David Guetta Kicks Off Summer With A BIG Surprise

Posted on June 12, 2019

Words: Olivia Ebeling

Images: Andrei Oprescu

Even after so many years at the top of his game, with more chart-topping hits and epic shows under his belt than we could count, David Guetta never fails to a) draw a huge crowd and b) deliver a killer party full of surprises. And true to the name of his returning Monday night at Ushuaïa Ibiza, the official opening of BIG by David Guetta kicked off its 2019 season with all of the above.

As we made our way past the larger than life letters spelling out B-I-G by the entrance, we were greeted by an energetic bassline and uplifting melodies drifting through the air! I had first-time Ibiza visitors in tow – including my father – and, having contemplated which party would be the best to bring them to decided BIG was the one for not only the universally loved house music anthems that would undoubtedly be played but also Ushuaïa Ibiza’s incredible production,, light shows and the sheer scale of the event.

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Sure enough, my visitors’ eyes popped as they walked in into the glamorous Playa d’en Bossa party arena and saw the sea of people already gathered around the huge festival size stage. A giant floating tap sprouted a chunky water fountain into the turquoise pool at the heart of the arena, and the C02 steam cannons were firing on all cylinders. It was truly a spectacular sight to behold.

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On stage, long-time David Guetta collaborator Robin Schulz had taken over from Dutch DJ duo Glowinthedark, who had expertly warmed up crowd with their signature energetic sound and fierce performance. A crowd-puller in his own right, Robin Schulz of course needed little to no introduction to the music-loving Ushuaïa Ibiza audience, having played with and on behalf of David Guetta several times over the years. The Grammy-nominated producer treated us to a melodic and infectious sundowner set that was jam-packed with floorfillers and didn’t allow us to stop grooving for even one second.

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As night began to fall, it was time for the BIG man himself to take to the stage. The air was electric with anticipation as fans strained to get a first glimpse of the superstar DJ. When he came, the venue erupted in a whirlwind of beats, confetti and a roar of welcome. Ever the consummate showman, Guetta led us into the night with an irresistible set that featured some of his greatest hits like When Love takes Over and Titanium, as well as hot new material by his peers including Fisher’s Losing It. With thousands of oversized neon glowsticks lighting up the dark and a sexy aerialist floating across the crowd suspended from a huge cloud of white balloons, even Ibiza veterans had to pinch themselves!

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With Guetta firing on the crowd and serving up one banger after the next, the atmosphere kept building steadily. However, never one to rest on his laurels, the French megastar surprised us when he was joined by fellow Ushuaïa Ibiza residents Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike plus collaborators Afro Bros for an Ibiza exclusive that saw them play their joint hit Instagram for the first time all together on stage. As if that wasn’t exciting enough already, Guetta revealed they would also be filming the new video for the catchy single right there, capturing what was an unforgettable Ibiza moment on camera for eternity. Our advice for your clubbing calendar of 2019? Go Guetta or go home!

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