Nab a last minute bargain to one of the greatest clubbing mecca’s on earth – just in time for the infamous closing parties.
Ibiza’s closing parties are legendary – hosting some of the biggest DJs and offering most impressive line-ups of the whole season. Make the most of the gorgeous Balearic sun before winter and have one last epic party to see the summer out with a bang.
September and October are at the tail end of Ibiza’s clubbing season – but don’t let that fool you into thinking it ends with a whimper. Quite the reverse – Ibiza is famous for its extravagant, riotous climax that many clubbing aficionados rate as the best time to visit.
And with average highs of 24-28C on the island during these months, you get the added bonuses of a good dose of late summer sun to give you a healthy tan well into the winter. The high season crowds have dissipated by this point, so those not so into the clubbing scene can come here to see the other side of the island if they wish.
Club entry and drinks on the island are notoriously expensive, generally ranging from £25-50 for entry depending on the night. Drinks can cost anywhere from £7 upwards – however hit the smaller bars and pubs first in places like Bar Street in San Antonio and you’ll find much cheaper drinks prices, as well as drinks deals, which can cheapen your night hugely.
It’s also worth pointing out that while the clubs are undoubtedly pricey, many people like to opt for a few outstanding nights out, perhaps doing a night on and a night off, rather than hitting it hard every day. Unless you have the constitution of an ox you’ll start to feel too run-down to enjoy yourself after a few nights out on the trot and it’s also easier on your bank balance. The motto is: quality over quantity.
If the thought of going on a clubbing holiday and not going out every night strikes you as being somewhat lame, then consider alternating nights at the larger, more expensive club nights with night out at the cheaper, smaller locations like the Strip in San Antonio or the myriad bars and pubs in Playa d’en Bossa or Ibiza Town. These still stay open till 3am-4am or later, so you can still ‘have it’ if the mood takes you.
Here are some of the best closing parties to get involved in this year, listed by date.
24 September – Carl Cox Closing Party
Carl Cox does the honours and closes superclub Space for the 12th consecutive year with ’12 Nights of the Revolution – The Party Unites’. Guaranteed to be one of the most popular and talked about of all the closers, this is one to book tickets for as early as possible. Also on the bill are Loco Dice, DJ Sneak and Tini.
For Space virgins, the venue is huge – a vast main room and a total of 5 stages, one of which is its famous outdoor terrace. The doors open at 9 but won’t get anywhere near busy till 12, and the club stays open till 10am – so you can even dance with the sun coming up.
30 September – Hypercolour Closing Party: Hypercolour presents Skream
Monday nights at Sankey’s are all about Hypercolour – a UK house label renowned for banging house and techno tunes. Founders Jamie Russell and Alex Jones have been championing outstanding house and techno since 2006, with artists including Maya Jane Coles, Eats Everything, Huxley, Kris Wadsworth and George Fitzgerald all releasing on the label.
This year’s Hypercolour closing party will see Skream, Alex Jones and Cedric Maison headlining, with Skream offering the sort of house, disco and techno based set he has been experimenting with recently.
Sankey’s is a three-room, 1,500 capacity club that offers a much more boutique and intimate clubbing experience than some of its larger, more cavernous rivals.
30 September – Cocoon Closing Party
The ever eccentric and always lovable Sven Vath has been the undisputed king of techno on Ibiza for past 14 seasons, and this year he’ll be closing the cavernous Amnesia with Monday’s Cocoon.
The night promises to be both musically and visually arresting, combing light shows, art and video installations with all night long sets by Vath, Ricardo Villalobos and Raresh.
One of the island’s most popular clubs, Amnesia is located on the motorway between Sant Antoni de Portmany and Ibiza Town.
3 October – F*** Me I’m Famous Closing Party
David Guetta’s saucily named F*** Me I’m Famous pulls the crowds every Thursday without fail – ensuring that the final night here is guaranteed to be a huge one.
Despite recent speculation that Guetta might be a causality of Pacha’s recent refresh, the French Superstar is still in favour and brings a star studded line up with him to the closing party for another season including Special Superstar, JP Candela and an undisclosed guest.
This is an absolute must for any house-heads visiting the island at the end of the season. Pacha is a fantastic club, renowned for its sound system.
4 October – Supermartxe Closing Party
Billed as the ‘world’s largest nightclub’ (it’s official – it’s in the Guinness Book of Records), you would expect to throw one hell of a closing party, and indeed it does. With full capacity of 10,000 people, packing the venue out here makes for a night of carnage.
Supermartxe is one of Privilege’s strongest and most popular nights. It incorporates risqué stage choreography (expect to see lots of skin!), high energy visual effects and strange, avant garde fashion parades.
The line up for the closing party has yet to be confirmed, but essentially you can expect much more mainstream, party music to be played here. DJs often play a mixture of popular house and commercial dance tunes mash-up style, so it’s a great option for those who don’t consider themselves dance aficionados but know a floor-filler when they hear it.