Every season Ibiza welcomes a daring horde of promoters eager to turn into the next success story of the island. The battle is fierce, as many have to leave the race prematurely. Only few return for a second summer season and, even less, remain there for a third.
Which Ibiza 2017 newcomers have the best perspectives? Will this year be the year of change on the island? Below, we've hand-picked a crop of freshman club nights that, in our opinion, have the most chances of success in 2017.
10. Rebels Cave at Sankeys
Strong point: if the following of Capadi Rebels boats is really loyal, it will follow them anywhere, day or night. Weak point: after David Vincent announced his last season with the Sankeys brand, who knows how it will affect the club? What if everything starts falling apart?
9. Heart Beat at Heart
Believe it or not, not everyone on the island is obsessed with stomping to the thunderclap of techno all night long. Some people just want to indulge themselves in a high-class dinner – and then get up from the table and start dancing immediately. Wally Lopez as the resident DJ should be spot-on.
8. Eric Prydz at Hï Ibiza
Let’s be laconic. Electronica star DJ + state-of-the-art new venue + focus on production and visuals = a huge night feat8ring one of dance music's original superstars.
7. In The Dark at Hï Ibiza
If you create a new techno party, squeeze it into your calendar on a Thursday – this is the testament Richie Hawtin left to the island. With Luciano, Joris Voorn, Nic Fanciulli, Steve Lawler and Kölsch holding firm defence behind the decks, expect quite an attendance.
6. Labyrinth at Pacha
Basically, it’s just a slight rebranding of last year’s Insane. Was it a forced measure because other residents who were on rotation with Hot Since 82 got signed by In The Dark? Even though technically a new party, Labyrinth is nearly the case when no news is good news.
5. Black Coffee at Hï Ibiza
What for inventing a new party brand when you can use the pulling power of the artist’s name? Two words ‘Black Coffee’ are very much enough to attract the crowd. Add the economy factor: those who want to carry on after ANTS just cross the road and go on dancing at Hï. No need for either a bus or taxi, and instead of forking out in a bar buy your drinks in nearby shops. Hooray to botellon!
4. Bedouin Presents Saga at Heart
Taking up where Acid Sundays left off, Bedouin will be going on in more or less same style and with very similar line-ups. Predictable success. Will the crowd even notice the difference?
3. Do Not Sleep Presents Cuckoo Land at Ibiza Rocks
2 years ago Do Not Sleep did the nearly impossible and grew into a household name of the Ibiza scene - and in their debut season. In terms of raw rebellious spirit Ibiza Rocks seems to be a perfect match for their new open-air affair with a quirky tinge.
2. Disclosure Presents Wild Life at DC10
Since Disclosure decided to ‘retire’ so prematurely, people will be fighting for a chance to see them. Place your bets on which time of the night the club will become heaving with bodies.
1. Zoo Evolution at Benimussa Park
While people keep arguing about what ‘the true spirit of Ibiza’ is, one thing is obvious – namely, the demand for tribal-themed open airs. Look at the permanent success of The Zoo Project on Saturdays. Look at how packed week in, week out Woomoon in Cova Santa is. Zoo Evolution promises to become something what hippie markets used to be when hippies were still hippies and not business people who order their ‘handmade’ from AliExpress.