Sven Väth Shuts Down Ibiza All Night Long

Posted on May 6, 2018

Words: Olivia Ebeling

Images: La Skimal

‘What the hell? Is this chaos for Sven Väth?’ were our words in the early hours of this morning as we slowly rolled into a traffic jam that saw cars erratically navigating their way in and out of the very few parking spaces outside Pacha Ibiza, where the German techno guru was billed to play All Night Long. Two seconds later, we clocked the enormous queue of partygoers that snaked from the legendary club’s entrance off into the distance both left and right, a roadblock of epic proportions.

Perhaps this shouldn’t have come as a surprise, considering it was only one night after the legendary venue’s grand opening, which also marked the reveal of its glamorous 2018 makeover. And while Papa Sven never fails to draw a crowd, his All Night Long set offered a first chance to his loyal global fan base to see the techno guru play in his new White Isle home after the explosive announcements that he will be moving his renowned Cocoon concept to Pacha this summer.

sven vath all night long by la skimal

sven vath all night long by la skimal

sven vath all night long by la skimal

sven vath all night long by la skimal

Having played at a festival in London just hours earlier, we had to wait a little for the iconic DJ to arrive, but Andre Galluzi did a stellar job of warming up the ever-growing crowd. From the jam-packed dance floor to every single VIP table, the club was busy from the get-go and continued to fill up steadily as more and more revellers thirsty to be part of one of the season’s first big parties arrived. Galluzi expertly got them all up on their feet with his infectious mix of upbeat tech house and bouncy basslines.

sven vath all night long by la skimal

sven vath all night long by la skimal

sven vath all night long by la skimal

With the DJ booth permanently moved to the ground level in the heart of the venue, the connection between the track selector and the throbbing mass of people letting loose to his beats was even more electric. Dancers in sexy ripped bodysuits showed off their moves on the spacious new podiums that flank the booth, flirting with partygoers and firing us on to get moving!

sven vath all night long by la skimal

sven vath all night long by la skimal

sven vath all night long by la skimal

When Väth took to the decks at 3am, he was greeted with whooping and whistling from the enthusiastic revellers, some of which had flown in especially for this special show. Starting off on a surprisingly melodic tip, he had us fooled for five minutes before launching into a whipping bassline that lashed down onto the floor. His energetic and driving set showed off the full power of Pacha Ibiza’s incredible sound system, which made the hair on our neck stand up.

sven vath all night long by la skimal

sven vath all night long by la skimal

sven vath all night long by la skimal

People were lapping up every expertly executed mix and teased drop, with some literally pawing at the small glass panel in front of the master mixer, while one admirer drew a lipstick heart onto the transparent surface. As the fierce beats thundered on into the nights, with dramatic red, purple and white light beams reflected off the discoball above the star DJ’s head, it was very much evident that Pacha Ibiza, the heartbeat of the island, and Väth, its brand new resident, are ready for one hell of a summer!

sven vath all night long by la skimal

sven vath all night long by la skimal

sven vath all night long by la skimal

sven vath all night long by la skimal