Ushuaïa Ibiza’s Dystopian Fantasy Comes To Life

Posted on June 2, 2018

Words: Olivia Ebeling

Images: Andrei Oprescu

Wrong time. Wrong place. Be there. For weeks, our curiosity had been building to uncover what lies behind these ominous words as the mighty Ushuaïa Ibiza teased a brand new theatrical and immersive concept that would take the venue’s already spectacular clubbing experience to a whole new level. A festival-style concept set out across different areas that boasts food stalls, a fashion market, spiritual and alternative healing services and surprise performances overlaid by a soundtrack of exotic and psychedelic electronica, DYSTOPIA promises to give the growing trend for ‘holistic’ parties an Ushuaïa-style super boost.

Following flickering and distressed signs that spelled out anti-motivational wisdoms like ‘how to become nothing’ or ‘no excuses, but…’ we walked past a display of faceless puppets clad in white contamination suit, the decorations setting a tone that was just on the right side of creepy, yet intriguing.  At the entrance, we were given DYSTOPIA maps to help us find our way through the whirlwind of colours, quirky surprises and beats.

Dystopia Opening Party photo by Andrei Oprescu

Dystopia Opening Party photo by Andrei Oprescu

Dystopia Opening Party photo by Andrei Oprescu

When we arrived, there was already a sizeable crowd gathered in front of Ushuaïa‘s festival size stage, the booth framed by theatrical red velvet curtains and filled with lush plants. Mystical woodland creatures, futuristic clowns and simply fabulous disco divas were roaming through the outdoor party space, some flirting with the revellers, others getting up to mischief by surprising them. With Satori on the decks, the al fresco party palace was filled with otherworldly and exotic sounds that had partygoers mesmerised as the sun began to set.

Dystopia Opening Party photo by Andrei Oprescu

Dystopia Opening Party photo by Andrei Oprescu

Dystopia Opening Party photo by Andrei Oprescu

We couldn’t resist exploring the fantastical set-ups before hitting the dancefloor ourselves, taking a stroll through the fashion market and with its extraordinary feathered and bejewelled headpieces, leather and chain harnesses, distressed t-shirts and boho chic dresses.

Dystopia Opening Party photo by Andrei Oprescu

Dystopia Opening Party photo by Andrei Oprescu

Dystopia Opening Party photo by Andrei Oprescu

Up on the elevated terrace – or Cloud Area – the healing space awaited, where clubbers could chill on cushioned chill-out areas, have their tarot cards read, enjoy an energy healing treatment or have their faces bedazzled. Not for the faint-hearted, a huge pink bouncy castle in the shape of a tunnel resembled a certain human body part that we’ll let you guess! And over in the food area, a truck serving delicious Banh Baobuns and a vintage ice cream stand invited hungry revellers to refuel between dancing sessions.

Dystopia Opening Party photo by Andrei Oprescu

Dystopia Opening Party photo by Andrei Oprescu

After the sun had set, it was time for headliner Luciano to take over. Widely credited as the man who started the Ushuaïa phenomenon, there couldn’t have been a better choice for supporting the world-famous venue in diversifying their programme and beginning a creative and innovative new concept. Minutes before he took to the stage, he told us, “I don’t know if Ibiza is ready for this kind of party, but I believe it needs it.”

Dystopia Opening Party photo by Andrei Oprescu

Dystopia Opening Party photo by Andrei Oprescu

Dystopia Opening Party photo by Andrei Oprescu

Greeted with much enthusiasm as he stepped into the booth, the Ibiza icon began his set with an intense intro, a Spanish monologue recorded to sound like a crackling phone line or old-fashioned public service announcement, before launching into an energetic explosion of upbeat house beats. In fitting with the DYSTOPIA theme, he took us on a musical journey with tribal influences and exotic vocals that turned onto a tech tip as the night progressed. With the dancefloor full of smiling faces and jumping bodies, it seems that Ibiza is more than ready for Ushuaïa’s dystopian dream. Dystopia returns on Friday June 8, when Luciano will be joined by Bedouin, Holmar, Susana Lee and Igor Marijuan.

Dystopia Opening Party photo by Andrei Oprescu

Dystopia Opening Party photo by Andrei Oprescu

Dystopia Opening Party photo by Andrei Oprescu

Dystopia Opening Party photo by Andrei Oprescu
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June 2019

FRI 28 JUN 2019
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  • DYSTOPIA@ Ushuaïa
  • Lineup:
  • TBC
  • Important Information - Essential Ibiza can only provide collection vouchers for Ushuaia. You will have to collect your ticket from one of the many outlet locations on the island, this is all detailed in your confirmation email.

July 2019

FRI 05 JUL 2019
Event expired
  • DYSTOPIA@ Ushuaïa
  • Lineup:
  • TBC
  • Important Information - Essential Ibiza can only provide collection vouchers for Ushuaia. You will have to collect your ticket from one of the many outlet locations on the island, this is all detailed in your confirmation email.