ANTS Weekend Takeover Part 1 Opens Ushuaïa Ibiza

Posted on May 20, 2018

Words: Olivia Ebeling

Images: Tamara Sini

Lasers are slicing through the dark night sky. Psychedelic red visuals pulsate across the screens behind the festival-size stage, with beats so powerful they reverberate in your chest firing into the ecstatic crowd, their faces illuminated the bursts of flames shooting from the DJ booth. Once again, there was not a doubt to be had that a night at Ushuaïa Ibiza is an unmissable experience on any music lover’s bucket list, as the ANTS Weekend Takeover – Part One – rocked the al fresco party palace from head to toe.

It was a proud moment for the venue to behold, as one of their home-grown concepts, which started out as a pre-season treat for the workers that flock to the island every year, had grown in size and status that it was given the honours to become the world-famous outdoor club’s inaugural fiesta of the 2018 season. In fact, as one of Ushuaïa Ibiza’s most popular and respected concepts, the ANTS Takeover is spread out over two weekends, with the next instalment taking place on Saturday, May 26th. With a juicy line-up that featured many familiar names, all of which are part of the ANTS story and have grown with the party, clubbers came flocking in from all corners of the island.

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And what a glorious day it was, with the sun beaming down on the glamorous hotel’s white walls and azure statement pool, palm trees swaying in the breeze and planes gliding through a cloudless blue sky, the opening fiesta was oozing Balearic feel-good vibes. As tradition has it, Dublin kicked things off by the far end in the sound tower, luring in revellers to join the fun and enjoy a little splash in the smaller of the two basins, grooving with their feet in the shallow water and refreshing drinks in hand. Next up was Spanish master mixer UNER, no stranger to the ANTS family and a popular face to be seen behind the decks, who took the energy up to the next level with a versatile and fun set that got people up on their feet to bust some moves in the sunshine. He was followed by Grammy-nominated producer Nic Fanciulli, who fired on the by now packed poolside with a steady but irresistibly bouncy bassline on a tech house tip. Bursts from the C02 cannons helped to keep the revellers cool in the beaming sun, who were savouring each and every beat.

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(Human) ants surprised us as they came crawling into the crowd while carrying giant inflatable fruits, while dancers in fierce black costumes were applying temporary tattoos to sun-kissed skin, marking them as members of the extended ANTS UNITED family. As the haze of golden hour began to escend onto Ushuaïa Ibiza, Steve Lawler had the honours of opening the huge festival-size stage at the other end of the venue, and he did so with a spectacle of smoke, giant bursts of steam and a confetti explosion, followed swiftly by a powerful galloping bassline that filled the spacious dancefloor instantly.

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A key figure in the history of the huge success of ANTS, Andrea Oliva led us into night-time with a set that as surprising as it was infectious, keeping us on our toes the entire time. Ranging from driving and fierce to melodic and upbeat, with the odd classic dropped in to really get us going, the atmosphere remained sky high for the duration of his set. As ever, the dramatic red and white graphics, colourful lasers and C02 explosions turned the party into a spectacle of epic proportions.

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Continuing apace, Paco Osuna did not mess about and launched straight into a moody and deep bassline that felt powerful enough to stop heartbeats, encouraging the crowd to give every last bit of energy right up until midnight, when special guests Apollonia began the closing set of the night. With Ushuaïa Ibiza’s mind-blowing production firing on all cylinders while sexy dancers strutted their stuff, the revellers were in near hysterics as tantalising beats kept washing over them right up until the last second. When we eventually left this whirlwind of day-to-night fun times, good vibes and premium beats, all we had left to utter was a simple ‘Wow’. See you next weekend for round two!

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June 2019

SAT 01 JUN 2019
Event expired
  • ANTS@ Ushuaïa
  • Important Information - Essential Ibiza can only provide collection vouchers for Ushuaia. You will have to collect your ticket from one of the many outlet locations on the island, this is all detailed in your confirmation email.
SAT 08 JUN 2019
Event expired
  • ANTS@ Ushuaïa
  • Important Information - Essential Ibiza can only provide collection vouchers for Ushuaia. You will have to collect your ticket from one of the many outlet locations on the island, this is all detailed in your confirmation email.
SAT 15 JUN 2019
Event expired
  • ANTS@ Ushuaïa
  • Important Information - Essential Ibiza can only provide collection vouchers for Ushuaia. You will have to collect your ticket from one of the many outlet locations on the island, this is all detailed in your confirmation email.
SAT 22 JUN 2019
Event expired
  • ANTS@ Ushuaïa
  • Important Information - Essential Ibiza can only provide collection vouchers for Ushuaia. You will have to collect your ticket from one of the many outlet locations on the island, this is all detailed in your confirmation email.
SAT 29 JUN 2019
Event expired
  • ANTS@ Ushuaïa
  • Important Information - Essential Ibiza can only provide collection vouchers for Ushuaia. You will have to collect your ticket from one of the many outlet locations on the island, this is all detailed in your confirmation email.

July 2019

SAT 06 JUL 2019
Event expired
  • ANTS@ Ushuaïa
  • Important Information - Essential Ibiza can only provide collection vouchers for Ushuaia. You will have to collect your ticket from one of the many outlet locations on the island, this is all detailed in your confirmation email.
SAT 13 JUL 2019
Event expired
  • ANTS@ Ushuaïa
  • Important Information - Essential Ibiza can only provide collection vouchers for Ushuaia. You will have to collect your ticket from one of the many outlet locations on the island, this is all detailed in your confirmation email.
SAT 20 JUL 2019
Event expired
  • ANTS@ Ushuaïa
  • Important Information - Essential Ibiza can only provide collection vouchers for Ushuaia. You will have to collect your ticket from one of the many outlet locations on the island, this is all detailed in your confirmation email.
SAT 27 JUL 2019
Event expired
  • ANTS@ Ushuaïa
  • Important Information - Essential Ibiza can only provide collection vouchers for Ushuaia. You will have to collect your ticket from one of the many outlet locations on the island, this is all detailed in your confirmation email.

August 2019

SAT 03 AUG 2019
Event expired
  • ANTS@ Ushuaïa
  • Important Information - Essential Ibiza can only provide collection vouchers for Ushuaia. You will have to collect your ticket from one of the many outlet locations on the island, this is all detailed in your confirmation email.
SAT 10 AUG 2019
Event expired
  • ANTS@ Ushuaïa
  • Important Information - Essential Ibiza can only provide collection vouchers for Ushuaia. You will have to collect your ticket from one of the many outlet locations on the island, this is all detailed in your confirmation email.
SAT 17 AUG 2019
Event expired
  • ANTS@ Ushuaïa
  • Important Information - Essential Ibiza can only provide collection vouchers for Ushuaia. You will have to collect your ticket from one of the many outlet locations on the island, this is all detailed in your confirmation email.
SAT 24 AUG 2019
Event expired
  • ANTS@ Ushuaïa
  • Important Information - Essential Ibiza can only provide collection vouchers for Ushuaia. You will have to collect your ticket from one of the many outlet locations on the island, this is all detailed in your confirmation email.
SAT 31 AUG 2019
Event expired
  • ANTS@ Ushuaïa
  • Important Information - Essential Ibiza can only provide collection vouchers for Ushuaia. You will have to collect your ticket from one of the many outlet locations on the island, this is all detailed in your confirmation email.

September 2019

SAT 07 SEP 2019
Event expired
  • ANTS@ Ushuaïa
  • Important Information - Essential Ibiza can only provide collection vouchers for Ushuaia. You will have to collect your ticket from one of the many outlet locations on the island, this is all detailed in your confirmation email.
SAT 14 SEP 2019
Event expired
  • ANTS@ Ushuaïa
  • Important Information - Essential Ibiza can only provide collection vouchers for Ushuaia. You will have to collect your ticket from one of the many outlet locations on the island, this is all detailed in your confirmation email.
SAT 21 SEP 2019
Event expired
  • ANTS@ Ushuaïa
  • Important Information - Essential Ibiza can only provide collection vouchers for Ushuaia. You will have to collect your ticket from one of the many outlet locations on the island, this is all detailed in your confirmation email.
SAT 28 SEP 2019
Event expired
  • ANTS@ Ushuaïa
  • Important Information - Essential Ibiza can only provide collection vouchers for Ushuaia. You will have to collect your ticket from one of the many outlet locations on the island, this is all detailed in your confirmation email.