Thursday night in Ibiza and all roads lead to Amnesia, where Cream has held residence for the past 17 years! The party, which started in Liverpool before becoming one of the world’s biggest clubbing brands with an unmistakable logo, delivers a weekly line up to rival anything on the island and with its eighteenth season fast approaches it looks like business as usual as many of the biggest names in the scene have pledged allegiance yet again – Paul van Dyk, Deadmau5, Above & Beyond, Calvin Harris, Laidback Luke, Eddie Halliwell, Example featuring DJ Wire, Gareth Emery, Sander van Doorn, Benny Benassi, John O’Callaghan, AN21 & Max Vangeli to name a few.
Paul van Dyke continues his love affair with the party, making eight exclusive appearances this summer, Above & Beyond return for six shows after the huge success they enjoyed last season, including a special Anjuna Beats party on September 13. Gareth Emery breaks his Cream Ibiza duck as he debuts for the brand and the exclusives keep on coming as Canadian trance master Deadmau5 makes his only Ibiza appearance of the summer when he stars at the Cream opening party on Thursday June 14. Cream favourite Edie Halliwell will deliver seven shows, Sander van Doorn makes three appearances and there are cameo appearances from the likes of John’O Callaghan, Adam Sheridan, Ben Gold, Gareth Wyn, Mat Zo, Sean Hughes, Ben Santiago, UNION, Andy Mac, James Dutton, Anthony Probyn and Jemmy. The legendary main room of Amnesia will once again play host to a multitude of the scene’s heaviest hitters, I can almost feel the huge smoke cannon on the back of my neck now!
Mixmag return to the terrace this summer, a terrace it has made its own in recent years and this summer, like the main room, is set to raise the bar further. Calvin Harris made a big impact last summer and with eight exclusive shows this year, he looks set to be one of the big stars of 2012. Laidback Luke hosts several of his Super You&Me parties and the season line up is made up by the likes of Example featuring DJ Wire, Benny Benassi, Fake Blood, AN21 & Max Vangeli, Chris Lake, Michael Woods, Burns, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Sandro Silva, Oliver Twizt and Tim Mason. The season kicks off on Thursday June 14 and the white-knuckle roller coaster doesn’t stop until September 20. Over the course Cream will play host to numerous a-list performers and thousands of clubbers from around the world, just one of the reasons it has spent all of its 17 previous seasons at the top of the pile. Roll on 2012!
Images supplied by James Chapman.