Ibiza – Not Just for Techno Anymore

Just got back last night. Before I left, I remember thinking that this would probably be my last trip to Ibiza, especially seeing as I don’t particularly like doing all nighters anymore, and that’s when the techno plays in Ibiza. Instead, I’ve come home feeling like I’ll definitely go back, even with the closing of Space and the departure of our beloved Carl Cox.

Somehow, I managed to see this twice, without feeling like killing myself: Sunrise. The rest of the time, with lovely friends Kerri and Michelle, we dozed on the beach, ate near the sea, slept a lot and of course, danced ourselves silly. Twice – first at Space with the legendary Carl Cox and second at Amnesia with Marco Carola.

20160907_073626_resizedWhat I haven’t yet figured out is exactly what happened at Space. All the DJs prior to Carl Cox (David Squillace, Nina Kraviz and Eats Everything), all seasoned top global DJs, were so incredibly boring! We literally stood around from 11pm til 3am hoping. And then Carl Cox got on and spun the set of a lifetime. He’s closing Space and departing, and I felt like he pulled out all the stops to show us the entire world of techno. What a true legendary master of the genre. It was incredible. But how could all the others do so badly? That is a mystery to me.IMG-20160911-WA0000_resized

During our recovery period, we saw incredible sunsets at the hotel like this one. We were so able to relax, I figure that’s why we were able to recover so well and do it all again a couple of days later. Then it was on to Music On with Marco Carola. I have to say, Amnesia is probably the nicest club I’ve ever seen, anywhere. Just a beautiful design with amazing visuals, plenty of “up high” places for short people like me, and a superb sound system. Too bad Marco Carola never did it for me musically all night long. I was very surprised about that. I preferred Apollonia in the other room, although they were nowhere near as amazing as Carl Cox. Still, in such a beautiful club with great friends, good music was enough to make the night a total success. Our friend Michelle went there for Hyte a couple of nights before, and it sounds like it was truly spectacular – so that’s what I’ll be going there for next.

old town ibizaI also had heard that we should really go outside the club zone to see some of the real beauty of Ibiza. I found it right in Old Town. It was one of the most picturesque Spanish villages I’ve ever seen! (And I’ve seen a lot of them). So I’m now inspired to visit and see more of the island. I’ve decided that Ibiza is some sort of sacred ground, and sacred grounds are often trampled by those who have no respect, and Ibiza is no different. But it’s beauty is real, and there is real, wonderful music there as well. Count me in on the next trip.

To Ibiza for Music On with Marco Carola and Space with Carl Cox

Sun and fun and techno – what could be better?

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We’re off tomorrow, my almost 20-year veteran party buddy Kerri and I, back to Ibiza with our new friend Michelle to experience the best the island has to offer in techno. First up will be a visit to Space for Carl Cox’s final season there. Am not too thrilled with the rest of the lineup on that night, am hoping Eats Everything or Hot Since 82 will surprise me. Have any of you had good or bad experiences with them?

I’ve pretty much given up on Nina Kraviz, although I used to enjoy her so maybe I’ll be wrong!

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And then on Friday, Music On with Marco Carola, supposedly “the most transcendent night of techno on the island.” The toughest part for me will be the late hours of the parties, which start at midnight. I’ve gotten so spoiled with all the daytime party opportunities I have around the Netherlands! But I am determined, just this once, to soldier through and experience what everyone’s always talking about.

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In between the parties, we have nothing on the docket but beach time, which is my kind of vacation. I’ll report back on my return!

 

The world’s best techno music artists go Dutch in Barcelona

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Well that was awesome and so worth the trip. Techno music artists Sam Paganini, Gaiser, Matador, Secret Cinema and so many more gave us the performances of a lifetime in a gorgeous venue by the sea – Loveland’s first time in Barcelona, and I’d say they did a nearly perfect job.

I was a bit concerned the venue might be too big to compete during Sonar, Barcelona’s massive music fest bringing thousands to the city, but it was a relatively small space with just two stages – perfect choice I think. And the lineup was sure to bring crowds, which it did, but it never felt too crowded. And Spain got a taste of Dutch electronic dance music event organization, which is, shall we say, more impressive than typical Spanish parties? The downsides here were: no lockers, and drinks were very expensive (as they are here), which didn’t go over well with the Spaniards (who are used to paying MUCH LESS), one bit.

And did I mention Sam Paganini? Sam Paganini BCNThat man is a tour de force – I keep expecting to be bored with him (as I was with Pan Pot, for example), but nope – the creativity keeps on coming. And my new discoveries: Gaiser (yay, I can see him in Porto soon!) and Matador. They KILLED it! (Those of you who speak Spanish will know how appropriate that is for Matador in particular).

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Here’s my friend Etienne and I enjoying the pre-party vibe early on, before sunset. So lovely! It was so good I went back on the second day with my dear friend Edith, and the show was only live techno. This means the artists create and play music on the fly, without playing whole records or tracks from other people. It’s a bit more complicated and until recently, I didn’t like the sound too much – it was too much like a live band for me. That has all changed… and I love it all now!