There are obviously tons of opening parties to choose from in the wake of IMS each year, but few stood out as much as this one. Sankeys Ibiza is now a well-established voice in the crazy summer conversation each year, but tonight it opened the 2014 campaign with a first ever appearance on the White Isle for Tribal Sessions.
Tribal Sessions was one of the first nights to think big, offering headline sets to a diverse array of DJs from many different musical backgrounds. For the first time ever this year the night has its own weekly residency – with 20 parties to mark 20 years – all with resident Darius Syrossian playing each party alongside a truly decent and underground selection of headliners.
The club itself has also had a few touch ups through winter. Already the place claims to have the loudest soundsystem on the island, and an array of mesmerising LED lights and stark strobes sure do make for a no nonsense atmosphere across both rooms. The minimal design also adds to that and this year there is also hazard tape all round the place in a nice nod to the Hacienda, which was the early bar setter on the Manchester scene that eventually gave rise to Sankeys.
So too is the place adorned with the names of the residents in 7ft tall portraiture, and rather than pool parties, Sankeys prefers to offer up BBQs on its great terrace, which is how things got underway this evening. Darius himself was frying up the burgers and it was a nice way of mingling before the serious party action got underway.
That action first took us to the Basement, where Hotflush’s acid specialist Recondite weaved plenty of supple and subtle techno grooves together with the odd banger and lashings of 303. Up in the main room, or The Lab, was Be As One boss and tech house titan Shlomi Aber. His meaty set was one that made the happy dancefloor sweat all night long and then came a special back-to-back show from main man Darius and fellow Sankeys resident Sydney Charles.
Throughout this exciting set the drums were never less than jacking, there were old and new house cuts and plenty of Darius’s own material. Its clear the Sankeys crowd know their beats as they reacted in all the right ways all throughout the set. Lastly, it was New York tribal house legend Danny Tenaglia who came to the fore. The legend has a long history with Sankeys and tonight he did them proud with his physical selections and fine programming skills.
Already nailing it from night one, you get the impression Tribal is going to be the biggest talking point of the whole season this year.
Words: Jasper Price