Beach or closing parties – who’s got the love?

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Carl Cox Funk & Soul Sessions at Sands photographed by Ana Lui

There was something in the air in Ibiza this week… whether it was the fresh, cool autumn air after the much-needed rainstorm or a real wind of change sweeping across the island now September is in full swing, I don’t know… but I do know it brought with it an amazing new energy, positive, happy people and a super-relaxed vibe in shops, restaurants, bars and clubs across the island.

In addition to that, the first wave of closing parties began sweeping the clubs, while the man responsible for one of last year’s best events, Carl Cox, returned to Sands for his second annual funk and soul session on the beach, proving once again, that beach parties really are what people want! And boy oh boy, were the good people of Ibiza ready, willing and able to participate in this one…

Every man and his dog (and I’m being serious when I say that – there were plenty of poochies on display) plus every yummy mummy with her bub, and vice versa, descended upon Playa D’en Bossa along with hordes of über-keen clubbers, the local UK contingent (think Hotel Es Vive by the sea) and lucky beachgoers, who thought they’d stumbled across clubbing mecca when the big man himself turned up, complete with a big bag of fun and soul classics to really get the beach rocking.

Broadcast live on Ibiza Sonica (who looked as though they were having the time of their lives, don’t you just wish you had their jobs sometimes?), it meant no matter where you were in the world you could tune in to this rare set from one of the world’s biggest DJs, who told Miss W he throws this party as a grand gesture of thanks to all the islanders who’ve supported him over the season. Awwww thanks Carl, you shouldn’t have. Actually, on second thoughts, you most definitely should, and we hope this annual tradition continues for years to come!

Sander Kleinenberg with Sasha at Ushuaia Ibiza

Never Say Never at Ushuaia photographed by Eli Zuta

Proving that there’s plenty of room on the beach for everyone, just a hop, skip and a shimmy to the beat down the beach to Ushuaia, another legendary DJ in his own right, Sasha, was holding his own court at Never Say Never, alongside his good mate Sander Kleinenberg, who took time away from the party to have a chinwag with Miss W about the 2010 season, his love of barbequing, dislike for winter and the beauty of beach parties – read about it here.

As Sander and Sasha played back-to-back for the last hour (and people flitted between the two events as if it were a neighborly block party), I couldn’t help but stop and pinch myself, to remind myself how truly blessed we are here on this island… not only were there two sensational beach parties with the world’s most famous DJs co-existing on the same stretch of sand, they were one hundred percent FREE to one and all to attend! Who said Ibiza was only for the jet set?

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A very SPECIAL closing party at Ibiza Rocks Hotel

As I mentioned earlier, closing parties have begun. Cue tears from Miss W. First up in my diary was Ibiza Rocks Closing Party, with legendary British group, The Specials. While I must admit, originally the line-up didn’t grab me, when I received a quick musical culture lesson from Ibiza Sonica’s Andy Wilson, and was in fact informed that I knew at least half of their songs (A message to you Rudy? Much too young? Oh that would be the Specials then!), I was on the phone quick smart to get myself access to one of the parties of the year!

Wow – for guys that were old enough to potentially be the grandfathers of over half the audience, there was much, if not more, energy on that stage (except for one broody singer, who I have since learned – thanks Ade of Ibiza Blog – was Terry Hall) than The Prodigy had at Ibiza Rocks’ birthday earlier this year. Congrats Ibiza Rocks, on yet another job well done – world domination to follow shortly.

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Who said San Antonio was the domain of 18 - 25 year olds?

While one half of the party scooted off to Ibiza Rocks Bar, followed by a mammoth after party at Es Paradis, Miss W opted out at curtain call, because a certain super club in Ibiza town was calling her name. Iconic Ibiza party, Flower Power, was throwing its final soiree of the season over at Pacha and I couldn’t wait to indulge my inner hippie. Kaftans at the ready and flowers in the hair, I gave a quick nod to John, Paul, Ringo, George and security as I floated through the VIP entrance…

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Pacha seemed to have acquired some new security guards for the event

Think Harley Davidsons roaring through the fancy-dressed crowd, John and Yoko free-loving their way around the dance floor on a bed, a life-sized yellow submarine weaving across the room and more jaw-dropping deco than on any other night in the club (David Guetta, take note!) and you’ll start to get the picture. Add miniature hippy markets (including makeshift hair and make-up stands) for those who didn’t quite dress in theme and the main man, DJ Piti on the decks, bringing the very best of the ‘60s and ‘70s (and the occasional ‘80s) back to the Pacha dance floor and you’ve got yourself one hell of a party – that I’m very glad I was on hand to say goodbye to for another year.

If you’ve never been to this party, then I suggest you start looking at flights for the opening party next summer. It is a sight to behold. It is a vibe to be embraced. It is a feast for the eyes and the ears like no other in Ibiza. I’d challenge even the toughest techno fan in the world NOT to have a good time at Flower Power, it really is that good.

All I’m saying, is give peace a chance…

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John, Yoko and the Pacha go-go girls photographed (badly) by Miss W

THE LOWDOWN

THE GOOD: The hospitality of the ever-so-lovely Jill Canney, FIX Ibiza PR guru and all round know-it-all, does-it-all and makes-it-all-a-breeze (all the while looking like a fox!) for Ibiza Rocks. Thanks for an amazing summer at Ibiza Rocks – and we’ll see you again next summer (though most likely, we’ll see you in Lo Cura for a drink one of these days soon, now the summer’s winding down).

THE BAD: Having daily deadlines makes it extremely difficult to attend both the daytime beach parties AND the nighttime closings, not to mention the after-hours villa parties. Anyone got any suggestions to help Miss W’s quest for work/life balance easier? Note to Chief White: Perhaps we could change deadline day/ schedules in 2011, to make ‘attending-parties-for-work’ just a little easier?

THE GOSSIP:
Miss W just got a hot tip (or, perhaps more appropriately, a cold one) from her good friends at We Love… Space that it’s forecast to SNOW in the UK at the end of this month, so if ever there was a reason to book an Ibiza closing party beach holiday, you heard it here first (or perhaps on the BBC, but you know what I mean!) Dates to watch out for: September 26, We Love… Closing Party with Aphex Twin and Basement Jaax, September 27, Tiesto Closing Party at Privilege, September 30, F*** Me I’m Famous Closing Party with David Guetta, October 1, Wonderland Closing Party with Pete Tong, October 2, Amnesia Closing Party (locals say this is THE party of the summer), October 3, Space Closing and October 4, Circo Loco at DC10 shuts up shop. Book those flights, get that last minute hotel deal and get over here and get a tan before the big chill!