents. Taking things up a notch on the Terrace is Fatboy Slim, whose anthem Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat has become a mantra for many a diehard party animal, and with further special guests to be announced, this promises to be one epic swansong.
Cream Closing Party Part 2
Thursday 25 September, Amnesia
Never ones to do things by halves, Cream’s annual send-off is so colossal they had to split it in two, as they celebrate 20 years on the white island and their status as Britain’s longest running club night. Dutch trance deity Paul van Djyk is the master of ceremonies here, and with the likes of Benny Benassi and Laidback Luke on the Mixmag Terrace and Sneijder and Ben Gold in the main room, it’s sure to be a belter.
Lost in Ibiza Boat Party
Wednesday 24 September, San Antonio
Ibiza’s boat parties have made titanic waves in recent years and Lost In Ibiza promises to delight its loyal underground house following with this mammoth 14-hour party. Kicking things off with a 3 hour sunset cruise are Sante and Sidney Charles rocking the thunderous Funktion One Soundsystem, before decamping at midnight to Paradise Closing at DC10, the no-nonsense stalwart venue for the deep house crowd who like to hurtle along until 6am.
F*** Me I’m Famous Closing Party
Thursday 2 October, Pacha
Saving the best to last is the final outing of French superstar DJ extraordinaire David Guetta’s Thursday night shindig, which regularly brings the streets outside Pacha to a standstill. There are always queues round the block for this party, where ‘everyone who’s anyone’ clamours for a ticket – this is one closing party where booking a luxury VIP table well in advance can be a shrewd move.
Attending any closing parties yourself this year? Perhaps you’re an Ibiza veteran and want to share some tips with this summer’s Balearic holiday-makers? Share your thoughts in the comments below!