Culture shock

Culture shock: dissecting a decade of upheaval in Ibiza – On-scene reports

Elsewhere along the grand timeline, Sankeys rose to prominence in 2011, before its doors closed tightly with unpaid bills in 2017. The Pikes Hotel has regained its bohemian allure. Italian restaurateur Giuseppe Cipriani opened a new 1,000-seat dance hall in Marina Botofoch in 2013, but unfortunately BoOom! was plagued with legal wrangling early on, and beyond giving birth to Glitterbox, the experiment was largely forgotten. In 2015, Guy Laliberté, founder of theatrical entertainment company Cirque du Soleil, launched Heart, a new restaurant/nightclub combo located within the grounds of the Gran Hotel, which has found success entertaining yacht owners and enthusiasts alike. of shamanic technology. Ultra’s all-conquering techno brand Resistance landed at Privilege in 2017, with juggernaut performers Carl Cox, Paco Osuna, plus Sasha and John Digweed reunited as headliners. Whereas in San Antonio, Ibiza Rocks and Defected have helped restore the town’s reputation as a viable party option. And let’s not forget the unstoppable rise of elrow, the wacky Barcelona-based promotion team who, as virtual unknowns, debuted on White Isle at Privilege in 2012, going on to become one of most recognizable electronic dance music badges on the planet.

But the biggest Balearic story of the decade has to be the closure of Space. After 27 years, Pepe Rosello’s famous nightclub gathered for one last time on October 2, 2016, for what would be the last Space Closing Fiesta. The party kicked off at 4 p.m. and continued until 12 p.m. the next day, when techno megalodon and space figurehead Carl Cox finally lifted the curtain on what will be seen in years to come as a main era in rave history, dropping “Wish I Didn”. t Miss You’ by Angie Stone in front of a teary-eyed crowd.

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After the silence of the Funktion-One, the Ushuaïa Entertainment group moved in to rethink and rename the mythical dance hall. Over the winter, however, there were times when it looked like the new owners might have bitten off more than they could chew. After all, Space was still considered sacred and afterwards the mood on the forums was emotional to say the least. But it turned out that the transition from Space to Hï Ibiza was relatively easy. When Hï Ibiza launched on May 28, 2017, it quickly became apparent that Abel Matutes and Yann Pissenem had raised the bar on the island for the second time in a decade. The place was not typically Ibizan, but in terms of aesthetic innovation it was light years away from anything the island had seen before. Not only was Hï Ibiza busy from the start, it was a place designed to enter the next decade as a Ibizais the undisputed actor of the after-midnight.

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