The Colony Grows

Posted on July 15, 2013

Ibiza 2013 has seen the island infested with Ants, Playa d’en Bossa is the home of the colony and they can be found crawling up the Ushuaia hotel building and even making their way as far down as Dunes but it is not just the popular resort where they can be found. Last weekend Ibiza Town was overcome by them as the colony seemingly increases week on week, culminating in a massive show of strength in Ushuaia every Saturday. Entertaining the colony this week was Deetron, Radio Slave, Uner, Andrea Oliva, Los Suruba and ONNO.

Ants, Ushuaia
Ants, Ushuaia

For those that weren’t dressed in black body suits buzzing around the huge venue, there was the opportunity to become part of the colony via temporary tattoos, as Playa de’n Bossa headed, en mass, to the tunnel at the entrance of the famous outdoor arena. The daytime action takes place at the opposite end of the pool to the main stage, where Deetron is mid-set when we arrive. The change of DJ booth, albeit only for a short while, gives the venue a completely different feeling, the crowd can get closer to their heroes and the atmosphere feels a little more personal and clubby and a little less concert, which, once the venue has reached capacity and the main stage is in full flow, it can’t help but resemble.

Ants, Ushuaia
Ants, Ushuaia

The Ants are evident everywhere, dancing I amongst the crowd, posing for pictures with the latest members of the colony and adding to the carnival feel of the party. The Saturday night ethos is to promote many of the DJs that have either been bubbling under recently or who have an underground following that hasn’t seen them make the transition to the headline act yet. What it does do is bring together a group of talented spinners who combine to provide one of the finest atmospheres that the venue witnesses on a weekly basis. The colony continues to stream through the doors, filling the bottom area of the venue first surrounding the temporary booth before spilling out and starting to completely fill the pool area. As day turns to night, the main stage opens and the focal point returns to normal.

Ants, Ushuaia
Ants, Ushuaia

Andrea Oliva is the man in command of the iconic booth looking out across a sea of ants, the colony has certainly grown in a short space of time, making it one of the most popular parties on the beach. The Ushuaia dancers have been converted into sexy ants and there are giant ant spray tins at the side of the stage. The concept, launched this summer as the clubs in-house party, has been a huge success. The idea behind it is to make the Saturday more accessible to everyone, a lower door price and an incentive to engage workers has ensured that it has quickly become the place to be on a Saturday. The fact that there is no recognized headliner had actually worked in its favour, giving the unsung heroes who normally play a little further down the line up a chance to shine, which is exactly what they are doing. Look out for the Ants around the island, they are liable to pop up anywhere as they go in search of colony converts, regularly taking the weekly gathering to new heights.

Ants, Ushuaia
Ants, Ushuaia
Ants, Ushuaia
Ants, Ushuaia