Taste The Punch Ibiza Debut

Posted on June 19, 2017

Words: Jason Eybe

Images: Andrei Oprescu

It has been a whirlwind few years for UK based club party Taste The Punch; from relatively humble beginnings in Luton, it has emerged as a genuine underground options for clubbers in the UK’s capital and last weekend, in the heart of San Antonio, Ibiza, it introduced itself to a global audience with an opening party that boasted headliner Felix Da Housecat as well as Mambo Brothers – locals boys making an big impact globally – and a support cast including George Kwali, Icarus, Lee Walker and Paul Malcolm.

The brainchild of the Shields brothers, who wanted to offer their home town a place to listen and dance to the finest underground beats from the finest talent on the planet. Taste The Punch wasted no time in building a strong, loyal following on the back of consistently exciting line-ups and a principled approach to hosting their party. As we dropped into one of Ibiza’s livelier resorts on Friday to catch its Ibiza debut, we couldn’t help but get carried away in the wave of anticipation of those heading to Eden for what promised to be a special start to the party’s relationship with the island.

Taste The Punch Opening by Andrei Oprescu

Eden Ibiza is the perfect location for Taste The Punch, the Ibiza super club restored to its former glories with a new state-of-the-art sound and light system and a series of high profile residencies confirmed for the summer. The Eden logo shone brightly above the club and there was no doubt which party was in residence. Having hosted some of the hottest cutting edge artists at previous parties, Taste The Punch is not intimidated by the task ahead, instead the team is understandably optimistic about continuing its evolution and making its mark on the most important clubbing destination.

Taste The Punch Opening by Andrei Oprescu

Mambo Brothers are in the elevated booth overlooking the Eden floor as we enter the room, chunky beats have already got the floor moving and the atmosphere is bubbling. Brought up in the Café mambo DJ booth, witnessing the finest DJs in the world at work on a nightly basis, there’s no real surprise that Alan and Christian have become such accomplished spinners in their own right. The duo brings the floor to the boil through a selection of the finest beats. All of the DJs make a significant contribution to what is a strong opening salvo from the debutant party. Lee Walker shows why he is one of the most in-demand DJs as he makes his mark on the taste The Punch opening after Felix da Housecat as he then George Kwali take the party to a close.


First though, there’s the not so small matter of the headliner, as the huge screen behind the booth lights up, with Felix Da Housecat flashing across it, although there is little need to introduce the famous spinner, everyone knows who is in charge of the floor as he embarks on his musical journey. One of the most influential artists of his generation, it’s no surprise to see other DJs gather in the booth as he works his magic. The throbbing basslines that have made him one of the world’s most popular spinners engulf the floor and mesmerise everyone that has filled the club to celebrate the arrival of Taste The Punch on the island. It’s the perfect start, and with the likes of Chus and Ceballos, Faithless (DJ set), DJ Sneak, Mark Knight and Laidback Luke (techno set), not to mention two Grime/ Garage specials on August 11 and September 15, it promises to be an exciting first summer.

Taste The Punch Opening by Andrei Oprescu
Taste The Punch Opening by Andrei Oprescu