Underworld Joins Sven Väth To Open Cocoon’s 20th Season

Posted on May 27, 2019

Words: Olivia Ebeling

Images: Andrei Oprescu

Time flies when you are having fun, they say, and so we can’t quite believe that this summer Ibiza is celebrating iconic techno brand Cocoon’s 20th anniversary. Alas, after two decades of shaking up the White Isle’s clubbing standards in the pursuit of premium beats and dancefloor bliss, this weekend founder Sven Väth and his illustrious roster of Cocoon peers invited us to celebrate the big 2-0 with one hell of a party at Ushuaïa Ibiza.

Billed for the momentous occasion was a tasty line-up that featured Cocoon darlings Dana Ruh and André Galluzzi, mesmerising soundscape weaver Matthias Tanzmann, the inimitable Ilario Alicante and, for an extra special treat, a live performance by music legends Underworld. Of course, Papa Sven himself could not be missing from the programme and spoiled us with two hours of his turntable magic.

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The celebrations began with a sun-drenched afternoon under a bright blue summer sky that saw eager techno lovers arrive from all corners of the island. Dana Ruh and André Galluzzi wasted no time in getting us grooving in the sunshine and filling up the dancefloor. They were followed by Matthias Tanzmann, who is known for his hypnotic and immersive sound constructs and treated us to a melodic yet energetic set perfect for daytime dancing. Ilario Alicante continued to build on the musical journey and made a perfect transition to a fiercer sound as he took the energy up a notch!

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Finally, it was time for the man who started it all to take to Ushuaïa Ibiza’s famous festival-size stage. Väth was in great spirit; smiling, clapping and engaging with the crowd that was now filling out the entirety of the al fresco party palace. With his signature wave of a vinyl record, he switched effortlessly from chunky, rolling techno beats to funkier elements perfect for a summertime rave. The international Cocoon family lapped up every expertly drawn out build and subsequent drop; the atmosphere electric yet with a distinct feel-good family vibe.

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Two dance-your-heart-out hours later, Väth left the booth accompanied by ferocious cheering as dusk fell over the place. As the sky darkened and the stage was set up for Underworld, our anticipation for the grand finale of the evening built. As firm friends of Väth, the duo has been part of many key Cocoon moments including the first ever Cocoon in Frankfurt and the brand’s 10th anniversary celebrations.

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The legendary British act kicked off their 90-minute show with the infectious and bouncy Cowgirl before launching into the fierce and ferocious Dark Train, wowing us with their energy and amazing sound from the outset. Treating us to some of their biggest tunes, we didn’t stop dancing for one minute as Underworld thundered through tracks like the uplifiting Ova Nova, the high energy King of Snake and the melodic Nylon Strong. There was electric friction in the air as the dancefloor went wild to the irresistible Two Months Off before, inevitably, the night concluded with one of dance music’s most iconic tracks.

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The haunting notes of Underworld’s Born Slippy echoed through the air and we broke out in goosebumps, savouring every last moment. With intense bursts of steam and a final confetti explosion, Cocoon’s 20thanniversary concluded – but not before Väth returned to the stage to thank his friends and the sea of loyal Cocoon fans applauding him, some of whom have followed the brand’s journey from day one. We left on a high from this electric day-to-night celebration and happy in the knowledge that this is only the beginning of #cocoon20…

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