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Hï Ibiza Opening Party 2019

Hï Ibiza is back with another massive opening bash. Always nothing short of spectacular, the opening date for the state-of-the-art club takes place on Saturday 18 May 2019.

While the line-up remains to be revealed, past years have seen world-class DJs such as Black Coffee, &ME, Audiofly, Blond:ish, Guy Mantzur, Mandar, Salomé, Serge Devant, Themba and Housekeeping hitting the decks for the opening fiesta.

Check Hi Ibiza upcoming events for updates on the lineup!

10 Ibiza Trends for 2019

To say that Ibiza in 2018 made interesting viewing would be the understatement of the century. Commercially, this summer’s Balearic dance season was disappointing. Musically, however, it will be remembered as one of the most inspiring on record. With so many moving parts in play, next summer’s plots and subplots will be even more intriguing. If you’re curious to know how 2019 will play out, read on.

Dance Music & Nightlife Fight Back

The mass of new noise and licensing regulations drawn up in Ibiza over the last five years was intended to help the island’s resident population achieve a better standard of living. Which makes sense, after all, Ibiza is more than just the summer home of the electronic music scene – it’s also home to thousands of families trying to live normal lives in a tourist hotspot. Nevertheless, the new legislation is so restrictive to trade that if all the new laws were actually enforced the island would likely suffer the biggest economic crisis in its history. There’s no doubt the new regulations were composed with the best of intentions, but as we’ve seen this summer the economy has been adversely affected. With tourism numbers and club attendances now in decline, people are getting extremely nervous. And it’s not just the English promoters and the Italian DJs, but also the local business owners. In 2019, anticipate a push back, as the notion that killing the economy isn’t the best way to help the local population is finally embraced.

The Rise of Ibiza Pool Parties & Dayclubs

We prophesied the rise of Ibiza’s daytime economy back in 2016, and in the next few years we fully expect the daytime market to overtake the island’s more traditional post-midnight economy. Astonishing as it is, 10 years ago Ushuaïa, Destino and Ocean Beach didn’t exist, while Ibiza Rocks Hotel and Cova Santa weren’t being utilised as electronic dance music venues. Today, these outdoor, daytime clubs are locked into a period of growth, while the afterdark economy becomes less important with every passing season. Indeed, Ibiza’s daytime economy has been on a massive surge for the best part of a decade, yet until now partying outdoors always felt like an addendum to partying afterdark. Next summer expect the day to dominate the night, with parties at Ushuaïa, Ibiza Rocks and Ocean Beach outgunning the post-midnight rave scene.

Migration Towards Megabrands

Back in the ’90s, whenever Ibiza suffered a dip year, the clubbers of the era would migrate towards the big nights. In others words, Manumission, Cream and Clockwork Orange got busier, while the smaller nights stood empty. With next summer expected to be another tough year for Ibiza’s post-midnight venues, those ravers who do choose to party after dark will choose to stick to what they know. Which is why, in 2019, you should anticipate the likes of Resistance, elrow and Black Coffee standing out against the milieu of a troubled market.

More Themed Hotels

Themed hotels are most definitely a growth industry here in Ibiza. A slew of concept driven hotels opened this summer, including the flamingo pink Paradiso Ibiza Art Hotel in San Antonio bay and the mojito-flavoured Cubanito Ibiza Suites near Cala Gracio beach. You’ll also find another new destination hotel, called te Wi-Ki-Woo, situated at the very end of the Sunset Strip in San Antonio town. And don’t forget the aptly named Tropicana Hotel in Playa d’en Bossa, which resembles a psychedelic vision from Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Expect even more 4 star makeovers next summer, as Ibiza’s basic hotels seek to remarket their image to a more affluent clientele base who are prepared to pay extra for Instagram ready backdrops.

Rebranding of Electronic Dance Music

EDM music has been on the decline for at least three or four years. The genre is no longer considered the primary gateway onto the world’s best dancefloors as the young clubbers who embraced the movement at its inception point have long since matured. In Ibiza, the EDM sound still draws a crowd, largely thanks its European clientele base, but even so the long-term prognosis here is one of decline. Rather than go down with the ship, the captains of the EDM movement are already seeking out new horizons. David Guetta could be heard dropping tunes by Adriatique and Maceo Plex this summer. He also joined Solardo for a surprise b2b at Hï Ibiza. Expect the great EDM rebrand to move into high gear in 2019 as the custodians of the genre continue to realign their output to a marketplace that no longer cares for their wares.

Sankeys?

No one knows exactly what will happen to Sankeys in 2019, but it seems entirely logical to assume that the Playa d’en Bossa venue won’t be operating under the guidance of its current owners. Presently there are a number of giddy rumours circulating the island, hinting at what might happen next. The worst concerns a bulldozer. That’s right, according to the grapevine Sankeys will be razed to make room for a cluster of new apartment blocks. A slightly more exciting rumour supports the notion of a full club rebrand. With new club licenses currently outlawed this option seems more likely. But who would have the money and the out of this world status to make it work? Either way, expect a big announcement over the coming months.

Superclubs No Longer Open 7 Nights a Week

Apart from Hï Ibiza, who had a solid summer, 2018 was a tough year for the island’s traditional superclubs, with falling foot traffic a concern for promoters and clubs alike. Based on what we saw this season, It seems logical to assume that the age of Ibiza’s post-midnight venues being busy seven nights a week is now over. We may have seen our first glimpse of the future at Amnesia, where, for the first time in over a decade, the San Rafael dance mecca was shut on Sundays. A little way down the road, at Privilege and Ibiza Underground, three to four events per week was the rostered norm. Moving forward, the big question now for Ibiza’s post-midnight venues is whether sustaining a full weekly party programme is financially viable.

Increased Competition = More Affordable VIP Options

Ocean Beach have been smashing it for years now and this summer their VIP sections have been busier than ever. Why? Because they’re delivering an accessible, aspirational product that young party heads can afford and simply can’t get enough of. Like it or not, expect the affordable daybed and bottle service culture – which is still in its infancy – to explode in 2019, with daytime venues like Ocean Beach and Ibiza Rocks Hotel leading the charge and everyone else following suit. These venues have essentially taken an old school, elitist product and rebranded it as premium standard without the stigma attached. In terms of pricing, it’s a completely different animal to the 5 star VIP economy at Pacha, Lío and Ushuaïa, which is tailored to the international jetset. Instead, venues like Ibiza Rocks and Ocean Beach are catering for real people who want to upgrade their clubbing experience without having to remortgage the house.

The Nostalgia Party Concept

The clubbing nostalgia business is about to take off here in Ibiza. The Clockwork Orange crew have been evoking memories of ’90s Ibiza for years and next summer former Cream boss Nick Ferguson is set to launch his One More Time holiday experience, featuring DJs, brands, artwork, decor and themes from that era, aimed specifically at island workers who were active between 2000 and 2010. And don’t be surprised if Manumission re-enter clubland in 2019. The likelihood that everyone’s favourite immersive club carnival will reincarnate next summer is much greater than it has been at any previous point in the past 10 years. So watch this space…

The Re-emergence of San Antonio

Playa d’en Bossa used to be the cool place to hang for young ravers in their early 20s, but following the closure of Space and the demise of Sankeys, the area is becoming more popular with a slightly older, more international crowd. On the other hand, San Antonio has been very aggressive about attracting youth to the island in recent years, with venues such as Ocean Beach and Ibiza Rocks Hotel and club brands like Defected going out of their way to charm dance music’s next generation. Elsewhere on the island, Ibiza’s obsession with an older, 5 star audience is starting to bite, while San Antonio is bucking the trend and showing signs of growth. Most importantly, perhaps, the top tier DJs and promoters who shunned San Antonio a few years ago are now happy to perform in the town, a factor which is persuading clubbers to party locally, rather than bussing out of town. Next summer, expect San Antonio to retake the British youth market completely and begin marketing itself to a more international clientele base.

Ibiza Club / Pool Party Guide – Summer 2018

Ibiza is the place to be if you want sun, sea, sand and the very best in clubbing – but there’s so much on offer that it’s hard to know where to start.

IBIZA is a holiday favourite for its beautiful beaches, great restaurants… and outstanding nightlife.

Anyone who’s been knows there’s an overwhelming amount of stuff happening on the White Isle each year – so we’ve put together a Ibiza nightlife guide.

Whether you’re soaking up the sun at Ocean Beach or chilling by the sea at Nikki Beach, we’ve got everything you need to know here.

And we’ve also tracked down which DJs are playing where – and where you should book your tickets for the hottest parties in town. Read on to find out what’s what.

Best Ibiza Nightclub Nights

Pacha Ibiza

Pacha’s Labyrinth club night takes place inside an area that’s made to look like an enchanted garden.

Head down to Pacha for resident Hot Since 82 on a Friday night at club night Labyrinth – adorned with vines and foliage in what feels like a secret garden – and you’ll get the very best in disco, tech house and techno.

This year’s parties will take place from May 25 to October 12 and will see the likes of Maya Jane Coles, DJ Harvey and Carl Craig take to the decks.

Hï Ibiza

After Hï Ibiza opened last year in place that Space used to be it’s become a firm favourite on the scene.

Inside is a vast space with huge attention to detail paid to the sound system as well as surroundings.

Friday night is Glitterbox, which is where you should head if you want disco – and this year the likes of Basement Jaxx, Derrick Carter and Horsemeat Disco will take to the decks.

Saturday night is Black Coffee’s residency, opening on May 26, when &ME, Blond:ish and Themba will be playing.

Destino

Destino transforms from classy restaurant to huge party in the evening.

Destino is a beautiful spot by the sea for lunch or dinner – but at night it transforms into something completely different – as thousands flock in to party the night away.

This year’s parties run until September 30 and will include the likes of Felix da Housecat, Bedouin and Martin Buttrich.

Even better is that entry is completely free – a rarity in Ibiza. Click here for more info.

DC-10

DC-10 is so close to the airport that you’ll see planes go right overhead as you dance outside.

DC-10 has been running since 1999 and continues to go from strength to strength each year.

Located in a former aircraft hanger, planes from Ibiza airport fly low over the club which is a unique experience when you’re dancing.

Parties this year include Circoloco on Mondays where Kerri Chandler and Tania Vulcano will play.

Meanwhile Jamie Jones’ Paradise is on Tuesdays for house, deep house and tech house.

Amnesia

Amnesia plays host to Elrow this year which is every Sunday night.

Superclub Amnesia has been going since 1976 and holds 5,000 people – if you want a big, hectic night out then this is the place for you.

This year’s nights include Elrow on Saturday nights.

Elrow is a colourful party full of confetti and has house and techno from the likes of Groove Armada, Yousef and Seth Troxler. Click here for more details.

Ushuaïa

The huge Ants nights at Ushuaïa has Richie Hawtin and Maya Jane Coles DJing at the second part of its launch party.

This year’s opening party for the Ants club night at Ushuaïa is over a double weekend with the second weekend on May 26.

Richie Hawtin, Adam Beyer, Maya Jane Coles and Francisco Allendes take to the decks on one of the island’s biggest opening nights.

Other nights in the calendar include David Guetta and Martin Garrix. Click here for more information.

Best Ibiza Pool Parties

Ocean Beach Ibiza

Ocean Beach Ibiza is the ideal place for a spot of people watching as the sun goes down.

If you’ve been to Ocean Beach then you’ll know it’s one of the island’s most fun day parties – and it’s perfect for people spotting as the sun goes down.

From acrobatics to glitter and even Cadillacs descending from the sky, parties are as much about what you can see as what you can hear.

This year Hed Kandi and Kisstory will be running parties, so get your best bikini on and chill out by the pool as you party in the sunshine in San Antonio.

Ibiza Rocks

Ibiza Rocks is the place to be if you want an epic pool party and this year is hosting Stormzy.

Ibiza Rocks has had a long and varied history since it launched on the island in 2005.

Initially home to indie bands, the hotel has now transformed into the home of the pool party and this year will host Stormzy for one of the biggest parties of the summer.

Craig David, Rudimental and DJ Luck and MC Neat will also perform at sell-out events there this summer.

Nikki Beach

Nikki Beach offers a more sophisticated and chilled out kind of daytime pool party.

If you want a sophisticated, laid-back day then head to Nikki Beach where you’ll find brunches, lunches and pool parties while you chill out by the pool.

This season Sintillate runs parties, and there are also white parties and a roller disco.

The beach club is known for its food and its mojitos, so this is a good place to head if you want to get away from the mayhem – slightly.

Beachouse Ibiza

Beachouse is the place to be if you want laid back music and some seriously good food and drink.

Another more sophisticated option, this beach club has laid back vibes and is situated in the heart of things in Playa d’en Bossa.

You an get an excellent dinner and lunch here and it is right on the beach – an ideal place to soak up the Spanish sun.

This isn’t somewhere you’d head with a rowdy group, so save it for the daytime before you hit the clubs later. Click here for more info.

Best Ibiza Bars

Café Mambo

Cafe Mambo is where people have been heading to watch the sun set since 1994.

This place is legendary when it comes to sunsets for a reason and is the place to head if you want to listen to house music as the sun goes down.

It’s also a good spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving up decently priced food as well as classic cocktails.

Head here before going out to a club and you know that your night is going to start with a bang.

Café del Mar

Cafe Del Mar is another good choice if you want to check out the sunset and listen to chilled out music.

Another option for a chilled out sunset, Cafe Del Mar is all about low key music while you sip a cocktail and unwind.