The 2017 Ibiza season is now halfway done, and once again one of the main talking points is the big time legend, Carl Cox. He left behind his world famous residency at Space Ibiza last year and people worried he might never return. But thankfully, a crack team of promoters called Game Over coaxed him back again this year and announced he would play two special parties.

Going under the name of Pure Carl Cox, they were planned for July at the biggest club in the world, Privilege. The theme was back to basics and a return to to old school rave values with a real focus on the music. The atmosphere in the club was serious, with smoke machines and strobes that took us back to Coxy’s earliest days playing illegal raves, and less of the usual fanciness that has become the norm in Ibiza in recent years.

Franky, the club has never been more exciting and atmospheric than it was for these two nights. Thousands of people thronged in from all over the world and the big man served up high octane sounds from the worlds of house, techno and electro and bounced about endlessly when he did so.

Both events had Carl joined by a serious selection of names from across the dance world like Nicole Moudaber, Eats Everything, Joseph Capriati, tINI, Archie Hamilton and plenty more. The intensity in the club was something else, with people yelping and climbing on each other’s shoulders to really show their appreciation for the big man as all shades and colours of techno were explored in technically excellent and musically thrilling ways.

The bonus news was that the same team of promoters, Game Over, also brought their much loved afterparty series back to the island this year. They will host six dates throughout the season and one of them was just recently after the second Carl Cox event.

It took place up in the hills amongst scorched earth and classic Ibiza pine trees at Benimussa Park, famous for hosting the Zoo Project and for being an old animal zoo. With seal pits and fairground rides, cocktail offerings, lots of different areas to explore and great jungle production dangling from the stages, it made for a wicked play ground for the musically mischievous.

Coxy himself played a big set and also went back to back with New Yorkers The Martinez Brothers for a while. The energetic pair were matched by Coxy and lots of heat was dropped from the likes of Chicago legend Cajmere as well as newer Dutch artists like Alden Tyrell. It made for a great way to carry on the fun and marks Game Over out as one of the rare open air parties that still plays out in Ibiza. As such, Carl Cox has truly stamped his authority on the island and is very much King of Ibiza.

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