Kygo’s Birthday Farewell In Ushuaïa Ibiza

Posted on September 10, 2017

Words: Jason Eybe

Images: Tamara Sini

Sunday saw the last session of the summer from Norwegian DJ/producer Kygo as he welcomed Alan Walker, Felix Jaehn and B Jones to help him bring his residency to a fitting finale. It also happened to be the artists birthday so it promised to be a double celebration. The Ushuaïa Ibiza stage had been transformed into a tropical wonderland all summer as some of the most influential global artists joined Kygo in delivering an emotive weekly soundtrack. There was just one final performance for 2017…

B Jones has been omnipresent on Sunday in Ushuaïa Ibiza this summer. She had provided a solid foundation from which each party evolved. With an acute understanding of what it takes to move an Ibiza crowd, having served her apprenticeship at many of the island’s great parties, she was the perfect choice to kick off each party. With the arena filling up nicely, German born tropical house expert Felix Jaehn took control of the stage. Taking this up a notch, he amped up the atmosphere on what was fast looking like one of the best parties of the summer. Even in daylight, the visuals that backdrop the elevated booth are hypnotic.


Day turned into night and the sky above the famous outdoor venue went from sky blue to dark blue to black as Alan Walker took centre stage, hooded top and mask covering the bottom half of his face. This is a producer, like Kygo, that has a knack for tugging at the heart strings, of coaxing the hairs on the back of your neck up. The venue becomes an entirely different animal after dark, the lasers piercing the night sky, the stars adding a dramatic effect and the visuals bursting from the stage as smoke cannons below onto the packed crowd. The atmosphere eased effortlessly passed simmering and was well on its way to boiling point as Alan Walker leapt about behind the booth.


The final part of the summer belonged to the headliner, who took to the stage to a huge roar from a now capacity arena. Norwegian flags swirled in the wind and there were a few happy birthday signs dotted around the front of the crowd, many of whom had been there all afternoon, waiting for this moment. Snap back on back to front, ear to ear grin, the talented spinner took control of the decks and in turn the crowd for the final time this summer and took everyone on one final magical musical journey. Melodic loops over driving basslines, swirling synths and catchy vocals were punctuated by breakdowns that were greeted by crowd eruptions and enormous build-ups that enlisted explosions and confetti cannons for added drama. The set culminated in his entire crew joining him on stage with a cake as everyone joined in the birthday celebrations. It has been another massive season in Playa d’en Bossa for Kygo, that was brought to a fitting conclusion.