WILDCHILD Brings Back The Glory Days Of Raving

Posted on July 19, 2019

Words: Olivia Ebeling

Images: La Skimal

We can’t even count the amount of times anymore that people are reminiscing about the ‘old Ibiza’, when clubbers would lose themselves in the music and make friends in the crowd instead of posing for selfies or hide behind their screen during a social media live stream. Proving that you were at the heart of the party action, up close and personal with the DJ, seems to have become more important than actually ‘being there’ in the moment – and yes, we are completely guilty of this, too.

A brand new concept for this summer, WILDCHILD aims to revive the days when it it was really ‘all about the music’ transporting us back to the late ‘80s and ‘90s every Saturday night at HEART Ibiza. Dreamt up by the renowned Game Over crew, the team behind Carl Cox at Space (an iconic part of another glorified White Isle era dearly missed), WILDCHILD is a “celebration of the bold and beautiful, the unashamed and untamed. The misfits, dreamers, chancers and dancers, past, present and future”. So whether you are keen to relive the heady heydays of house music or, if you missed it the first time around, get a taste of the good old days of rave, head to HEART Ibiza on a Saturday night and party like it’s 1999 (as Prince would say).

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Keen to check out this new clubbing phenomenon for ourselves, the Essential crew headed down to the state-of-the-art Marina Botafoch superclub and was promptly greeted by a larger than life vintage boombox flanking the entrance. Billed for the night were Ibiza favourite Andy Baxter and legendary US house music producer and DJ Paul Johnson. As we entered the cavernous Lab, where all of HEART Ibiza’s entertainment and music magic happens, we couldn’t resist stopping in front of a zebra-print wall and pose with a posse of fierce dancers clad in ‘90s-tastic fashions including – of course – bucket hats, crop tops and bright neon orange baggy pants.

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Andy Baxter was in the booth, which was surrounded by giant cassette tapes that anyone born after 1989 probably won’t remember! Serving up some fine vocal-laden ‘90s house, his energetic and uplifting set had the whole room happily grooving along. After a quick cocktail up on HEART Ibiza’s stunning roof terrace, where we stopped for a breather and to soak up the beautiful views on Dalt Vila, we made it back onto the dancefloor just in time for Paul Johnson. Born and raised in Chigaco, the birthplace of house music, being able to see an icon of this level in the intimate surroundings of the Ibiza Town hotpot was a rare treat. Described as a “hit-making machine”, his world-famous single Get Get Down has got to be one of house music history’s most iconic tracks, while his remix work and collaborations with the likes of Daft Punk and Destiny’s Child are equally irresistible.

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Without wasting a second, he went straight in on a chunky bassline that turned the air fuzzy with electric energy. Dancers in garish retro looks appeared from within hidden booths in the walls, upon which colourful projections with an ‘80s vibe were projected. The atmosphere was euphoric, with clubbers savouring the uplifting beats and dancing their hearts out… Us very happily included! For a night of retro raving and unadulterated fun on the floor, don’t miss WILDCHILD at HEART Ibiza this summer!

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