Hello again! I've been here for six weeks now and as you are about to read, it just keeps on getting better and better. As the season is getting closer to hitting full swing, the parties that come along with it have been popping up thick and fast, and obviously I have been hitting as many as I possibly can. My diary is a bit long this week, but bear with me because I've been getting up to all sorts!
To start off the week in style, after a night at Departure at my favourite bar in San Antonio, Itaca, we had managed to get our hands on some free wristbands for the Cadenza afterparty which was being held at Ushuaia after the weekly instalment of Vagabundos at Pacha. The party was due to start at 8am that Monday morning, so after a few hours' preparation in the apartment we went off. Some vodka and a couple of bus rides later, we arrived at what was an amazing, intimate party in the sun with Reboot, Andrea Oliva, Reboot and Mirko Loko. Check out my review here.
We had a decent stint in Ushuaia, but before the end we all had to head back home for work. We did a shift in the afternoon handing out posters around the glorious West End, before getting a well deserved rest in time for Cocoon at night. It was my first night at Amnesia since arriving, and boy was it intense! Loco Dice and Mathias Kaden got us all bouncing in the packed terrace to some pumping techno.
The rest of the week was mainly dominated by work, probably the most work I have done in a week since I got here. I've been working for Mulletover at Sankeys, and there was quite a bit to do on the run up to the second instalment due to take place at the end of the week; meeting tourists, spreading the word and drumming up some interest! Then the weekend landed and so did the partying.
Zoo Project marked the start of a long night; bass, deep house, tech house and a shit load of sun all combined to give a very fun-filled evening (review available here) before things got serious later on for Mulletover at Sankeys.
Thugfucker, Sebo K and Geddes together provided an ace soundtrack for the well known London imprint (review here). I've spent a lot of my Ibiza life in Sankeys, it really is a decent club and big things are going on this year! Read my big Sankeys preview here for a taste of what is in store over the summer. Once Mulletover finished we got to the beach round the corner in Playa D'en Bossa, watched the sun rise and did some tight-rope walking with some randoms – never a dull moment!
I took time over the next couple of days to chill and replenish my body and mind; they had taken a battering and were about to take some more. I didn't have to work this week which was good. On Monday night we were told that the following day, Seth Troxler, Maceo Plex, Just Be! (Bushwacka) and Dan Ghenacia were playing a free all day beach party at Sands Bar on Bora Bora to celebrate the bar's 4th birthday. I do love these little surprises! We had a brilliant day as the four went back to back, blending their own unique sounds into one long delicious mix. We even went for a techno swim in the sea as Troxler squeezed his acid sounds out of the Funktion Ones and across the ocean breeze. I hadn't brought swim shorts unlike the rest of the lads, hence the silly picture at the top of this diary. For a short while I had to prance around the beach in my wet, English boxers until I managed to score a nice long vest that turned me into a 'dutty slut' – not the best look!
When the day finally drew to a close, we popped straight over to Space where Josh Wink was showcasing the sounds of his label, Ovum Recordings. Another 6 hours of serious tuneage, to the point where I was scuttling around La Terraza like a little creature to more acidic techno; more on that story in the review available here. When it finished, we went for another sun rise back on the beach of Playa D'en Bossa; as you can tell we do like our sun rises. They are amazing, and I would certainly recommend you check one out after any partying that you do in Bossa.
I still had no swim trunks, and rather than risk another best dressed appearance I held my own on the beach whilst the rest of the clan went for another swim. Once the clock struck 7am two of us ran off to catch the last disco bus back home to San An. We were the only two on the bus; the driver cranked up Ibiza Sonica radio and we danced in the middle of it for the duration of the half hour journey. It felt strange dancing on a bus, especially around the roundabouts – it was a bus journey to remember! There'd been a lot of dancing, so again I had the next couple of days off for further recovery.
After a chilling workers' pool party at the top of one of the hotels of San An on Friday, we were back to Saturday and back to the Zoo Project. It's becoming a weekly thing now is Zoo. The music is always ace and the crowd's always mental. When the clock struck midnight and Zoo finished, we hopped on to the Sankeys bus to get back down to Bossa for the Carnival opening, with Craig Richards, Infinity Ink and Fur Coat, which was another really good Sankeys party (review for that one is here.) And of course, we went to watch the sunrise after.
The final day of this last two weeks was dominated by rest. I had intended to get to the first day of Ibiza's 123 festival but unfortunately I didn't make it. The line-up was pretty poor anyway so I wasn't that disappointed and I planned to get a thorough experience of the festival over the second and third days. In the meantime, once I was rested, we went off to We Love at Space on the Sunday night for a bit of Smokin Jo and Claude Von Stroke, who has been one of my favourite DJs for some time now. He is one Dirtybird and obviously he smashed it.
So there we have it. The last two weeks have been full of action! Things are really starting to kick off for me on the White Isle, as you can see from the increase in the amount of awesome stuff I have been getting involved in. And it only gets better from there.
In my next diary expect to catch me at the rest of the 123 Festival, Steve Lawler's Viva Warriors opening at (you guessed it) Sankeys, Richie Hawtin's Enter Kehakuma opening at Space and a shed load more. I hope you've enjoyed reading about these last two crazy weeks - I've certainly enjoyed living them!
Words: Jack Law
Originally published: 10th Jul 2012