There's been lots of news and gossip to catch up on in the past few weeks, so we thought we'd spend this week going through the major stories. Starting with the serious, Ushuaia barman Abel Ureña passed away last week after being in a coma for several weeks. The gory details can be found elsewhere, but the unprecedented nature of what has happened and, more significantly, the fact the perpetrator is still at large, has left the hotel and events venue with a dark stain in its first year of operation—one which unfortunately threatens to overshadow positives like the daytime pool parties with Luciano and Sasha, amongst others. The anti-establishment attitude of most people in Ibiza, especially island workers, has left Ushuaia (part of the powerful Fiesta Hotel Group), with its tail firmly between its legs and pensive no doubt about where exactly its future lies.
Back on the dance floor, I Want My MTV came to a close last week with Primal Scream performing their seminal Screamadelica album on the Amnesia Terrace. Not put off by the German guy who asked me "who are these guys?" or the young British girls who looked like they were hoping for something more akin to Duck Sauce, the Primals were great and rounded off what has been an up-and-down but overall successful first attempt at a full season by the MTV crew. As was the case at this event, the dynamic was completely different from the traditional Ibiza club night, with punters arriving roughly an hour before the scheduled start time and leaving as soon as the gig ended, effectively making redundant the need for further acts. (It was X-Press 2 who played to a rapidly emptying room this time.)
Meanwhile, afterhours are well and truly back, the most notorious of all of course being those that Cocoon do throughout Tuesday. They have taken over everywhere from private villas to Le Plage in Playa D'en Bossa (the former Ushuaia) through to more remote beach restaurant locations like La Escollera in Es Cavallet. Two significant points here: First, while the party normally gets going later into the afternoon and evening, it is definitely in-motion from the morning time. Second, most of the headliners from the event at Amnesia the night before play.
The last couple of weeks has also seen a couple of beach parties take place, which despite being permitted in the "legal" sense, still seem to suggest a slackening of previously more tightly enforced rules. The annual Cala Gracio Beach Party eventually took place right in the heart of San Antonio, attracting a 5,000 strong crowd and throbbing up some fairly hefty techno until 4 AM. Layo & Bushwacka! hosted an impromptu beach party in the Cala Conta region last week with text messages and word-of-mouth the only source of promotion. Lastly, tonight on Talamanca beach there is the 20 year anniversary of Ibiza Dance, an island institution, which breaks the traditional midnight curfew by continuing till 2 AM. It will be fascinating to see where this all could end up next year. At the very least, a midday opening seems likely.
One party definitely starting at that time this year—courtesy of different rules for opening and closing parties—is the Cirocloco and DC-10 Closing Party on Monday October 3rd, which has practically every DJ who has appeared at the club this summer, with the addition of Ricardo Villalobos. Overall there are some 40 DJs spread across 3 spaces with the party starting at noon and ending well into the next morning. Quite simply, it's one of, if not, the strongest lineup I've seen for a party in Ibiza in recent memory.