Ibiza clubs: Privilege Ibiza – Size does matter
With a fascinating Ibiza clubbing history, Privilege Ibiza started as a simple community swimming pool, which still stands in the main room, back in the ‘70s, then in the ‘80s became the legendary Ku (hailed as the European Studio 54) attracting the island’s first hedonistic crowds and including guests like Freddie Mercury singing Barcelona and Grace Jones dancing naked in the rain.
Whoever said size doesn’t matter wasn’t trying to fit 10,000 excited clubbers into this space. Impossible to miss, the world’s largest club – and that’s official, according to the Guinness Book of World Records – Privilege, lights up like a giant space station on a hillside in San Rafael.
In 2017, the party line-up at Privilege Ibiza has had a revamp, now including mammoth line-ups such as RESISTANCE who arrive in Ibiza to pick up the baton and continue the island tradition of big-name techno on Tuesdays. Island favourites John Digweed and Sasha reunite to headline the weekly music fest of superstar DJs and transform the revamped Privilege Ibiza into a festival style rave with world-class production to match.
Of course, the man like Carl Cox couldn’t stay away from Ibiza! After the dramatic closing of Space Ibiza last year, the club’s management team, and its biggest resident DJ find themselves relocating to the island’s biggest nightclub, Privilege Ibiza. For two special Tuesdays in July, Pure Carl Cox brings all the magic of the long running Ibiza residency to the world’s largest discotheque.
Another night migrating from the recently departed Space Ibiza, Afterlife is a collective of artists and DJs from Life and Death, Innervisions and Dystopian, headed up by weekly residents Tale Of Us. The Italian duo have been steadily growing a faithful following since originally appearing at DC10 nearly a decade ago, and last summer’s launch of Afterlife at Space was a chance for them to make their mark on the island. Joining them now at Privilege Ibiza are fellow international electronic producers from the global stage, as the island’s biggest nightclub welcomes an underground alternative to Thursday nights in Ibiza.
Friday nights at Privilege Ibiza resonate with the sounds of the bass and some top-notch reggae-ton as Ale Zuber’s I Am A Rich Bitch continues his successful residency for another packed-out summer. The world’s club takes on a carnival flavour as the dancers, aerial performers and circus artists entertain to the beats and the bass. Some mega-star surprise guests have popped up during previous seasons, so expect the unexpected: but what is always guaranteed is a heaving gyrating dance floor.
The island’s most spectacular gay-friendly night, the stage show at Supermartxé is not for the faint-hearted on Saturday nights. A celebration of the liberation and freedom that the hedonistic island of Ibiza is renowned for, circus performers, aerial artists and porn stars combine in a fabulous fantasy world dictated by the weekly changing themes. Special guest DJs are announced throughout the season, and resident dance music vocal diva Rebeka Brown enthrals the masses accompanying the latest Ibiza classics and tunes, but it’s all about that stage show once the drama kicks off.
Label of the Year at the 2016 DJ Awards, Suara is the brainchild and label home of renowned electronic artist Coyu. One of Spain’s leading house music producers, Sunday nights at Privilege sees a range of the most cutting edge and underground artists invited to play alongside the prolific young producer.
With a totally revamped and reconfigured nightclub, and a frankly enormous Funktion One sound system, Privilege is one of Ibiza’s most impressive club spaces, and 2017 is the year to enjoy the sounds of the electronic scene’s most promising and rising stars in addition to some of its biggest names.