Sankeys Turns On The Red Light

Posted on June 12, 2015

Words & Pics: Jodie Dyer Stephens.

Thursday June 12 saw Sankeys Ibiza turn on the red light for the very first time. The Redlight is the brand new Thursday night event taking over Ibiza this summer, with US garage and sexy house vibes! The night itself is not however new, being one of David Vincent’s first nights from nearly 20 years ago, known then as Colors, which came about from a trip to the Redlight District in Amsterdam. The party took me back in time, hearing some of my favourite tracks that I grew up to, it was the most I have sung out loud in all my time in Ibiza!

SANKEYS RED LIGHT OPENING 2015 (5 of 31)
SANKEYS RED LIGHT OPENING 2015

As the song says “you don’t have to wear that dress tonight” I didn’t, but the red light was certainly turned right on! The night is definitely designed for those that love to dance the night away and that I did. It is so refreshing to have something different to all the techno on the island. It took me right back to the 90s when Tuff Jam was on repeat on everyone’s cassette player. Sankeys is now in its fifth year and every party I go to it pulls out something new and exciting. This party is unlike anything I have seen at Sankeys before, really showing that the venue is capable of anything. Given that Redlight was making its island debut, I wasn’t sure what to expect and I was blown away to see how busy it was.

SANKEYS RED LIGHT OPENING 2015
SANKEYS RED LIGHT OPENING 2015

Every time I walk through the big red doors marked caution I get excited, hearing the sound get louder and louder. I arrived at the same time as Defected Records Simon Dunmore, maybe here to check out the competition to Glitterbox which opens the day after at Space or perhaps to check out Defected Records Sam Holt, or more likely just to listen to some kick ass house and US garage. The line-up for the opening night was amazing with Todd Terry, Low Steppa, Bontan, Matt Jam Lamont, Sam Holt, Red Light and Mental Genius all feauring. David Vincent was excited to once again be working with one of the UK garage pioneers Matt Jam Lamont and Sam Holt, the otiginal residents of his Colors party.

SANKEYS RED LIGHT OPENING 2015
SANKEYS RED LIGHT OPENING 2015

Having been a fan of house pioneer Todd Terry’s remix of Stupid Girl by Garbage for years, I was eagerly waiting to see if he would crank it through the new Sankey’s sound system. With more than two decades of making bodies dance I knew I was in for an amazing show. I am not sure if he did or not, I am such a social butterfly and found myself having a gasbag on the rooftop and might have missed it. What I didn’t miss, however, was one of the true pioneers getting a hold of the Sankeys system and driving the floor crazy. As usual I try and float from room to room so I don’t miss a thing. This time I did it with a little more spring in my step, the music was so good! The Basement has to be one of the best club spaces anywhere, the low ceiling and minimal lighting, in this case red, not to mention the booming sound, it must be every DJs dream. Sam Holt delivered a chunky house vibe throughout his set, I’m a big fan of Copyright as a production combo, they always make me dance. On his own, Sam is just as capable and sets the mood perfectly for the rest of the night.

SANKEYS RED LIGHT OPENING 2015
SANKEYS RED LIGHT OPENING 2015

Just off the Basement is Spektrum, an intimate room, which, for the night, had legend Matt Jam Lamont and Low Steppa, taking turns to destroy the dance floor. If you haven’t heard the name Low Steppa I am not sure where you have been hiding. I was pumped to hear him play some of his oldies as well as his latest track “So Real” featuring Kelli Leigh. The track featured on Pete Tong’s BBC Radio 1 Essential selection not long ago. He was great to watch DJ, a real character with so much energy. My highlight of the night has to be when Todd Terry dropped Kings of Tomorrow. The whole room was singing out loud, it was amazing, so many happy vibes. I think I have found my new home on Thursday nights this summer.

SANKEYS RED LIGHT OPENING 2015
SANKEYS RED LIGHT OPENING 2015
SANKEYS RED LIGHT OPENING 2015

Sankeys Presents “THE REDLIGHT” Ibiza 2015 Mixed & compiled by TOUGH LOVE. Out today…
Sankeys Comp 2015