Ibiza Says Hï To Sundays

Posted on July 4, 2017

Words: Jason Eybe

Images: Andrei Oprescu

Sunday in Playa d’en Bossa has been somewhat of a special party for as long as we can remember. The former occupant of the Hï Ibiza location, Space, was renowned for its festival-like line u every Sunday, so it is with an elevated level of anticipation that we make our way to the brand new super-club to catch the first of its Hï Sundays, with Steve Angello, Olivier Heldens, Don Diablo and Sam Feldt looking after The Theatre and Mambo Brothers inviting Tube & Berger and Camilo Franco to join them in The Club.

Ibiza has just entered July, normally the start of the ramped up, peak period of the summer, but, truth be told, the island has felt like it has reached capacity weeks ago! Ibiza 2017 is well on its way to smashing all previous records for the summer. We have some fantastic memories of Sunday nights in Playa d’en Bossa, many of which come flooding back in conversation as we join the throng of clubbers walking along the Playa d’en Bossa strip towards Hï Ibiza. The new club has made an immediate impact on the area, its façade adds style and class to the far end of the strip, with plenty of selfie opportunities on the outside. With a short waiting time in the queue outside, we are through the doors ad heading into the huge space that is The Theatre.

Hi Sundays Opening Party by Andrei Oprescu

The sound booth at the door entry end of the room hides the magnitude for a second but when you make your way past it, the grandeur becomes apparent. Elevated VIP pods offer the best view in the house for its occupants but the real action takes place on the huge floor, which by this point is already packed as Don Diablo converses with the crowd while dropping banger after banger. The lights seemingly come from all angles, the visuals behind the booth are mesmerising and the sound booming, for the seasoned clubber that’s looking for the wow factor from their night out, this has everything and more! We tale the quick tour into The Club, again with surprising ease considering how busy the venue is, and we find a slightly darker but no less dramatic gathering. The Mambo Brothers are in charge of this room all summer and the chunky beats have the floor moving very nicely.

Hi Sundays Opening Party by Andrei Oprescu
Hi Sundays Opening Party by Andrei Oprescu

Back in The Theatre and Oliver Heldens is working his way through some driving future house, a genre he has been instrumental in creating, and the flor is loving it. The throbbing basslines and hypnotic loops can be felt in our bones and the breakdowns are met with outbursts of joy from all and sundry. Hï Ibiza has successfully delivered on its promise to offer a tailored venue for clubbers that maximises the clubbing experience; even the areas that are designed to let you escape the big room vibes for a while are worth a mention. From the highly charged disco vibe of the Wild Corner, which has to be seen to be believed, to the relatively tranquil outdoor Magic Garden. One of the most refreshing parts of the party, apart from the array of talent on show in each area, was the ease at which we could move between rooms. We tended to stick mostly to the Theatre but not without a quick drop in on Mambo Brothers and the crew that was delivering a driving house to techno vibe as an alternative in The Club. We timed it well just in time to see a birthday cake delivered to the booth, it was all about celebration as the Sunday residency got off to a flyer.

Hi Sundays Opening Party by Andrei Oprescu
Hi Sundays Opening Party by Andrei Oprescu

Steve Angello is one of the electronic dance world’s biggest names; from his early solo career to his time in Swedish House Mafia and, more recently as label boss and solo artists for Size records, there are very few venues across the world he hasn’t played or featured through one of his productions/ remixes. By the time the Swedish star took to the booth we were resigned to our position near the back of the room. all the better to witness the madness unfold in front of us as he worked his way through some of the biggest tunes of the night. With some of the best visuals we have witnessed in a club adding a dramatic backdrop to the lone figure, he went about the business of launching the party with ease. Solitary hand in the air during the breakdown resulted in the he crowd answering in kind as the beat kicked back in. The roof is not yet a month old and it was trembling at points! It was a big launch party for the latest Hï Ibiza residency and with some huge line-ups already confirmed for the summer – July 9 sees Robin Schulz join Steve Angello, Oliver Heldens and Sam Feldt in The Theatre while Mambo Brothers welcome Doorly and Dee Montero to The Club – Sundays in playa den Bossa are back and in very good hands.

Hi Sundays Opening Party by Andrei Oprescu
Hi Sundays Opening Party by Andrei Oprescu
Hi Sundays Opening Party by Andrei Oprescu
Hi Sundays Opening Party by Andrei Oprescu