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The 10 biggest Ibiza moments of 2015…so far

The 10 biggest Ibiza moments of 2015...so far

Somebody, somewhere is making memories they will hold for the rest of their life every single night in Ibiza. The island holds the best parties to cater to several musical tastes, every night of the week, every week, for 5 months straight. However, some moments that still stand out stronger in our minds above the rest. These are the moments that proved to us that Ibiza hasn’t and will not lose its magic touch, no matter how many different parties and punters it plays host to.

Ricardo Villalobos at The Zoo Project

What could be more Ibiza than watching the black-clad eccentric king of minimal techno play twisted upbeat piano house and disco to a crowd of glittery zoo animals dancing under the stars? The Zoo Project is well-known for its cool, underground booking policy, but bringing the legendary Villalobos in as a secret guest was a stroke of genius, leading to pure Ibiza magic.

Sasha at Carl Cox’s Music Is Revolution: The Next Phase

Carl Cox’s nights in Ibiza are always huge when the season is in full swing, but the good vibes at this night were undeniable. Sasha and Coxy go way back, so it was no surprise that Sasha turned in one of the best sets we’ve heard all summer in this setting – taking to the Terrace at peak time and surrounded by friends and family, he turned his famous slow-build approach to some exceptional techno selections resulting in some seriously climactic yet simultaneously emotional ice cannon moments.

Apollonia at Music On

This must have been one of Apollonia’s biggest gigs of the Summer, even by the French super-trio’s impressive standards. Marco Carola’s insane techno Friday night party is well known for being a roadblock every time, but Apollonia brought a touch of something different, with warm, groove-centric house full of obscure gems, old school classics and cutting edge, funk heavy tunes bringing a light-hearted atmosphere to the crowd.

Solomun and Sven back-to-back at Cocoon

This was exactly as good as it sounds– two of the reigning kings of Ibiza residencies playing together on one of the most historic terraces in the world at sun rise. Cocoon is a night that always delivers, but the energy brought by Sven Väth and Solomun clearly having a great time playing together was infectious.

Mr G at Sankeys

At this night, Mr G absolutely proved why he is regarded as such a legend amongst underground house enthusiasts. Despite his relatively early start time, Mr G brought an incredible level of energy to the Basement with his live analogue show. Tweaking up the already famous bass to maximum power, the bucket-hat clad bearded Mr G whooped and cheered whilst performing some spectacular footwork and house dance moves, all whilst keeping up a fantastic, old-school vocal-led live house set. Something that truly has to be seen to be believed. Photo by Justin Gardner

Dixon at Solomun +1

This night can only be described as a musical treat, with two of the world’s best DJs dropping edgy European tech-house tracks that have since turned out to be season-definers. Dixon championed &ME’s fantastically powerful ‘Woods’, and Midland’s dub of his brand new project Akase’s debut single ‘Rust’, with Jamie XX’s ‘Gosh’ providing pure hands-in-the-air dancefloor magic. Needless to say, Solomun more than followed up the act, championing fresh new Diynamic material like Karmon’s remix of Benotmane’s ‘Beyond’ as well as his now-ubiquitous new track ‘Zora’. An influential night to say the least.

Snoop Dogg at Tribal Sessions

Tribal Sessions at Sankeys has long been renowned for its diverse policy, but getting Snoop in to DJ in Ibiza was certainly one of the more unexpected bookings of the season. As a music critic, his set might not have been the most cutting-edge, but as an experience, seeing ‘Snoopadelic’ drop Dr Dre’s ‘Next Episode’ – followed up shamelessly by Icona Pop’s girly ‘I Don’t Care’ – on the famous Sankeys Lab decks was quite simply something else. A night that will be talked about for months to come. Photo by Justin Gardner

Sven Vath at the first IMS Dalt Vila party

This one of the first parties of the season for many, and it was certainly great way to kick off the summer. With Pete Tong, Luciano, Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons, Solomun and Sven Vath all playing within the space of 6 hours, this was always going to be a big one, but it was Sven’s set that really provided the climax to a fantastic evening. All pretensions were dropped amongst the huge crowd of IMS delegates, photographers, and teenage punters alike, who were all swept away by the first pumping energy of Sven’s expertly-judged builds and drops. A special mention has to go out to the IMS crew’s securing of Dalt Vila for all their parties in the first half of the season – it is a stunning venue, and partying in such a historic location surrounded by stunning views really makes for a unique Ibiza experience. Photo by James Chapman

Nils Frahm at Heart Ibiza

Heart Ibiza is the new musical project from minds behind the 5-star Ibiza Gran and world-famous spectacular Cirque du Soleil, and genuine music prodigy Nils Frahm was an incredible act to kick off the series. Whilst the logistics and exclusive feel of the venue weren’t really to our taste, we were completely swept away by the stunning talent on display from Nils. An unassuming, adorably shy figure wearing only one shoe, Nils Frahm effortlessly flitted between a complex piano, keyboard and synth set up to create pure musical magic unlike anything else we’ve heard on the island, his emotional slow-builder ‘All Melody’ providing a spectacular climax that left us speechless. Sven Väth then respectfully slipped behind a set of decks, sensitively following up such an incredible act with the understated beauty of DJ Koze’s new track ‘XTC’. Incredible.