The Ritual Ends In Spectacular Style

Posted on August 30, 2018

Words: Nina Saei

Images: Tamara Sini

Every ritual must come to an end – and the Heart Factory edition of the sensational ceremony sending us to NYC and back again went out with a closing bang on Tuesday. Legendary musical duo and power couple Louie Vega and Anané have been stirring things up at HEART Ibiza over the summer with their eruptive blend of afro-tech and disco. Bidding farewell to the experience that brought an unparalleled passion to the dancefloor; the closing was full of surprise performances and hair-raising, magical moments.

Earlier on in the day, the couple threw a pre-party bash on the HEART Ibiza rooftop terrace, performing alongside E.O.L. Soulfrito – a renowned Latin jazz band brought together by Louie Vega – who were the hot act due to play later in the evening. Arriving at night to the bejewelled and bedazzled HEART crowd causing a flurry of excitement outside, inside the foyer we were hit with a high-octane whirlwind of activity.

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Plenty of surprises awaited inside the cutting-edge club, and we marvelled at a live painting performance by artist Richard Wilson as we slithered our way to the dancefloor, where the enthusiastic crowd was already going wild for infectious rhythms. With the stage being set up for a surprise act, the tempo lowered as E.O.L. Soulfrito stole the show with live percussionists, soul singers and Anané by performing colourful jazz tracks, including a special rendition of Roy Ayers’ ‘Everybody Loves the Sunshine’ that had the crowd swaying in unison. The final song blew up with the appearance of Ibiza’s own musical icon, Paco Fernandez, who strummed his guitar into a frenzy, ending the live show with a mind-boggling crescendo.

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Taking the cheering crowd and running with the high vibes, Louie and Anané brought the Chicago house vibes, dimming the lights and setting the scene with HEART Ibiza’s famous kaleidoscopic visuals displayed on the LED-clad walls. Quite literally kicking things up a notch, afro dancers shot out palpitating dance moves to the backdrop of old-school house, afro beats and soulful disco in the mix; the whole dancefloor working its best samba moves!

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At near-to-close, a final performance from a second acoustic band serenading the spirited crowd with an awe-inspiring ballad signalling the curtain call. With Tuesday nights having laid witness to some spectacular musical masters from the golden eras (Kenny Dope, Cassy, David Morales anyone?) we’re itching already for season number three. See you on the other side!

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