The last few weeks in Ibiza are always the maddest. People clamour to get to their favourite club for the always magical closing parties, and just recently it was the turn of the world famous Amnesia to do it all for one last time. Across the season the club has played host to some of the biggest names in underground dance music, as well as someone of the most famous parties, including the likes of Sven Vath’s Cocoon and Marco Carola’s Music ON as well as Cream.
Most of those big names came back to do their bit at the final party including Hannah Wants, Ricardo Villalobos, Hector Couto and many more. If you haven’t been, you are missing out, an here’s why: the club has crazy dancers, a killer sound system, is so large in scale it incites real awe and has all manner of mad production hanging down from the exposed steel framework of the building. Lights are mesmeric and atmospheres in the place are second to none, especially when focussed on the iconic DJ booth which is upon high and has us all worshipping at it.
For this final party more special touches are added including a big projector screen that had a slideshow of images showing all the artists who have played in the clubs long history. It really shows that the world’s best stars are really at home here and proves how long Amnesia have been on top. Without Amnesia, Ibiza would be a very different place.
In the main room as we arrive, the place is packed, with all manner of girls and boys, old and young, dressed up and dressed down, from all points across Europe all seating it out to the rugged house of Spaniard Hector Couto. His dark bass and heavy beats keep people locked, but we slip out to the Terrace to see French trio Apollonia who are playing a three hour set. Their slick house sounds are retro but revelatory in this setting and really get people going.
Come 8am, you enter prime territory for Ricardo Villalobos, who draws a big reaction from the crowd as he cuts up vinyl with real skill. He is unpredictable and in fine form, dropping techno and minimal with real skill. He gets us all into a spell and no one wants it to end. But it does, and closing sets com from big techno dogs like Paco Osuna amongst others, and carry well on into Sunday. Here’s to next year when we can do it all again.