No Soul For Sale: 20 Years Of Circoloco

Posted on May 23, 2018

Words: Conor Wheeler

Images: Tamara Sini

For fans of (what is arguably) proper underground house and techno, Circoloco has always been considered the crème de la crème of parties, not just on the White Isle, where it started its journey as an after-party 20 years ago, but across the international club scene as well, with events spanning the globe from New York and all the way to Sydney.

It’s extremely rare for a club night to last more than a couple of years, so it really is incredible that after 20 years, Circoloco is still celebrated as one of the world’s best club nights, from both ravers and DJs alike. So it’s without any surprise that the Circoloco opening party is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year and, too many, is the real beginning of the summer in Ibiza. 25 of the world’s best DJs playing across two rooms and one garden, amounting to 15 hours of non-stop raving! As I pulled into the car park of DC10,  a.k.a. The Church, just after 6pm it was hard not to notice the astonishing number of partygoers swarming to the entrance – yet getting into the club was hassle-free and very quick.

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Circoloco’s longest-running resident Tania Volcano had just started her set as I walked into the famous Garden, effortlessly mixing deep tech house on DC10’s crystal clear yet punchy soundsystem,  making it very clear why the female DJ has been the club’s resident for this long. The vibe was equally as incredible, with a wonderful mix of people from all over the world dancing together, and  it was hard to spot someone who wasn’t smiling. Next up was the French tech house trio and Circoloco regulars Apollonia, delivering an hour and a half of chunky, bass-heavy rollers. Groups of friends would turn to each other in pure joy, as Dan Ghenacia, Dyed Soundorom and Shonky dropped a new bassline, the garden felt more like a festival than a rave at this point.

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I wandered into the Terrace to catch some of Rumors boss Guy Gerber’s set – safe to say I was not disappointed. The brand-new, chest-rattling sound system was crystal clear, with the Israeli DJ going in a little harder than I’ve previously heard from him. Moving into the Main Room, the vibes were a little bit more minimal yet equally as impactful, with Dubfire effortlessly mixing techno with an incredible red laser lightshow adding that little bit extra to the room. It was time to get some air again, so I headed back out to the garden to the sound of African-inspired tribal beats, with a touch of funky house blasting on the sound system. It was of course no other than the mighty Seth Troxler doing what he does best – jumping between as many sub-genres of house & techno as he could in the space of two hours. The party was well and truly in full swing by this point; nine hours done, another seven hours to go!

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I would love to individually describe each DJ set over the 15 hours of raving, but I would have to write a book to be honest. To put it simply, the rest of the night was just as incredible as the beginning! Circoloco has remained at the top of the game in Ibiza (and internationally) over the last 20 years because it has kept to its ethos that the party is about you and the music – no VIP, no ego! Add paying extreme attention to detail with the sound system, and it is an unparalleled experience. And with their new slogan ‘No Soul For Sale’, which makes so much sense, if someone asks me where they can get an education on pure underground dance music, I would send them to DC10 on a Monday. Here’s to another 20 years of raving together!

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