Glitterbox Ends With A Flamboyant Finale

Posted on September 30, 2017

Words: Olivia Ebeling

Images: Tamara Sini

It might be a little early to call it – after all, we still have two weeks of closing parties left – but last night’s Glitterbox farewell shindig was possibly the busiest we have ever seen Hï Ibiza. It’s been another stellar season for the fun, fierce and fabulous house music party on the White Isle, and fans of the concept were out in force to pay their respects as another summer drew to a close.

With a heavy-hitting line-up that featured Louie Vega, Dimitri from Paris, Roger Sanchez, Session Victim, Glitterbox founder Simon Dunmore and a live show from legendary vocalist Barbara Tucker, it was no surprise that the spacious super club was already heaving with eager partygoers when we arrived. A state-of-the-art chameleon of a venue, Hï Ibiza had been decked out with the finest of sparkling decorations for the occasion, with over 50 big and small disco balls suspended from the ceiling.

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In the Theatre, Louie Vega had the dancefloor going wild to classic house music anthems that united everyone in one giant sing-and-dance-along, with Glitterbox’s fabulous drag queen dancers showing off their honed bodies and fierce moves to retro tunes such as Inner City’s Good Life. There wasn’t a spot in the spacious room that wasn’t grooving along to the infectious tracks, fired on by the party’s cheer squad of sexy guys and gals.

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Over in the more intimate Club, Simon Dunmore was playing an epic extended set filled with classic belters that had the crowd enthusiastically shouting the lyrics back at him, firing off tunes including Whitney Houston’s I’m Every Woman and Joe Negro’s Make A Move On Me. Even the DJ booth was filled with people throwing shapes, nobody able to resist the infectious feel good vibe and energetic beats of Simon’s track selection.

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Meanwhile, Ibiza legend DJ Pippi was holding court in secret party spot the Wild Corner, cherry-picking iconic house music numbers like the ever popular Pasilda to give the mini rave a seriously funky twist. After an enthusiastic boogie, we headed back into the Theatre to catch Barbara Tucker’s live performance. The world-famous singer has made several appearances at Glitterbox parties throughout the summer and always brought the house down with her powerful shows, so the Glitterbox Closing wouldn’t have been complete without one final Barbara belter. Strutting her stuff on stage, the diva didn’t disappoint, performing some of her biggest hits including Beautiful People and the song that never fails to make the crowd go wild, Deep Inside.

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Roger Sanchez was next to take over the booth, taking no prisoners by launching straight into a thundering mash-up of the iconic My House (Jack Had A Groove) by Fingers Inc and the anthemic You Got The Love by Candi Station. He continued on an energetic edge, treating us to driving remixes of house favourites such as Professional Widow and Lola’s Theme. With Hï Ibiza’s incredible lasers being reflected in the myriad of disco balls glittering from the ceiling, the effect was simply mind-blowing. The dancers were giving it their all, twerking on stage and throwing shapes on podiums in the middle of the crowd, firing on the revellers.

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Meanwhile, the Melon Bomb crew had taken over the booth in the Wild Corner, with at least three of the four founders – we spotted Juan Corbi, Ben Santiago and Scott Gray – taking a turn behind the decks. One of the hottest on-island parties of the summer, the boys never fail to set a room alight and last night was no difference, with people queuing to get inside Hï Ibiza’s third room and join the fun. In the Club, Simon Dunmore was going for it until the early hours, his tracks becoming more and more infectious as the night went on, with hits such as Strings Of Life and George Kranz’ Din Daa Daa keeping the dance floor jam-packed. There was no question of leaving and, sneaking out much later than intended, we like to think that Glitterbox’s final fiesta of 2017 is still going on somewhere…

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