Ushuaïa Ibiza Delivers Spectacular Closing

Posted on October 9, 2017

Words: Jason Eybe

Images: Andrei Oprescu

Ushuaïa Ibiza has a tradition of delivering a spectacular grand finale, the foundations of which were laid in its debut year and have been carried forward ever since, each year doing its best to outdo the last. As the magnitude of what happened on Saturday night finally sinks in, we feel very sorry for the team that has to follow it in 2018! From the line-up, to the crowd to the unbelievable production, everything aligned perfectly and the result was clubbing theatre at its very best!

On arrival at the famous outdoor venue overlooking Bossa beach, two things struck us immediately, firstly how busy it was so early and secondly the stage setting. Resembling something from a fantasy movie – it looked like a giant musical time machine, huge cogs and wheels, giant gold discs and magnificent gramophone speakers of all shapes and sizes creating a playground for some of the world’s most exciting artists to perform, including Luciano, Kölsch, Jackmaster, Andrea Oliva, Joris Voorn, Francisco Allendes and Dublin.

Ushuaia Closing Party by Andrei Oprescu
Ushuaia Closing Party by Andrei Oprescu

Andrea Olivia was in full flow when we landed, one of the artists that has been tied to the venues success since it opened, regularly playing at the opening and closing fiestas as well as steering the ANTS party to Saturday domination. Acutely aware of the Ushuaïa Ibiza crowd, he sets solid foundations, raising the vibe just enough before handing off to Glasgow DJ Jackmaster. What follows is a magical trip through some of the deepest beats, with a hint of disco thrown in for good measure. Regularly touted as one of the finest of the underground set, Jackmaster more than lives up to his reputation. He has the huge crowd under his spell from the off, lifting them up and easing them down at will. It was a Jackmaster-class and one that prepared the open-air venue for the arrival of Luciano!

Ushuaia Closing Party by Andrei Oprescu
Ushuaia Closing Party by Andrei Oprescu

It’s been quite a summer for Luciano, the DJ who played a huge part in Ushuaïa Ibiza’s formative years, from his roadblock beach parties further down Bossa beach and his residency when the stunning hotel/ open-air theatre finally opened. If there’s one Ibiza based DJ that is synonymous with huge outdoor parties, it’s got to be Luciano. The charismatic spinner wastes no time in dropping the bass out of the track as the breakdown unfolds, ramping the sound towards the eventual return of the kick drum as it reaches a climactic crescendo, one hand in the air, huge grin across his face as the capacity crowd erupts in front of him. he bobs from side to side, dancing along with the crowd as the Vagabundos King delivers yet another headline-grabbing performance.

Ushuaia Closing Party by Andrei Oprescu
Ushuaia Closing Party by Andrei Oprescu

The final part of the night belonged to Joris Voorn and Kölsch, two artists that have been responsible for numerous moments during this summer in Ushuaïa Ibiza. The sky is black now, the lights are piercing as they sweep across the heads of the masses and the explosions at the front of the stage add even more drama to proceedings. There’s a performer in a balloon powered craft flying high above our heads, in keeping with the theme of the production as the last part of the Ushuaïa Ibiza summer hits over drive. It was a special ending to what has been another fantastic summer on the beach. Highlights are many and varied, from the weekly residencies and their world-class line-ups to MTV and The Chainsmokers taking over the venue. Now, it was all about two artists that have been at the centre of many of this summer’s biggest parties and they deliver a fitting finale. Later than usual, much to the delight of everyone inside the arena, the final explosions died down, the lights came up, and the beats faded away and it was time to leave. Ibiza 2018 is how many days away?

Ushuaia Closing Party by Andrei Oprescu

Ushuaia Closing Party by Andrei Oprescu

Ushuaia Closing Party by Andrei Oprescu

Ushuaia Closing Party by Andrei Oprescu

Ushuaia Closing Party by Andrei Oprescu

Ushuaia Closing Party by Andrei Oprescu

Ushuaia Closing Party by Andrei Oprescu

Ushuaia Closing Party by Andrei Oprescu

Ushuaia Closing Party by Andrei Oprescu

Ushuaia Closing Party by Andrei Oprescu