Fom Dusk ‘Til Dawn: Hï Ibiza’s Grand Finale

Posted on October 9, 2017

Words: Olivia Ebeling

Arguably the island’s most talked about opening of 2017, after a summer filled with headline-grabbing parties and mind-blowing surprises October 8th saw new Playa d’en Bossa super club Hï Ibiza shut its doors after a successful debut season on the White Isle. Taking over the premises of a former club land legend was no mean feat but entertainment visionary Yann Pissenem and his dedicated team enjoyed a phenomenal summer that saw Hï Ibiza establish itself as a force to be reckoned with.

After bringing the shutters down on its seven stellar residencies, which inluded Martin Garrix presents Multiply, Eric Prydz, Black Coffee, In The Dark, Armin Van Buuren, Glitterbox and Hï Sundays, the venue went all out for its first official closing party with an all-star line-up and extended opening hours. With Ibiza legends including Jamie Jones, Loco Dice and Guy Gerber, as well as Hï Ibiza residents Steve Lawler, Andrea Oliva, Nic Fanciulli and Kölsch all set to take to the decks, plus a roster jam-packed with up-and-coming international talent and established artists from all over the world, the club opened its doors at 20.00 with the festivities scheduled to continue until 12noon the following day.

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With a line-up this big, it came as no surprise that electronic music lovers from all over the world had jetted in especially for the occasion. When we arrived, the expansive venue was already bustling with revellers, the celebrations in full swing. Many of headliners’ peers who weren’t on duty that night came to join the fun off-duty and we spotted island-favourites Mambo Brothers, Doorly and Andy Baxter mingling in the beautiful outdoor area of the Magic Garden.

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Following previous Best Ibiza DJ winner Mr Doris, who had the honour of opening the night, and the British invasion of the Housekeeping crew, Hï Ibiza In The Dark resident Kölsch mesmerised the crowd with a deep and melodic set that powered into the vast space of the Theatre on a chunky bassline. With a bespoke production that saw glowing balls move up and down from the ceiling, the effect was nothing short of hypnotic.

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Next up was fellow Hï Ibiza resident and White Isle stalwart Andrea Oliva, who upped the pace with bouncy beats and an energetic bassline, dropping an upbeat selection of tracks including Riva Starr’s Resilience and Larry’s Exotic Blend by Zappe, an eclectic mix that filled the vast room with pure feel good vibes. Pulling out all the stops for Hï Ibiza’s final fiesta, aerialists clad in sexy neon pink costumes were suspended from the ceiling and showed off their strength and agility dangling from hoops either side of the DJ booth. The clubs sassy dancers were clad in eye-catching futuristic costumes, throwing shapes and firing on the dance floor to let lose to the beats.

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Over in the Club, Steve Lawler had taken over the decks after sets from Dublin, Bas Ibellini and Agoria for a two-hour stint that put the powerful sound system through its paces with chunky beats and a driving bassline. The In The Dark resident dropped an expertly curated selection of his own remixes including his version of Fake by Jesse Perez and the finest infectious tech house and techno numbers. With the solid laser beams cutting through the dark, the effect was electrifying as a thunderstorm of strobe lighting was unleashed onto the room.

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After a quick visit to Hï Ibiza’s third – and secret – club space Wild Corner, where the whole Melon Bomb crew had turned out to bring their signature irresistible funky vibe to the table, we returned to the Theatre to catch Loco Dice, who was taking no prisoners with a fierce set of energetic techno, the momentum of the bassline heightened with dramatic drops that were accompanied by explosive bursts from the steam cannons.

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As the night headed into the early hours, the crowd was showing no signs of ever wanting the fun to end, with more and more people arriving in the early hours. Fresh off his win at the 2017 DJ Awards, where he took home the accolade of Best Breakthrough artists, Solardo was rocking the Club with a relentlessly paced set that was dominated by driving beats with melodic world music vocals, an interesting combination that was as refreshing as it was irresistible to dance to. With so much solid turntable talent to see in one night, we felt like kids in a candy store as we wandered from room to room. Hï Ibiza’s grand finale certainly testified that the club has managed to secure some world-class artists to collaborate with and bring the magnificent state-of-the-art structure to life in all its glory – and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for 2018!

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