Pikes Celebrates Harvey’s Homecoming

Posted on August 8, 2018

Words: Olivia Ebeling

Images: La Skimal

‘If the interview runs late, I can wait a couple of hours but I absolutely need to leave by 20.00.’ Also, ‘F**********K, the Pikes website says the event is sold out, does anyone have a spare space on guestlist?’ These were the kind of emails flying back and forth in the Essential Ibiza office yesterday. On the evening of August 6, our crew had an urgent appointment – alongside most of the island’s discerning music lovers – and under no circumstances was this VIP date to be missed. The occasion? Why, only the return of the magnificent DJ Harvey: Pikes ‘cultural attache’, masterful marathon mixer and party host extraordinaire!

Now entering its fourth season at the iconic boutique hotel, the British music selector’s Mercury Rising mini residency is, like Harvey himself, a key element of the Ibiza summer, well and truly established as one of the island’s hottest cult parties. In 2018, he is back at the quirky abode every Monday throughout the months of August and September, his mission statement to ‘set a gold standard in all encompassing loving awareness through music and the dance’.

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A real treat for fans of Harvey’s eclectic, uplifting and sexy sound, the iconic DJ plays all night long in the intimate setting of Freddie’s Suite, and, given the popularity of the party, those who had been waiting all year for his White Isle comeback arrived early to make the most of the space on the soon-to-be-packed dancefloor. Entering the quirky club space, we were hit by the scent of freshly cut lilies that adorned the DJ booth and surrounding shelves, which, we were told, Harvey had bought himself for the occasion. A huge rainbow flag was hanging above the defunct fireplace, reflecting the venue and the party’s shared policy of acceptance, liberty and self-expression.

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With a solid six-hour set to look forward to, Harvey began the night on a ‘80s tip with a pop edge, fusing glam rock guitar riffs with ambient soundscapes delivered at his signature sensual down-tempo pace. Fashionable revellers and many of Harvey’s musical peers began to trickle in from all corners of the island, and we spotted several DJs in the fast-growing crowd. Slinky red sequin dresses were dancing next to flowing colourful kaftans, while a gentleman bearing two enormous fans opened and closed them with a sharp crack reminiscent of a whip in perfect time to the beat.

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With the lights either dimmed to a minimum level or dramatic hues of red bathing the room in an intense glow, our vision blurred by a cooling fog that descended onto the dancefloor like a fade effect, we felt like we had taken a tumble down the rabbit hole and landed in a secret cave – one that just happened to be throwing the party of the year. Intently reading the reaction of the crowd, Harvey expertly pulled one obscure record after the next out of his treasure chest of musical rarities, ranging from saccharine sweet ‘70s ballads to Flamenco-style staccato beats with a sprinkling of Spanish guitar; one minute dreamy and emotive, the next funky and utterly infectious.

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With Freddie’s Suite beginning to burst at the seams, it was clear that another sizzling summer awaits Harvey. So for the next seven weeks, if you ask us what we’re doing on Monday night, the answer is ‘we’re busy’!

Further Information
w: www.pikesibiza.com

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