Paradise Serves Up A Smorgasbord Of Sounds At DC10 Opening

Posted on June 19, 2019

Words: Jason Eybe

Now into its 8th year, Jamie Jones’ Paradise has established itself as one of Ibiza’s most recognisable and best-loved party brands. The 2019 edition promises to be the biggest yet, with 17 parties instead of the usual 15, every Wednesday within the magical confines of DC-10. Jones kicked off the season opener alongside a flurry of label mates and White Isle favourites, including The Martinez Brothers, Richy Ahmed and Andrea Oliva, so we headed along to see if it lived up to the hype.

Following on from spring appearances at the likes of Miami Music Week, TimeWarp and Switzerland’s Caprices Festival, the Paradise Ibiza opening party saw Jones bring together an expertly curated line-up destined to strike a chord with the Ibiza faithful. We arrived at the 1500-capacity superclub to find a queue of uber-stylish partygoers snaking down the street. Despite this, entry was surprisingly prompt and seamless, something that shouldn’t be downplayed in Ibiza – particularly for an opening party!

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With the terrace rapidly filling up, we initially set up camp in the garden, where none other than Richy Ahmed was shelling it down with tech house groovers of all shapes and sizes. His high-energy show was set against a stunning backdrop based around this year’s Paradise Ibiza 2019 theme ‘Colour Odyssey’. A linear, diamond-shaped light was shining bright over the head of revellers, reflecting various colours onto the troupe of revellers seemingly dancing in sync below. Despite having one of the earliest sets of the night, Ahmed upped the tempo early on and set the tone for the night – much to the delight of the throbbing crowd.

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The highlight of the night came on the terrace however, when another White Isle favourite delivered his A-game in the form of Luca C. In the midst of his typically seamless cross-genre blend of wizardry, none other than Ali Love appeared with him in the booth, giving the rapturous crowds the chance to hear his unrivalled vocals first-hand.

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A night of surprises for sure. Buoyed from the excitement of seeing Mr Love doing his thing, we stayed on the terrace awaiting the deep, hypnotic grooves of Ilario Alicante, who was locked in for a two-hour set. In amongst the usual wizardry, somewhat inconceivably, the familiar melodies and iconic vocals of ‘Say My Name’ by Destiny’s Child began wafting through the speakers. Once overcoming the initial hysteria, we made sure we danced as enthusiastically as possible to this Noughties R&B classic.

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With the night moving into its latter stages, it was the time of Jones and The Martinez Brothers to step up to the wheels of steel for an extended back-to-back affair. Underpinned by all things deep and funky, this slow-building set was straight out the DJs handbook of patient tempo building – with swells of fans clambering to get closer to the booth to work out how they were mixing so seamlessly. A riotous start to the new season, and a real statement of intent from Paradise.

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