The Clockwork Orange Weekender Takes Ibiza By Storm

Posted on July 23, 2016

When the season approaches its climax, the regular busy schedule of weekly parties in Ibiza enriches itself with a few prominent one-offs. The best of them are happening year in, year out, spreading across several days and several venues. People are looking forward to them with all their passion and start torturing promoters months in advance, asking about this year’s dates so that they could book their hotels and flights accordingly.

One of these incredible and highly anticipated pop-ups is Clockwork Orange – the era-defining concept that was born in London in 1993 and from 1994 to 1999 was taking place in Ibiza in the welcoming venue of Es Paradis. Here and there and everywhere, it was a massive success – and the current Ibiza comebacks of the project are made with the aim of resurrecting, even if for a couple of evenings only, the incomparable spirit of that golden era. This year, the Clockwork weekend is happening from July 22 till July 25, in collaboration with such renowned venues as Sankeys Ibiza, Cafe Mambo, Hotel Es Vive and Dunes. We visited the Sankeys leg of the journey just to see that today’s public loves the genre-formative repertoire just as much as the loyal followers that have been supporting the concept since those times.

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In the Basement, it was Tristan Ingram b2b Owen Clarke who opened the night, followed by Lisa Loud, Andy Manston, Tall Paul, Seb Fontaine and Jason Bye playing one hour each. In the Spektrum, the time was distributed evenly between Charlotte Moss, Clara Da Costa, Danny Clock b2b Keith, John Kelly, Alex P b2b Brandon Block and Slipmat. It was curious to see how the legendary tunes of the 1990s went down a complete treat with the young crowd of Sankeys: people were dancing ecstatically, jumping, pumping their fists in the air and singing along. The VIP was on fire, and in the Spektrum every surface possible was occupied by punters, beaming with happiness, leaving it all on the dancefloor, celebrating the atmosphere of a true rave. By 2am the club was pretty much full, leaving the surrounding street bars nearly without customers.

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The crowd was a cool mix of generations, with young blood dominating slightly over the more mature clubbers. Looking at those who had clearly been part of the Clockwork Orange journey since the beginning, one would wonder what amazing stories can they tell – or maybe prefer to keep secret – from those fabulous nights? At the same time, enthusiastic youngsters were just as crazy about the tunes, which also gave enough food for thought: was it the spontaneous effect of eternal dance masterpieces on the crowd? Did those guys and girls do their research, crate-digging (or, better to say, streaming-services-digging) in advance, so they can recognise the classic anthems?

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Thumbs up high for Andy Manston and Danny Gould, the creators of Clockwork Orange! Many clubbing projects wish they could go down in history, but very few do. While the real action was taking place downstairs, people on the open terrace upstairs would be discussing soundtracks, the DJ heroes of the years gone, and their own feelings regarding the vibes of this rare and unusual night. The 2016 reincarnation of Clockwork Orange in Sankeys was a blast – to a great extent because the venue itself is a big nod to the roots of the clubbing culture. While still idling in the sun trying to recover from last night, we already imagine ourselves back on the dance floor during Clockwork Orange Ibiza invasion next year.

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