After his appearance at IMS, all roads lead to Pacha for David Guetta for the opening of FMIF. The Guetta’s popular party has become a staple for clubbers from all over the world, selling out almost every week of 2011, and with tickets for the 2012 opening at a premium, 2012 looks set to be much more of the same. Michelle Clancy was there for essentialibiza…
If it’s atmosphere, excitement and good quality dance music you’re after few places can match Ibiza in May. As the season bursts into life with the prestigious Ibiza International Music Summit it’s time for another massive event of the summer: David Guetta’s F**k me I’m Famous opening party at Pacha. I’m feeling slightly partied out having enjoyed a free daytime Carl Cox party at Sands In Playa D’en Bossa so I’m relying on an uplifting set from David and Co to get me going. Somehow I doubt I’ll be disappointed. As I approach the iconic entrance to Ibiza’s most glamorous venue I wonder whether the Frenchman can deliver something that I, and the other 3000 eager clubbers are not expecting. Something we haven’t seen from him before. Something that will make the dance music purists that have turned their noses up at David Guetta’s many (many) ‘pop’ music collaborations take note.
Pacha looks beautiful. FMIF posters hang from the ceiling and the Pacha dancers are as gorgeous as ever. Daddy’s Groove is in charge of the all new DJ box and the crowd are lapping up their modern electro beats. Unsurprisingly the place is packed out when all of a sudden fireworks announce the entrance of the man of the hour. It’s his party and he wants everyone to know it. In Guetta you have a man who, although very pleased with himself also appears to have genuine appreciation for the fact that you’ve come to his party. If he’s tired from his warm-up at the IMS pre-party at the Dalt Villa down the road it doesn’t show. What better way to start proceedings than a classic Guetta tune, Love is Gone. We’re treated to a combination of Guetta’s tried and tested (his recent Titanium goes down a storm) and some unexpected Ibiza favourites, most notably (IMO) Green Velvet’s – Fuct Camara. As the tunes keep coming. first lady Cathy Guetta throws glo-sticks to the crowd who fight for the prime dancefloor ‘real estate’ beneath the DJ booth.
The outdoor terrace provides the same chilled out solitude I remember from previous years. It’s the perfect setting to enjoy a vodka and coke and rest the legs before another 2-hour stint on the dancefloor. Now the question on everyones lips is where oh where is Black Eyed Peas front man Will.I.AM and what is he going to bring to the party? Sadly, we were left wanting as the producer turned DJ was a no-show. Word got round that illness had ruled him out of this appearance along with his scheduled IMS set. On the plus side we were treated to an extended set from David Guetta with the promise of Will.I.AM appearing later in the season. All the stops are pulled out for the opening parties and this is no exception. When you stop to consider the production, time and effort that goes into a FMIF night it’s not surprising that every night until the end of the season will be a sell-out. Even if David Guetta isn’t your musical cup of tea, you can’t help but be swept up by his infectious enthusiasm. Other clubs take note: the standard has been set. Looking around the dancefloor at the sea of smiling faces one thing’s for sure; Ibiza 2012 is open for business and if this party is anything to go by it’s going to be a good one.