Closing Time For El Chiringuito

Posted on October 18, 2015

Words: Abby Lowe
Images: La Skimal.

Anyone who’s not in Ibiza is probably thinking that the closing parties are basically just another excuse for a party. We would vehemently deny that, and insist there’s valid justification for any closing celebration to see out summer. But of course, you’re all right; essentially the closing parties are just a pretext for throwing another soiree, because by October we haven’t had enough of them. We haven’t seen enough world-class DJs, or partied nearly as hard as we wanted, so go on, twist our arms – just one more. If we have to. If we really, really must. So there was a lot of arm twisting last night prior to the El Chiringuito closing party, when half of the island descended on the Es Cavallet hotspot for one last dance atop the sands.

El chiringuito closing by la skimal
El chiringuito closing by la skimal
El chiringuito closing by la skimal
El chiringuito closing by la skimal

El Chiringuito is famed for many things, its dreamy beachside location amid the salt flats of Salinas, its laid-back, oozing cool crowd, and among the long list, its stonking closing parties. Once a year at this time, El Chiringuito becomes a pulsing pit of heaving bodies and elated faces – a home where DJs and revellers and party lovers unite. And that’s no surprise in a setting this stunning, in a venue that’s seemingly built to house the expectations of excitable clubbers.

El chiringuito closing by la skimal
El chiringuito closing by la skimal
El chiringuito closing by la skimal
El chiringuito closing by la skimal

Last night it seemed that even nature was in on the act. The winding roads towards Es Cavallet were awash with salty foam from the surrounding waters, the stars were shining brightly and the sound of the sea crashing on the shore all resulted in an assault on the senses. The entrance to El Chiringuito had been transformed into an all-encompassing love tunnel, with umbrellas and trinkets hanging from above and signalling arrival into a new world. Tonight music was provided by residents James Kameran, Mr Doris and Andy Baxter, with Be Crazy! kingpin Jean Claude Ades heading the bill. As a result the tunes were soulful and melodic, with Ades giving a masterclass in how to drum out deep, sexy house with groove by the bucketload. As you’d expect, the crowd were lapping this up with fervour, with every inch of the venue’s decking full of hot and sweaty bodies. We eventually find refuge right next to the speaker, where the beats command our arm hairs stand on end.

El chiringuito closing by la skimal
El chiringuito closing by la skimal
El chiringuito closing by la skimal

At one point a collective surge of excitement trips the electricity switch and the room descends into relative darkness. But it’s soon restored and Ades, ever the consummate pro, whips everyone back into shape with a three-pronged attack. ‘Forget You’ by SevenDoors, ‘Solitary Daze’ by Maceo Plex and Gabriel Ananda’ and tune of the summer, ‘Acamar’ by Frankey and Sandrino are sure fire ways to stir up the senses – the crowd’s resulting excitement then creating enough electricity to last for the duration of the night. It signals a memorable end to an absolute belter of a party and serves as a reminder of everything that’s great about this island. Yes, we like to party, but take our word for it, you would too if you had it this good on your doorstep.

El chiringuito closing by la skimal
El chiringuito closing by la skimal
El chiringuito closing by la skimal
El chiringuito closing by la skimal