Hiiii - seems rude not to leave a review / rarely post here now.
Short stay - 3-8 October, Ibiza town.
Yearly veteran since the mid 90s - last trip was in 2007 (unless you count a Benirrás retreat off-season last year).
I was really keen to see how much things have changed - and it's got crazy with the €€€€€.
Not here to moan - I'll be back next year (needed over a decade away as it was getting ridiculous ). Glad to say it's still my fave place on the planet - mainly because you can't recreate the magic formula anywhere else.
If you're lucky enough to find a decent party, the crowd is so wonderfully trashy. Elements at Benirrás had it in spades last year - the closing party at the end of Oct was full of islanders, workers, wizened stragglers who have danced through the entire season, wide eyed ravers, tripped-out crusties, gay muscle clones/bears, old-timers with long, grey dreadlocks, jet-set gazillionaires fresh from superyachts, men from Del Monte and trashy, glamazon supermodels etc etc...
So it's nice to see it's all still there - I guess you have to look a little deeper to find it. Kinda miss the freebies like Bora Bora (is that still a thing?) and most of all, the daytime dancing thing (rocking up at a club all fresh at 7am and knowing the island was truly 24 hour).
Wellbeing seems to have taken off in a big way also - this is a great thing but I'm sensing lots of new-agers and insta-yogis are all over it (argh).
Glitterbox - Crowd was a bit dodgy (bit Manumission with the Brit turnout) but I love the razzmatazz of the large venue and androgynous club freaks etc. Always good to see straight blokes eyeing up drag queens unawares . It's a little bit sad to see the spot where the original space terrace was - but verdict on Hï is that it's a fabulous venue. It's vast/jaw dropping - and versatile when you compare the theatre bit to the club area which is designed in such a way that dancers don't face the DJ booth. I didn't expect to love it, having read lots of negative viewpoints on the theatre.
So Glitterbox - bit cheesy in places (bit like the MoS nights) but truly world class.
Sa Trinxa/Salinas - Jon Sa Trinxa still plays on Mondays and Wednesdays - pretty much the number one thing that keeps me coming back these days. Such a talent.
What have they done to Pacha? It used to be such a beautiful building with low hanging chandeliers and vintage, finca mosaic tiling. The dance floor was in the centre and it had a unique Spanish feel which was out there on its own. They now appear to have ripped the soul out of it because the restructure just looks like a 'face-the-stage' superclub (could be anywhere frankly). The original VIP section was really ace because it wasn't too imposing and always had that fancy appeal that a superstar or royalty might be lurking. Now half the frigging club is VIP...this new style of class segregation is vile/off-putting and contributes nothing to the atmosphere.
Dixon/Transmoderna - I guess the kids love it, but this music is very serious/blokie and didn't really go anywhere much. I recognise that of its genre it's well produced - but weren't we dancing to that same 'progressive' beat 20 years ago? Surely it's time for DJs to start diversifying and taking people on a journey rather than sticking to one signature sound?
DC10 - I didn't go on principle. Call me a mizzogs but I find it hard to fathom that people are willing to cough up €70/80 Euros to go to a club that's supposedly underground? It used to be free with very few Brits and now it appears to be a total money pit. I'm all for getting paid - but narrowing your demographic to trustafarian kids and Champagne Charlies does nowt for atmos. Neither does packing a club to the gills so you can't move (which is standard for closing parties I hear?). See also Ushuaia - never been!
It's little wonder all the veterans have fled to Croatia (I don't know anyone who goes to Ibiza any more ?). If they carry on with the aggressive Vegas promotion, they'll reach a tipping point - but in my case, it's the history and connection I have with the place that keeps me coming back.
See you in 2020.
Disagree about Dixon - i find his sets really exciting! But top review nonetheless - a reminder of how much Robder's posts are missed