Armin Van Buuren Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano’s Atomic Closing

Posted on September 21, 2018

Words: Nina Saei

Images: Tamara Sini

The Dutch invasion has unquestionably proven itself to be a winning formula yet again, second time running. Wednesday saw the 14thand final show of trance luminary Armin Van Buuren and powerhouse duo Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano’s joint residency. True to form, the closing at Hï Ibizawas nothing short of spectacular; an epic night of superstar electronica acts, outrageous production and an unrelenting energy that has solidified the event as unforgettably mighty. Leading us to the finish line, a high-power team – Estiva, Super8 & Tab, Leroy Styles, Paul Reynolds and Sander Van Doorn – kept the torch ablaze while the big bosses threw it down, one last time!

And, what a match the musical mecca of Hï Ibiza has been for the concept. The melange of big room beatsfrom each artist laid over the futuristic club settinghas conceived a clubbing experience that’s extraordinarily sensory – validated by an immeasurable crowd week in, week out. Arriving inthe Theatre room, a fervent following had filled every inch of space with the main man and trance flag-bearer Armin Van Buuren minutes from stepping up to his power. The L-Acoustics soundsystem (the benchmark sound for global stadium tours!) went bezerk for his onset, the driving bass drumming right into our chests and just begging our feet to move.

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The air was pumping as AVB unleashed a momentous driving bassline that set the foundation for a hypnotic melodic overlay with plenty of intergalactic interludes to get those hands soaring. Whilst traversing the sonic rollercoaster we had clearly hopped on for, the Theatre meanwhile morphed and shapeshifted around the ardent crowd, displaying the best of Hï Ibiza’s famous visuals.

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As we stood- mouths wide open at the overwhelming soundscape going on – it came to our attention that big things were going on in the Club room, too. With more dancefloor destroyers and sell out gigs than many artists in their lifetime, Sander Van Doorn was unsurprisingly brewing up a storm in the second room. Each space was going at it as hard as each other and a festival-style EDM sound bellowed out from the DJ. The highlight act of the night for us, hands down, goes to Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano,whose staple rocking house flavour was all that and more. They were quite literally throwing the intimate space of the Club room into total bedlam as juicy, sexy beats popped off to pulse-raising build ups. A sound so hot and full of game-changing pivots, just when we thought we couldn’t handle another crescendo, the boys would drop another incredible hand and hair raiser that made every person go buck crazy.

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Double the hands, double the power, an atmosphere we just couldn’t get enough of, their set was simply addictive. A night that packed in a powerful punch in every single room (including the secret third room, Wild Corner,cheers Paul Reynolds!) we are just reeling for more of where this came from – a match made in sonic heaven!

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