Sasha & John Digweed Get Resistance Debut Off To A Flyer

Posted on July 26, 2017

Words: Jason Eybe

Images: Andrei Oprescu

The pre-season club announcements threw up some headline grabbing collaborations that had clubbers marking their calendars, checking their passports were still relevant and booking flights to the clubbing capital. One such announcement was the US clubbing giants Resistance taking on a debut Ibiza season and that Sasha and John Digweed would be the residents in Privilege every Tuesday night from July 25.

Resistance Opening Party by Andrei Oprescu

On one hand the season feels like it is flying by, but on the other, waiting for July 25 to arrive has felt like when we were young and waiting up all night for the man in the red suit! Resistance, for its part in the excitement, had convinced Sasha and Digweed to join it on a global tour that included a series of parties in Ibiza, we suspect there was very little persuasion needed. With a reputation for massive production at its events and an eye for details when delivering sound and light, not to mention curating the line-ups that have resulted in numerous capacity crowds around the world. With a blank canvas of the magnitude of Privilege, the mind boggled as we headed towards the world’s largest club.

Resistance Opening Party by Andrei Oprescu
Resistance Opening Party by Andrei Oprescu

Sasha & John Digweed were undoubtedly where our affections lay, and we suspected many others that were streaming towards the iconic club but there were plenty of talented artists on show, including Cassy, Eats Everything, Nicole Moudaber, Matador, Victor Calderone, Anja Schneider, Nick Curly, Technasia and many more. It was a talent packed array that would be looking after the booths. The first thing we wanted to check was the production and Resistance never let us down. Huge technologically advanced lighting rigs hung from the ceiling light space ships, offering monster bursts of light, from brilliant white to deep red and green, transforming the room each time. Huge visuals projected on the front and behind the booth, making for a striking focal point for the huge crowd that was crammed into the main room waiting for the arrival of the deadly duo.

Resistance Opening Party by Andrei Oprescu
Resistance Opening Party by Andrei Oprescu

Pick of the back to backs that weren’t Sasha and John Digweed include Cassy and Eats Everything and Nicole Moudaber and Technasia but, without meaning any disrespect to all of the artists on show, we were there for one thing on Tuesday and that was the original back2back specialists, returning to an Ibiza booth together for the first time since 2009. The roar that met the duo as they began what would be an epic journey was hair raising. For those in the crowd lucky enough to have seen them before this was a moment, like your favourite band getting back together. Those Renaissance compilations back in the day were a defining moment for the dance music scene and must have inspired numerous listeners to become DJs and producers, now, as the duo responsible for seminal mixes like Northern Exposure were back and in fine form.

Resistance Opening Party by Andrei Oprescu

The lighting was breathtaking, one-minute thick white beams dropped from the roof, like beams of light, next minute there were multiple lasers criss-crossing each other but it still played second fiddle to the emotive journey that was being curated from the huge DJ booth. For the older members of the crowd, it was a truly spiritual experience, for those not old enough to be partying in Ibiza in 2009, it was a chance to see what all the fuss was about and universally, the crowd was lucky to witness two artists that have lost none of their chemistry. Resistance made a spectacular debut in the clubbing capital and with several parties to go during this residency and numerous world class bookings confirmed, it promises to be a big summer, if you’re living in Ibiza or on your way, make sure you get your tickets in advance, this party is going to be a monster.

Resistance Opening Party by Andrei Oprescu
Resistance Opening Party by Andrei Oprescu
Resistance Opening Party by Andrei Oprescu
Resistance Opening Party by Andrei Oprescu

September 2017

TUE 12 SEP 2017
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