Day And Night With Pukka Up

Posted on August 20, 2018

Words: Iain Thomson

If you’ve visited Ibiza in the last decade or enjoy a vibrant club experience in your home town, chances are you will have at the very least heard of Pukka Up, more than likely you will have enjoyed its unique hospitality, whether that was on a boat in the Mediterranean, sailing up London’s Thames, on the beach in Dubai or on a rooftop in Sydney. Pukka Up has well and truly established itself as a global party brand, with over a decade of entertaining discerning clubbers from around the world.

Ibiza 2018 has been an extra special one for the brand, as it changed its boat party tickets model to incorporate a number of clubbing experiences, making it one of the best valued ticket on the clubbing capital. Working with a selection of respected Ibiza venues, one ticket gives you the option of the boat, a pre-party and after party and a pool party the following day! It’s no surprise that it has been one of the most successful of recent ears and with Tropical Wonderland, its Saturday night residency in Eden Ibiza doubling its numbers from last year, there’s plenty of reason to celebrate. We managed to prise MD Joshua Makinson away from his crazy schedule to talk Pukka Up, global domination and what it takes to manage the summer for one of the busiest Ibiza brands…

Joshua Makinson Managing Director, Pukka Up

This year’s Pukka Up boat party offering includes four experiences, incorporating a pre-club, an after party and a chill-out pool party the following day on top of the actual boat party itself; why so many options on one reasonably priced ticket?
With ticket prices on the rise, we have managed to incorporate the leading events and venues into one event package while remaining great value for money. It’s about giving Ibiza holidaymakers the best value without compromising on experience. We only work with the best venues, busiest nights and biggest line-ups!

Pukka Up was a pioneer of the Ibiza boat party scene, what have been the biggest changes that have witnessed during your tenure as one of the most popular parties at sea?
I think the biggest change has been the increase in day-time partying. Ibiza was renowned for its nightlife, partying from sunset to sunrise. That’s changed, people are heading out earlier, getting dressed up and catching some sun. This shift has worked wonders for Pukka Up with the introduction of the pool party and, of course, our globally renowned boat parties.

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Saturday night in Eden sees Tropical Wonderland take that famous Pukka Up atmosphere to one of the island’s iconic venues, how has the party been this summer?
The response to Tropical Wonderland this summer has been phenomenal! We have doubled up on the numbers of people attending the events and have developed some crazy new décor for the party! It’s astounding to see what the team has achieved in two years. We have been lucky enough to start touring Tropical Wonderland around the UK this year. April and May saw the event host more locations than any other nightlife brand, a huge statement for a fairly new party, people have well and truly “Joined The Tribe”!

Pukka Up is not just one of the biggest Ibiza brands, you have a huge selection of parties around the world, how important is it to get the name out to clubbers in other parts of the world, and does that have a knock on effect when they visit the clubbing capital?
Definitely! From Nasimi Beach in Dubai to the Central Business District in Sydney, Pukka Up produces events on rooftops, beaches, nightclubs and pools in leading event destinations. Our flagship NYE boat party on the London Thames is definitely one to tick off, partying underneath the fireworks as the clock strikes midnight! It’s unreal. Also, there has been a massive increase in Ozzie customers visiting the White Isle in recent years, it’s amazing to hear people talking about our Rooftop Pool party at The Ivy in Sydney when they arrive at the pre-party. It blows your mind how much the brand has grown over the years.

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With two huge concepts – in the boat and the club – what are the biggest challenges for you during an Ibiza summer and how do you overcome them?
I think the biggest challenge is the little rest the team gets throughout the summer months. We deliver three days’ worth of boat parties, each with their own club nights and pool parties the next day. Add in Tropical Wonderland, sprinkle a bit of Ocean Beach Ibiza and we are well and truly flat out for a whole six months. That said, the team is a family, we stick together, chip in and support one another when things get busy. There is no better feeling than that, a group of young, ambitious people, going at it full throttle!

Having overseen some monumental parties already this summer, what are you most looking forward to from the remaining months?
I love each and every day on this island and never forget how lucky we are to live in such an amazing place so it’s hard to pick out what I am looking forward to specifically. I suppose the first thing would be welcoming thousands more people to Pukka Up, giving them magical memories, they will never forget. We also have a few surprises up our sleeves for Tropical Wonderland towards the end of the season, but I’m staying quiet about that for now.

For more info about the Pukka Up Sunset Boat Parties and clubbing packages, visit www.pukkaup.com

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