With 50 (plus!) 2013 Ibiza closing parties lined up over the course of the next month, it can be hard to plot your party schedule. Do you go for the big name DJs, the iconic club closings, the underground stars or a selection of all three? Like Goldilocks, you have to try them all until you can decide which was j-u-s-t right. But, in the interest of trying to help you narrow down your selection (and preserve the contents of your wallet… and perhaps your brain), here’s my pick of must-do (yet not always the most obvious) 2013 Ibiza closing parties – now rave safe folks!
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What: W.A.R. Closing Party
Where: Ibiza Rocks
Who: Mark Ronson, Zane Lowe and Bondax
When: Friday 20 September 2013
Why: Now I love Ibiza Rocks as much as the next kid (err, literally) but Mark Ronson is the ultimate party DJ (and pretty darn cute to boot!) making this the preferable party for me at this concert style venue. Less crowding, more dancing, same beer in plastic cups.
What: We Love… Sundays Closing Party
Who: Fatboy Slim (pictured), 2manydjs, Groove Armada, James Zabiela, Simian Mobile Disco, Paul Woolford, Agoria, Craig Charles, Bicep, PBR Streetgang and every island resident DJ worth their Salinas salt!When: Sunday 29 September 2013
Why: Because no one creates a closing party buzz like the man in the Hawaiian shirt! In addition, those enormous fluoro smiley face balloons are pretty much contagious and there are six rooms to get lost (and find yourself again) in – where else would you rather be on a Sunday?
What: Flower Power Closing Party
Who: DJ Piti and doppleganger cohorts Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon & David Bowie. All under the same roof!
When: Tuesday 01 October 2013
Why: Because all you need is love! Having been the hottest ticket at Pacha all season long, it’s your last chance to relive the magic of Ibiza’s most iconic club being transformed into a hippie haven, sing along to the sounds of days gone by and even dress the part! It’s not all about techno on this island you know…
What: El Cierre
Who: Marco Carola, Maceo Plex, Steve Lawler, Matthias Tanzmann, Eats Everything, Neverdogs, Mar-T and Amnesia residents
When: Saturday 5 October 2013
Why: Find out why this party has been the local’s choice of closing since the beginning of closing party time. A day-to-night-to-day affair, Amnesia’s famous sound system and ice cannons are put through their paces in perhaps the most rigorous session of the season. And when Marco starts playing the music is ON! And on and on and on and on…
What: Sankeys 24 Presents XXIV Veni, Vidi, Vici Closing Party
Where: Sankeys Ibiza
Who: Still to be announced… but it really doesn’t matter!
When: Tuesday 8 October 2013
Why: Only the tough survive the Ushuaia-Amnesia-Space-DC10 closing party marathon, but those with the stamina know there’s still one last hurrah (even if it is impossible to say its name)… and in an intimate space with only your best mates (from the days before), it’s like a farewell party. And the Sankeys crew know how to put on a good old fashioned rave. Forget the lasers, glitter and trumped up dancers. Just dance – and book yourself in for a serious holiday starting the day after!