Tribal Sessions is one of the most revered parties in all of Ibiza: it offers some genuine underground musical class and DJs booked for their skills, not cause they help club owners pay the bills. As such the excitement in the build up to it making its earliest ever start to the summer season in Ibiza was truly palpable. The theme was alien avatar and as soon as we arrived we got three tribal stripes marked on our cheeks, and the party had really begun.
Sankeys was pumped and the place was packed right from the off. People were already dancing even to the earliest sets of the day and it was Jozef and Manu Gonzalez going back to back who were on duty. They served up plenty of warm and rolling baselines that only added to the heat of the floor. After them came a real Sankeys and garage legend, Matt Jam Lamont, who took over the Basement at midnight and really put the sound system through its paces.
Dropping plenty of top tech house and upping the ante with each new remix, Matt had the crowd in the palm of his hand. Spectrum, meanwhile, was vibing to the sounds of Kellie Allen and her unique and chunky take on house music. Back in the basement, which by now was just as full as it had been all night, and at the buttons was Josh Butler. This UK star has really made his mark in the last few years and tonight he laced up house and techno bombs and dropped them with relish on a crowd who lapped up every single one.
The people in the crowd ranged from dressed up and dressed down to first time ravers and then lots of regulars who live here the whole time. As such the floor was always a happy and inviting place that felt friendly and had people really going wild for every set.
The rest of the season promises many more treats and big name guests, but on the evidence of this first party it seems like Tribal Sessions at Sankeys Ibiza is going to be even bigger and better than ever before.
Tribal Sessions goes down every Saturday at Sankeys Ibiza