Cream Ibiza is one of the longest running nights on the island, and arguably one of the best. Tonight promised to be an amazing mix of uplifting trance and pumping house, with something to please both clubbers new to the scene and those that have been coming to the White Isle for decades.
We arrived at Amnesia on the party bus, and as we entered the club, the pulsating beats of Eddie Halliwell made us realise we were in for a very special night. Thousands of other like-minded people were already packing out the 5000+ capacity superclub that, believe it or not, was once a farmhouse.
The sound system at Cream Ibiza is something else; an exclusive V-Prof speaker setup designed especially for Amnesia, that is said to make the human body feel like it is having a sound massage. This is complemented by the most impressive ice cannons we have ever seen, cooling the crowd to zero degrees when you are sweating buckets from dancing so hard - a surreal, but amazing experience!
Eddie Halliwell is well known for his high-energy stage presence, and his unique style of trance. Tiesto and Showtek 'Hell Yeah' was a particular highlight of his set. He provided a perfect warm up for the legend that is Paul Van Dyk, for his second of eight dates as part of his Amnesia residency this summer. Paul Van Dyk is one of our personal favourite DJs in the world and he didn't disappoint, playing a three hour set that included new tunes such as the Swedish House Mafia remix of Red Hot Chilli Peppers mixed into old classics like 'For an Angel' and Nate and Kane 'Beachball'.
If you were lucky enough to secure VIP tickets, as our group was - and not at a massive extra cost may I add - you can quite easily walk between the two rooms
and get a taste of both Calvin Harris and Paul Van Dyk at virtually the same time.
Calvin in the Mixmag Terrace was playing a nice mix of deep rolling house beats and well-known vocal chart songs, such as his own 'Feel So Close To You Right Now', and a crowd pleasing Beyonce remix. This was quite possibly the busiest room of the night, and the lights that dropped from the ceiling at various times certainly got the crowd more up for it.
Benny Benassi followed up with some tech-house, which although more of a niche genre, proved entertaining with the balance of deep house and over-lapping technical sections. The second room was definitely quieter after Calvin Harris, but this was not necessarily a bad thing as it meant there was more space for a proper dance!
Adam Sheridan was the final DJ in the main room for the last hour of the night. We’d never heard him play before and didn't have a clue what to expect. Paul Van Dyk was always going to be a hard act to follow, but some of the tunes Adam played were absolutely epic, including one that's sure to be huge in Ibiza this summer – a mix of Otto Knows 'Million Voices'.
Overall, an incredible night at one of the world's biggest clubs, and the perfect illustration of just why Cream Ibiza remains at the forefront of the island's club scene.
Words: Mark Williams and Sean Bainbridge
Photo: Charlie Raven